Retail Summit Attracts Regional and National Innovators to Columbus Aug. 9-10

 June 18, 2017

Annual Event from Franklin County and Columbus Chamber of Commerce Quadruples in Scope from 2016

COLUMBUS, OH – Retail Summit 2017, presented by Franklin County and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, will bring together hundreds of the retail industry’s thought leaders for two days of insights, best practices and networking. The event will be held Aug. 9-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

As the only conference in the Midwest dedicated entirely to retail and the many sectors that support it, Retail Summit will feature remarks and presentations from industry experts working at the local, regional and national levels.

“The retail business is in a state of rapid evolution and transformation,” said Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady. “There’s never been a better or more pivotal time to hear about the industry’s future, directly from the people most involved in shaping what’s to come.”

Featured presenters include:

  • Alison Embrey Medina, editor-in-chief, design:retail
  • Marcie Merriman, executive director, EY
  • John O’Grady, Franklin County Commissioner
  • Alberto Scirocco, president and creative director, leftchannel

Nearly sixty presenters in total will join the conference to share insights on a wide range of retail’s most relevant trends and topics, including:

  • Visual merchandising
  • Consumer behavior and experience
  • Technology and marketing
  • Recruiting talent and workforce
  • Women in leadership
  • Retail logistics
  • Analytics trends and tactics

“The Columbus Region is a hub – not only for logistics and excellence in the retail sector, but for disruption and innovative thinking more generally,” said Don DePerro, president and CEO of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

“Retail Summit is a powerful illustration of the area’s legacy and status as a home for the industry’s creativity and energy.”

Since its launch in 2009, the annual event has earned a reputation for honing in on national trends in retail sales, merchandising, commercial real estate and other connected industries. This year’s two-day Summit reflects ambitious growth from the half-day event hosted in 2016.

The event is chaired by:

  • Denny Gerdeman, Chute Gerdeman
  • Steve Morris, Asset Strategies Group
  • Yaromir Steiner, Steiner & Associates

Event pricing includes flexible options for individuals, nonprofits, students and others.

About Franklin County

Franklin County, named for American statesman, scientist and inventor Benjamin Franklin, was established on April 30, 1803. The Franklin County Commissioners manage a budget of more than $1 billion each year. The 2015 United States Census Bureau population estimate for Franklin County is 1,251,7222.

About the Columbus Chamber

The Columbus Chamber of Commerce is a resources-based non-profit organization serving nearly 1,400 member organizations in Central Ohio. Providing support in areas such as research, marketing, talent advisement, networking, and government affairs, the Chamber has been helping businesses thrive since its founding in 1884.