Education & EPPS Programs
Monday, July 31, 2023
Store Tours
105 minutes
Join us to check out some local and regional retail stores while at the session. These are self guided tours with transportation provided during the times below. 

Monday, July 31 - 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM
1:00- Depart
1:15-1:45 Jewel-Osco
2:00-2:30 Marianos
2:45 - Arrive back at hotel 

To participate please contact Sarah Davidson at
TIP Session - Thought Interaction Pods
60 minutes
Monday, July 31 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
TIP, short for Thought Interaction Pods, will take place Monday evening.

This is a great networking event giving participants the opportunity to discuss relevant industry topics in a round table format with fellow industry professionals sitting at the table.

Conscious ConsumersOlga Preston, Manager of Business Development, Retail Partnerships, Fair Trade USA
  • Issues and solutions around sustainability

Thriving & growing in a challenging environmentDaniel Scharff, CEO, Machu Picchu Energy
  • Discuss ways emerging brands are finding success
  • Highlight relevant best practices and tactics 

Chat GPT /AI- Wayne Bennett, SVP of Retail, ECRM
  • How will this transform the category line review process?
  • How will/are retailers embracing? 
  • How will/are suppliers embracing?

How to make the center store exciting again? 
Joe Tarnowski, VP of Content, ECRM
  • Discuss innovative concepts and ideas 
  • Examples of how other areas of store have transformed
Tuesday, August 1, 2023
Consumer Insights for Center Store Success: NielsenIQ
35 minutes
Tuesday, August 1 - 12:40 PM - 1:15 PM

Patrick R. Dougherty, from NIQ to understand the latest consumer trends across the grocery store, from wellness to inflationary impacts, and how consumers' purchasing behavior continues to evolve across center store categories. Audience members learn key drivers shaping demand and how to drive category growth in the coming year.
Patrick R. Dougherty, Director Small Business Acquisition | Grocery