AMERICAS. Walmart Senior Vice President, Sustainability Jane Ewing is the latest big name to join the speaker line-up for the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on 5-9 April. Sustainability will be among the big picture themes discussed during the Knowledge Hub sessions during the week, with Jane Ewing’s contribution set to be a major highlight.
Ms Ewing leads Walmart’s Sustainability team and efforts, which prioritise people and the planet by aiming to source responsibly, sell sustainable products, restore natural resources and reduce waste and emissions.
She will discuss these initiatives in a special session at the Summit of the Americas and talk about sustainability as a core business value in retail and travel retail.
As reported, the all-digital event is being organised by the International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) and Asociación Sudamericana de Tiendas Libres (ASUTIL) in partnership with The Moodie Davitt Report (which organised the successful Virtual Travel Retail Expo from 12-16 October). Visitor registration (free to all travel retailers and airport companies) is open at the official event website, which is now live.
Jane Ewing is well known in travel retail from her 20-year career at Diageo, where among other roles, she was Managing Director Global Travel & Middle East.
She joined Walmart in 2012 as a Senior Vice President for the International division. In 2013, she transitioned to the Walmart US Merchandising business before being asked to lead the US Business Development team. Here she was responsible for initiatives such as In-Store General Merchandise Pickup, Supercenter Reinvention, and Digital Acceleration, where she developed solutions to provide a seamless shopping experience for customers.
Before her current role, she led the People Group for Walmart International, supporting around 700,000 associates in 26 countries. She and her team were responsible for ensuring Walmart International attracts, develops, and retains top retail talent around the world.
The Knowledge Hub has attracted a strong speaker line-up, with more announcements in coming days. Senior travel retail figures from the Americas region who will take part include Paradies Lagardère President & CEO Gregg Paradies, Dufry General Manager Sub-Cluster South America Enrique Urioste, Neutral by Luryx Duty Free Shop CEO Marcelo Montico, Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Duty Free President Abe Taqtaq, Starboard Cruise Services President & CEO Lisa Bauer, Harding Retail Deputy Managing Director Mark Birnie, Heinemann Americas CEO Nadine Heubel, Stellar Partners CEO Padraig Drennan and International Shoppes Director Matthew Greenbaum. More speakers from airport companies, brand owners, technology service providers and other industry stakeholders will be named shortly.
The event has attracted the commitment of many leading travel retailers to attend with their management and buying teams including: 3Sixty Duty Free, Aer Rianta International, Carisam/Samuel Meisel, Dufry, Duty Free Americas, Harding Retail, Heinemann Americas, International Shoppes, Island Companies, Lagardère Travel Retail, Motta Internacional, Neutral by Luryx Duty Free Shop, Paradies Lagardère, Provimex, Sineriz Free Shop, Starboard Cruise Services, Stellar Partners, Top Brands International, Windsor Tunnel Duty Free Shop and Zeinal Hermanos, with more to be announced soon.
For exhibitors there are several tiers of virtual packages from which to choose, offering multiple options to display products, deliver brand and product presentations, offer virtual tours of their facilities and showrooms, and connect with buyers.
These spaces will be curated by Virtual Stand & Experience Partner, FILTR. Event sponsorship options are also available through our team below.
The Summit is open to airports and all other landlords from travel-related sectors; retailers, food & beverage operators and other commercial service providers; brands, agents & distributors; media and other relevant parties.
To learn more about this opportunity, please download the 2021 Virtual Summit Information Briefing. For virtual stand reservations or media, please contact Irene Revilla at Irene@MoodieDavittReport.com. For general questions about participation in the Virtual Summit, please contact Steven Antolick for further assistance.