A guest post from Velocity Talk presenter Kieran Forsey. Kieran is the CEO, North America, as well as the co-founder of S4RB who heads up the U.S. operation, S4RB Inc., based in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  He has a strong background in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) retail and supply chain and software development and has worked with many of the world’s leading retailers. Forsey is a strong proponent of having supplier and retailer teams adopt a collaborative approach to quickly changing market trends. He emphasizes the importance of customer and brand experience and believes that focused efforts to ‘listen’ to customers will result in product differentiation and transparent relationships with suppliers.

Velocity is just around the corner My Private Brand has put together an impressive line-up for the inaugural Velocity, their first private brand summit.   Well done Christopher Durham! I am delighted that they have stayed true to their principles of hearing from the world’s top retailers, as well as challengers and thought leaders.

I am really looking forward to hearing from Jack Pestello, SVP Private Brands at Walmart. It will be interesting to get a perspective on the future of private brands from one of the market’s heavyweight retailers. Meanwhile, in light of all the disruption in the market, with so much change and new competition, it will be illuminating to hear from the new young guns – Fresh Direct and Boxed. And of course, we can’t forget the important view from the center ground with Giant Eagle.

On day 2 there is a chance to participate in real debate on the impact that Amazon and Google are having and will have in our market. It is nice to see this will be led by a great blend of retailers and industry specialists.

I really am looking forward to it. If you are going, let me know.  I would be delighted to meet up and discuss the exciting future of our industry.