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Target Forum

Overall Target is expected to continue to benefit from its sales-driving initiatives (owned brands, remodels, flexible fulfillment) and from share leakage from distressed retailers in 2019. The company appears to be very focused on securing incremental margin support from vendors and further dialing up private label focus in an attempt to offset what is expected to be continued margin pressure on the business, primarily from digital fulfillment costs.

How will you navigate these challenges and capture growth in the overall retail channel and at Target? Let CRC help.

Join us Tuesday, March 12th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Hilton in Minneapolis when we host our Second Annual Target Forum. We’ll not only review key takeaways from our recent Target senior management meetings, but we’ll also share what is working for suppliers, what to prepare for, and provide forward-looking forecasts and a longer term outlook on how suppliers can win with Target. Our guest speaker Conlego will also share their tips and best practices on the buyer negotiation process.

Our goal is to better equip you and your teams with relevant and actionable insights on Target and the broader retail environment across channels.

This event is best positioned for Target team leads, NAMs, category managers, and others calling on Target, as well as members of other retail teams that have interest in, compete with, or are looking to sell into Target.

Schedule of Events

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Target Forum Presenters

Jackie Lewis
Director, Traditional Retail Council, Cleveland Research Company

Jackie joined Cleveland Research in 2010, and serves as the Director of the Traditional Retail Council dedicated to writing research and hosting events for suppliers and manufacturers to help optimize their business in the mass, club, grocery, dollar, discount, drug, and specialty retail channels.

Prior to her current role, Jackie was an equity research analyst covering the food retail and foodservice industries. She also worked as Data and Media Manager for a full-service B2B marketing agency in Chicago, overseeing all media and data-related purchases internally and for the firm’s clients.

Jackie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and Border Collie mix, Scout.

Scott Bender
Senior Research Analyst, Cleveland Research Company

Scott is the Senior Research Analyst covering the grocery, mass, club and dollar channels at Cleveland Research, in addition to Amazon. He has a background in finance/economics and leads the company’s Equity Research function for the channels described previously (catering to institutional investor clients). This includes channel research, report writing, financial modeling and client marketing. Scott also plays a role in the Market Research business, helping with product and presentations.

He has been with Cleveland Research since the company’s founding in 2006 and is a Partner in the company. Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from John Carroll University. He is a Cleveland lifer and lives on the East side of town with his wife and two daughters.

Daniel Duty
Founder & CEO, Conlego

Daniel Duty is an internationally known expert in the fields of negotiation, partnership building, joint business solutions and complex problem solving. He is the founder and CEO of Conlego, a firm specializing in these areas for retail and CPG companies.

Daniel built the Business Partnerships and Negotiations team for Target where he developed its negotiations and partnership strategy and implemented a variety of tools, creating billions of dollars in savings and growth.

Daniel has led hundreds of negotiations on every conceivable topic with companies from private label producers to Coca Cola, Hasbro, and Levis. He developed strategic partnerships creating innovative new products and solutions with organizations like P&G, Starbucks and UNICEF.

Daniel has taught thousands of businesspeople in the art and science of negotiation and partnerships at companies, business forums and leading universities such as Harvard, Berkeley, and Northwestern.

Prior to joining Target, Daniel negotiated on behalf of US Senator Paul Simon, the US International Trade Commission, General Mills and other organizations.

Hotel Accommodations

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 376-1000


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Traditional Retail
Hilton Minneapolis
Mar 12, 2019
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States

Cleveland Research Company

1375 E 9th St #2700
Cleveland, OH 44114