IoTC NOW – Retail Transformation Virtual Panel

Zoom Virtual Panel

There is no doubt that the retail sector has been hit hard with COVID-19, however this sector was already experiencing huge transformation even before the global pandemic, with increased competition from new business models and changing consumer demands, making Digital Transformation essential, particularly for those “brick and mortar” retailers.

Recalling Plato’s premise that necessity is the mother of invention, the global pandemic has accelerated the much-needed transformation of “brick and mortar” retail and we are now seeing industry leaders forging ahead with innovative and touch-free technology, from delivery drones to robotics, to realize the potential of current and future innovation, filling critical gaps while ensuring the health and well being of everyone. With social distancing the new normal, at least into the foreseeable future, retailers must adopt alternative technologies and processes in order survive the current situation and be ready for possible future outbreaks and disruption.

As the 4th session in the IoTC NOW Digital Bi-Weekly Series to address the most pressing technology trends, the IoT Consortium brings together leading retail executives currently rising to the current challenges to share their insights, expectations and realities of what the future retail landscape looks like.




George Anderson has extensive executive-level experience in editorial, marketing and sales in the advertising, retail/wholesale and print, video and digital media industries. Mr. Anderson has served as the editorial voice of RetailWire since the site’s founding in 2002 and has been interviewed by a wide variety of media outlets including the Charlotte Observer, Providence Journal, MarketWatch, NPR, Wall Street Journal Radio and others. Previously, Mr. Anderson served as president and creative director of the IdeaBeat Creative division of IdeaBeat.com. His duties included creating Online Profit Guides and Company Spotlights recognized as “Best of the Net” by About.com for a blue-chip list of consumer goods manufacturers and technology companies. Before joining IdeaBeat, Mr. Anderson created a successful sales and marketing communications and custom publishing company called Not Your Average Agency. Mr. Anderson’s experience includes eight years with Progressive Grocer Associates/Maclean Hunter Media, where he held a variety of marketing services and sales management roles. His assignments included work in the company’s four divisions including Progressive Grocer, Frozen Food Age, Retail Technology, and Retail Insights (Supermarket Insights and Convenience Store Insights video division.) For editorial inquiries, please contact George at: RetailWire 116 South Union Avenue Cranford, NJ 07016 908-325-2499



As CEO of Foursquare, David Shim is responsible for driving the company mission and vision as the world’s most trusted and independent location technology platform. David joined Foursquare in June 2019 as president of the company. Prior to joining Foursquare, David was the Founder and CEO of Placed, the leader in ad to in-store attribution. Founded in 2011, Placed worked with 430+ partners enabling over 500 advertisers to measure media’s impact on store visits. Placed was acquired by Snapchat in 2017 and Foursquare in 2019. David has also held leadership roles across product and operations at Farecast (acquired by Microsoft), WebTrends, Quantcast, and Snapchat.



Phillip is the Founder/CEO of a new (stealth) venture focused on sustainable goods and services. Prior to his new company, Phillip was the President and Founder of b8ta. Before b8ta, Phillip headed up Global Channel Marketing at Nest (Google) and was the Director of Retail Marketing at Nintendo.



Stephane is the Senior Vice President for Retail Innovation at Mastercard. In his role, Stephane and his team lead Mastercard’s efforts to deploy innovative solutions and technologies for retailers to transform both their online and in-store experiences. These solutions, which can be deployed and live in less than 12 months, leverage Mastercard assets across analytics, artificial intelligence, security, loyalty, and payments, in addition to unique capabilities provided by retail tech startups.

Previously, Stephane founded and led Mastercard’s global startup engagement group, known as Mastercard Start Path, working with over 120 early stage companies across the commerce space through a combination of operational partnership, strategic investment, and commercial access.



As senior vice president of corporate development at GS1 US, Melanie leads a team that investigates new technologies, partnerships and business opportunities to increase the relevance and reach of GS1 Standards—the most widely used supply chain standards in the world. She oversees the exploration of collaboration opportunities to help businesses leverage emerging technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and machine learning. Ms. Nuce has more 20 years of retail supply chain experience, focusing in recent years on retail industry collaboration to improve inventory accuracy, exchanging standardized product data and achieving source to store supply chain visibility.