Join the MIT Webinar on 'The New Retail'

Experts will discuss digital technology and the urban experience. 

October 20, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—NACS members are invited to participate in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Industrial Liaison Program by joining the "New Retail" webinar at 10 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020.

The webinar includes two one-hour sessions, the first of which will be “Digitization of Retail and the Urban Experience.” David Simchi-Levi, professor of civil and environmental engineering and co-director of Leaders for Global Operations, Data Science Lab, will discuss end-to-end transformation through supply chain digitalization, and Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Toshiba professor of media arts and sciences; head, Human Dynamics Group, and director, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, MIT Media Laboratory, will cover next-generation software architecture for logistics, payments and more.

The second session at 11 a.m. will cover “The Urban Experience.” Larisa Ortiz, managing director of research and analysis for Streetsense, a strategy and design collective, will discuss reinventing the retail experience, and Andres Sevtsuk, associate professor of urban science and planning, will speak on street commerce and creating vibrant urban sidewalks.

Participants must pre-register online.

NACS partners with MIT to offer innovative leadership training, such as the NACS Innovation Leadership Program, a virtual event that is scheduled for 11 partial days Nov. 18 – Dec. 17, 2020. The program will cover a wide range of current topics for convenience leaders, including:

  • Learn how to build an innovation culture—focused on skills, desire, freedom of action, high commitment and high integrity
  • Recognize and overcome mental models that inhibit innovation
  • Leverage the principles and processes of design thinking
  • Identify choices for responding to disruptive competition
  • Develop digital business models
  • Apply innovative methods for designing work and operating models that engage employees/create competitive advantage
  • Experience first-hand MIT’s entrepreneurial innovation ecosystem
For more information, contact Brandi Mauro, education program manager for NACS, at (703) 518-4223