WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Executives from Google, J.C. Penney, Sephora, Shinola and Houzz will headline the list of speakers next month at Retail’s Digital Summit, the industry’s top networking event for premier technologists, retail executives and 21st Century thought leaders. More than 5,000 retail, e-commerce and multichannel executives will gather to hear from experts in digital retail at the Shop.org conference, which will be held September 26-28 in Dallas.
“We are thrilled to have industry leaders and executives from such innovative brands speak on our stage,” Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell said. “These are pioneers who have consistently revolutionized the ever-changing retail and digital environment and are part of a stellar lineup of speakers who will give our attendees new ways to impact their businesses and enhance the customer experience.”
This year’s Digital Retail Fast Track Program, hosted by digital visionary Mitch Joel, will feature Google Daydream team business developer Sophie Miller and Sephora Innovation Lab Senior Director Johnna Marcus. The program will explore how augmented reality and virtual reality can transform the way retailers and brands reach consumers digitally. The program will be held at 9:15 a.m. September 27.
J.C. Penney Executive Vice President of Omnichannel Mike Amend will address how the company is pioneering new approaches to the traditional ways of its past, what it is doing today and how it is thinking about tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. September 27.
Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis, who started Fossil in 1984 and served as its chairman until launching Shinola in 2011, will speak at 8:20 a.m. September 28 along with Shinola President Jacques Panis.
Technology expert and inventor Shelly Palmer will share insights from advising C-suite leaders of top digital media, content, broadcasting and technology firms in a fireside chat with Alon Cohen, co-founder of home remodeling and design company Houzz, at 8:50 a.m. September 28.
Other keynote speakers include futurist Michio Kaku, comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron, and Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani.
Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. To register, visit the Digital Summit media registration page.
Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.
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