On the advice of our end user Advisory Panel, GDS has invited approximately 50-60 of the most well respected senior decision makers in the US Retail Industry.
Invitations are based on the current focus areas and investments these executives are currently making in the market. Many of these executives have worked closely with us through our Business to Business Reports by contributing thought leadership and editorial content; which has led to their excitement about working with us in the upcoming Next Generation Retail Summit.
At a time when CIOs globally are experiencing the full impact of the recession, the retail industry is reacting by reshaping their technology strategies. Operating in a cut-throat environment and on tighter budgets than other sectors, the investment decisions of leading CIOs in retail are vital to improving customer service and increasing those all important margins for their organisations whilst driving multichannel development.
Analysts estimate the retail industry will spend $159.3 billion in 2011 on IT, with technology investment priorities focused on the business areas of IT/Data Architechture, Multi-Channel Retailing, and Customer Experience Management.
The NG Retail Summit 2011 will bring together IT decision makers from across the US Retail sector to meet with solution providers who are actively looking to target this exciting growth market.
The NG Retail Summit will provide this vital means of communication and provide an ideal framework for new business relationships to flourish.
The summit will provide a number of different networking channels to execute and promote business. Our business model is built around the success of networking and focused interactive workshops. The Retail executives will engage in and are interested in arranging business meetings with solution providers who are specific to their business challenges and areas of future investment. Many of these executives have expressed a desire to connect with solution providers before the event itself to ensure each discussion is meaningful.
Another very exciting part of our agenda includes the “working lunch roundtable discussions”, which will be comprised of a moderator, panelists and industry leaders interactively discussing modern day issues affecting retail.
Whilst there are a dozen sponsors in attendance, the programme is designed with the end user in mind and driven by their expressed areas of interest. The delegate attendance is comprised of the most well respected executives in the Retail industry, and the meeting format is designed to surpass the traditional exchange of business cards and allow executives to have a good discussion on a personal level.
"Excellently organised and well run summit to allow productive networking opportunities. Diversity of workshop, meeting and round table discussions was well balanced and overall was a very rewarding experience."
Jay DeBlank, Director Retail Product Management, Blockbusters Inc