How is Walmart using AI to design the retail experience of the future?
You'll see first-hand on this field trip!

Guest Speakers


Lawrence Edmonson

Senior Vice President, Technology



Joe Toscana

Founder/CVO, BEACON, Author of Automating Humanity



Charlie Oliver

Founder/CEO, Tech 2025 and Served Fresh Media


An Exploratory Field Trip to Walmart's "Store of the Future"

Technology enables us to understand so much more – in real time – about our business. When you combine all the information we’re gathering in IRL with Walmart’s 50-plus years of expertise in running stores, you can create really powerful experiences that improve the lives of both our customers and associates. Customers can be confident about products being there, about the freshness of produce and meat. Those are the types of things that AI can really help with.” -- Mike Hanrahan, CEO of Walmart Intelligence Retail Lab

Walmart's new Intelligence Research Lab (IRL) Store No. 8 is unlike any other supermarket in the world. Launched in early 2019, it's a unique, real-world shopping environment designed to explore the possibilities artificial intelligence can contribute to the store experience. This location is the testing ground for new, innovative ideas within a real store (with real customers!) containing over 30,000 items. The store is set up to gather data about what’s happening throughout the store, at all times, using sensors, cameras and processors.  And all of this hardware "is connected by enough cabling to scale Mt. Everest five times and enough processing power to download three years’ worth of music (27,000 hours) each second." (Official Announcement: Walmart’s New Intelligent Retail Lab Shows a Glimpse into the Future of Retail, IRL)

JOIN US for a very unique glimpse into the future of retail at Walmart's new tech incubator Store No. 8, in Levittown, New York, where Walmart converted it's 50,000 square foot Levittown store into a "tech experiment" to research how a supermarket run by AI might operate and how customers would engage with the technologies.

We will be given a private, guided tour by Walmart IRL engineers including an overview of the technologies being used throughout the store and their mega-data center (which is a very visible part of the supermarket and shopping experience!). We will see, first-hand, how Walmart is innovating the customer experience and store management with AI and you'll get to ask plenty of questions to take back to your team at the office.

Our special guest speakers who will discuss the future of retail (specifically regarding AI and data privacy) are:

  • Lawrence Edmonson, Senior Vice President of Technology at VaynerMedia
  • Joe Toscano, Author/Int'l Keynote Speaker, Automating Humanity; Founder/CVO, BEACON
  • Charlie Oliver, Founder/CEO, Tech 2025 and Served Fresh Media

Tour Agenda: from Amazon GO to Walmart IRL

Although most of our field trip will be spent at Walmart IRL in Levittown, we will begin our day by meeting at Amazon Go (Amazon's new, fully automated market) at 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue, where you'll be able to grab coffee and light food for the 1-hour bus ride to Walmart. We will take note of our experience at Amazon Go and, at the end of the day, compare our experiences at Amazon Go and Walmart IRL (how's that for comparison shopping!!).

During the ride to Walmart IRL, guest speakers will lead an interactive discussion on AI and the the future of retail. Once we arrive at Walmart, our experiential tour and discussions will focus on the following topics:



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We'd love to hear from you and connect you to a diverse audience of professionals who are looking for innovative technology products, services and experience.  We've had the pleasure of working with incredible sponsors including: Samsung, Moody's Analytics, South China Morning Post, NYU, RiseNY Barclays Center, and more.

To learn more about how to sponsor this event (and our other events), view our sponsor deck HERE and submit your email below (we'll get back to you asap!).

***This event is limited to three sponsors.***


***Registration limited to 30 people. Transportation to/from Walmart, Levittown (private bus), and lunch included. Refunds UP TO 7 days before the event.***