What’s Next For Store Brands? PLMA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference

PLMA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference

PLMA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference
What’s Next for Store Brands?
March 22-25, 2018
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida.

In a world of game-changing retailing and marketing, store brands seem likely to benefit. But what can retailers and manufacturers do to drive things along.

Everyone is predicting a big boom for private label. But, actually, it may not be that simple. Online-only retailers haven’t figured out how to successfully use their own brands yet, while bricks-and-mortar retailers are having trouble solving same-day delivery dilemmas. And don’t leave national brands out of the equation: They are not going to fade out of existence anytime soon. PLMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference puts the spotlight on the growing chorus of good news for private label and examines what store brands have to do now to get there in the future. The questions are obvious. The answers are not.

  • How do store brands take advantage of online sales?
  • What can private label do to build on the expansion of discounters like Aldi and Lidl?
  • Can retailers and their suppliers keep pace with consumers?
  • What is the next retailing game changer?

Is social media going to be store brands’ friend or enemy?

This year’s schedule includes

  • Store Brands: Boom or Bust
    Don Stuart, Managing Partner Cadent Consulting Group
  • Keeping Pace with Consumers
    John Gerzema CEO, Harris Insights and Analytics
  • How Can Store Brands Take Advantage of Online Shopping?
    Bill Bishop Chief Architect, Brick Meets Click
  • Meet Siri and Alexa
    Christopher Dancy Mindful Cyborg
  • Private Label Hall of Fame Breakfast
  • Board of Directors Meeting



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Christopher Durham is the president of My Private Brand and the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, consultant and retailer who built brands at Delhaize-owned Food Lion, and lead strategy and brand development for Lowe’s Home Improvement. He has consulted with retailers around the world on their private brand portfolios including: Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro (Canada), TLW (Taiwan) and Hola (Taiwan). Durham has published five definitive books on private brands, including his first book, Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his newest book, Vanguard: Vintage Originals, a visual tour of innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Dynamic in his presentation while down to earth and frank in his opinions, he has presented at numerous conferences, including FUSE, The Dieline Conference, Packaging that Sells, Omnishopper and PLMA’a annual trade show in Chicago. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife, Laraine, and two daughters, Olivia and Sarah.