Retailing Thought Leadership Conference
What’s Next for Retail - Research Opportunities and Challenges’ Academic and Practitioner Perspectives’
Retail is a dynamic and vibrant sector of the U.S. economy. National Retail Federation estimates that retail directly and indirectly supports 42 million jobs and provides $1.6 trillion in labor income and contributes $2.6 trillion (about 16%) annually to U.S. GDP. In the State of Arkansas, retail sector is the largest employer of its residents.
The Retailing Thought Leadership Conference will serve as a forum for retail industry practitioners and retail focused academics to get together in different teams and brainstorm research issues and strategies concerning several key topic areas. The end objective of this collaborative effort is to generate fresh research ideas for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Retailing.
Dates and Location
October 11 and 12, 2019
Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development
Sam M. Walton College of Business
University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
- Sam M. Walton College of Business
- Retail Advisory Board
- Retailing & Pricing American Marketing Association SIG
- Retail Supply Chain Institute at Babson College
Keynote Speeches from Retail Leaders
- Cecilia Wu, Vice President, Customer Science
- Erin Campbell, Senior Vice President at Saatchi & Saatchi X
- Andres Mejia, Vice President, Sam’s Club Team Lead at the Coca-Cola Company
- John Karsberg, Head of Tests and Insights at H&M
- Suzanne Jervis, Director, Product Insights and Decision Sciences at Sam’s Club
- Rida Moustafa, Distinguished Data Scientist at Walmart
- Jonathan Novallo, Director of International Real Estate at Walmart
- Rand Waddoups, Senior Director, Omnichannel at Walmart
- Renee Brandon, Field Agent, Vice President, Research & Data
- Tom Duncan, Associate Brand Director at Proctor & Gamble
Breakout Topic Areas
- Private Label Revolution
- Retail Formats of the Future
- How Technology is Changing Retail
- Artificial Intelligence in Retail
- CRM: Firms, Brands, Customer Relationships
- Challenges and Opportunities of Fashion and/or Luxury Retailing
- Communicating and Promoting Offers in Today's World of Retailing
- Sustainability in the Supply Chain
- Sam's Club
- Saatchi & Saatchi X
- Whyte Spyder
- JM Smucker
- J.B. Hunt
- Field Agent
- Reckitt Benckiser
- Mu Sigma
- Sustainability Consortium
- Rich Context
- Shiloh Technologies
- Information Resources Inc.
Participating Colleges and Universities
- University of Arkansas
- Babson College
- Southern Methodist University
- Arizona State University
- Dartmouth College
- Drexel University
- ESCP Europe
- Florida State University
- George Mason University
- Georgetown University
- Georgia State University
- Indian School of Business
- Loyola Marymount University
- McGill University
- Ohio State University
- Purdue University
- Rice University
- Santa Clara University
- Texas A&M University
- Tilburg University
- University of Bath
- University of California, Los Angeles
- University of Houston
- University of South Carolina
- University of Tennessee
- University of Texas at Dallas
- University of Miami
- University of Muenster
- University of North Carolina
- University of Tulsa
- University of Washington
Register to Attend
Regular registration is for general audience, attending only main program and lunch on October 11.
Invitee registration is for participants that have been invited by the conference organizers.
The program begins Friday, October 11, with breakfast and introduction at 8:00 am in Donald W. Reynolds
Center at Walton College.
|Day One: October 11, 2019 (Friday)
Main Program (For All Guests)
|7:00am-8:00am||Conference Registration & Breakfast|
|8:00am-8:30am||Introduction (by Provost Jim Coleman & Dean Matt Waller)|
|8:30am-10:00am||Keynote Speeches - Trends in Retail|
|10:30am-1:00pm||Presentations by Industry Leaders on Select Topics|
|By Invitation Only (following program is by invitation only)|
|6:00pm-8:00pm||Dinner (Place TBD)|
|Day Two: October 12, 2019 (Saturday)|
|9:00am-10:00am||Breakout Sessions ctd.|
|10:30am-12:30pm||Breakout Group Presentation|
|1:30pm-5:00pm||Walmart Distribution Center and Walmart Store Visit|
Shuttle service to and from all symposium locations will be provided.
Fayetteville continues to be recognized by national business magazines and quality of life publications for its extremely healthy economy. Northwest Arkansas is bustling, with three of Arkansas' top five employers—Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt—headquartered less than a half-hour drive from Fayetteville. Learn More.
Sam M. Walton College of Business
The Business Building is the central hub of all things Walton College. All academic departments are located in the Business Building along with the Dean's Office, Accounting Center, Technology Center and associate deans. Learn More.
The 41,000-square-foot Reynolds Center, funded by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation in 1996, offers cutting edge technology in its meeting spaces and 300-seat auditorium. Home to the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame, it is ideal for conferences, workshops, board meetings, executive retreats, guest speakers and special events. Learn More.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Staybridge Suites Fayetteville.
1577 W 15th Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Reservations can be made by calling (877) 666-3243 or online:
View transportation options located within the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
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If you have any questions or comments regarding the Retailing Thought Leadership Conference, please contact Prof. Dinesh Gauri at firstname.lastname@example.org or (479) 575-3903.
For registration questions, contact Shannon Bullock at University of Arkansas Conferencing Services: email@example.com or (479) 575-7328.
For lodging questions, contact Gail Williams at Staybridge Suites: (479) 856-6803.