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A conversation with

David Hardiman-Evans ‘Creativity means to think differently.’

David Hardiman-Evans, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development for Ocado Solutions, could accurately be described as a corporate technology retail power broker for the grocery industry. As such, he wields the responsibility of growing and maintaining both current and new potential partner relationships for the brand.

3 min read

A conversation with

Bernardine Wu ‘Innovation can take many forms.’

Bernardine Wu is the Executive Managing Director of OSF Digital’s Strategy Team. She was also formerly the founder and CEO of FitForCommerce, and co-founder of The Innovation Office. She’s a writer, public speaker, and thought leader in the retail industry, and currently serves on the board of Women of Color Retail Alliance. She’s also served on the NRF Shop.org Board, the NRF Digital Council, and the NRF Awards Committee.

8 min read

A conversation with

Melissa Gonzalez ‘Be insatiably curious’

Melissa Gonzalez is a Principal and Shareholder at MG2, and founder of The Lion’esque Group, an MG2 Studio. She’s an award-winning innovator, a seasoned visionary, and an elite brand storyteller. Her professional resume is impressive. She’s worked with companies like Victoria’s Secret, Nordstrom, and Burrow, and has specialized in pioneering the integration of physical environments with cutting-edge technology.

6 min read

A conversation with

Amanda Astrologo ‘make sure you believe in it.’

Amanda Astrologo is a Partner in The Parker Avery Group, and has held key leadership positions in retail, merchandising, planning, replenishment, and forecasting over the course of her illustrious 20-year career. She’s worked with a roster of retail names, the likes of which include iconic organizations like At Home, Belk, Kendra Scott, Orvis, Party City, and The Fresh Market. She’s also been an honored presenter at several prominent industry events, including GroceryShop, Oracle Retail CrossTalk, and Zipline Aspire. And she also has broad, professional experience with a wide range of retail segments, including grocery, apparel, department store management, and specialty products.

6 min read