Connect 2019
eCommerce Innovation Summit

Thursday 11 April 2019
Grand Millenium Hotel, Auckland


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11 April 2019

Session one: 7.30am - GS1 New Zealand’s 40th Anniversary
Gala Breakfast - a celebration of how a simple technology transformed business and our lives

Gala Breakfast commences

The Story of GS1 - Video

Sean Goodwin Sean Goodwin

Welcome to Connect 2019: eCommerce Innovation Summit
Sean Goodwin,
Chairman of GS1 New Zealand and CEO, 100% Pure New Zealand Honey

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Enabling Kiwi businesses to connect globally
Rt. Hon. Jacinda Ardern: Prime Minister of New Zealand (Invited)

Brief reflections from our founders
(Panel discussion)

Steve Anderson Steve Anderson

1. Voice of the Retailer
Steve Anderson,
MD, Foodstuffs New Zealand
Just simply a smarter way to gain visibility and do business.

Katherine Rich Katherine Rich

2. Voice of the Supplier
Katherine Rich,
CEO, New Zealand Food and Grocery Council
It Takes Two to Tango: how suppliers benefit from a rational (and standardised)
approach to trade practices.

Sue Chetwin Sue Chetwin

3. Voice of the Consumer
Sue Chetwin,
CEO, Consumers Institute
Why a ‘Win, Win, Win’ deal benefited the consumer.

Carolyn Tremain Carolyn Tremain

4. Voice of the Government Agencies
Carolyn Tremain,
CEO, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (Invited)
Fostering Trade, Innovation and Competition.

Laurence Kubiak Laurence Kubiak

A Billion Ways to Say Thanks - the impact of simple, transformative technology on the whole economy.
Laurence Kubiak, CEO, New Zealand Institute of Economic Research

Miguel Lopera Miguel Lopera

Punching Above Its Weight: New Zealand viewed in a global context.
Miguel Lopera, President and CEO, GS1 Global

Peter Stevens Peter Stevens

One small step for man
Dr. Peter Stevens, CEO, GS1 New Zealand

Session two: 10.00am - Connect 2019: eCommerce Innovation Summit
Looking forward to how new technologies will transform business (and our lives) into the future

Peter Stevens Peter Stevens

Dr. Peter Stevens, CEO, GS1 New Zealand
Welcome to the future.

Sanjay Sarma Sanjay Sarma

Prof. Sanjay Sarma, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (Boston, USA)
eCommerce Innovation - Setting the scene.

Chris Quin Chris Quin

Chris Quin, CEO, Foodstuffs North Island
Customers are driving transformation.

Robert Beideman Robert Beideman

Robert Beideman, Chief Solutions and Innovation Officer, GS1 Global, Princeton U.S.A.
Global eCommerce Innovation - What is really going on out there?

Rocco Braeuniger Rocco Braeuniger

Rocco Braeuniger, Country Manager, Amazon Australia
Customer obsession: The heart of Amazon’s success.

Lunch: 12.15pm

Rob Rekrutiak Rob Rekrutiak

Rob Rekrutiak, Group Product Manager, Google Inc., Mountainview U.S.A. (Invited)
Linking it all together (and making it scalable).

Kevin Ashton Kevin Ashton

Kevin Ashton, The Father of "The Internet of Things", Technology pioneer, Author
The identification of everything makes anything possible.

End of Connect 2019: 2.00pm


Keynote Speakers

Connect 2019
Sanjay Sarma

eCommerce Innovation
– Setting the scene

Prof. Sanjay Sarma
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, U.S.

Sanjay Sarma is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research includes sensors, the Internet of Things, cybersecurity and RFID where he is recognised as a pioneer of many RFID standards that are now used worldwide. Professor Sarma advises several national governments and global companies.

Chris Quin

Customers are driving transformation

Chris Quin
Foodstuffs North Island

Chris is CEO of Foodstuffs North Island part of Foodstuffs, which is New Zealand’s 5th largest company covering some of the country’s iconic brands including New World, Pak n Save, Four Square and Liquorland. Chris is the first external appointment to the top job at Foodstuffs in its 95-year history having come from a 25 year career with Spark. He is also Chairman of business strategy company, The Icehouse.

Robert Beideman

Global e-Commerce Innovation – What’s really going on out there?

Robert Beideman
GS1 Global, Princeton U.S.A.

Robert is Senior Vice President at GS1 leading solutions and innovations at the organisation's Global Office. He works with some of the world’s global heavy weights on eCommerce transformation bought about by technological and customer driven change.

Rocco Braeuniger

Customer obsession: The heart of Amazon success

Rocco Braeuniger
Country Manager, Amazon Australia

Rocco joined Amazon in early 2006 and held a variety of positions at the company before becoming the first Country Manager for Amazon Australia, ahead of the launch of in December 2017. Since then, he has built and now leads a team focusing on growing the offering for Australian customers and businesses that sell on the Amazon marketplace, including launching products and services such as Prime, Alexa-enabled Echo Devices, Global Store, and Fulfilment By Amazon.

Prior to his role in Australia, Rocco led the German Consumables team at Amazon which included responsibilities for FMCG product lines as well as programs such as Prime Family, Subscribe & Save, EU Prime Pantry and EU Dash. He also supported the India team subsequent to their launch.

Rob Rekrutiak

Linking it all together (and making it scalable)

Rob Rekrutiak
Google Inc., Mountainview U.S.A.

Rob Rekrutiak is the Group Product Manager at Google U.S.A. Rob has over 20 years' experience as an executive and entrepreneur across product, strategy, operations and management. With a background that spans product management, marketing, IT, logistics, manufacturing and retail, Rob’s responsibility and scope has ranged from start-ups all the way through to multi-national corporations.

Kevin Ashton

The identification of everything makes anything possible

Kevin Ashton
The Father of "The Internet of Things", Technology Pioneer, Author

Kevin Ashton is a visionary technologist. He coined the term "the Internet of Things," co-founded the Auto-ID Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has led several successful tech start-ups. His book "How to Fly a Horse - The Secret History of Creation, Innovation, and Discovery," was named 2015's Business Book of the Year by 800-CEO-READ.

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