Wednesday October 12, 2022 | 10:00am EST | 4:00pm CEST | 3:00pm BST
The store is no longer just a destination for in-person shopping, it is part of a brand’s broader omni-channel narrative. Meanwhile, a rapidly transformed retail customer journey is placing greater strains on today’s store, making management even more complex. Stores of the Future will need to be smarter, enabled with technology and innovations that enhance the customer experience and deliver improved outcomes by ensuring the right resources are used at the right time for the right reason. Join our panel of experts as we discuss:
- Evolution and role of physical stores in retail
- Changes impacting the retail landscape
- Key functional areas where retailers should focus their efforts & investments
- Latest trends, challenges, and opportunities
- Live Q & A
Blue Yonder invites you to a candid discussion with Accenture and Microsoft about the evolution of the physical store and how retailers can respond now to future-proof their physical stores and overall retail strategy.
- Edward Wong
Edward Wong | SVP, Industry Strategy for Global Retail Sector
Ed is a versatile C-level retail executive with deep domain experience in digital, merchandising, supply chain, and IT. As the Senior Vice President, Industry Strategy for the Global Retail Sector, at Blue Yonder, he meets with customers to bring an outside-in view around industry trends and how they impact business operations. He also collaborates with Blue Yonder’s Product Management, Marketing, and Field teams to enable retailers’ outcomes and value realization.
In previous CDO, CIO, COO and CSCO roles, Ed has established and executed transformation roadmaps to accelerate business performance improvements by elevating operating team capabilities from technology adoption and process integration across apparel and grocery sectors.
- Shish Shridhar
Shish Shridhar | Global Retail Lead of Microsoft for Startups
ShiSh is the Global Lead for Retail with Microsoft for Startups and manages a portfolio of disruptive startups with cutting edge innovations to accelerate the digital transformation of the Retail Industry. ShiSh helps Startups scale through the assets & resources available through Microsoft including engineering, sales and research. ShiSh has been with Microsoft for 25 years and is deeply passionate about solving business problems using Data & AI as a competitive asset.
ShiSh has worked with the Retail Industry for two decades and engaged with the top retailers and brands in the world helping with their digital transformation journeys. ShiSh is part of Rethink Retails Top 100 Influencers for 2022 as well as the Retail Technology Influencers Top 100 list. Shish is on the Advisory Board of the Retail Transformation Center at George Mason University and is a Professional Advisor at the Foster School of Business at University of Washington.
In his spare time, ShiSh dabbles with IoT, Ham Radio and Location Tracking as well Ocean Navigation.
- Ray Marciano
Ray Marciano | Accenture Retail Managing Director
Ray is the North America lead for Omni-Channel and Store Operations. In his 17 years, he has designed and implemented operational strategies to drive growth and profitability for global brands and retailers. His areas of focus include omni-channel enablement, store network design, store format design, store operating & labor models,driving process efficiency, optimizing supply chain networks, and analytics.
- Becky Fox
Becky Fox | Marketing Manager, Demand Generation at Blue Yonder
Becky Fox is a Marketing Manager at Blue Yonder focused on driving pipeline across Blue Yonder's Retail solutions. In this role, she helps Blue Yonder stand out from the competition with compelling campaigns, Account Based Marketing, events, and more in order to drive pipeline, revenue and new business for the company. Becky has been with Blue Yonder since 2014, serving in a variety of roles. Her previous role was Customer Success Manager where she ensured customers using Blue Yonder’s solutions had the tools and resources they needed to meet their goals.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She enjoys staying active and traveling in her free time.