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Retrospect Summit 2017

Topic 2017: Omni-shoppers everywhere – The challenges of digitalization for the food trade and the consumer goods industry

Anuga Executive Summit 2017 was devoted to digitalization

Anuga Executive Summit 2017 was focusing on the mega-trend digitalization. It goes without saying that the digital revolution has already affected food manufacturers and the food trade. New data-driven concepts are not only transforming the sales, marketing and procurement of food, but also product development and the organization of the flow of goods. These developments are accompanied by an evolution of corporate culture, because the management of digital business units requires new approaches to team leadership, for example.

Several business models are currently competing with each other in the field of digital marketing strategies for food products. These models include digital marketplaces, B2C models, specialty vendors, subscription models, and purely online supermarkets that have their own logistics and bear their own product-related risks.

This diversity is accentuated by the fact that most market researchers now predict that consumers will become omni-shoppers in the near future and combine various sales channels with one another as they see fit. This will apply to food purchases as well. Consumers will expect to have a networked shopping experience that merges the stationary trade with online media and the use of mobile devices.

In the near future, customers will therefore obtain information mainly from social media and at virtual marketplaces and product comparison portals. To do this, they will primarily use smartphones or tablets. That’s why mobile apps are becoming increasingly important for obtaining information before and during the food purchasing process as well as for marketing products.

Networked shopping experiences for omni-shoppers

To obtain purchasing advice, consumers will make even more extensive use of messenger services. This is one of the reasons why more and more retailers and consumer goods manufacturers are currently intensively analyzing the potential posed by chatbots. The vision is to use artificial intelligence to create conversational robots that simultaneously act as virtual shopping assistants and digital purchasing advisors. The first pilot systems are already being tested in practice.

The technology for the increasingly rapid merger of online and offline commerce already exists. For example, sensors in the sales area can already communicate with customers’ smartphones. This enables the system to precisely determine the shelf a customer is standing in front of and thus transmit appropriate product information and purchasing incentives to the consumer’s mobile phone. Such a mobile-phone-based shop navigation system could also be used to analyze customer movements.

A chief digital officer for the consumer goods industry

However, digitilization is not only bringing major changes to commerce, but also for consumer goods manufacturers. These companies are increasingly concerned that digital business models will be better and more inexpensively able to serve the newly defined customer needs.

Manufacturers of FMCGs are responding to this danger in a variety of ways. On the structural level, more and more companies are creating a separate unit for the digital business, headed by a CDO. They are also establishing separate subsidiaries for drawing up digital business models, acquiring other companies to utilize such know-how, and forming partnerships with successfully operating start-up developers.

Success factors for the omni-channel trade: supply chain management and logistics

Companies that understand consumers to be omni-shoppers who take a comprehensive view of sales channels, also have to act more holistically and customer focused in their supply chain management and logistics. Not only do omni-shoppers want to be able to buy everywhere and at any time, they also want goods to be delivered at any time and to any location. Single channel strategies are increasingly failing to meet such changed consumer needs.

The level of direct contact to the end customer varies, depending on the channel used. Unlike the situation in the stationary trade, online commerce is experiencing a shift in its customer contact. The most direct contact is no longer enjoyed here by retailers, but by parcel deliverers and thus by the providers of logistics services. As a result, logistics companies have access to customer information that complements that possessed by retailers. An information advantage is achieved when both types of data are combined.

Empirical values from previous deliveries enable logistics companies to estimate, for example, how the architectural situation is like in an area, whether there are secure places where parcels can be deposited, at what times people are most likely to be at home and how often goods have been returned. As a result, they have an important store of data that can be mined with the help of digital systems and that is indispensable for good omni-channel solutions.

The delivery of goods at specific times and the serving of new delivery points such as parcel boxes pose major challenges with regard to route planning and the management of ordering processes. Self-learning and self-driving systems could be used for such purposes in the foreseeable future. Even the autonomous delivery of parcels by robot vehicles in public areas is no longer just a vision.

Photos 2017

Theater am Tanzbrunnen
Admission: 6.00 p.m.
(Start: 6.30 p.m.)

Welcoming remarks

Friedhelm Dornseifer
BVLH President

Dr. Wolfgang Ingold
BVE Chairman


Omni-channel ecommerce with food: opportunities and challenges

Dr. Johannes Steegmann
Managing Director REWE Digital Marketing, Strategy and Ventures

Since the beginning of 2014, Dr. Johannes Steegmann has been the Managing Director of REWE Digital with responsibility for the areas of Marketing, Digital Strategy and Ventures. In this function he is in charge of the development of venture activities throughout the REWE Group, the formulation of the Group’s e-commerce strategy, marketing for the REWE delivery service and administration of the internal digital marketing agency of the REWE Group. The digital marketing agency’s range of services comprises the following functions: performance marketing, social media, UX/UI, text/design, CRM, analytics, digital media buying and content marketing for the business units of the REWE Group (REWE, PENNY, toom Baumarkt, Touristik, etc.). In addition, for the past two years REWE Digital has cooperated with numerous industrial partners to implement a large number of digital campaigns on the REWE marketing platforms. These activities range from the creation of campaigns, the buying of digital media and the measurement of media KPIs to the handling of the resulting online and offline sales effects.  

Mr. Steegmann launched his career in the Multimedia department at Bertelsmann AG, worked for nine years at McKinsey & Company, and was the Head of Corporate Development & Consulting at the REWE Group for three years previous to his present position.

He is married and has two children.

Omni-channel and logistics

Matthias Heutger
Senior Vice President for Strategy, Marketing & Innovation at DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation (CSI).

The CSI unit is responsible for the further development of the strategic focus sectors Life Sciences & Healthcare, Technology, Energy, Automotive, and Engineering & Manufacturing at DHL. It also supports DHL's Top 100 customers worldwide.

Matthias Heutger also bears global responsibility for innovation at DHL, including the DHL Innovation Center and Trend Research.


A talk with the speakers and opportunity for questions and remarks from the audience

Welcoming remarks and Transition to Get-Together

Gerald Böse
President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH


Host: Susan Link (TV-Host)



Sebastian Frank – Horváth** (Berlin)

For his emancipatory cuisine, this Chef of the Year 2011 has already received two Michelin stars. Frank, who hails from Austria, is the Chef de Cuisine of the restaurant Horváth** in Berlin. He serves a modern, unconventional cuisine that is without compare. His vision is to dissolve traditional rules, thus pointing the way for today’s new generation of star chefs.

Christian Sturm-Willms – YUNICO* (Bonn)

Sturm-Willms is the herald of a new Euro-Asian fusion cuisine and he really shone as Chef of the Year 2013. As Chef de Cuisine of YUNICO* in the Kameha Grand Bonn, he loves to experiment with aroma-rich combinations. He repeatedly sets the tone by using new techniques and pursuing the latest culinary trends.

Stefan Lenz – Tennerhof Kitzbühel (Austria)

Stefan Lenz was the Chef of the Year 2015 and emphasizes a clear cooking style of highly precise regional haute cuisine. As Chef de Cuisine of the Tennerhof restaurant in Kitzbühel, Lenz focuses on the region’s best products and ingredients, which he turns into outstandingly sensitive creations of the internationally highest levels of quality.