Retail Innovation

Retail Innovation: Coming to a Store Near You

Retail Event

DATE: Tuesday, December 11, 2018
TIME: 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
PLACE: Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle's Southport, Seattle, Washington (hotel info)
COST: Complimentary (registration required)


retail innovation forum

Thanks to consumer expectations, the pace of change in retail is accelerating. Consumers expect a more convenient, truly omnichannel experience with a path to purchase that no longer begins in a store and with final selection happening post purchase.

Pureplay eCommerce companies opening stores are encountering the same complexities that traditional brick-and-mortar retailers have worked with for years. We will explore topics such as Blockchain, location technology and robots for retail in stores and operations.

Speaker Bios


time presentation
1:30 pm - 1:35 pm Introduction and Welcome
Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO, Object Management Group
1:35 pm - 1:55 pm

Retail Industry Disruption and Provocation View PDF
Dean A. Sleeper, Sleeper Family Office

Retail Industry Disruption and Provocation What is the source of disruption? Are Amazon and Uber disruptors, or are they first movers who recognize an opportunity and maintain their market position by being first and better? Dean A. Sleeper will challenge your ideas on market disruption and the balance of timing and skill required to address radical new retail landscapes.

1:55 pm - 2:35 pm What is Real for Blockchain in Retail Today and How Blockchain Ecosystems will Redefine the Business of Retail  View PDF
Dennis Gerson, Distinguished Engineer, IBM
Rose Brandolino, Architect and Technical Advisor, IBM

Blockchain will enable for information in business of Retail in the same way that the Internet enabled e-commerce. The question today is what can Blockchain, as opposed to cryptocurrency and tokens, enable for Retail? What problems can it address that cannot be addressed easily by existing systems. In addition, what role does blockchain interoperability play in solving business problems and how does an ecosystem of Blockchain solutions that solve business problems become reality.
2:35 pm - 2:50 pm Afternoon Refreshment Break
2:50 pm - 3:30 pm Location Technology in Retail View PDF
Andy Mattice Director, Solutions Enablement, Lexmark International

What are the hardware and software requirements for making use of location analytics? What standards and resources are out there now, and where is it headed? Hear about the relative advantages of sensors such as beacons, RFID tags, and computer vision, and how location is moving into distributed ledger technology such as Blockchain.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Robots in Retail  View PDF
ShiSh Shridhar Director, Business Strategy, Retail Industry, Microsoft Corp

There are more use-cases out there than robots in stores. Lets discuss some of the use cases, what’s really working and not working out there and the challenges and opportunities for Robotics in Retail. We will also look at AI capabilities that are an integral part of various robotics use cases.
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm OMG Retail Update: How Standards Support Innovation View PDF
Bart McGlothin, Security Architect, Cisco Systems, Co-Chair, OMG Retail

Standards can help an industry make sense of and implement emerging technologies, driving down the cost and risk of new technology strategies. They create a common framework for innovation by defining common vocabularies and best practices to ensure successful adoption. OMG Retail/ARTS was founded in 1994 to make new technology less expensive and less risky for retailers; Bart McGlothin gives an update on the work of OMG Retail in areas such as video analytics, traceability, robots and of course the core of retail, our Unified Point of Service which turns customers in to consumers.
4:20 pm - 5:00 pm Panel Discussion/Q&A
Moderator: Dean Sleeper

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