*Timings and specific session slots subject to change.

Tuesday October 2nd



12:30pm - 5:00pm

Topgolf Swing Suite Open / Sign up - limited availability

4:00pm - 8:00pm

Registration Opens

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Welcome Reception and Innovation Zone Open

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Executive Dinner (invitation only)

Wednesday October 3rd



7:00am - 8:15am

Breakfast in Innovation Zone. Registration Open

8:30am - 8:40am


Ken Hughes

Leading Consumer & Shopper Behaviouralist

8:40am - 10:30am

Sandeep Dadlani

Chief Digital Officer, Mars, Inc.

Michael Casey

Senior Advisor Digital Currency Initiative
MIT Media Labs

10:30am - 11:15am

Coffee Break in Innovation Zone

Breakout 1

Breakout 2

Breakout 3

11:15am – 12:00pm

Winning in retail by creating a ‘new age’ demand-centric supply chain

Sahir Anand
Managing VP, Research & Strategy, Ensemble IQ

Hormel turns shopper behavior into category growth

Melissa Muckel
Hormel Category Management Team Lead

12:10pm - 12:55pm

Driving category growth through CPG collaboration and customer-centric insights

Linda Severin
Vice President of Retail Solutions Management
Topco Associates

Scott Evans
SVP Sales & Merchandising
Price Chopper

Doug Klucker
Category Leadership Lead
Kraft Heinz

Danielle Murphy
Category Leadership Advisor
Kraft Heinz

Optimizing assortments to drive growth in a highly comPETitive market

Mark Wilkinson
Head of Space Planning
Pets At Home Ltd.

12:55pm - 2:00pm

Lunch in Innovation Zone

2:00pm - 3:50pm

Maryann Correnti

Chief Financial Officer, Heinen's

Sandy Gupta

Vice President, Cross-Industry Strategy & Business, Microsoft

3:50pm - 4:30pm

Coffee Break in Innovation Zone

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Executive panel discussion

Panel of industry experts:

Jerry LeClair, EVP Merchandising and Marketing, Giant Eagle
Graeme Cooksley, President & Chief Operational Officer, Symphony RetailAI
Brian Kilcourse, Managing Partner, Retail Systems Research (RSR)
Sandeep Dadlani, Chief Digital Officer, Mars Inc.

5:30pm - 5:45pm

Summary & Close

Ken Hughes

Leading Consumer & Shopper Behaviouralist

5:45pm - 7:30pm

Free time

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Xcelerate Party

Thursday October 4th



8:00am - 8:45am

Breakfast in the Innovation Zone. Registration Open

9:00am - 10:50am

Ken Hughes

Leading Consumer & Shopper Behaviouralist

Ray Wang

Founder and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research

Ken Hughes

Leading Consumer & Shopper Behaviouralist

10:50am - 11:30am

Coffee Break in Innovation Zone

Breakout 1

Breakout 2

Breakout 3

11:30am - 12:15pm

From far to table: How Topco used technology to gain consumer mindshare on a premium private brand product

Katie Waeltz
Senior Director, Shopper Insights & Analytics
Topco Associates

Extending to a Symphony RetailAI platform to compete in the UK convenience market

John Armstrong
Head of IT
Central England Co-operative

Ramping up retail innovation

Brian Kilcourse
Managing Partner
Retail Systems Research (RSR)

12:25pm - 1:10pm

Building a strong foundation for success

Kevin Stafford
VP Marketing

The coming revolution of "micro" in the retail supply chain

Yegor Anchyshkin
Chief Technology Officer
Takeoff Technologies

Gearing up to win the market share battle with data-driven Test & Learn

Jim Montgomery
Senior Manager Category Development

1:10pm - 2:30pm

Lunch in Innovation Zone


Event Close