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A Fresh Take On Food Retailing with RSR Research

15 Jan 2017

Join Nikki Baird and Brian Kilcourse from RSR Research in this webinar as they discuss food retailing

Consumer behavior shifts increasingly impact the grocery industry – more urban living, more demands for fresh and organic, and less time to devote to preparing meals. With more and more attention being focused on fresh, including an expansion of the category into meal kits and fully prepared meals, retailers need a particular set of tools at their disposal to ensure a successful – and profitable – fresh item department. This webinar will explore the consumer behavior drivers behind their shifting demands for the fresh category, the opportunity that exists for retailers, and the base capabilities to look for in fresh item and kitchen management.

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Meet the presenters

Brian Kilcourse

Brian Kilcourse, managing partner at Retail systems Research (RSR), has more than 30 years experience in the extended retail industry, and is recognized as one of the top retail technology leaders in the United States. Before forming the RSR partnership, Brian was President & Chief Executive of Retail Systems Alert Group (RSAG), Brian is a frequent public speaker on subjects ranging from emerging technologies to IT governance and best practices. He also has led training seminars on the subject of "selling IT to retailers." Brian has authored research reports on Multi-Channel Retailing, Supply Chain Collaboration, Customer Data Security, RFID, Business Intelligence, IT governance and alignment, among other topics.

Brian was the SVP & CIO at Longs Drug Stores for ten years from 1993 through 2002. One of the top retail CIO's in the United States during his tenure, Kilcourse was named one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders by Computerworld magazine and by Information Week as leader of the #1 retail IT shop in 2001. Brian holds a BA degree in Management from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, CA.

Nikki Baird

Nikki Baird is Managing Partner at Retail Systems Research, an industry market intelligence firm specializing in the impact of technology on the extended retail industry. She covers topics ranging from in-store technology and store performance management, supply chain and multi-channel fulfillment, retailer-manufacturer collaboration, merchandising, and loyalty and promotions management.

Nikki brings perspective from all sides of the retail technology equation: she served in technology roles at both a large and a small retailer, and she has provided advisory and consulting services for Fortune 500 retailers, distributors, and manufacturers. Prior to cofounding RSR, Nikki was an analyst at both Forrester Research and Retail Systems Alert Group, where she covered extended retail industry topics like supply chain, RFID, retail operations, POS, and in-store management. Prior to that, she was director of marketing for StorePerform, a store execution management software provider, now RedPrairie, and director of product marketing for Viewlocity, a supply chain software provider focusing on adaptive supply chain execution and exception management. Nikki came to Viewlocity from PwC Consulting, now IBM Global Services, where as a senior manager she led IT strategy consulting engagements for retail and CPG clients.

Nikki has an M.B.A. from the University of Texas, Austin, focusing on operations and IT. She also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and Russian, with a minor in physics, from the University of Colorado, Boulder.