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2020: February IRI Data

February continued to show solid dollar sales trends for total confectionery with trends for the month ending February 23 up 3%, according to data insights from IRI. Dollar sales for total chocolate, candy, gum and mints were up 2.5% with the 12 week period …

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[SOTIC 2020] Beyond Health & Wellness: Drug Channel Outlook

Brian Owens, Sr. Vice President, Retail Insights – Drug/Pharmacy, H&W, and Healthcare, Kantar Brian Rinker, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Walgreen Co. The nexus of healthcare and retail continues to drive innovation and evolution in the drug channel, despite significant differences in individual retailer execution. As …

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[SOTIC 2020] Chain Reaction: Adapting Your Supply Chain to Conquer Disruption

Rick Blasgen, President & CEO, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals As competitive pressures and global opportunities both increase, supply chains are becoming increasingly complex and have evolved from solely an operations concern to a critical business success factor. Consumer-driven disruption has caused manufacturers, …

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[SOTIC 2020] Big Box, Big Opportunity: Mass & Grocery Channel Outlook

Tory Gundelach, Vice President, Retail Insights – Target & Grocery, Kantar Amy Allison, Director, Snacks, Candy & Bread, Giant Eagle Large-format stores are often agents of stability, but they also have the potential to drive significant change in the industry. As ‘big box’ retailers …

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[SOTIC 2020] We’re in the Future: How to Turn Science Fiction to Retail Reality

Michael Sansolo, MorningNewsBeat.com The future is now! Technology has changed every aspect of life, and the retail experience is no exception. Digitally-empowered consumers are demanding new services and bringing new challenges to the retail environment, and many traditional retailers are struggling to keep up. …

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[SOTIC 2020] A Convenient Truth: Convenience Channel Outlook

Scott Hartman, President & CEO, Rutter’s Holdings, Inc. Simon Johnstone, Director, Retail Insights – Convenience & Discounter, Kantar What’s the secret to success in the convenience channel? The convenience store channel is facing significant disruption and increasing shopper demands for innovation, impacting everything from …

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[SOTIC 2020] The Power of Purpose

Afdhel Aziz, leading expert in marketing innovation and the power of purpose “Purpose” is the buzzword of the moment, with billion-dollar purpose-driven brands like Tesla, Patagonia and Airbnb leading the cultural revolution. But identifying purpose – either for you or your company – isn’t …

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[SOTIC 2020] The Art of Influence

Mark Jefferies, Conference Emcee Back by popular demand! Entertaining and insightful Mark Jeffries joins us again as our host and emcee. Mark connects the dots between speakers and highlight key messages to ensure you leave with clear, actionable takeaways.

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[SOTIC 2020] Gaze into Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball: Politics & Business in 2020

Larry Sabato, Election Analyst, Author, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia; Founder and Head of the UVA Center for Politics Larry Sabato is a New York Times bestselling author, recipient of three Emmy awards and one of the nation’s most respected political analysts. He …

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[SOTIC 2020] State of the Industry

Michael Sansolo, Author & Columnist, MorningNewsBeat.com, LLC Sally Lyons Wyatt, Executive Vice President & Practice Leader, Client Insights, IRI Combining shopper insights with actual sales results, the data presented during this session outlines current trends in the confectionery industry and gives an exclusive look …

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