An expansion of online grocery options; imposing new competitors; the advent of voice-assisted shopping; mobile checkouts; and changes that are being driven by consumers themselves; are ushering in an extraordinary era of disruption and uncertainties for the future of the retail marketplace. Whether it will all add up to boom or bust for private label, and what store brands can do to seize this historic moment, are the questions that will dominate the agenda when PLMA convenes its 2018 Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference, March 22-25 in Bonita Springs, Florida. The conference speakers will take on these challenges and others, providing an occasion to explore the leadership opportunities that accompany the topics, as well as potential pitfalls and impediments to success. The program will include:

  • 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 & Alexa
    Christopher Dancy, Mindful Cyborg
  • Workshop: Crisis Management
    Ernest DelBuono, DelBuono & Co., Strategic Crisis Consultant

The annual PLMA conference provides opportunities for executives from manufacturing companies to come together with their industry peers and trading partners to explore the strategic choices that organizations can make in support of retailers and their store brands. The conference is open to PLMA member manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, brokers, and suppliers.

The host hotel for PLMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference is the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Florida.

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Christopher Durham
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.