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Monday, September 20, 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM

  • Room: Ballys Grand Ballroom
The challenges facing independent retailers in 2022 are expected to significantly intensify as both traditional and digital major market players converge on competing in the evolving retail landscape.  Our discussion focuses on the forces and factors of change destined to reshape the retail environment going forward.  The changing consumer dynamics of... Read More
Speaker(s)
Panelist
David Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Associated Wholesale Grocers
Moderator
Thom Blischok
Chairman and CEO
The Dialogic Group
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Monday, September 20, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

  • Room: Ballys Bronze 4
Understanding the role implicit (unconscious) bias plays in your hiring practices, who gets promoted and in customer relations is vital as grocers operate in more culturally diverse communities. Creating teams with diverse backgrounds and perspectives has been proven to also lead to greater profitability for companies in all sectors. This... Read More
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Speaker
Cassandra Pye
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Lucas Public Affairs
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Monday, September 20, 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

  • Room: Ballys Bronze 4
The last few years have shown that disaster can strike at any time.  From global pandemics to extreme weather to civil unrest, independent retailers have overcome myriad conditions that threatened business operations.  Hear how other retailers managed difficult conditions in their stores, overcame supply chain challenges, and created safe environments... Read More
Speaker(s)
Moderator
Brian Todd
Founder
Brian Todd & Associates LLC
Panelist
Mike Stigers
Chief Executive Officer, Cub Foods
UNFI
Panelist
Skylar Thompson
President
Market Basket Food Stores
Panelist
Tyler Kidd
Company Supervisor
Mar-Val Food Stores, Inc.
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Tuesday, September 21, 1:10 PM - 1:35 PM

  • Room: Ballys Bronze 4
NGA’s Government Relations team is actively tracking and influencing key legislative and regulatory issues that directly impact independent grocers.  Hear what the Biden Administration and a new Democratic majority in Congress means for the industry.    ...
Speaker(s)
Speaker
Christopher Jones
Senior Vice President, Government Relations & Counsel
National Grocers Association
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Tuesday, September 21, 1:45 PM - 2:10 PM

  • Room: Ballys Bronze 4
How healthy is the independent sector of the food retail industry?  We’ll examine the latest industry operational and financial statistics and assess the impact of the pandemic on independent grocers.   ...
Speaker(s)
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Bob Graybill
CEO
FMS Solutions Holdings LLC
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Tuesday, September 21, 2:30 PM - 2:55 PM

  • Room: Ballys Bronze 4
Covid has strengthened the financial position at grocery retail and distribution.  Post Covid, anticipate an acceleration in consolidation.  How are buyers going to value opportunities post Covid.   ...
Speaker(s)
Speaker
David Schoeder
Principal
The Food Partners
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Tuesday, September 21, 3:05 PM - 3:30 PM

  • Room: Ballys Bronze 4
We’ll review labor issues impacting industry members as a result of the pandemic....
Speaker(s)
Speaker
Kara Maciel
Chair, Labor • Employment Practice
Conn Maciel Carey LLP
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