Moderator, Carol C. Lapidus, National Leader, McGladrey
Mark Cohen, Professor of Marketing, Columbia University
Lisle Davies, Davies & Co.
Eric Roth, Managing Director, Lazard
Christopher Horvers, Senior Analyst, JP Morgan Chase
ACG New York’ Retail Update 2013 Conference…"Driving Change in Retail" focuses on the dramatic changes and adaptions that the Retail Industry have been and will continue to undergo…our focus today is on how our ACG New York members and participants can take advantage of the opportunities for debt and equity investment and advisory services that will be necessary for retailers to continue to adapt and grow.
The shift in Retail while sometimes disruptive needs to be understood…whether you are an operator of retail businesses, private equity investor, service provider, or a wholesaler selling into the channel, it is important to have a clear understanding of what the future will look like and begin to re-invent your business to take these changes into account.
There is no shortage of new concepts to replace extinct retailers: New iconic brands include H&M, Zara Top Shop, Uniqlo, Zappos, Amazon, Sprouts, Lululemon, Whole Foods, Food and Snack (Yogurt and Cupcake) stores, and new upstarts that are melding bric n mortar, internet sales, social media buzz, and a member or private club like atmosphere.
Given the continued investing community’s interest in retail and consumer transactions, and low interest rates, financial sponsors, activist investors and strategic acquirers have increasingly shown willingness to make big bets on brands and retail companies.
We will discuss value creation strategies in this sector, including discussions on recent M&A acquisitions as well as recent IPO’s of retailers acquired over the past few years.
Multi-Channel Retail Adaption
Scaling Retail to Survive
Utilization of Social Media
Investment and Growth Strategies