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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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  • Replay: Retail’s New Normal

    COVID-19 has radically changed retail. What is changed for good, what is temporary until there is a vaccine. This white paper talks about what has worked and what has not for retail.  Some segments saw rapid growth and tremendous out-of-stocks.  Others are struggling to survive due to government shutdowns and […]

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  • Replay – Disrupted Retail – How COVID-19 Exposed Inventory Distortion

    Since the beginning of time, retailers have struggled with having what the customer wants to buy in-stock when they want to buy it. Inventory distortion occurs when a retailer has too many of an item (overstocks) or too few of an item (out-of-stocks). In an overstock situation, the retailer must heavily discount the item […]

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  • Replay: Retail Economic Update

    As economies reopen, we are starting to get initial data on recoveries around the world and how deep the drop was when things were closed.  As well, what does this mean for technology.  We tackle these issues directly in this webinar. Click picture for the slides.  For complete replay, click […]

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  • The Greatest Wealth Transfer in the History of Retail

    Jim Cramer of CNBC said it, but we were first.  For those of you who have followed our economic updates for the last several months we are have been harping on the business inequities that have happened in retail and hospitality due to the pandemic and how this favored large […]

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