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Greg Buzek

Greg Buzek

Principal / @gregbuzek

Greg Buzek is the Founder and President of IHL Group and one of the Founders of the Retail Orphan Initiative (www.retailROI.org), a charitable foundation that seeks to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. In 10 years, RetailROI has been involved in over 200 projects in 24 countries helping an estimated 226,000 children through clean water, education, computers, language training and care.

Noted by RIS News as one of the "25 Most Influential People in Retail" and the National Retail Federation in 2015 as one of "The List of People Shaping Retail's Future", he has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from The Ohio State University, and 25 years of experience in retail market analysis, business planning, product development, and consulting with Fortune 500 companies.

Greg is frequently quoted in BusinessWeek, RIS News, StorefrontBacktalk, CIO Information Network, Information Week, Supermarket News, Vertical Systems Reseller, Kiosk Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, and the Washington Post and has been used as a retail technology analyst on NBC Nightly News, CBS News, and CNBC. In addition Greg has been a guest lecturer for the Wharton School of Business and Belmont University.

In 2011 The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute honored Greg with the first ever Paul Singer Award that recognizes business and governmental leaders for going above and beyond their defined roles to advocate for better adoption and foster care policies worldwide. Before founding IHL, Greg worked with NCR Corporation and Sensormatic Electronics as a marketing and development executive on hardware, software, and electronic security products for the Retail Industry.

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    Different communities are restarting retail and opening restaurants and malls. What is working, what is not? How are consumers responding? What must companies consider about getting their employees back to work? This webinar provides an economic update on North America’s retail situation with a specific emphasis on talent issues with […]

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    A great deal of discussion has been had about the recovery curve to be expected in retail and hospitality. Will it be a V curve, an L shape or a NIKE Swoosh?  Truth be told, you can make it look like whatever you want it to be to fit your […]

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  • Replay: How COVID-19 Will Usher In The Golden Age of Frictionless Retail

    Like the world around us, Retail has been rocked from the impact of COVID-19 and lockdowns.  This webinar provides an update on the economic conditions, how deep will store closings be and what are our latest expectations for a recovery.  As well, how COVID-19 simply accelerates the trends toward frictionless […]

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  • The Coming Retail Returns Tsunami

    When pundits talk about pent-up demand in retail, rarely do the discuss perhaps the greatest pent up demand coming for retailers: Returns.  Returns have always been a cumbersome process for most retailers with different challenges for different merchandise.  Local laws as well as company infrastructure provides a complex operation in […]

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