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Virtual Kroger Forum

April 27 | April 28


The COVID-19 pandemic has positively impacted Kroger revenue and the conventional grocery channel. We have also seen a significant shift to online grocery shopping and delivery as consumers prioritize safety and convenience which we expect will be lasting.

Join CRC this April for our Virtual Kroger Forum when our retail team unpacks their latest consumer data on Kroger and discusses the outlook on grocery as we lap the pandemic.

The Forum will consist of four sessions over the course of two days including a fireside chat with Jill McIntosh, Senior Consultant at Simpactful, a CPG/retail consultancy firm built for today’s challenges. Jill held prior roles at Kroger including Vice President, Digital and Vice President Merchandising, Natural Foods.

Our goal is to provide you actionable knowledge on the broader retail environment across channels to better plan your Kroger business. The Forum is best positioned for Kroger team leads, national account managers, marketing directors, and category & insight managers.

If you can’t make the session live, you can still register to receive digital recordings of the presentations and the accompanying slide decks.

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What You’ll Learn

Key themes &
trends at Kroger
Kroger’s market performance vs. retailer peers 2021 growth forecasts



Virtual Kroger Forum Agenda


Tuesday, April 27, 2021
10:00 am ET | 9:00 am CT
Macro, Consumer & Retail Overview
60 Minutes

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
2:00 pm ET | 1:00 pm CT
Fireside Chat with Guest Speaker: Jill McIntosh, Simpactful
45 Minutes



Wednesday, April 28, 2021
10:00 am ET | 9:00 am CT
Deep Dive on Kroger Key Initiatives & Outlook
60 Minutes

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
2:00 pm ET | 1:00 pm CT
Winning with Kroger Digital & KPM
60 Minutes


About the Presenters

Rusty Wilson

Rusty Wilson, CFA
Senior Research Analyst & Partner, Cleveland Research Company

Rusty is a Senior Research Analyst & Partner at Cleveland Research Company covering food & broadline retail including the mass, club, grocery, dollar/value and digital channels. Rusty focuses on engaging with industry leaders and providing guidance to institutional investor clients on the retail landscape. He also leads Cleveland Research’s market research platform, which provides thematic reports, surveys, events/webinars and share-groups to over 100 CPG supplier and third-party partners.

Rusty graduated from The Ohio State University and is a CFA® charterholder. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and daughter.


Scott Bender

Scott Bender
Senior Research Analyst & Partner, 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.


John Selio

John Selio
Research Associate, Cleveland Research Company

John is a Research Associate at Cleveland Research Company covering the digital, mass, club, grocery, dollar/value, consumer electronics, and pet retail channels. John networks primarily with suppliers across all covered channels to uncover best practices and share insights on key emerging themes in the market.

John graduated from Miami University and currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and daughter.


Jill McIntosh
Senior Consultant, Simpactful
Former Executive at The Kroger Company

Jill McIntosh serves as a Director on the Boards of Summit Naturals, Inc. located in Orlando, Florida and Whisps Acquisition Corp., located in New York, New York.

Jill served as an executive for The Kroger Co. for the past 16 years. While at Kroger she held numerous leadership positions for the company. Her most recent assignment was launching Kroger’s first international endeavor, a flagship store on Alibaba’s Tmall platform. Before she was Vice President of Digital, she was the Vice President of Natural Foods Merchandising since March of 2014, where she was responsible for sales of natural and organic products throughout the Kroger family of stores.  Before that position, she held the position of Vice President of Human Resources for Fred Meyer Stores, the largest division of Kroger located in Portland, Oregon.  She was promoted to Fred Meyer in 2012 and before that she held the position of Senior Director of Human Resources & Labor Relations for the Corporate Brands & Manufacturing division of Kroger at General Office in Cincinnati.  She was promoted to that position in 2009 and before that she was Head of Money Services for Kroger Personal Finance, a financial services joint venture.    Jill joined KPF in the beginning of 2008 and before that Jill was Corporate Counsel for Kroger.  Jill joined Kroger in 2003 when she accepted her role in the law department.  Prior to joining Kroger she was a corporate attorney at Keating, Muething and Klekamp (Cincinnati) and Fuller and Henry (Toledo).

Jill currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Cincinnati Chapter of Network of Executive Women, and as a board member of Xavier University, Williams College of Business and ProKids of Hamilton County (court appointed special advocates). Jill has also served as a board member of the YWCA of Greater Portland, BRIDGES for a Just Community (Cincinnati), Southwest Ohio Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (Cincinnati), and Vice Chair of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the Cincinnati Bar.

Jill was recognized as a Top Woman in Grocery, Senior Level Executive by Progressive Grocer and as a Women of Influence in the Food Industry by Shelby Publishing Co. and its Griffin Report of the Northeast publication. Jill also received an Emerging Business Award from Lead Magazine for leading the tremendous growth of Kroger’s Natural Foods.

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Apr 27 - 28 2021
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