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GS1 Connect | June 4-6, 2024 | Orlando, Florida

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Keynote Speakers


Marc Randolph

Entrepreneur Speaker, Netflix Co-Founder, National Bestselling Author, Executive Mentor & Angel Investor

Marc Randolph shared the unlikely story of how a handful of dreamers with no money and a bad idea created the company that eventually changed the world. As co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, Marc laid much of the groundwork for a service that's grown to over 200 million subscribers and fundamentally altered how the world experiences media. He shared stories of successful and unsuccessful tech ventures as an entrepreneur spanning four decades. He's mentored hundreds of early-stage entrepreneurs and, as an investor, has helped seed dozens of successful tech ventures (and just as many unsuccessful ones). Marc is also the author of the internationally best-selling memoir, "That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life of an Idea."
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Bob Carpenter

President and CEO, GS1 US

Bob Carpenter, President and CEO of GS1 US, leads the company’s strategic direction, including business solutions, education and training programs, industry initiatives, and community engagement focused on driving broader adoption and use of GS1 Standards. In his opening keynote address, Bob went "back to the future" and shared perspective on how organizations can prepare for tomorrow’s challenges—and how our ecosystem is partnering to power future innovation, meet the needs of retailers and brands, and improve traceability, sustainability, and safety.
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Fast Company and GS1 US Present:

The Future Is Frictionless: Building the New Ecosystem of Commerce

As COVID-19 disrupted the foundations of commerce as we know it, it also accelerated consumer demand for more convenient and seamless shopping experiences. Three years later, this demand has become an expectation, and retailers are turning to innovative solutions and standards to try to achieve flawless fulfillment for every product in every channel. During this engaging panel discussion, Fast Company partnered with GS1 US to bring brand owner and retailer futurists to GS1 Connect to debate if “frictionless” is an overambitious dream or a soon-to-be-seen digital ecosystem of commerce. Attendees heard how cutting-edge innovation, mind-bending technologies, and the sobering need for standardized data interplay in figuring out the solutions for tomorrow’s frictionless marketplaces.

Fast Company & GS1 US Present:

The Panelists

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Stephanie Mehta (Moderator)

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer, Mansueto Ventures

Stephanie Mehta is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Content Officer of Mansueto Ventures, publisher of Inc. and Fast Company. She previously served as editor-in-chief of Fast Company, where she oversaw digital, print, and live journalism. Under her leadership, Fast Company was a National Magazine Award finalist in design for three years in a row, and the title added two new annual conferences. She has worked as a writer and editor at Vanity Fair, Bloomberg Media, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal.

Mehta sits on the boards of the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Women’s Forum of New York, and Airbel Impact Lab, the research and innovation arm of the International Rescue Commission.

Mehta began her career as a business reporter at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Virginia. She received a BA in English and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University. A Chicago-area native, she now lives with her husband and two children in Scarsdale, New York.

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John Chin

Senior Director of Marketing, Grabango

John Chin is a seasoned consumer marketing veteran with over 30 years of experience bridging the retail, media, and technology verticals.  

 John is the Senior Director of Marketing for Grabango, the leading provider of checkout-free technology for large-scale retail chains. Grabango delivers a next-generation shopper experience and is the only enterprise-class, checkout-free solution suitable for operation in existing stores.

 He has held key positions throughout the evolution of retail: starting as a buyer for a billion-dollar brick-and-mortar retail chain, overseeing e-commerce vendor relations during the dot-com bubble, spurring on the growth of digital advertising for major CE introductions such as HDTV and the iPhone, and launching the Best Buy Express automated store concept across airports. Prior companies include CNET, Monster Cable, Technicolor, and WideOrbit.

 John is a Silicon Valley native and earned an accounting degree from San Jose State University. He has lived in San Francisco his entire life and continues to enjoy the city with his wife, two sons, and chocolate Labrador retriever. 

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Melanie Nuce-Hilton

Senior Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships, GS1 US

As Senior Vice President, Innovation and Partnerships, Melanie Nuce-Hilton leads a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships, and business opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards. Ms. Nuce-Hilton oversees the exploration of collaboration opportunities to help businesses leverage emerging technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and computer vision, to address multiple business process challenges, such as autonomous retail and circular economy.

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