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Retail Smarter Conference showcases how to thrive in retail’s changing landscape

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – You’ve likely seen reports of the demise of retail. While stores closing locations or reporting slow sales may have you convinced these statements are true, retail experts from across the nation are gathering at the University of Florida Retail Smarter Conference to address that, in fact, retail isn’t dying. It’s just changing.

The two-day event, March 27-28, 2019, will be hosted at the University of Florida by the Warrington College of Business David F. Miller Retail Center. Retail Smarter will converge thought-provoking speakers from many industries to address the changes in retail while discussing trends, best practices, technology, supply chain, e-commerce, sustainability and human resources.

“We’ve been hosting Retail Smarter for 29 years,” said Betsy Goodman, Executive Director of the Miller Retail Center. “Attendees will be immersed in the world of retail and learn about topics of strategic importance to senior retail executives at leading firms.”

Retail Smarter will feature many notable speakers including Shark Tank alumna and co-founder of The Superfan Company Kim Kaupe, National Retail Federation Foundation President Ellen Davis and Top 10 World Ranked Pro-BMX Athlete Josh Perry among other leaders from companies like Walgreens, Office Depot and Bealls.

To learn more about how you can thrive in retail’s changing landscape, register for Retail Smarter on the event website.

“Over the past 20 years, I have attended Retail Smarter nearly every year,” said Steve Knopik, Bealls CEO. “I block out dates on my calendar each year because it’s such a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with other retailers, outstanding students with career aspirations and experts in things I’m interested in.”

Featured Retail Smarter Speakers:

Kim Kaupe – Shark Tank Contestant and Co-founder, The Superfan Company

Josh Perry – Top 10 World Ranked Pro-BMX Athlete

Kristen Zavo – Author, Job Joy: Your Guide to Success, Meaning and Happiness in Your Career

Ellen Davis – President, National Retail Federation Foundation and Senior Vice President, Research and Strategic Initiatives, National Retail Federation

Stephen M. Knopik – Chairman and CEO, Bealls, Inc.

Kevin Moffitt – Chief Retail Officer, Office Depot

Nicole Leiter and Bill Miller – Corporate Operations Vice Presidents, Pharmacy and Retail Operations, Walgreens

Ron Cross – Senior Vice President of Executive Affairs, PGA Tour Headquarters

To see other Retail Smarter speakers and learn more about the event, please visit the Retail Smarter website.