Leadership Agenda March 18 Stresses Strategic Partnerships

Retailer-supplier partnerships in a post-COVID world are focus of PLMA virtual Conference

NEW YORK—As the U.S. economy, retailers and manufacturers strive toward equilibrium in 2021, PLMA’s Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference will present an online program of industry speakers and interactive sessions that address strategic imperatives and explore best practices for private label partnerships.

Ken Harris, managing partner with Cadent Consulting Group will open a dialogue on the current health of private label partnerships, citing data that documented store brands importance to retailer profitability in a year marked by extraordinary challenges. Brenda Lord of CVS Health will provide a retailer’s perspective on the present and future role of private brands and the private label partnership.

Afterwards, Ken Harris leads an industry panel discussion featuring Brenda Lord, Vice President, Private Brands & Quality Assurance for CVS Health, Don Davidson, Vice President, Strategic Sourcing for Albertsons Companies, Troy Pelak, Vice President Regional Sales for Perrigo Company, and Clay Dockery, Vice President - Corporate Brands, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA.

The Annual Meeting convenes at 12:30 PM Eastern providing members and guests important information on the state of the association and plans for its future. Following a President’s Report, PLMA members will vote to elect Executive Committee leadership, as well as new members to the PLMA Board of Directors.

Following the Annual Meeting, Duncan Wardle, former vice president of innovation and creativity at The Walt Disney Company, leads participants into interactive group sessions to show how questioning and imagination become tools that break down the barriers to problem solving. With his creative consulting company, iD8 & innov8 to Wardle helps companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their entire organization.

At 5 PM Eastern, the Private Label Hall industry of Fame—sponsored jointly by PLMA and Store Brands magazine—celebrates the induction of Brian Sharoff, who served as PLMA’s president through four decades of extraordinary growth and success. The day’s programming will conclude with networking and socializing in Zoom breakout groups.

To view the full conference program, click here or email conferences@plma.com.

PLMA Online Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference 18 March 2021

A partnership between manufacturers and retailers is the single most important foundational requirement for private label success. But how well is the partnership working amidst unparalleled stresses? Are trust and transparency increasing? Are the two sides paying attention to each other? Are they solving issues together or engaging in magical thinking with a hope their disagreements will simply go away?

Whether you are new to private label and PLMA, a longtime private label professional or retail store brands executive, your participation in PLMA’s 2021 Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference is the best way to understand the forces currently driving change, innovation, strategic relationships and new opportunities for the industry.

Private Label Week Digital Experience is Live Online through April

Retailers and pre-registered visitors enjoy all-access at www.PLWEEK.com through 4/30

NEW YORK—An entirely new approach to the virtual trade show experience, PLMA Live! Presents Private Label Week was premiered by PLMA February 1, 2021 for U.S. retailers and private label suppliers. A total of more than 800 exhibiting companies and nearly 1,500 retail buyers and visitors signed up to participate in a five-day online event that rolled out daily openings for four virtual show floors, each featuring its own group of food or nonfood categories.

The digital category trade shows are unprecedented, unique, and they continue to be available to retailers and pre-registered visitors through April 30, 2021. Their foundation, a proprietary platform that was developed and launched by PLMA exclusively for its members and their retailing customers. It combines secure, live video interaction, chat and information sharing between retailers and exhibitors—similar to Zoom or Microsoft Teams—with five days of original on-demand video programming (click link to view) featuring interviews, news and insights, product trends and private label strategies from leading retailers and industry experts.

“Retail buyers and executives, for a three-month period, are able to discover hundreds and hundreds of suppliers offering capabilities and expertise they are seeking to expand and enhance their own brands programs,” according to PLMA president Peggy Davies. “Exhibitors may be contacted directly online to schedule live face-to-face meeting and exchange information with the retailers about the products they make.”

Latest data industry data show retailers’ emphasis on store brands product development, innovation and expansion to new categories throughout the store are growing private label sales, and the products are increasingly popular with today’s shoppers. NielsenIQ reports private label sales gained +11.6% in 2020, totaling almost $159 billion, and market share in units exceeded 23% even as the pandemic brought extreme shifts in consumer behavior and purchasing across all major distribution channels.

Retailers and pre-registered visitors can access the entire PLMA trade show platform from any location or time zone 24/7 at www.PLWEEK.com. It requires only a computer running the Google Chrome browser. There are no apps, extensions or software to install.

There are four virtual show floors available for home and household products, beverages and center store foods, health & beauty products and OTC pharmaceuticals, and fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods.

For additional information about PLMALive! presents Private Label Week or to schedule an interview with PLMA President Peggy Davies, contact PLMA’s press representative at (212) 972-3131 Ext 1224, or email dtwining@plma.com.



PLMA's Virtual Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference

Forces without precedent are driving retailers and suppliers to innovate and forge strategic relationships that could bring long-term changes, as well as new opportunities for the private label industry. PLMA's 2021 conference will focus on unlocking value in the supply chain and creating more collaborative private label partnerships now and in the future. For more information, please click here.

PLMA's Online Roundtable Conference, 17-18 February, focuses on partnership

“The Private Label Partnership: Now and Future” is the theme for PLMA’s 2021 Online Roundtable Conference, to be held 17-18 February. The conference will examine key aspects of partnerships, including the supply chain, online retailing, cybersecurity and changing consumer behaviour. For more information about attend the PLMA Roundtable on 17-18 February, click here.