About Retail 101
This session taught by Bill Blackstone will provide an introduction to the use of technology in the Retail industry. We will explore the different stages of a Retailer’s life cycle including buying merchandise from manufacturers, moving the merchandise, and finally selling it either within a store or online. Â The discussion will cover how technology has enabled Retail in past years and the explosion of new technologies: mobile phones, the cloud, analytics, machine learning, etc. that are changing Retail forever.
About Bill Blackstone
Bill Blackstone is a Retail technology veteran of more than 40 years who led various technology functions for the largest department store chain store in the world, Macy’s, for two decades before moving across the aisle. He helped start and grow SPI, a company that called itself “The Right Retail Partner”. SPI provided tech services and products to 350+ Retailers and Manufacturing companies. Bill is currently semi-retired and provides retail tech consulting services through his company Blackstone Solutions.