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The big online shift in grocery retailing

June 30, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The big online shift in grocery retailing:
Tech and business innovations
Joint Technology, Internet & Telecoms and Retail Groups
Wednesday 30 June, 18:00-19:00 BST


This event is kindly sponsored by Silverpeak 


2020 accelerated digital transformation of retail and changed consumer habits for good. This has impacted the ways in which we buy and consume groceries online and offline. As lockdown lifts, business will have to reset and transform operations to win in a post-Covid world.


Stakeholders in grocery and technology will discuss how the pandemic has shaped their strategies and accelerated the adoption of new technologies. We’ll be asking our expert panel questions including:


• How has grocery changed during the pandemic online and offline?

• What are the business models adopted by new players?

• What are “traditional” grocery retailers doing to fight back?

• What are the new technologies that can change grocery retailing?


Matt Chandler is Investment Manager at Octopus Ventures where he sits in the Consumer pod, focusing on deal origination, execution and due diligence activity. Prior to joining Octopus Ventures in 2021, Matt was a Commercial Associate at True, a retail and consumer sector specialist investor and innovation consultant. Matt focused on early-stage investments into both consumer tech and B2B software companies, and consulted multi-national retailers on digital strategy. Prior to True, Matt co-founded Mojo, a consumer Saas platform for the beauty and wellness industry. Matt is a graduate of the University of Nottingham Business School. Outside of work he is an unprolific footballer, nervous skier, occasional painter, and avid backgammoner.


Michael Greene is Vice President of Global Product Solutions at Criteo. In this role, Michael is responsible for strategy and partnerships for Criteo’s Retail Media business. Criteo Retail Media is Criteo’s growth business enabling brands to reach shoppers with relevant products near the digital point of sale on retailer and marketplace websites and apps. With Retail Media brands improve their position on the digital shelf and retailers add a new revenue stream. Prior to joining Criteo, Michael ran product strategy and business development at Audience Science and served as a senior analyst covering programmatic media at Forrester Research. He currently lives in New York.


Frederik Nieuwenhuys (MBA 97J) is Founder and CEO of PicNic which delivers all your groceries to your home for free. The PicNic app offers exactly the same groceries as in the supermarket, but for the lowest price. There are more than 1,000 cars driving around in about 120 Dutch towns. With hundreds of thousands of customers and a monthly expansion to new cities, PicNic was named the fastest growing company in the Netherlands in 2019.


Frederik started his career in strategy consulting with OC&C before founding Fredhopper, the leading software platform for retailers to manage their digital shelves. Following an exit, he continued to be an entrepreneur and investor in digital consumer businesses. In 2015 he founded PicNic where he is currently CEO. Fredrick has an Msc in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics from Technische Universiteit Delft, and an MBA from INSEAD.


Federico Sargenti has been CEO of Everli since 2016. Everli’s aim is to make grocery shopping simple, fast and convenient. Clients choose their favourite supermarket, shop online, a personal shopper goes to the store to choose, pack and deliver the order. The company is now a multi-million well-funded scale-up with top Italian and international investors, strategic partnerships and more than 200 talented staff.


Federico has more than 10 years of experience in e-commerce and retail. A former Amazonian where he was category leader of consumer goods, toys and baby products categories for Italy and Spain, he’s a tech-lover, father of Andrea and Anna, and a proud non-car-owner since 2012.


Moderator: Teresa White (MBA 88D), Co-Founder & Director, Partners in Retail.