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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 15 years, RetailROI has been involved in over 290 projects in 28 countries helping an estimated 311,000 children through clean water, education, computers, language training and care.

Noted by RIS News as one of the Top 10 Influentials in Retail and the National Retail Federation 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 30 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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  • Data Wednesday – RFID Delivers Results

    RFID is another one of those 25-year-old technologies that is now an overnight success thanks to changes to retail brought on by COVID. Where most of the energy has been focused on case-level RFID in the past, COVID changed the economics so that every unit item RFID became the greatest […]

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  • OnDemand: Retail Analytics Webinar

    When looking at analytics, there are 4 levels – what happened (Descriptive), why it happened (Diagnostic), what could happen (Predictive), and what should happen (Prescriptive). The data is  clear from this independent research completed in late 2022. The retailers that are using predictive and prescriptive analytics are significantly outperforming retailers […]

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  • Repeat: 4 HUGE Mistakes Companies Make at NRF’s Big Show

    This is worth repeating as we have a lot of new people in the retail industry. I think we originally shared this in 2010, then again in 2015. Every year vendors spend thousands, even millions of dollars setting up booths, demos, and having parties around the National Retail Federation Big […]

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  • Who Has The Edge In Retail?

    With rapid inflation, rising costs and new challenges from all directions, one technology stands out from our research that aligns with significantly higher sales and profitability for retailers.  What technology gives the edge?  Ironically, Edge Computing. IHL just began the data analysis of our latest research study of over 249 […]

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