First Insight to Host Big !deas Session at NRF 2015

January 5 2015 by Lyndsay McGregor

Retail Experts Matthew Rubel, Mindy Meads, Greg Girard and Nikki Baird to Discuss Solutions for Reducing Excess Inventory and Markdowns

PITTSBURGH, PA, January 5, 2015 – First Insight, the world’s leading solution provider empowering retailers and manufacturers to introduce the right new products at the right price, today announced its Big !deas Session at National Retail Federation’s (NRF’s) 104th Annual Convention and EXPO. The panel will take place Monday, January 12, from 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. in Room 4, Expo Hall Level 3 of the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Retailers and manufacturers registering on First Insight’s website will receive a free EXPO Hall Pass. 

The panel, entitled “Selling More with Less,” will be moderated by Greg Petro, CEO of First Insight, and will include four of the retail industry’s most influential leaders:

  • Matthew E. Rubel – Senior Advisor of TPG Capital, board director of HSN, Inc, Hudson’s Bay Company, and SUPERVALU, Inc, and former Chairman and CEO of Collective Brands and Cole Haan
  • Mindy Meads – Board director of Blue Nile, former CEO of Calypso St. Barth, former co-CEO of Aeropostale, former CEO of Lands’ End, and previous Federal Reserve Bank board member
  • Greg Girard – Program Director of Merchandise Strategies at IDC Retail Insights
  • Nikki Baird – Managing Director of RSR Research

“Excess inventory is an ongoing issue within the retail industry,” said Greg Petro. “With nearly $400 billion wasted annually on slow-moving items, retailers are constantly faced with the challenge of improving inventory performance. I look forward to leading a discussion on how applying analytics to real-time consumer data can empower retailers to actually increase sales with less inventory.”

First Insight invites retailers, manufacturers, media, analysts, and other attendees to visit them at the EXPO and pre-schedule a meeting in the company’s conference room at booth #2571. Please contact Brady Dolan at or 724-759-7141.

About First Insight, Inc.

First Insight is the world’s leading solution provider empowering companies to drive new product success by introducing the right products at the right price. Through the use of online consumer engagement, the First Insight solution gathers real-time consumer data and applies predictive analytic models to create actionable insights, which drive measurable value.  Retailers, manufacturers and brands use the First Insight solution to design, select, price and market the most profitable new products for improved sales, margins and inventory turnover.  Customers include some of world’s leading department stores, brands, and specialty and vertically integrated retailers. For further information, please visit

Media Contact:
Michael McMullan
Berns Communications Group, LLC
(212) 994-4660

Company Contact:
Jim Shea
Chief Marketing Officer
First Insight, Inc.
(724) 759-7141


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