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Innovative brands speaking at NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show

Experts in supply chain, ecommerce and marketing from brands like Sam’s Club and The Walt Disney Co. take the stage

While we can all agree retail has changed immeasurably over the past year and a half, the holiday season puts an even brighter spotlight on the importance of collaboration.

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As retailers work to ensure shoppers get the products they want, how, when and where they want them, innovative thinking remains critical to their success. NRF 2022: Retail’s Big Show offers plenty of opportunities to hear from those innovative brands, including these seven leaders.


Headshot of Vinod Bidarkoppa, Sam's Club

Vinod Bidarkoppa

Chief Technology Officer
Sam’s Club

Vinod Bidarkoppa is responsible for the strategic direction and management of all aspects of Sam’s Club Technology. That includes leading global teams, across multiple locations, to design, build and operationalize industry-leading platforms and solutions. Prior to Sam’s Club, Vinod served as the CIO and senior vice president of technology of multiple divisions of UnitedHealth Group. He previously served as the group technology executive at Tesco.

Learn more: Inside the box thinking yields innovation and automation


Amanda Hesser, Food52

Amanda Hesser

Co-founder and CEO

Amanda Hesser grew up eating home-cooked, locally grown, seasonally produced food. Before co-founding Food52, she worked as a reporter, feature writer and food editor at The New York Times. She has authored several award-winning books including “The Essential New York Times Cookbook,” and has co-authored three Food52 cookbooks.

Learn more: Consumers hard-wired for connection: The sway of content, community and commerce


Ryan Peterson, Flexport

Ryan Petersen

Founder and CEO

Since founding Flexport in 2013, Ryan Petersen and his team have worked to simplify and streamline global trade. Prior to founding Flexport, Ryan helped run an ecommerce company and co-founded ImportGenius, one of the largest providers of business intelligence to the import-export industry. His experience and frustration with global logistics served as the inspiration to start Flexport.

Learn more: Logjam at the ports: What happens next?

Headshot of Stephanie Young, The Walt Disney Company

Stephanie Young

President, Disney Consumer Products, Games and Publishing
The Walt Disney Company

Stephanie Young oversees The Walt Disney Company’s global efforts to bring its iconic characters and beloved stories to life through immersive products and experiences. In her three decades with Disney, Stephanie has focused on enabling world-class guest experiences through operational excellence, while driving commercial strategies that produce strong financial results. Before joining CPGP, Stephanie served as president and managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, where she helped deliver both business growth and a strong inclusive culture through every facet of the organization.

Learn more: Prioritizing the consumer: Unlocking flexibility and growth across the shopping experience

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