Unlocking Data Potential to Drive Omnichannel Growth for CPG & Retail in 2023


It’s been another challenging year for the consumer goods industry, with businesses still shaped by supply chain disruptions, rising prices, and unpredictable shopper priorities & behaviors than before COVID-19 pandemic. As we head into 2023, Omnichannel growth is essential for CPG & retail companies to meet the ever-evolving expectations and buying habits of today’s digital savvy consumers. Organizations must have real-time, granular visibility of inventory, consumer preferences, and demand across all channels (direct, indirect, and e-commerce) to provide an unrivaled customer experience and drive business growth. And each channel presents its own unique set of challenges. With the rise in e-commerce demand signals have become further fragmented, it is even harder to fulfill demand without accurate, timely consumer off-take data. The result is lost sales, high penalties, low brand reach, suboptimal growth, and profitability.

During this session, we will discuss how enterprise leaders can gain visibility, unlock supply chain potential and stay on top of the game in 2023, irrespective of the sales channel:

    • Key priorities for supply chain leaders in 2023
    • Challenges consumer goods face in achieving success across markets and sales channels
    • How are leading companies addressing these challenges?
    • What possibilities does this unlock for CPG & Retail brands?


17:00 – 17.30: Registrations and Welcome Drinks

17:30 – 17.35: Opening Note & Introduction by Tarun Gugnani – Director – CPG & Retail – Americas, EdgeVerve

17:35 – 17.55: Supply Chain Industry Outlook for 2023 by Dan Stolarski – Managing Director – PWC Advisory (Retail & Consumer Ops)

17:55 – 18.05: Unlocking Data Potential to Drive Omnichannel Growth in 2023 by Suresh P Bharadwaj, Global Platform Head – TradeEdge, EdgeVerve

18:05 – 18.45: A Follow Up Industry Panel Discussion

Panelist 1 – Dan Stolarski, MD – PwC Advisory
Panelist 2 – Deepak Jose, Global Head & Senior Director ODDA Analytics Solutions at Mars Wrigley
Panelist 3 – Praveen Kombial, VP & Global Sales Head, EdgeVerve
Panelist 4 – TBC

18:45 – 19.00: Open House (Interactive Session)

19:00 – 20.30 Seated Three Course Dinner

20:30: Program Ends


Dan Stolarski Managing Director, PwC

Dan Stolarski is a Managing Director in PwC’s Retail and Consumer Strategy & Operations practice. He leads the Retail Omni-Channel Enablement capability, which includes solutions that help retailers and brands evolve their channel and consumer experience strategy, operating models, supply chain and fulfillment experience, and data & analytics. Over his 20+ year career, Dan has partnered with retailers and consumer brands across a wide spectrum of segments, including Fashion & Luxury Apparel, Specialty Apparel Retail, Luxury Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Beauty & Personal Care, General Merchandise Retail, Department Stores, Big Box Specialty Retail, Furniture & Home Goods, Grocery, Off-Price, and Discount Chains. He also has significant global experience, having worked with retail and consumer clients in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Dan began his career as a merchant at Target Corporation. He received his BA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children. Having grown up in inner-city Detroit, he is passionate about giving back to under-served communities and teaching economic empowerment to young adults in those communities.

Praveen Kombial Vice President at EdgeVerve, an Infosys company

His mandate is to leverage Artificial Intelligence and Emerging technologies to build and launch products solving for specific business problems for industries globally. At EdgeVerve, Praveen leads a highly talented team of Engineers and Product managers in building an ecosystem of Products addressing industries and functions such Financial Services, Insurance, Consumer Packaged Goods and Supply chains. Prior to Infosys, Praveen spent many years at GE Capital and GE Money in India and did a gamut of functions and roles across retail finance, corporate leasing and risk management. Among other things, he managed a 500Mn$ Auto portfolio, was instrumental in setting up a fast funding channel in consumer lending and expanded a corporate leasing product. With his background across core Industry domains and the evolving cutting edge technology landscape, Praveen is on the forefront of driving change and brings a practitioner’s view to translate concepts to reality.

Deepak Jose Global Head & Senior Director ODDA Analytics Solutions at Mars Wrigley

Deepak Jose is a purpose led executive leader in digital transformation, commercial strategy, data sciences, and analytics. He is currently the Global Head and Senior Director of One Demand Data and Analytics Solutions at Mars Wrigley and a Mars Global Customer Leadership team member. He was part of Mars Digital Technologies, where he led data and analytics transformation programs for Pet Care, Mars Wrigley, and Food & Multi Sales segments. Deepak leads a global team of data scientists, data engineers, DevOps and product strategy managers. Before Mars, Deepak was part of global brands like Coca-Cola, ABB, Asurion and Mu Sigma in strategic roles driving business growth. Deepak was awarded Global Top 100 Innovator in Data & Analytics by Corinium Intelligence. He is a member of the Retail & CPG Executive Advisory Forum for Amazon Web Services & advisory and board members of many other organizations

Suresh Prahlad Bharadwaj Global Platform Head – TradeEdge, EdgeVerve

Suresh is the Platform Head for TradeEdge. Suresh has vast professional experience in product management, strategy, and business process consulting in the Retail-CPG industry. He has led successive technology startups to significant value by creating globally-recognized products and platforms in the areas of warehouse management, logistics, and sales execution. His emerging markets experience has been a key driver in delivering frugal innovation within the consumer goods value chain. A great motivator and mentor, Suresh is an entrepreneur and a co-founder of Manhattan Associates (NASD:MANH), a global leader in supply chain solutions.

Tarun Gugnani Director – CPG & Retail - Americas, EdgeVerve

An accomplished IT business leader with over 20 years of experience in selling and conceptualizing innovative IT software solutions and services, establishing operations and launching new products and services in multiple geographies and verticals like CPG, retail, logistics, banking and financial services.


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