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Chief Global Economist Ira Kalish will explore the economic factors weighing on the 2022 economy, how these influences are reshaping consumers’ shopping behavior, and what lies ahead for retailers in an altered world. Ira will share preview highlights from the 25th edition of Global Powers of Retailing, which looks at the 250 largest retailers around the world and how leading retailers successfully pivoted during the pandemic.
The past 18 months have accelerated changes in how consumers shop for groceries and what they expect in terms of ease, choice and speed of delivery. With this new reality, building enduring relationships that transcend the transaction and drive long-term loyalty is a top priority for Vivek Sankaran, who heads the nation’s second-largest grocer. This fireside chat will delve more deeply into the staying power of pandemic-driven behavior changes among consumers and how Albertsons is leveraging the power of technology to better serve them.
The pivot to e-commerce sparked by the pandemic accelerated online sales. It also brought an ugly reoccurring issue to the forefront: the proliferation of counterfeit and gray-market goods. What's the difference between the two? Why are counterfeit and gray market goods the bane of brands and retailers? These fakes give rise to customer distrust, the erosion of brand identity and integrity, and the loss of sales and margins. Join us for a discussion on best practices intended to tackle unauthorized sales channels and protect brands and margins.
2022 shows promise of a strengthening economy and healthy consumer spending with pent-up demand for goods and services. Positioning an organization to effectively leverage positive economic factors and a strong consumer still takes vision and a sense of staying true to the organization's mission given an increasingly level retail playing field. In three successive fireside chats, attendees will hear from influential female leaders who continue to steward their organizations with a combination of agility and a vision for growth to rule their domains.
In the opening discussion, WW International president and CEO Mindy Grossman will share her vision positively impacting the health and wellness industry with community, connection and personalization at scale.