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The Future of Food Retail

About This Webinar

In this post-pandemic era, the food retail industry has changed dramatically. Inflation is at a 40-year high, customer loyalty is harder to earn and maintain, and margins are razor-thin as retailers battle increasing cost pressures. Also, keeping up with consumers’ unique tastes is difficult enough in the best of times but, in today’s marketplace, accurately cataloguing changes in shopper behavior has become a full-time job, especially when it comes to food and diet.

This webinar will provide insights from one of the leading food retail analysts - R.J. Hottovy, Head of Analytical Research at Placer.ai. R.J. will delve in into how retailers can effectively measure and engage shoppers. Once-siloed strategies such as e-Commerce, incentives, audience management, and media must be united and consistent in order to secure shoppers’ loyalty. To help brands and retailers prepare for what’s ahead, watch “The Future of Food Retail," presented by Placer.ai and The Food Institute.

This deep dive into the food retailing industry will:

• Provide the latest data and forecasts on foot traffic across various retailing channels (e.g., grocery, restaurants, dollar stores, C-stores).

• Explore the factors impacting the new shopper journey and consumer migration patterns.

• Discover format and shopper behavior shifts that will directly inform retail digital transformation strategy over the next five year.

• Provide the latest insights into Retail Media Networks and alternative revenue streams that will help food retailers drive revenue and margin growth.

• Outline activation strategies that brands and retailers need to employ now to successfully respond to ever-changing conditions and help prepare their business for what’s yet still to come.


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Placer.ai is the most advanced foot traffic analytics platform allowing anyone with a stake in the physical world to instantly generate insights into any property for a deeper understanding of the factors that drive success. It is the first platform that fully empowers professionals in retail, commercial real estate, dining, and more to truly understand and maximize their offline activities with reporting capabilities that include visit trends, True Trade Areas, cannibalization/void analysis, demographics, cross-shopping, and favorite places. To learn more, visit https://hubs.li/Q019NFjv0.

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Webinar Price: Free
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Head of Analytical Research, Placer.ai
R.J. Hottovy, CFA is Head of Analytical Research for Placer.ai. He has covered the restaurant, retail, and e-commerce sectors for nearly 20 years. He has held several analyst positions in the past, including Global Consumer Equity Strategist at Morningstar and equity analyst roles at William Blair & Co. and Deutsche Bank. Hottovy also brings a wealth of experience with early-stage investments as an investor and member of the investment committee for the IrishAngels Venture Capital group. Over the past three years, he has worked with more than 50 consumer and technology companies, advising on more than $200 million in early-stage capital raises and other buy- and sell-side M&A transactions. Hottovy is also a member of the Chicago Seed Co. network, a group of Chicago-area investors focused on early-stage food & beverage companies.

Hottovy's efforts have been recognized by several financial and trade publications, including CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily, Barron's, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and The Economist. He is an active member of the CFA Society of Chicago and maintains a regular teaching schedule through the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business and the Girls Who Invest program. He was also a finalist for Crain's Chicago "40 Under 40" award in 2011. Hottovy graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Finance and a second degree in Computer Applications.
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