Annual Retail Ready Summit to focus on AI – open to the community


AMES, Iowa – The third annual Retail Ready Summit is titled Leveraging AI: Working Smarter in Retail, a timely topic for the industry. Attendees will learn from industry leaders from Abercrombie & Fitch and Scoreboard Group as well as local businesses all centered around how to leverage AI for business success.

Attendees can expect access to renowned industry innovators sharing retail success stories and strategies. Tested strategies for small business success using AI will also be shared. In-person attendees will also be entered into a drawing for curated gift boxes.

Leveraging AI: Working Smarter in Retail will be held on Thursday, March 28, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Student Innovation Center on the fourth floor. The event is open to the public.

Attendees can also join virtually. Please register below if you plan to attend virtually and the summit link will be shared with you

Retail Ready Summit Schedule, Thursday, March 28

12:15 p.m. – Event Kick-off

12:30 p.m. – Keynote Presentation, Abercrombie & Fitch

  • Tyler Valladolid, Senior Director of Merchandising
  • Tyler Parker, Senior Designer

1:45 p.m. – Making AI Less Artificial, for Your Business & Customers

  • Josh Streets, CEO of Scoreboard Group

3 p.m. – AI: Small Retail, Big Impact

  • Patrick Bergstrom, Co-Owner/COO Eliot Pointe LLC: Cooks’ Emporium, Nook & Nest, ZW Mercantile, the Recipe
  • Bethany DeVries, Owner Crucoli LLC: Della Viti
  • Eric Abrams, Co-Owner A&R Enterprises LLC: The Loft, Duck Worth Wearing

Download Retail Ready Summit Flyer

This event is sponsored by: The College of Human Sciences, the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management, Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station Project, Innovate 1858, Sparks Cafe