Mark Your Calendar: Full Day Conference
It happens like clockwork: At the start of every year, we make a list of resolutions to better ourselves. So, why wouldn’t we do the same for our companies?
On January 25th, CHHMA & COPA (Canadian Office Products Association) are hosting a one-of-kind conference, “Understanding Amazon! Customer or Competitor”. Tim O’Connor, Managing Partner of Retail Performance Solutions, will present this unique event exploring how Amazon works strategically with a focus not only on what this successful company does but also on what it is trying to accomplish. By understanding Amazon’s strategy, you will be well armed to better compete in the digital marketplace.
In addition, presenters from three of Canada’s industry leading digital capability companies — 360pi, Hubba, and Daisy Intelligence — will be discussing the critical digital capabilities that both retailers and consumer packaged goods need in order to compete successfully.
*See Speakers and Conference Agenda below
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:
- Find out why Amazon does what it does so that you can better understand their strategy and intentions.
- Understand the critical capabilities that both retailers and suppliers need in order to be able to compete in the digital retail marketplace.
- Find out how to manage, track and distribute your product content to digital retailers.
- Make decisions stemming from comprehensive, real-time understanding—of Amazon and your business—and learn how to adopt streamlined big data analytics supported with artificial intelligence (AI) to optimize those decisions.
- Grow your consumer relationships and engagement processes to match today’s buying generation.
- Network with peers, who are facing the same challenges you are: we need to work together to get ahead. Let’s start at Understanding Amazon: Customer or Competitor!
Questions? Please call 905-624-9462, ext. 223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Speakers and Conference Agenda
Tim O’Connor is the CEO and Founder of Retail Performance Solutions (RPS), a retail and consumer goods analysis and advisory practice. RPS specializes in the drivers of change for retail, disruptive technologies and insights that drive Go-to-Market strategies.
As an industry analyst and strategist, Tim has advised leading retailers and manufacturers including Walmart, Safeway, Canadian Tire, Procter & Gamble, Coca Cola, Hallmark, SC Johnson, as well as industry associations such as COPA, OPI, GS1, IDDBA and PBBA. Tim’s insights on retail competitive dynamics and strategies have been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, Financial Times, Toronto Star, Hartford Courant, IDDBA What’s In Store and FTSE GlobalMarkets.
In addition to frequent client events, Tim has been a featured presenter for the recent OPI Global Executive Forum and Path2Purchase Institute Conferences, as well as GMDC, the Shopper Marketing Forum, Canadian Office Products Association, IRI Private Label Conference, and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
Tim background was developed in senior roles in trade marketing, commercial strategy, sales development, and brand management, as well as private label, with Diageo, Scott Paper, and Arquest. Tim has a BS in Applied Economics and Biology from Cornell University and an MBA in Finance and Strategic Planning from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
360pi’s CEO and Business Founder, Alexander Rink, has been leading the 360pi team since 2010. Shortly after joining 360pi, Alexander bootstrapped the initial revenues and spearheaded the pivoting of the company from its initial consumer focus to establish the company as the trusted source of omnichannel product intelligence for retailers and brands, delivering critical insight into who is selling what, where, when, and at what price.
Alexander brings over 25 years of experience in entrepreneurship, strategy, and operations to his role at 360pi from two other SaaS businesses he co-founded and ran for 10 years (Infotriever and PubliVate), as a Management Consultant at Bain & Company and as Material Controller at AutoEuropa (Ford/VW). Alexander, who speaks four languages, earned an MBA from INSEAD and a BASc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. An avid fitness and nutrition enthusiast who is active in his church, non-profits and the local community, Alexander is passionate about learning and growth and strives to get and help others become smarter and better every day.
Gary evangelizes about the societal benefits of artificial intelligence and leads the Daisy Intelligence research and development team.
Gary is the former head of IBM Canada’s analytics and data warehousing practices. He was also at the helm of Loyalty Consulting Group, providing analytical services for one of the world’s most successful coalition loyalty programs, the AIR MILES® Reward Program. Prior to his leadership role at Loyalty Consulting Group, Gary built the company’s first generation data warehouse and BI platform. Gary has delivered several billion dollars in returns to his clients over his 20-year career.
Gary holds both a BASc and MASc in aerospace engineering from the University of Toronto.
Ben Zifkin is a successful repeat entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Rise of The Craft Brand. He has spent the last 15 years helping some of the world’s largest organizations leverage technology to compete in business. Living and working in North America, Europe and Asia, he has become a trusted advisor to senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies.
Ben has built three organizations with successful exits and raised significant venture funding. His companies have been recognized as Top 3 Best New Startups, Top 20 Most Innovative Companies, Fast 50 – Companies to Watch and Hot 50 Fastest Growing Companies.
His most recent business, Hubba, is the fastest growing B2B network connecting brands and retailers. Through this network, Hubba is building out the world’s richest, most comprehensive data set of product information. Hubba is routinely recognized as one of the most powerful companies powering the next generation of commerce. Utilizing years of experience dealing with large organizations, Ben has focused his effort to shining a spotlight on amazing craft brands and their products.