Retail is rapidly evolving. In consumer retail, former brick-and-mortar anchors such as Sears and JC Penney are facing bankruptcy and closing stores. Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is poised to radically disrupt grocery, delivery and logistics industries.

Farm supply retailers recognize change is an unavoidable business principle. The “Uber of ag retail” may not be a reality, but it may not be far off.

This general session will offer attendees a better understanding of emerging retail models, the possible impacts on traditional ag retailers and how your organization can prepare to meet the challenges presented by new players working from a different playbook.

The panel discussion features Steve Watts, a partner with the Farrell Growth Group, and Farmers Business Network (FBN) co-founder and CEO Amol Deshpande. It will be moderated by Dave Downey, professor emeritus at Purdue University. The Agricultural Retailers Association strives to equip members and stakeholders with the tools and knowledge to meet the challenges ahead, which is why the conference planners invited FBN to participate in a panel discussion on alternative business models.

Join industry leaders and key decision-makers for three days of networking and professional development at the ARA Conference and Expo, Nov. 28 to Nov. 30, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. You do not want to miss this essential event for retailers, distributors and suppliers in the agriculture industry. Register online today: www.aradc.org/register.