The (re)Tales and Ideas Disrupting
an Ever-Evolving Industry
The (re)Tales and Ideas Disrupting
an Ever-Evolving Industry
The (re)Tales and Ideas Disrupting
an Ever-Evolving Industry

2020 Edition Highlights

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Where retail and innovation collide

The annual meeting place for North American Retail leaders.
Join the retail innovators disrupting traditional retail models and activating next generation retail experiences. 

Unveiling retail’s most anticipated news.
Be the first to learn about new retail models, cutting-edge products and exciting collaborations.


Why attend?

Retail's one-stop

Explore retail best practices with top retail authorities, established retailers, and up-and-coming businesses.

impact-focused keynotes

Learn from the leaders and innovators revolutionizing the industry and inventing the retail experience of tomorrow.

Worth your time
and ROI

Meet the people shaping retail and walk away with the actionable tools to take your retail game to the next level.


Alain Bernard

After being the Managing Director @Cartier South East Asia in Singapore, the International Customer Service Director @Cartier in Paris, the President & CEO @Van Cleef & Arpels in Tokyo and in NYC, Alain has been appointed President & CEO North America @Richemont in NYC. He has also been President of the FrenchFounders Retail Club since its creation.

President & CEO, North America
@ Richemont

Julie Rice

Julie Rice is an entrepreneur best known for co-founding the fitness phenomenon, SoulCycle. 
Rice’s life’s work has been about building community and she served as Co-CEO at SoulCycle from 2006 to 2015 before serving as a Partner at WeWork from 2017 to 2019.
She is currently the Co-Founder of LifeShop. LifeShop advises and invests in entrepreneurs and consults with businesses at scale. LifeShop is also developing original concepts in the health and happiness space.

Founder @ LifeShop
Co-Founder @ SoulCycle

Alexis Lanternier

In his role, Alexis is responsible for the overall strategy, operations, sales and profit associated with online purchases. Alexis joined Walmart after 5 years in South East Asia where he participated in growing an ecommerce “scale-up” called Lazada, selling it to Alibaba for $US3B in 2017 and then integrating it within Alibaba TMall/Taobao model. 

Executive Vice President of E-Commerce
@ Walmart

Seth Goldman

Seth Goldman is the Co-founder of Honest Tea and Executive Chair of Beyond Meat. Honest Tea is the nation’s top selling organic bottled tea, specializing in beverages that are just a tad sweet, organic and Fair Trade Certified™.
In 2011, it was acquired by The Coca-Cola Company, becoming the first organic and Fair Trade brand in the world’s largest beverage distribution system. Honest Tea and Honest Kids are sold in more than 150K stores in the USA and Europe, including McDonald’s, SUBWAY and Chick-fil-A. Beyond Meat is also rapidly expanding distribution, as the company seeks to expand the availability and accessibility of plant-based protein.

Co-founder @ Honest Tea
Executive Chair @ Beyond Meat

Travis Boyce

Travis currently leads the retail team at Allbirds managing all things brick and mortar for the brand. Prior to Allbirds, Travis was at Chobani Greek Yogurt, working alongside TPG Capital in the operational turnaround of the business. He worked across the supply chain, finance and product development areas of the business with the TPG Ops group as well as the Chobani team.

Allbirds was recently valued at $1.4 billion.

Head of Global Retail Operations

Edward Roussel

Edward Roussel is Chief Innovation Officer at Dow Jones, responsible for identifying areas of new opportunity, with a focus on startups and relations with Silicon Valley companies. 
Edward joined Dow Jones in June 2013 as head of digital product development, overseeing projects including the redesign of The Wall Street Journal’s website and apps.
Before joining Dow Jones, he worked at the Telegraph Media Group in London for 7 years. As Executive Editor, Digital, he headed the Telegraph’s website & mobile products,  playing a central role in reorganizing the newsroom to place digital journalism at its core. 

Chief Innovation Officer
@ Dow Jones


2020 Edition

6:00 PM

Registration & Welcome Drinks

Doors open at 6pm
Event check-in 

VIP cocktail reception with T. BoyceAllbirds 

7:00 PM

Opening Remarks

Welcome and opening remarks by 
A. Bernard, Richemont & President of The Retail Club @FrenchFounders

7:10 PM

Keynotes & Panels

Keynote: A. Lanternier, Walmart

Fireside Chat 1:
S. Goldman, Honest Tea & Beyond Meat and A. Lanternier, Walmart

Fireside Chat 2:
J. Rice, SoulCycle and E. Roussel, Dow Jones / WSJ

8:15 PM

Standing Dinner

Mingle with speakers, industry partners and top US and European retailers!

Event ends at 10:30pm

The Retail Party 2019

400 guests, 20+ sponsors, countless ideas.. 
We were just getting started. 

Want more? Get your ticket to #RP2020.

New York

Main contact
Léa Netter +1 415 996 8941


2020 Partners




They make this event exceptional

Founded in 2014, FrenchFounders is the next-generation Business Club. We facilitate business exchanges within an exceptional community of over 4,000 French-speaking CEOs, top executives, entrepreneurs and investors across 40 cities around the world.

Retail company

The Retail Club defines a retailer as a company whose core business is to sell consumer goods directly to the end consumer via storefront, catalog, television or online. Chain restaurants, grocers, and convenience stores are included in this definition. The company must own the merchandise it sells and be able to provide a business license confirming their status upon request.

Consumer packaged goods (CPG) company

The Retail Club defines a CPG company as one that sells non-durable goods to other businesses that are consumed by the average consumer.

Consumer services company

The Retail Club defines a consumer services company as one whose core business is providing services to the end consumer. Examples include rental services, ride sharing services, subscription services, streaming services, etc.

Private/investment holding company/venture capital

A private equity investment, financial holding, or venture capital company is one that is the ultimate parent company and has full ownership of the retail brand(s).

The Retail Club does not consider you a “retailer” if:

  • Your company has not yet launched, there are no stores or online sales opportunities, you do not have a website, and there is no way to verify your retailer status.
  • Your company does not sell merchandise to consumers. Your company manufactures consumer goods that can primarily be purchased through third-party distribution partners (excluding franchisees);
  • Your company primarily sells business-to-business or wholesale. While an individual consumer could purchase a product from you directly, most of your customers are businesses. Example: A company that sells point of sales systems primarily sells them to businesses.
  • Your company runs a website, provides an ecommerce platform, and/or processes transactions on behalf of a retailer as a third-party. Example: ABC Company runs the website for XYZ Retailer, but its staff is employed by ABC Company. ABC is the vendor and XYZ is the Retailer.
  • Your company aggregates and sells/auctions merchandise that is owned by other companies/individuals and/or you provide a service by which retailers’ products are promoted and sold through your website. The messaging on your parent company’s website primarily discusses things such as “solutions,” “services,” “apps,” “partners,” and/or “clients” and gives no indication of, or links to, any subsidiary retail companies.
  • Your company’s primary purpose is to develop/produce, manage, promote, or distribute “apps” (mobile applications).