Franklin County, Columbus Chamber of Commerce Release Retail Report in Advance of Retail Summit 2017

 August 8, 2017

Seventh Annual Event Puts Region in Spotlight Aug. 9-10

COLUMBUS, OH, Aug. 8, 2017 – What are the latest trends in sales tax revenue, employment and other key indicators for the retail sector in Columbus Region?

The annual Retail Report, published jointly by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, seeks to answer those questions and provide unique insights into the state of the retail marketplace in Central Ohio.

The Report comes as the retail landscape continues to change throughout the country, and leads into Retail Summit 2017, an annual conference bringing together hundreds of the industry’s leading minds and companies, taking place Aug. 9-10 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“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.”

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.

“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.”


Retail Summit is an annual conference featuring remarks, presentations and networking with industry experts from Columbus and around the U.S.

Wednesday, Aug. 99 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 109 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Greater Columbus Convention Center
C & D Concourse and Short North Ballroom
400 N High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

The retail sector is in a state of rapid transformation and evolution. Columbus, as a national hub for retail innovation and logistics, provides an ideal venue to gather industry leaders to share trends, insights and best practices.

Local, regional and national professionals in retail and supporting industries. Individual passes start at$400 each; special nonprofit and student pricing available.

Speaker and presentation highlights include:

Wednesday, 8/9

The State of Retail
Denny Gerdeman, chairman and founder, Chute Gerdeman
Steve Morris, co-founder and owner, Asset Strategies Group
Yaromir Steiner, founder and CEO, Steiner & Associates

Retail Trend Watch: Humanizing Stores for a New Connected Customer
Alison Embrey Medina, editor-in-chief, design:retail magazine

Why the Columbus Region for Logistics & Supply Chain
Dan McNutt, Senior Vice President of Operations, DHL Supply Chain
John Ness, owner, president and CEO, ODW Logistics, Inc.

Amazon CAN’T Do That
Lee Peterson, executive vice president, Brand, Strategy & Design, WD Partners

The Role of Product and The Merchant in a Customer-Driven World
Marcy Schaffir, senior vice president, general merchandise manager, Cacique
Rachel Williamson, vice president, store operations, Justice

She Wants It In Red, By 1:00pm!!!
Tony Brown, vice president, global logistics, Under Armour
Craig Hart, vice president, Merchandise Planning, Big Lots
Edward Kistner, senior vice president, Merchandising & Allocation, DSW

Visual Merchandising Design
Eric Daniel, creative director, FITCH
Michelle Isroff, vice president of design, Big Red Rooster
Robyn Novak, vice president, FRCH Design Worldwide

Thursday, 8/10

Move Over Millennials: How Gen Z is Shaping The Future of Retail
Marcie Merriman, Ernst & Young

JET SET: How Local Trends Become International Retail Phenomena
Nicole Faccinto, design director, Visual Strategy, Chute Gerdeman
Mary Lynn Waite, creative director, Brand Communications, Chute Gerdeman

What’s Next in Retail
Roger Rawlins, CEO, DSW Inc.

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