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This event has passed. – NEW YORK CITY

A one-day summit with the city’s most forward-thinking retailers.



Welcome to New York!

Join us to discuss experiential retail solutions that will optimize your shoppers’ experience.

RetailNext Beyond is coming to New York City! Join store operations managers, sales associates, retail marketers, and other retail professionals as we discuss optimizing the shopper experience. Learn how you can empower retailers at every level of the enterprise by going beyond.

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Top Trends

Learn the top trends impacting retail.

  • Data will drive in-store decisions
  • Deep learning will become more sophisticated
  • Brick-and-mortar stores will continue to flourish

Case Studies

How data and analytics can improve the shopping experience.

  • Determine effectiveness quickly
  • A/B test and implement adjustments
  • Make continuous improvements

Best Practices

Best practices for retail and the use of data.

  • Optimize for growth and sales
  • Understand the full shopper journey
  • Test and measure new store concepts


Kiana Martinez

General Manager - Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Kiana-Maria Martinez is the General Manager of the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom in SOHO with over twenty-four (24) years of experience in Retail Sales, including Apparel, Handbags, Fine Jewelry, Home Furnishings, and Interior Design.  Her retail career began in 1995 with Gap Inc., as she studied Fiction and Poetry Writing at The New…

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Jose Ayala

Principal - Brandayala Consulting

Jose Ayala is the principal consultant of his namesake Brandayala Consulting company, partnering with luxury retail businesses to grow their brands across the omni-channel retail space. With over 15 years working in merchandising and business development roles for both multimillion dollar and startup fashion, luxury, and jewelry brands, Jose knows the true value of creating…

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Yossi Shemesh

VP, Digital Product - Showfields

Yossi is the VP of Digital Product at Showfields and a veteran entrepreneur (Mobli, Oliver). Yossi holds a BSc in computer science from Tel-Aviv Academic College. Lifelong moto : “Fall in love in the problem, not the solution!”

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Charlie Adams

VP, Strategic Analysis and Ventures - Washington Prime Group

Charlie Adams is the Vice President, Strategic Analysis and Ventures for Washington Prime Group. He is responsible for the identification, evaluation and operations of the organization’s Ventures investments. He also oversees capital markets activities and leads the Financial, Analytical, Strategic and Transactional (FAST) team which provides research, analytics and strategic planning for Washington Prime. Previously,…

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Brent Paulsen

Head of Retail - UNTUCKit

Brent is the Managing Director, Head of Retail for UNTUCKit.  He has been with the company for over two years now.  Previously, Brent spent 10 years with Bloomingdales first overseeing their Outlet Division and then becoming the Director of Operations for the Chicago Trade Area.  Brent has also been a General Manager for Home Depot…

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Jonna Kim

Equity Research Associate - Cowen and Company

Jonna Kim is currently an Equity Research Associate at Cowen and Company focusing on the Luxury and Retail sector. Prior to joining Cowen and Company, she was an Investor Relations Associate at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Ms. Kim received a BA in Political Science from Barnard College, Columbia University and a Master’s degree from Columbia…

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Megan Berry

Founder & CEO - by REVEAL

Megan Berry is the Founder and CEO of by REVEAL: a turnkey retail platform allowing brands to appear anywhere in under an hour to collect analytics, capture data, and generate sales. The company began as Berry’s thesis project at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and has since garnered industry leading clients including Intel, Accenture, UNTUCKit,…

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Brian Prezgay

Advisor - The Lead

One of Brian’s current roles is as a Partner at The Lead; whose mission is to bridge the fashion & retail industry with the global silicon valley. Through their research, quarterly publication and executive events, they bring together iconic brands and retailers, rising digital natives, venture-backed start-ups, investors and the fashion-retail-commerce business influencer community (press, academics, deal makers).

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Rebecca Fitts

Real Estate Manager - Warby Parker

Rebecca Fitts is a Real Estate Manager at Warby Parker and a retail consultant focusing on non-traditional retail real estate strategies, brick and mortar customer experience and omni-channel solutions in the physical space. She’s specializes in pop-up shops, shorter term leases (1,3,5 and 7 years), commuter hubs, airports, retail as a service, co-working spaces and…

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Shelley E. Kohan

Industry Expert & Professor - FIT

Retail expert Shelley E. Kohan is a highly accomplished and driven senior retail executive and consultant with more than 25 years of success in the retail industry. She has worked throughout the industry and across many functions including general management, marketing, operations, merchandising, buying, and human resources.    Currently, Shelley works with various small to mid-size…

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Cheryl Grimm

VP, Thrift Retail - Housing Works

Cheryl Grimm has been with Housing Works Thrift Shops for over 6 years and has held her current title since November 2015. As the V.P. Thrift Retail, Cheryl sets the direction and strategy of the thrifts and ensures that all activities are aligned to meet the revenue and profit goals of the Thrift Shops and…

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Angela Larch

Director of Store Operations - Destination XL

Angela utilizes 20 years of experience in retail to act as a liaison between field teams and the corporate office. Angela started her career in retail as a store employee while earning a BBA and an MBA. This experience working in stores helped her learn the value of providing store teams with the right tools…

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Rachelle Benson

Training and Development Manager - RetailNext

Rachelle Benson’s retail career kicked off as a service lead at Burberry’s Santana Row (San Jose, California) location. This experience prepared her to gain momentum in the retail marketplace and build her managerial skills. After spending 15 years in five different locations with the global luxury brand, Rachelle’s proven abilities to drive store performance through…

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Lauren Bitar

Head of Retail Consulting - RetailNext

Lauren Bitar began her retail career as an assistant buyer in the executive training program at Macy’s. Her experience in merchandising and planning mixed with management consulting and store operations further fueled her retail passion. Lauren received her MBA from Wharton in 2012 and returned to her hometown of Miami to work for Eberjey. Where…

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Bridget Johns

CMO - RetailNext

Since joining RetailNext in 2009, Bridget has played a critical role in creating, managing, and expanding RetailNext’s position as the  market leader in analytics for the physical store. Under her leadership and guidance, RetailNext has realized triple digit sales growth year after year and now represent a customer base of over 400 retailers. Bridget has…

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Bil Ingraham

SVP, Business Development - Centennial

Bil has been activating brands at retail for more than 13 years having started in Media, & Partnerships for Global REIT, Westfield where he launched campaigns with Proctor & Gamble, Kimberly Clark, SC Johnson, TRESemme, Nintendo, Playstation, Hershey, Microsoft, AT&T, Samsung, and many others.  More recently he led consumer marketing, media, and partnerships for PREIT,…

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Jim Ward

VP, Innovation & New Business Ventures - CBL

As a driver or change and innovation at CBL Properties, Jim has a successful track record in management, digital strategies, business development, customer experience, and technology. Recently, he has worked as CBL’s Vice President of Business Development, Marketing & Digital Strategies. In early 2018 he was named CBL’s Vice President of Innovation & New Business…

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Jack Shamosh

CEO - Kid City

Jack received his education from New York University and continued education from Harvard Business School Executive Education. He is currently a board member of the Third Avenue Business Improvement District.  Shamosh has been the CEO of Kid City/Youngland Corporation for over 10 years.  Kid City is a chain of discount retailing of children’s apparel by…

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Mark Ghermezian

Founder & CEO - Fourpost

Mark Ghermezian is a seasoned entrepreneur and pioneer of retail technology and innovation. He has been instrumental in creating and instituting an entirely new category of CRM technology for marketers. Prior to Fourpost, he co-founded customer engagement platform Braze (formerly Appboy), which became one of the largest global technology players for marketers under his 10…

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Lee Greene

VP of Partnerships - GRIN

Lee Greene is the Vice President of Partnerships for GRIN, the leading software suite for brands to optimize and scale influencer marketing in-house. Lee is responsible for leading enterprise sales and strategic partnerships within the fashion, beauty, and retail industries for GRIN. Previously, Lee founded WearAway, a venture-backed online marketplace for influencers to borrow designer…

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Be there for groundbreaking presentations from leading retail enthusiasts

We look forward to sharing inspiring retail stories with you and your team. Retailers and retail experts will be speaking on a range of topics from store operations to sales associate empowerment. Stick around after the presentations for networking and cocktails on us.


  • 8:30am Registration / Networking Breakfast
  • 9:30am Opening
  • 9:50am The Changing Role of the Store Manager - How Data, Analytics and the Changing Customer are Impacting How Stores are Run

    Join Retail Directors as they discuss how stores are using data and analytics to drive performance. Topics to be discussed are: real time data access, staff planning, labor and task allocation, etc.

  • 10:20am Networking Break
  • 10:35am Retail Analytics A-Z

    Everything from merchandising to in-store traffic.

  • 11:00am Reframing Retail: Evolution of Digital Natives as Retail Innovators

    It’s clear that physical retail isn’t dying, but it is changing in fascinating ways. The fastest growing segment of retail are the digital natives opening stores. Join the conversation around the experience of opening stores, how retailers leverage what they know about shoppers, and how they are thinking about the physical store evolution.

  • 11:25am Influencer Trends

    Influencers and their impact on legacy retail and emerging brands. A presentation discussing influencer trends, paid influencers, user generated content, and using store associates to enhance your brand.

  • 1:00pm Anatomy of a Digital Native Brand

    What does that really mean?

  • 1:30pm Hype vs. Reality - What In-Store Tech Really Matters

    With the myriad of options in today’s retail technology landscape, it’s hard to understand what will drive ROI and what will simply be a “cool” feature. This session will focus on what technology is driving results and what the most promising technologies for today, and tomorrow are.

  • 2:00pm Networking Break
  • 2:15pm Using Advanced Analytics to Understand the Full Shopper Journey

    The understanding of the full shopper journey in-store has helped hundreds of RetailNext’s customers better understand what’s happening in their physical stores. This presentation will focus on why the customer chose to deploy full path analytics, how the project was structured, what were the outcomes and how is this data being used to drive performance beyond the basic KPI’s.

  • 2:45pm Conscious Consumerism - Retail With a Purpose

    One of the coolest trends in today’s retail is retail with a purpose – streamlined supply chains, more focus on environmentally sustainable production, retail concepts that focus on selling gently used products, etc. This conversation will focus on how retailers are bridging the gap between profitable business models and conscious consumerism.

  • 3:15pm New Retail: A Discussion Exploring How Pop-up, Experiential, and Multi-brand Retail are Shaping Today's Consumer Experiences

    It’s no longer a question of e-commerce or physical stores. There are a multitude of new formats being developed to help companies and brands acquire new customers. This discussion will explore these formats, what’s working and what needs work, and how these activations are helping brands drive customer acquisition.

  • 3:45pm Closing
  • 4:00pm Cocktails & Canapés

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