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Our Story

Hi, I’m Matt Fifer, Founder and Chief Conversation Starter at Conversations On Retail.

When we launched Conversations On Retail, the team and I set out to create a one-of-a-kind gathering place and resource center for the industry, where retailers, their suppliers, solution providers, and other experts could come together to exchange ideas, insights, and best practices while growing their professional network… one conversation at a time.

There are 4 things that make Conversations On Retail unique and… quite powerful as a growth-enabling platform for our partners:

First…  We Embrace the Fact that We’re Not the Experts.

Things are changing too quickly for us to keep up.  But by shining a light on the people and teams who are doing the work and solving the problems every single day, we’re able to deliver a much higher quality of education to the industry than we could ourselves.

Second…  We understand that There’s Value in Contributing… Especially When You Know Who’s Listening

We’ve proven that there is no more powerful lead-generation tool on the planet than the classroom, where people have an opportunity to get to know, like, trust, and respect the experts who are sharing ideas and information with them.

Third…  We understand that There’s Power in Curation

Nearly every company today invests time and money to create content, including blog posts, podcasts, videos, and more.  But just like direct-to-consumer brands have learned, building communities takes time and is quite expensive.

Marketplaces like ours create more opportunities for unexpected “collisions” with products and services that many people may not have even realized they were looking for.

And Fourth…  We understand that 3rd Party Validation is Far More Credible Than Self-Promotion

If someone were to introduce themselves to you as a brilliant business person, you’d probably be more than a little skeptical.  You may even be put off by it.

But if someone you know, like, trust, and respect were to introduce that same person to you the very same way, it would probably mean a good deal more.

If you are here to exchange ideas, insights, and best practices and grow your professional network, we are excited you are here and hope you will join the conversation.

If you are an individual or company that provides services and solutions, we’d love to leverage the trust and respect we’ve developed with the retail industry to help your business grow by:

  • Increase Awareness
  • Gather Actionable Insights
  • Reinforce Expertise & Authority
  • Introduce Products and Services
  • Connect With Decision Makers and Influencers
  • Develop New Relationships
  • Generate Leads & Grow

Our Reach

With more than 130,000 email subscribers and 20,000 LinkedIn followers, our courses, groups, events, and collaborations reach leaders at every level from many of the most successful retailers, brands, sellers, and solution providers, including:

Retailers

  • 7-Eleven
  • Academy Sports
  • Ace Hardware
  • Advance Auto
  • Ahold Delhaize
  • Albertson’s
  • Aldi
  • Amazon.com
  • American Eagle
  • AutoZone
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Bass Pro
  • Bath & Body Works
  • Best Buy
  • Big Lots
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Burlington
  • Camping World
  • Canadian Tire
  • Carrefour
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Chewy.com
  • Circuit City
  • Costco
  • CVS
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Dillard’s
  • Discount Tire
  • Dollar General
  • Dollar Tree
  • Foot Locker
  • Gap
  • Giant Eagle
  • Good Neighbor Pharmacy
  • H.E. Butt Grocery (HEB)
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Haverty’s
  • Health Mart Systems
  • Hibbett
  • Hobby Lobby Stores
  • Hudson’s Bay
  • Hy-Vee
  • Ikea
  • Ingles
  • J.C. Penney
  • Kohl’s
  • Kroger
  • Loblaw
  • Love’s Travel Stops
  • Lowe’s Companies
  • Lululemon
  • Macy’s
  • Meijer
  • Menards
  • Michaels Stores
  • My Demoulas
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Neiman Marcus
  • Nordstrom
  • Northeast Grocery
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts
  • Office Depot
  • Overstock
  • Payless ShoeSource
  • Pet Smart
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Qurate Retail
  • Raley’s Supermarkets
  • Rite Aid
  • Ross Stores
  • Royal Ahold Delhaize USA
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Sam’s Club
  • Save-A-Lot
  • Schnucks Markets
  • Sephora
  • Sherwin-Williams
  • Signet Jewelers
  • Southeastern Grocers
  • Sportsmans
  • Sprouts Farmers Market
  • Staples
  • Stater Bros Holdings
  • Tapestry
  • Target
  • The Gap
  • The Home Depot
  • TJX Companies
  • Total Wine & More
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • True Value Co.
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Wakefern / ShopRite
  • Walgreens
  • Walmart
  • Wayfair
  • Wegmans Food Market
  • Weis Markets
  • West Elm
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • WinCo Foods
  • Woolworth’s
  • And Many More!

Brands & Sellers

  • 3M Co.
  • AB Electrolux
  • Abbott – Nutrition
  • Adidas AG
  • Altria Group
  • Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Arla Foods
  • Asahi Group Holdings
  • Associated British Foods
  • Bandai Namco Holdings Inc.*
  • Beiersdorf AG
  • BRF – Brasil Foods
  • British American Tobacco PLC*
  • BSH Hausgeräte
  • Campbell Soup Co.
  • Carlsberg A/S
  • China Mengniu Dairy Co.
  • Clorox Co.
  • Coca-Cola Co.
  • Colgate-Palmolive Co.
  • Conagra Brands
  • Constellation Brands
  • Danish Crown*
  • Danone
  • Diageo PLC
  • Electronic Arts
  • Essity
  • Estée Lauder Companies
  • First Pacific Co.
  • Fonterra Cooperative Group
  • General Mills
  • GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
  • Groupe SEB
  • Grupo Bimbo
  • Haier Smart Home Co., LTD.
  • HanesBrands Inc.
  • Hasbro, Inc.
  • Heineken Holding N.V.
  • Henkel AG
  • Herbalife Ltd.
  • Hermes International
  • Hershey Co.
  • Hormel Foods
  • Imperial Brands PLC
  • ITC Ltd.
  • J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Japan Tobacco
  • JBS S.A.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Consumer Health
  • Kao Corp.
  • Kellogg Co.
  • Kering
  • Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • Kirin Holdings
  • Kraft Heinz
  • L’Oréal
  • Levi Strauss
  • LG H&H
  • Masco Corporation
  • Mattel, Inc.
  • McCormick & Co.
  • MolsonCoors Brewing Co.
  • Mondelez International
  • Natura &Co.
  • Nestlé SA
  • Newell Brands
  • NH Foods Ltd.
  • Nike, Inc.
  • Nintendo Co.
  • PepsiCo
  • Pernod Ricard
  • Philip Morris International
  • Post Holdings
  • Procter & Gamble
  • PT Gudang Garam
  • Puma
  • PVH Corp.
  • Reckitt
  • Richemont
  • San Miguel Corp.
  • Saputo, Inc.
  • Savencia SA
  • Shiseido Co.
  • Skechers
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • Swatch Group SA
  • Tapestry, Inc.
  • Thai Beverage Public Co.
  • Tyson Foods
  • Under Armour
  • Uni-President Enterprises*
  • Unicharm Corp.
  • Unilever N.V.
  • VF Corp.
  • WH Group Ltd.
  • Whirlpool Corp.
  • Yili Group
  • And Many More!

Solution Providers

  • 1WorldSync
  • Acorn: The Influence Company
  • Advantage / SAS
  • Aki Technologies
  • Analytic Index
  • Analytical Boost
  • Anderson Merchandisers
  • Andeza
  • Appriss Retail
  • Avery Dennison
  • Axis Communications
  • Barcoding
  • Bay Cities
  • Bazaarvoice
  • Berkley International
  • Blue Ocean Innovative Solutions
  • BlueRyse
  • Bold Strategies
  • bops
  • Bosch
  • Braincorp
  • Brandshare
  • Cameron Smith & Associates
  • Cohley
  • Content Status
  • Crossmark
  • DBI Sales
  • Demand Clarity
  • Designsteins
  • Eaigle
  • Engine
  • EVERSEEN
  • Face First
  • Field Agent
  • Flywheel Digital
  • Frisb
  • Fusion Retail Group
  • Fusion Transport
  • Gatekeeper Systems
  • Godwin Retail Group
  • Good2Go
  • Helium10
  • IMPINJ
  • Infilect
  • InfinityBlue
  • Inmar
  • inriver
  • InStore Design Display
  • Invue
  • IT’SRAPID
  • Jabil (Badger Technologies)
  • Johnson Controls
  • Kendal King
  • Keystone Commerce
  • Legacy Retail
  • Market Performance Group
  • Mavely
  • Menasha
  • Merchant Spring
  • Microsoft
  • Mission Field
  • Nedap
  • NetConv
  • Nfinite
  • NielsenIQ
  • Nuqleous
  • NWA Sales & Marketing
  • Ocucon
  • OneStone
  • Pacvue
  • ParallelDots
  • Pathformance
  • Perpetua
  • Profitero
  • Proto
  • rapitag
  • Rekor
  • Retail Aware
  • Retail Insight
  • RiskKarma.io
  • RJW Logistics Group
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Safe Haven Security Group
  • SAS Retail Services
  • SellCord
  • SES-imagotag
  • Shiloh Technologies
  • Shopic
  • Shopkick, a Trax Company
  • Shopperations
  • Simberbotics
  • SML
  • Soapbox Influence
  • Sunset Strategic Brands
  • SupplyPike
  • SYNC
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Teikametrics
  • ThruVision
  • TRAX Retail
  • Veesion
  • Vendo Commerce
  • Vizit
  • Wiliot
  • Wilson Negotiation Group
  • Zebra
  • ZeroEyes
  • Zippedi
  • And Many More!