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Professional Resources

Retail Management Forum

The Retail Management Forum (RMF) is a small, invitation-only, interactive event with retail executives who share our concerns and commitment to achieving excellence. At RMF there’s no sharing of trade secrets or juggling for competitive advantage – just an informal atmosphere that provides a forum for learning, networking and visiting a lot of great stores that you might not get to visit otherwise. This truly is a perfect opportunity.

This year’s RMF was held in the South San Francisco Bay area February 22 - 24. There were a variety of educational opportunities offered both through store visits and presentations. Visits included Safeway, Mollie Stone’s, Draeger’s, H-Mart, Cardenas, Lunardi’s and the San Francisco Baking Institute. The presentation topic on Sunday, February 23, was focused on new retail.

Previous retail representation has included Kroger, H-E-B Grocery, Hy-Vee, Tops Markets, Giant Eagle, Meijer, Albertsons/Safeway and Whole Foods.  Previous speakers include Phil Lempert (The SupermarketGuru), Joel Schaefer (Executive Chef, Sodexo at Concordia University), Shawn Stevens (Food Industry Counsel, LLC), Mark Dickinson (Emerge Strategic Solutions) and Kevin Ryan (Malachite Strategy and Research).

IDDBA covers all costs for qualified invited retailers in the dairy, deli and bakery sectors. Spots are limited.

Questions? Please call 608-310-5000.

Here are some comments from our past retail participants:

I feel like it has really helped me network with my peers while keeping me connected with the pertinent issues.”
I really enjoyed this event, great store tours and networking. Great opportunity to visit some of my fellow retailers and study and research how they operate.”
Outstanding forum! I have thoroughly enjoyed every event this weekend and have made so many contacts that I intend to keep in touch with.”