KEYNOTE:  What Will the Garden Center of Tomorrow Look Like
    Date: August 8, 2023 .... Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

    When it comes to maintaining healthy retail footprints and aiming to increase revenue, looking ahead is always important. But what does the future of retail really look like in our increasingly competitive and always-evolving commerce landscape?

    Join globally recognized retail thought leader, Author, Shop Small Spokesperson from American Express and Retail Professor for Columbia College Nicole Leinbach for a keynote presentation discussing the future of garden centers and how innovation will play a role. Expect to gain insight on:

    • Variations of generational spending + shopping preferences among consumers
    • The path to purchase + how consumers choose one garden center vs. another 
    • What options garden centers have to strengthen customer communication, loyalty and sales 
    • Ways to increase customer connectivity in an increasingly digital commerce environment 
    • Why "shoppertainment" is more important than ever to leverage within garden centers 
    • How to recognize what technology matters and what doesn't... and what you truly need 

    Finally, expect to gain real-time insight with forward-thinking perspectives on how to boost store engagement, sales and operations from Leinbach. This is a not-to-miss session to be experienced at The Garden Show! 

    Nicole Leinbach, Founder and Publisher of  
    Nicole is a well-respected retail industry resource that has been recognized worldwide for its leading business insight since 2007. With a core concentration on independent retailers, small businesses, community, technology and how the various touchpoints of commerce influence modern merchants, Leinbach is a frequent guest and contributor to various media outlets that have included The Today Show, Forbes, and countless B2B publications. Additionally, Leinbach has supported American Express’s Small Business Saturday as a Spokesperson and is the Author of the book “Retail 101: The Guide to Managing and Marketing Your Retail Business” from McGraw-Hill. Recognized within the top 10 out 100 worldwide retail thought leaders since 2015 – including having held the #1 spot – and a retail “futurist” for IBM, Leinbach is also the Co-Founder of the Independent Retailer Conference. Additionally, in March 2022, Women’s Wear Daily recognized Leinbach as one of the most inspiring 25 women in retail. Based in Denver, Leinbach is a mom of 4 and 3 dogs. Learn more about Leinbach at

    Retail Minded is an internationally recognized industry blog and publication that is committed to delivering quality news, education and support specific to independent retailers. Founded in 2007 by retail thought leader and influencer Nicole Leinbach Reyhle, Retail Minded introduces retailers to leading industry resources, merchant specific news and timely education to help independent businesses – both online and offline – thrive in their unique retail goals. In addition to Retail Minded’s ongoing retail research, Retail Minded provides content services to companies looking to communicate to retail audiences.

    Nicole Leinbach, Founder
    Retail Minded’s Founder Nicole Leinbach is recognized as a global retail thought leader from companies that include IBM, American Express, Lightspeed POS and more – including having been recognized as #3 out of 100 worldwide retail influencers. Together with her Retail Minded team, Leinbach regularly produces events at industry trade shows that include ASD Market Week, NY NOW, IGES and more. She also contributes to media outlets that include Forbes, Entrepreneur, NBC and others – as well as speaks at worldwide events with a core concentration on commerce and consumer experiences. In addition to Retail Minded, Leinbach is also the Co-Founder of the Independent Retailer Conference and Author of the book “Retail 101: The Guide to Managing & Marketing Your Business” from McGraw-Hill and supported American Express’s Small Business Saturday as their Spokesperson since 2014. Additionally, in 2022, WWD recognized Leinbach as one of their Inspirational Women to follow in fashion and retail.

    Retail Minded has been supporting retailers since 2007 in their efforts to gain quality, trusted insight and resources for their unique businesses.

    Address:   Denver, CO
    Contact:   Nicole Leinbach-Reyhle, Founder
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