SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

May 18, 2011 10:00 ET

Aberdeen Group Announces Presentation Schedule for 2nd Annual Retail Summit, June 21-22, 2011

Event Addresses "Blurring of the Lines Between Retail Operations 2.0 and Digital Retail"

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2011) - Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), today announced the presentation schedule for its 2nd Annual Retail Summit June 21-22, 2011 at the Westin Times Square in New York.

Hosted by the Aberdeen Group's Vice President and Principal Analyst, Retail Research Practice, Sahir Anand, and the Aberdeen retail research team, the Summit will address the challenges facing retailers to integrate their selling establishments, warehouse operations, and supply chain processes with social, mobile, voice, and other digital technologies to meet the evolving product research and purchase preferences of retail customers.

The event is built around the themes of Mobility, Digital and Cross-Channel Retailing; Customer Insights, Integrated Retail Data and Business Intelligence; and Retail Operations 2.0: Cross Channel Merchandising, Inventory and Supply Chain.

Presentation titles include:

Day 1 Morning Sessions
Building the GameStop Brand, Sales and Profits
, Mike Dzura, Senior Vice President of Stores, GameStop Corporation

Consumer Mobile Retail Success Factors: The Story So Far, Baron Concors, Chief Information and Digital Officer, Pizza Hut

It's Not Just About Apps: The New Channel Experience, Michael Relich, Chief Information Officer, Guess Inc.

Panel Discussion: Merging CIO's Mobile Vision with the Line of Business, Moderator: Mickey Alam Khan, Editor-in-Chief, Mobile Marketer; Panelists: Steven Braun, Vice President, E-Commerce, OfficeMax; Dave Hogan, Executive Technology Advisor, National Retail Federation; and Craig Miller, Chief Information Officer, Sonic Drive-In.

Day 1 Afternoon Sessions
Customer Intelligence-Driven Retail: Using Consumer Insights to Drive International Growth
, Elisabeth Richard, Vice President, IT International Growth, GAP Inc.

Transforming a Legacy SMB Retail Business: Using Data and Insights to Create a Customer-Ready Environment, Chris McCrae, Chief Information Officer, Gristedes Supermarkets

Panel Discussion: Using Business Intelligence For a Best-in-Class Shopper Experience, Moderator: Mark Johnson, President and CEO, Loyalty 360; Panelists: Jinny Uppal, Director of Merchandise Analytics and BPM, macys.com; Dan Grosz, Vice President of IT, VIP Auto; and others TBA

Consumer Insights and Store Revival Strategies, Doug Egan, Divisional Vice President Retail Integration, Walgreens; and Russ Rosen, Chief Information Officer, Rooms To Go

Day 2 Morning Sessions
Containing OOS: Inventory Optimization, Category Management to New Channels
, Thomas Zambrotta, Group Vice President, macys.com

Panel Discussion: Cross-Channel Retail Merchandising 101: Key Success Ingredients for Increased Customer Traffic and Sales Volume, Moderator: Erin Harris, Editor, Integrated Solutions for Retailers; Panelists: Gary Kleinau, Senior Director, Global Sourcing & Design Systems, Ann Taylor Stores, Inc.; Thomas Zambrotta, Group Vice President, macys.com; and others TBA

Panel Discussion: The Hidden Impact of Inventory, Collaborative Activity, and RFID Power Play Moderator: Sahir Anand, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Retail and Banking Research Practice, Aberdeen Group; Panelists: Peter Longo, President - Operations and Logistics, Macy's; Patrick Javick, Vice President, Industry Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise Sector, GS1 US; Gary A. King, Chief Information Officer, Chico's FAS, Inc.; and Josué Muñoz, Vice President, Global Customer Service and Logistics, Colgate-Palmolive Company

Summit Sponsors and Partners include: Aruba Networks; Digby; HP; Microsoft; Venda; Antenna; Channel Intelligence; Epicor; Harte-Hanks; Junction Solutions; Kony Solutions; QlikView; r-pac International Corporation; Tomax; Workplace Systems; PivotLink; GS1 US; Loyalty360; and Integrated Solutions for Retailers.

For complete agenda information: please visit: http://summits.aberdeen.com/index.php/Retail-Summit/2011-retail-summit-agenda.html

Complimentary VIP passes available for qualified Retail executives. To apply for a pass, please visit: http://vault.aberdeen.com/public/check-identity/summit/RTL1130793/event.aspx

Visit Aberdeen.com for additional access to complimentary Retail Research.

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company
Aberdeen provides fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having queried more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen for insights that drive decisions.

As a Harte-Hanks Company, Aberdeen plays a key role of putting content in context for the global direct and targeted marketing company. Aberdeen's analytical and independent view of the "customer optimization" process of Harte-Hanks (Information - Opportunity - Insight - Engagement - Interaction) extends the client value and accentuates the strategic role Harte-Hanks brings to the market. For additional information, visit Aberdeen or call (617) 854-5200, or to learn more about Harte-Hanks, call (800) 456-9748.

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