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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 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 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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  • On Demand: Retail’s Frictionless Future

    Even prior to the COVID-19 global pandemic, retailers were already moving to a future with less  friction. While there are already several small format stores that are fully frictionless, for most retail environments the future involves a combination of technologies that remove friction from the purchase process, but are not completely automated. Recently we released a […]

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  • IHL Consumer Study – First Look

    The initial data set of our global consumer study is in and our initial views have some really interesting data.  The biggest challenge in the initial presentation is going to be limiting the revealed results to a manageable number.  Just a reminder, deadline for sponsors to be in the study […]

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  • On Demand: Good News/Bad News – Future of Grocery and CPG Retailers

    Covid-19 has changed grocery retailing forever. Trends that were slowly moving went into hyperdrive as retailers adjusted to click and collect and local delivery options. But these are only the tip of the iceberg for changes affecting the industry as they are hitting traditional solutions and even the overall technical architecture of the store […]

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