Senior Level Decision Makers Across the American Retail Industry Met at GDS International’s Next Generation Retail US Summit 2011 to Ignite New Business Relationships

By Gds International, PRNE
Monday, November 21, 2011

BRISTOL, England, November 22, 2011 -

The Next Generation Retail US summit - which took place from 7th - 9th November at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami, Florida - provided leading executives the chance to establish strong business relationships, igniting the start of many innovative and exciting new ventures.

The summit saw decision makers from companies across the US retail sector meet with solution providers to discuss targeting the rapidly growing market across the region.

“There is no industry that is more focused on enhancing business practices to benefit the consumer than the retail sector.” Said organizers at GDS International, the global events company behind NG Retail US, “With the economy restructuring itself and become more lucrative every day, the retail industry is on the incline.”

Leading executives had ample opportunity to network with peers. AJ Sutera, VP of IT, Saks Fifth Avenue said of NG Retail, “This has been a fantastic event. The biggest benefit I get is the chance to network with a very concentrate group of my peers.”

Speakers included leading industry professionals such as Ivano Ortis, International Director, IDC Retail Insights; Julie Dexter Berk, EVP & CMO, Supervalu; and John Carney, SVP Consumer Marketing, Sprint Nextel. Other leading companies including Channel Intelligence, Fifth Dimension, and Cognizant sponsored the event.

As well as comprehensive workshops, the summit involved panel discussions offering executives moderated, peer-led discussions on major industry issues. One-to-one meetings gave delegates the chance to meet with business analysts and analyst partners to discuss strategy and technology demands in a rapidly growing market.

A total of 16 workshops covered a range of exciting and pressing topics for the retail industry. Topics included mcommcerce, ecommerce, CRM, customer engagement, disruptive technology, and more.

Heather Briden, Event Director at GDS International says of the event, “We have always been proud of the quality of our summits, but this years’ Next Generation Retail US summit was one of our best yet. It is very rewarding to know that our events provide the environment for executives to meet and build valuable relationships that will lead to many exciting new ventures and innovations.”

See what the delegates had to say about the event at

About GDS International:


GDS International is one of the most innovative events and media companies worldwide and a globally renowned producer of business-to-business summits, conferences, online information and advisory group gatherings.

Founded in 1993, GDS International specialises in meeting the B2B marketing needs of our clients. Having a strong presence in mature industrial sectors but a finger on the pulse of emerging markets - as well as up-and-coming B2B business verticals - means we are perfectly placed to capitalise on the exciting developments brought about by the advent of a globalised economy.

Our value proposition is simple: we deliver tangible business results from world-class events.

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