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Retail Conference Track

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Let's face it, in retail today, digital-savvy consumers are basing their purchase decisions on price, ease, convenience and overall experience. For retailers, this means that it is all about the end game — getting the product to the digital or physical shelf, so it can be discovered or purchased. As a result, retailers are facing growing demand for increased product information accuracy and completeness.

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Join us at GS1 Connect® 2018 to learn from peers, trading partners and GS1 Standards experts about how to enable a seamless omni-channel shopping experience and deliver on the “always on, always open” consumer promise.

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Retail Track Sessions

  • The Arduous Quest for Omni-Channel Success
  • Product Lifecycle Management Best Practices for Improving Speed to Market
  • The Direct to Consumer (DTC) Conundrum
  • 10 Ways to Reduce Friction in Your Supply Chain
  • Project Zipper: The EPC / RFID Supplier Study Results
  • EPC / RFID: The Next Level Retail Use Case
  • Product Information Management and the Unified Commerce Experience
  • Think Tank: Collaborate to Solve
  • GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative Open Meeting

Cross-Industry Topics

  • Blockchain: Forget the Technology, Focus on Business Transformation
  • Accelerate Your Business Processes with Quality Data
  • GS1 US Joint Open Industry Meeting with a Dash of Blockchain

2018 Speaker Standouts:

Company Name  Speaker Name
AAFES Edward Wood; Debra Zarsk
Auburn University Brian Gibson; Justin Patton
Dillard's, Inc. Chuck Lasley
DiCentral Peter Edlund
Dick's Sporting Goods Kelly Fitzsimmons; Jill Martin
Genesco, Inc. Tim Bolton
Herman Kay Company Richard Haig
J. Reneé Group Coby Sparks
Legend World Wide  Jasna Papak
Macy's, Inc.  Bill Connell; Pam Sweeney
PTC  Darren Glenister
Sun and Ski Jennifer Skeen
SwimUSA Sarah Jones Fairchild
Walmart Greg Dehaaff; JP Devilliers

GS1 Connect 2017 Trading Partner Roundtables

Trading Partner Roundtables

An opportunity to meet face-to-face with your trading partners in an informal setting. Discuss best practices and business processes that help drive efficiency in your shared supply chain. Stay tuned for more information about what companies are joining our 2018 lineup.

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GS1 Connect 2017 Trading Partner Roundtables


  • Meet with over 45 Exhibitors.
  • "Ask the Experts" in 1:1 sessions
  • Visit the GS1 US Industry Zones 
  • Attend the Networking Event
  • Meet with GS1 US Member Support
  • Visit Experience Zones and Demos


GS1 Connect 2017 How to Do Business With...

How to Do Business With...

These sessions give suppliers the opportunity to learn about business process requirements and initiative updates directly from their customers in these informative sessions delivered by industry leaders. Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 session lineup.

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GS1 Connect 2017 How to Do Business With...

GS1 US University

Explore beginner to advanced pre-conference educational opportunities and post-conference certificate courses and workshops. 

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GS1 Connect 2017 How to Do Business With...

Co-located Events

Make the most out of your travel budget with pre-conference industry meetings. 

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Industry Community Advisory Board Members

  • Ai Hua, Gates Corporation
  • Mike Sadiwnyk, GS1 Canada
  • Steven Shiovitz, Levi Strauss & Company
  • Kris Whitney, Macy's, Inc.
  • Gale Weisenfeld, PVH Corp. 
  • Sarah Jones Fairchild, Swim USA

Check out the complete list of all GS1 Connect 2018 Community Advisory Board (CAB) Members