Alicia Esposito, Author at Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

Mattel Exec Joins the D2: Retail Edition Agenda

  If your brand wants to reach Gen Alpha, you better not sleep on gaming! This consumer demographic, born between 2010 and 2024, doesn’t just see gaming as a way to relax and disconnect. No, it’s also a form of self-expression. In fact, Gen Alphas are 2x as likely to see it as a vehicle for […]

Meet Our New Keynote Speaker! Rebecca Minkoff…Designer, Community Builder, Media Icon

The Retail Innovation Conference content team strives to put industry changemakers and boundary breakers in the spotlight. While curating a speaker roster representing the industry’s most profitable brands is always a plus, we care deeply about getting the right people in the room. Executives who have navigated overwhelming personal adversity, industry disruption and cultural change […]

How Retailers are Embracing the AI Hype

Want to learn how brands and retailers are embracing the AI hype? Execs from Crocs, Zenni Optical and Rebag will dig into the hype cycle at #RICE24.

The artificial intelligence (AI) hype machine hasn’t slowed down. At Shoptalk this week, it’s central to many sessions and conversations. And of course, retailers across categories are running new tests and implementing new solutions to help them keep pace. In fact, retail executives estimate that 36% of their employees already are using generative AI today, with that […]

40 Under 40 Spotlight: Callie Canfield Worthington, Chief Brand Officer, Hanna Andersson 

Retail TouchPoints’ 40 Under 40 Awards aren’t just a powerful vehicle to spotlight emerging executives. They have become a core program that helps us elevate retail executives who are making a tangible impact on their business and the industry at large. One such executive is Callie Canfield Worthington, former Chief Brand Officer of Hanna Andersson, and […]

3 Trends. 3 Brands. 3 Deep-Dive Discussions During #RICE24

The Retail Innovation Conference & Expo, taking place June 4-6 in Chicago, will facilitate candid conversations on the industry's top trends.

I’ve been covering the retail industry for 12 years and there has never been a shortage of emerging trends to investigate and new topics to explore. However, I will say that we saw some incredible momentum in 2023, which has made planning for the 2024 Retail Innovation Conference & Expo agenda even more exciting (and […]

What Are Retailers’ Top Omnichannel Priorities?

Every year, Retail TouchPoints surveys its community of industry executives to understand their top omnichannel challenges, successes and priorities. Although historically, retailers have focused on the strategic benefits of omnichannel, such as creating a consistent brand experience and reacting more quickly to changing market dynamics, this year, results pointed to more executives wanting to connect […]

3 Store Design Trends We’re Watching

Retail industry luminaries share the trends they believe will impact store design and experience investments in 2024.

Brands and retailers are doubling down on the physical experience. And it’s easy to understand why: after several years of an ecommerce boom driven by COVID-19 lockdowns and heightened safety measures, consumers have been clamoring for immersive and engaging physical brand experiences. However, brick-and-mortar strategy requires careful thought and attention to detail. In addition to […]

What Trends Are Driving Store Ops Budgets?

Through a survey of retail executives and practitioners, Retail TouchPoints identified top priorities and challenges facing managers and operations teams.  

The Store Operations Survey has become a pillar resource for Retail TouchPoints. Through a survey of retail executives and practitioners, the editorial team has identified top store priorities and the challenges facing managers and operations teams.   Every year, associate hiring and retention have been respondents’ top challenge. But this year, the context surrounding these challenges […]

40 Under 40 2024: Nominate an Emerging Leader!

The 40 Under 40 Awards were designed to spotlight emerging leaders who have made a tangible impact on not just their business, but the retail industry and the world. For our 2023 class of winners, we were thrilled to spotlight executives who have not only driven incredible projects and initiatives at their organizations; they have […]

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