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ORLANDO, Fla. — Consumers today are not only interested in a product’s attributes, but also its effect on the environment. Sustainability will therefore be one of the subject matters explored during the upcoming 2016 Store Brands Innovation & Collaboration Summit.
Convenience Store News sister publication Store Brands announced that Marcio DaCosta, vice president of global sourcing and planning for The Kroger Co., and Dave Connors, president of Pratt Display (a division of Pratt Industries), will discuss the unique partnership between Kroger and Pratt Display that supports Kroger’s zero-waste-to-landfill goal.
The session will share lessons learned and illustrate how sustainability efforts can benefit a retailer’s brands while lightening a company’s environmental impact.
Cincinnati-based Kroger operates a total of 2,778 retail food stores under a variety of banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. This includes 786 convenience stores in 19 states under six banners: Kwik Shop, Loaf N' Jug, Quik Stop Markets, Tom Thumb Food Stores, Turkey Hill Minit Markets and Smith's Express.
As previously reported, Stagnito Business Information + Edgell Communications, parent company of Convenience Store News and Store Brands, are combining the best elements of Store Brands' Innovation & Marketing Summit with those of Store Brands' Collaboration Summit to bring the private-brand industry an exciting, new event this year: the Innovation & Collaboration Summit.
The new event will be held Aug. 15-17 at the Hyatt Grand Cypress hotel in Orlando.
The Summit will feature an innovation-focused education program designed to help retailers, suppliers and service providers take today's store brand programs to the next level. In addition, the event will provide opportunities for private meetings between retailers and private label suppliers/service providers — and plenty of networking time for everyone. The event is the only conference of its kind in the United States.
Attendees will learn how to identify untapped or under-tapped private brand opportunities, achieve greater profitability and faster time to market, and forge mutually beneficial collaborative partnerships.
Sessions will cover topics ranging from sustainability and transparency, to European success stories, to regulatory challenges and omnichannel opportunities.
For more information or to register, visit www.storebrands.com/summit2016. Special early-bird rates apply through May 15.