The 2016 FMI Connect at McCormick Place is ready to rock and roll and with just a few more days till kickoff here are four things you can expect from attending the show.

  1. Discover Trends

    With new brands and flavors popping up almost weekly it’s important to keep up with consumer trends, just look at the new categories of Greek Yogurt and Cold Brew Coffee. But trends are not just about the consumers taste buds, FMI Connect will also discuss key trends around Fresh, Health & Lifestyle, Private Brands, Technology, Consumer Insights, and Food Safety.

  2.  Do Business

    It’s not just fun and games at the expo, it’s also a spot to connect with retail partners and CPG manufacturers. Retailers and manufacturers are bringing their teams in hopes of making strategic investments moving into the latter half of 2016. Look to connect with new prospects or close a deal at the Connect Business Exchange, Multiple Social Events, Retail Store Tours, and most importantly the Exhibit Floor.

  3.  Experience Innovation

    Look to utilize all five of your senses and some at this year’s show and experience innovation in a whole new manner. It’s not just about taste or smell but more about the experience and emotion one feels. FMI Connect will incorporate culinary chefs and demos and engaging exhibits you can only find here at the show.

  4.  Learn… Learn… Learn…

    Get to FMI Connect early and listen to the tech pioneer who made the phrase “You got mail!” famous and also coordinated one of the largest mergers in business history, Steve Case. He will share his roadmap for how anyone can succeed in a world of rapidly changing technology.

    Also whether you are focused on using the latest innovations for consumer engagement, retail execution, on-shelf-availability solutions, competitive pricing data, or big data management, keeping up with the latest and most useful information can be overwhelming, this year’s education sessions will present what you need to know without the fluff.

We hope you enjoy the event and look forward to seeing you there!


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Seth Nagle, Senior Marketing Manager at RW3 Technologies understands the power of innovation but also its limitations. Attending Salve Regina in New England, starting his career in Silicon Valley, and now living in Austin, Texas; Seth provides a unique tech perspective to a complex CPG and Retail Grocery Industry that is in constant disruption.

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