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Application to present at Wakefern

Applications due July 19, 2019

The August 21st event on-site at Wakefern HQ. All applicants will be notified regardless of acceptance. 


Join the Epicenter of Retail Innovation.

Apply to join in on the Future of Commerce on-site at Wakefern August 21, 2019

Applications due July 19, 2019

*Presentation fees apply

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The Innovation Day at Wakefern

Join Retail Tomorrow at Wakefern this June. Our ON-SITE programs at leading retailers are designed to get you in front of the right decision makers and  break down organizational barriers to decision making. During these day-long events, you'll have 15 minutes to pitch present your solution product, and time to network & build relationships directly with the decision makers. Every solution is vetted by Wakefern so only companies that are of specific interest are accepted.  

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Apply to join Wakefern executives as they dive into what the future of commerce looks like. The Retail Tomorrow event is a full day on-site experience with educational speakers, key decision makers and presenting companies all coming together to make a difference for Wakefern customers and the partners.

A leader in food and beverage retailing, Wakefern’s unique cooperative structure allows independent grocers to compete, and succeed, against multinational chains. While many might think it’s impossible for family-owned businesses to deliver a customized, community-specific experience AND the competitive pricing and product variety customers have come to expect from large chains, Wakefern has proved that it’s not only possible, but it has allowed us to be a strong force in the grocery industry. In fact, with 50 member families who independently own and operate 344 retail supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market banners, Wakefern Food Corp. is the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States

The Details 

Date: August 21, 2019

Time: 10:00 am – 4:45 pm

Participants: Wakefern executives across a number of different sectors including omni-channel, operations and marketers.


10:00-10:30am Introductions/Summary of Day and Goals 

10:30-11:00am Panel Discussion on Retail Innovation 

11:00-12:30am In-Store Engagement

12:30-1:30 Lunch & Networking

1:30-3:00 Digital Marketing 

3:00-4:30 Data & Personalization Tools

4:30-4:45 Close

What's Inside?

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The Applicants

Potential to present to the Wakefern Executive Team

Apply to Participate in the Innovation Day at Wakefern Headquarters

Apply to be featured at the on-site Innovation Day program at Wakefern's Headquarters in New Jersey. The forum helps key decision makers and decision influencers to move pilots, implementations and decisions forward faster. After being accepted you'll go through an extensive coaching process - We'll work with you on everything from your presentation deck to specific Wakefern requests to make sure you're set up for the greatest success at the event. 

Start Generating Leads...Directly

We've made it easier than ever to get in front of key decision makers at Wakefern. Accepted companies will be featured in a pre-program guide designed to educate Wakefern executives on your solution before you even get on-site. In addition to all of the program and marketing materials that will be given to executives at the event, you'll have the opportunity to present live directly to the decision makers and their teams with time to network afterwards. 

It Doesn't Stop There. 

After the on-site event, you'll be able to exchange contact information with executives interested in implementing your solution. We will work with you after the event, facilitating your relationships with Wakefern executives, ensuring open communication, appropriate follow up and continued growth opportunities. Retail Tomorrow, CART and GMDC collaborate with several trade publications, making presenters and pitch event finalists accessible and recognizable within the retail industry.


We were grateful to have CART and GMDC come in and bring such talent and innovation to us for our consideration. It really opens up your mind to what the possibilities are for the future and how it impacts the way we go to market, the way we interact with our customers and where we need to be and where the future is going...                               

Karen Gozzi | Wakefern Food Corp.

Social Media, Digital Advertising, and Content Creation 

Inside Innovation Days

Sterling and his team did an outstanding job organizing a technology day event that my company, Zest Labs, participated in. The event was well organized and well executed. Information about the event was well communicated and it went very smoothly and with positive results. Their team is great to work with and we look forward to working with them on future events... 

Kevin Payne | Zest Labs

Vice President of Marketing

It's been a great event sponsored by CART & GMDC. Hearing about all of the options that have been curated to come here and talk about what they do has been really eye-opening. I can see a lot of applications. I can see applications for us to partner with them and partner with grocers to move into the digital age.                                                       

Charisse Jacques | ATKearney

SVP Client Partner

Present to the Wakefern Decision Making Team

Other Retailers We Work With

Focus Areas

Each Innovation Program has focus areas to make sure we meet the needs of the hosting retailers. 

This August, Wakefern is focused on Marketing. They're looking for...

In-Store Engagement

The role of the brick & mortar store remains vitally important and Wakefern is looking for innovative capabilities to drive in-store engagement

Digital Marketing

Digital Marketing has grown to include an ever expanding number of channels and touch-points, Wakefern is looking for novel digital marketing solutions and tools to help manage content across all of those channels.

Data & Personalization Tools

The world of mass marketing is quickly going away as Wakefern's shopper demands relevancy and personalization. 

The Retail Tomorrow Innovation Program helps give retailers educational information on technology to help shape future decisions which help keep companies moving forward.

Kevin Stafford | Food City

Vice President of Marketing