The PLMA keynote has a long tradition of presenting a top industry executive to draw attention to the strategic role that store brands play across all retail channels and formats. Recent keynoters at PLMA have included Whole Foods’ founder John Mackey, Trader Joe’s president Doug Rauch, Kings & Balducci’s CEO Judith Spires, and Fred Morganthall of Kroger/Harris Teeter, among others.
Cheih Huang launched Boxed.com in 2013 as a mobile and online warehouse club experience. The company has seen remarkable growth. Boxed currently delivers to anywhere in the Continental US and has recently been valuated between $600 million and $1 billion.
PLMA also announced that Ali Dibadj, a partner at AllianceBernstein global asset management company, will be their featured speaker for the Retail Trends Breakfast on Tuesday, November 19. The speech will focus on How Retailers Are Building Billion Dollar Brands and what that means for the retailing and consumer brands strategies. Ranking repeatedly as a No. 1 analyst for both the household & personal products as well as the beverages & snacks industries, Dibadj has been featured in business reporting for The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, NPR, and other major news outlet.
PLMA’s Sunday seminars focus attention on the latest developments in online retailing and new product trends. The program kicks off with PLMA’s 2019 Salute to Excellence Awards for outstanding store brands, followed by speakers on three of the industry’s hottest topics:
• Sam Mayberry, former head of product development for Amazon retail consumables and private label, will speak on winning the competitive battle for the last mile to the consumer, delivering online orders to shoppers, and how e-commerce continues to change the rules of retail.
• Jim Wisner, president of Wisner Marketing Group will report on retailers adapting their product assortments to the rapid rise of consumer interest in plant-based foods on the heels of recent rollouts of meat alternative offerings by major U.S. fast-food chains like Burger King, KFC and others.
• Virginia Lee, research manager at Brightfield Group, a leading source of market intelligence for the CBD and cannabis industries, will speak about the latest CBD formulations appearing in nonfoods, supplements and pet products, and those soon expected to follow in food products.
PLMA’s 2019 trade show will present more than 2,500 exhibit booths from the best store brands manufacturers of every size and description, while more than 5,000 visitors to the PLMA will include buyers and executives from US supermarkets, mass merchandisers, drug chains, discount, club, convenience and dollar stores, in addition to online and specialty retailers, foodservice distributors and wholesalers.
For information on attending or exhibiting at PLMA's Private Label Trade Show, contact PLMA (212) 972-3131, email, or visit www.plma.com