Axios Pro: Retail Deals

January 06, 2023

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1 big thing: ICR Conference returns IRL

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The 25th annual ICR Conference is on next week, and it will be IRL for the first time in three years, Richard writes.

Why it matters: The shindig is one of the most important investor retail conferences of the year, setting the tone on corporate outlooks and M&A for at least the next six months.

Details: More than 200 companies including Macy's, Sysco and Neiman Marcus will present.

  • Startups in the food space will include Mid-Day Squares and Kevin's Natural Foods, and there will be a plethora of restaurant brands, namely Cracker Barrel and Denny’s, among many others.
  • Last but not least, the technology providers to consumer-facing businesses, such as Presto and Yumpingo, will be pitching their businesses.

Between the lines: There will be plenty of opportunities for one-on-ones, interviews, elbow-bumping, and, yes, dealmaking.

The bottom line: The event will give the industry clarity on the direction of the consumer given the frequently conflicting market data.

Are you going? Let's touch base!

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