Retail Summit Gathers Region’s Innovators and Trendsetters Aug. 23

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Annual Event from Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County Showcases Area as Retail Hub

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COLUMBUS, OH, Aug. 13, 2018 – Every retail experience is personal and local. 

Retail Summit 2018: Creating the New Localism, presented by Big Lots, the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and Franklin County, will explore the journey: the food we eat and the clothes we wear; how they come to us; the people that make them; and the sights, sounds, tastes and touches that inspire our action and devotion.

The annual event will bring together hundreds of the retail industry’s thought leaders for a full day of trends, insights and networking on Aug. 23 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

As the only conference in the Midwest dedicated exclusively to retail and the sectors that support it, Retail Summit will feature remarks and presentations from industry experts working at the local, regional and national levels.

In addition to open forums and dedicated programming tracks in design, eCommerce and logistics, the event will also debut findings from this year’s Retail Report, published jointly by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, which provides unique insights on the state of the retail marketplace in Central Ohio.

“The Columbus Region is a national hub – not only for retail and supporting industries, but for disruption and innovative thinking,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

“Retail Summit is a powerful illustration of the area’s legacy and status as a home for the industry’s creativity and energy.” 

Featured presenters include:

·         Dana Telsey, CEO and chief research officer, Telsey Advisory Group

·         Alison Embrey Medina, editor-in-chief, design:retail

·         Nate DeMars, founder and CEO, Pursuit

·         Debbie Penzone, president and CEO, Charles Penzone, Inc.

·         Charley Shin, founder and CEO, BIBIBOP Asian Grill and Charleys Philly Steaks

Nearly 70 speakers are scheduled to share insights on a wide range of retail’s most relevant trends and topics, including:

·         Visual merchandising

·         Consumer behavior and experience

·         Technology, eCommerce and marketing

·         Retail recruiting and workforce training

·         Women in retail

·         Logistics, shipping and supply chain management

·         Fashion design

“Retail is in a state of constant evolution and transformation,” said Kevin Boyce, president of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. 

“There’s never been a more pivotal time to explore the industry’s future, with the people directly involved in shaping what’s to come.”

Since its launch in 2009, the event has earned a reputation for honing in on rapidly evolving regional and national trends in areas such as retail sales, merchandising, commercial real estate and other connected industries.

Event pricing includes flexible packages and specialized options for individuals, nonprofits, students and others. Media passes are available.

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Retail Summit 2018 is made possible by support from these and other partners:

Presented by Big Lots, The Columbus Chamber of Commerce, and Franklin County 

Bluewater Technology  |  Easton Community Foundation  |  Pressworks  |  CareWorks  I  CareWorksComp  I  Huntington  |  US Bank  |  Accel Inc.  |  Alliance Data  |  Morgan Services  |   Porter Wright  |  ScanTrivia  |  Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP  |  Adept Marketing  I  Dispatch Media Group  |  Lamar Advertising I  Live! Technologies  |  Southwest Airlines  |  WBNS-10TV  |  Columbus Consulting  I  ICSC  |  Zen Genius


About the Columbus Chamber 

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a resources-based nonprofit organization serving more than 1,600 member organizations in the Columbus Region. Providing support in areas such as research, marketing, talent advisement, networking, and government affairs, the Chamber has been helping businesses thrive since its founding in 1884.

About Franklin County

As the administrative head of Franklin County government, the Board of Commissioners sets the strategic direction and fiscal priorities for the 30th largest county in the nation. Kevin L. Boyce, Marilyn Brown and John O’Grady have established the Economic Development & Planning Department to promote organized growth supported by the principles of economic vitality, social equity, progressive land use, planning and environmental responsibility. 

About Retail Summit 

Retail Summit is the Midwest’s premiere annual event for the retail sector. Since 2009, the Summit has paralleled the growth and influence of the Columbus Region within the industry, showcasing leading talent from retail and its supporting business areas.