Getting the Most Out of Groceryshop

Getting the Most Out of Groceryshop

Gary Hawkins, CEO, Center for Advancing Retail and Technology


So Labor Day has come and gone, school has started back, and its time once again for Groceryshop! This year’s show, the second annual, is on track for significant growth (to the surprise of no one) with several thousand people expected to attend. The Groceryshop team has lined up great speakers from technology companies, leading retailers, and brand manufacturers to educate, inform, and share ideas and best practices.

There are three areas of opportunity for retailers to get major learning out of the show.

The first is to attend the various workshops that are organized into tracks to help attendees find areas of interest easier. In addition to major presentations, there are many smaller workshops speaking to more focused areas. 

The next opportunity is to spend time walking the exhibit floor, meeting and learning about all the solution providers who are there. While you’ll find some established names, there are many younger startups that come to Groceryshop seeking to find partners and retailers to learn with. 

The third opportunity is to network, meeting other executives from across technology companies and the retail supply chain. Talking with other people is a great way to to learn what others are doing, sharing best practices, getting feedback on new technologies and innovation.

CART’s Gary Hawkins is participating in two sessions at Groceryshop. On Monday, Sept. starting at 8:45am, Rapid-Fire Review: 10 Technologies Transforming Operations will be looking at ten new technologies and getting thoughts from industry leaders. The next is on Tuesday at 9:30am where Gary will speak to Retail in the Age of ‘i’ and then lead a panel of industry execs in a discussion around Data-Driven Shopping Experiences.

Photo: Winsight Grocery Business

About the Author

Gary Hawkins is the founder and CEO of the Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) and leverages his unique knowledge and view to new technologies to shape the future of FMCG retail. He can be reached at

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