Fung Global Retail & Tech’s Weinswig To Emcee Startup Pitch Session at Shoptalk, Wednesday, May 18

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"Retail Technology's Leading Lady" also to interview House of Fraser CEO Nigel Oddy at first-ever Tech Event for NextGen Commerce in Las Vegas

April 18, 2016

NEW YORK (April 18, 2016) –  “Retail Technology’s Leading Lady” Deborah Weinswig will play another role – emcee – at the Startup Pitch Contest for promising new e-commerce solutions at Shoptalk, the leading conference and exhibition for next generation commerce, being held May 15 through May 18 at the Aria in Las Vegas. In addition, she will interview House of Fraser CEO Nigel Oddy at an Executive Perspective session at the conference.

At the Startup Pitch session, being held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:10 p.m., on Wednesday, May 18th, Weinswig will lead 15 early-stage companies in three-minute presentations, followed by three minutes of

questions and answers from judges Sanjit Dang, Investment Director of Intel Capital, Brooke Harley, Partner of Campfire Capital, and Mary Lou Kelley, President of E-commerce at Best Buy. Two winners, one selected by the judges, the other by the audience, will receive $25,000 each.

“This is an incredible opportunity for these entrepreneurs, at an extraordinary event. Not only will they be promoting their services to an exceptional business audience, they will be part of launching a conference that I believe will be a game-changer for retail going forward,” says Weinswig, Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology. “I’m also excited to hear Nigel speak about House of Fraser’s innovations – and thrilled to be a part of Shoptalk, as well. This is going to be fun!”

Weinswig will interview Oddy about “Digital Store Trends and Technologies” on Monday, May 16th, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:10 a.m.

Weinswig has joined several other industry luminaries in advising Shoptalk founders Anil Aggarwal, Jonathan Weiner and Don Kingsborough in shaping this first-ever event focused on the technologies and trends that are set to fundamentally reshape how consumers discover, shop and buy. Bringing together an entirely new community of Internet companies, tech startups, retailers, brands, investors and other key stakeholders around an unprecedented agenda, Shoptalk will provide an unmatched opportunity for dialogue and interaction that will serve as a critical catalyst for the entire commerce ecosystem. More than 2,000 professionals, including leading retail and technology CEOs, are expected to attend. Other speakers at the conference include Hudson’s Bay Company CEO Gerald Storch, Andy Dunn, Founder and CEO of Bonobos, Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff, and John Costello, President of Global Marketing and Innovation of Dunkin’ Brands.

An advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, Weinswig joined Fung Global Retail & Technology (formerly FBIC Group) in 2014 to offer her unique viewpoints on the disruptive technology trends and innovations that are reshaping the global retail industry.  Other reports issued by Fung Global Retail & Technology include: “Big Food’s Health Kick,” “Dubai 101,” “US Furniture Market Report,” “Holiday 2015 Takeaways,” “Online Consignment Market,” “European C-Stores Report” and “Global Retail Loyalty Programs Report.” Fung Global Retail & Technology’s reports and analyses can be found at www.fbicroup.com and www.deborahweinswig.com.

For more information about Shoptalk, visit http://shoptalk.com/.

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About Fung Global Retail & Technology

The Fung Global Retail & Technology research team, based in New York, London and Hong Kong, is a think tank that follows emerging retail and tech trends, specializing in the ways retail and technology intersect, and building collaborative communities.

The team, led by Deborah Weinswig, former top Wall Street and retail tech analyst and startup advisor, publishes ongoing thematic and global market research on topics such as the Internet of Things, digital payments, omnichannel retail, luxury and fashion trends and disruptive technologies. More information can be found at www.fbicgroup.com.

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