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Tony D'Onofrio

CEO at TD Insights

Greenville SC, United States

2300 Followers

Tony D’Onofrio is CEO of TD Insights, a consultancy focused on working with private equity companies, board of directors, public speaking, industry groups, and advanced technology companies. Tony is a recognized global top 100 retail industry influencer. His futurist views of technologies and retail have been shared in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe. This is the age to disrupt or be disrupted.

Tony currently serves on the Board of Directors for 3SI Systems, Board of Advisors Deep Science AI, Board of Advisors Smart Store Expo Dubai, and is a Mentor for the Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley, California.

Tony’s previous position was Chief Customer Officer (CCO) of Tyco Retail Solutions (now Sensormatic), a $1 billion division of Johnson Controls (JCI). In the CCO position, Tony was responsible for revenue growth of global customers, global accounts management programs, recurring source tagging models for EAS / RFID, creating and managing multiple “as a service” models, and global marketing.

Linked-In Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/tonycdonofrio

Sample global personal accolades
> Top 100 Global Retail Influencer List by Vend
> Top 25 Retail Industry Website by Vend
> Top 25 Must Read-Retail IT Blogs by BizTech
> Retail Excellence Award from Asia Retail Congress
> Social media leadership with 160,000+ followers on Linked-In
> Publisher on multiple digital transformation platforms in both North America and Europe
> Global speaker at tech / industry events / Retailers & Board of Directors on “Disruptive Future of Retail”
> Globally recognized personal branding in leadership, technology and retail.

Available For: Authoring, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: USA
Speaking Topics: Future of Retail, Disruptive Innovation, Retail Security

Tony D'OnofrioPoints
Academic0
Author23
Influencer63
Speaker5
Entrepreneur0
Total91

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Business Unit: Retail Innovation Technology Leadership
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 10+ years
Last Media Interview: 05/07/2019

Areas of Expertise

AI 31.79
Analytics
AR/VR
Big Data 30.69
Change Management
Customer Experience 30.85
Digital Disruption
Digital Transformation 30.60
Emerging Technology 30.40
Innovation 31.00
IoT 31.97
Leadership 30.64
Marketing
Retail 53.11
Social 31.14
Startups
Sales 31.32
Sustainability 31.75

Industry Experience

High Tech & Electronics
Retail

Publications

20 Article/Blogs
Global Retail Shrink 2019 and the Future of Loss Prevention
linkedin
November 13, 2019
My last article summarized the positive (green shopper) digital consumer transformation trends from the latest edition of the "Disruptive Future of Retail" presentation. As the audience from the recent keynote was primarily from loss prevention, in appreciation of their positive response and engagement, this post expands on the retail shrinkage industry data, including multiple new charts not presented due to time constraints.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Innovation, IoT, Leadership, Retail

The Consumer Digital Transformation Retail Wakeup Call
linkedin
November 01, 2019
In October I had the opportunity to speak to roughly 150 retail professionals on the "Disruptive Future of Retail". This continuously updated presentation explains the key trends driving the digital transformation of the global retail industry.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Innovation, Leadership, Retail

The State of USA Retail: Apocalypse or Renaissance?
Tonydonofrio.com
October 11, 2019
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking at the Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) Impact 2019 conference. Over 430 people made their way to the University of Florida’s Gainesville campus for the three-day event. The symposium "focused heavily on learning and collaboration, as well as an overview of the LPRC’s research on evidence-based tactics and strategies to reduce crime and loss in the retail space".

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Tags: Innovation, Retail

The Top10 Global Brands of 2019 in Retail, Apparel, and Luxury
Tonydonofrio.com
September 21, 2019
In today's increasingly complex world, branding is critical to lasting success. Every year, I look forward to the latest BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Brands study. This article summarizes the nearly 200-page report with a focus on retail, apparel, and luxury.

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Tags: Social, Leadership, Retail

The Secrets to Walmart's Success
linkedin
August 26, 2019
Most impressive from a recent evening visit to the Walmart Museum in Arkansas were the company’s yearly chronological milestones throughout the exhibit areas. Being a technology geek, my focus quickly transitioned to understanding the historical innovation adoption cycle. Additionally, as a student of leadership, of interest was the culture messaging of founder Sam Walton in growing the company.

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Tags: AI, Innovation, Leadership, Retail

Here Come the Retail Robots
RETHINK RETAIL
August 19, 2019
As consumers continue to demand efficient and better-connected experiences, retailers are responding with a number of AI-driven innovation projects. Check out our latest video to find out what’s in-store for the world of retail.

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Tags: AI, Innovation, Retail

Plan B Revisited - Time and the Life of Your Dreams
Tonydonofrio.com
August 12, 2019
Roughly a year ago, I published a personal Plan B blog titled “Personal Branding and Retiring Early on Your Own Terms”. As I stated in that post, “continuous learning” opened new possibilities that were calling to be executed.The past year has reaffirmed that my passions are meaningful engagements with leading retailers, building value for targeted companies, social media leadership, and exploring the Silicon Valley start-up culture.
From the new Plan B perspective, the continued conversations with retailers have been inspirational. I am humbled and appreciative by the quality of time spent together exploring technology journeys and getting their assessments of new solution concepts. Several of the retailers were also kind enough to let me publish selected innovation insights.


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Tags: Innovation, Leadership, Retail

Nike and the Retail Industry Adoption Outlook for RFID
linkedin
July 19, 2019
Almost exactly a year ago, in my last RFID article titled "Keeping Physical Retail In-Stock", I concluded that the two most relevant components of positive customer experiences in physical stores are fast checkouts and products being in-stock. Multiple recent retailer quarterly earnings calls, several articles, and two requests from China on direct consulting with potential investors in RFID inspired this updated technology review.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Emerging Technology, Retail

What's in the Mind of a Retail Shoplifter?
linkedin
July 09, 2019
The Loss Prevention Research Council (LPRC) is made up of over 70 retailers (approx. 200,000 stores / $2 Trillion in sales) and 75 solutions partners collaborating to develop effective loss and crime control solutions through science backed extensive research. To date the group has conducted over 300 real world loss prevention research projects for retailers and partners.

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Tags: Innovation, Retail

Visualizing The Supermarket of the Future
Tonydonofrio.com
June 15, 2019

“Norman (Mayne, CEO of Dorothy Lane Market) is a truly unique merchant. He has a special ability to identify concepts and products that will enthrall customers. Furthermore, he has allowed his people to pursue these same ideals. The result: his stores are masterpieces!” - Danny Wegman, Chairman of Wegmans

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Tags: Retail

Walmart vs Amazon - The Worldwide Retail Champion Heavyweight Fight
linkedin
May 29, 2019
Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of participating in a Rethink Retail podcast with Bryan Gildenberg, Chief Knowledge Officer of Retail, Sales & Shopper at WPP’s Kantar Consulting and Paul Lewis, CMO of digital transformation agency Valtech. With Julia Raymond moderating, the three of us debated the growth strategies of Amazon and Walmart in their quest for global retail leadership.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Leadership, Retail

The Three Next Wave Retail Growth Technologies
linkedin
May 06, 2019
In the past twelve months, I have spent substantial quality time with global retailers, expanded my social media reach, engaged a substantial number of technology companies including more Silicon Valley startups; all focused on being a driver of disruptive retail change. Reflecting on what I saw and heard in my just completed European tour this week, I can confirm that retail issues and solutions continue to have global tendencies.

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Tags: AI, Emerging Technology, Retail

10% Retail Self-Checkout Market CAGR Collides with Deployment Risks
linkedin
April 15, 2019
Several data points in recent weeks led to this update on the state of retail self-checkout (SCO) deployments. Among these are the increased self-service stores openings with Asia / North America taking the lead, the evolution from stationary SCOs to multiple variations of Scan & Go applications, and new research, some of which you will only see in this article, on the theft challenges with these new autonomous solutions.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, Supply Chain, Retail

Technology Disruption & the Transformation of the Global Top 250 Retailers
linkedin
March 22, 2019
Annually I look forward to the Deloitte Global Powers of Retailing industry research which provides a detailed growth trajectory review of the global top 250 retailers. This year, in addition to summarizing my favorite insights from the 2019 edition, we will look back to the 2014 report to compare and contrast the changes in the retail industry over the last five years.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT, Retail

Macy's and Next Generation Smart Loss Prevention Solutions
linkedin
March 04, 2019
Over the last several months I have had the pleasure of spending time with Asset Protection (AP) leaders at Macy's in New York. The visits were sparked by news articles and industry discussions on their advanced deployments of RFID and the smart integration of this Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology into the loss prevention function.

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Tags: Big Data, IoT, Retail

RetailROI and The Essential Retail Technologies of 2019
linkedin
February 08, 2019
Each Saturday just prior to the January NRF Big Show, retailers, industry analysts and solutions providers gather in New York City for a unique IT conference. This fast-paced full day is a special blend of emotionally filled stories of the RetailROI (Retail Orphan Initiative) global charity work and the latest insights on the state of the retail industry.

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Tags: AI, IoT, Retail

The Seven Impactful Retail Transformation Takeaways from NRF 2019
linkedin
January 23, 2019
38,000+ Attendees, 16,000+ Retailers, 800+ Exhibitors, 100+ Sessions, 99 Countries
Let me open by sharing the video summary provided by the USA National Retail Federation (NRF) of this year's edition.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, IoT, Retail

Running Into the Nike House of Innovation Future of Retail
linkedin
January 10, 2019
The future of retail includes digitally supported leadership branding coupled with hyper-personalized immersive consumer experiences. Of all the stores that I have visited to date around the world, the Nike House of Innovation in New York City, is the closest example that meets this critical futurist success formula.

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Tags: Digital Transformation, Innovation, Retail

A Happy Uncertain Risky Promising Disruptive Prosperous 2019
linkedin
December 27, 2018
Welcome to an uncertain and conceivably risky 2019. Despite multiple global hints of slower growth, I remain optimistic by the potential of the New Year.

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Tags: AI, Digital Transformation, IoT, Retail

A Propitious Four-Star Amazon Clicks to Bricks Experiment
linkedin
December 12, 2018
This past week had the opportunity to visit the new Amazon Four-Star physical retail store in New York City. Located in the chic Soho neighborhood, collectively the items in this store have an average rating of 4.4 stars.

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Tags: AI, Customer Experience, Retail

4 Influencer Awards
Top 40 European Blogs by Market Inspector
Market Inspector
January 01, 2019
Top 40 European Blogs by Market Inspector

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Tags: Retail

Vend’s Top 100 Retail Influencers for 2018
Vend
January 01, 2018
Welcome to the 2018 edition of Vend’s list of top retail influencers! This year, we’ve expanded the list to 100 influencers (instead of 50) to add more individuals outside of North America and to ensure that we include the most well-deserving folks in the retail industry.

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Tags: Social, Retail

Top 25 Must Read-Retail IT Blogs 2017 by BizTech
BizTech
November 27, 2017
These blogs will give retailers insights into the technologies they should be using to stay ahead of competitors, help customers and improve their bottom lines.

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Tags: Retail

Retail Excellence Award from Asia Retail Congress
Vend
January 01, 2017
Welcome to the second edition of Vend’s top 25 retail websites! From design inspiration and cutting-edge technology to marketing tips and sales advice, these 25 blogs and publications are retail-knowledge goldmines.
Any forward-thinking retailer should have Tony D’Onofrio’s blog’s bookmarked. His website gives readers a wealth of insights into the state of the retail industry and where it’s going. ..

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Tags: Retail

1 Keynote
"The Disruptive Future of Retail 2019" - Excerpt
linkedin
October 06, 2019
A peek into the future of the industry from a retail executive presentation in October at the Retall Loss Prevention Council at the University of Florida. Full version to be delivered later this year at another executive conference.

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Tags: Retail, Sales

1 Podcast
Retail Rundown Podcast: Apple New Flagship, Sustainability and Retail Holiday Season Trends
RETHINK RETAIL
September 30, 2019
Our guests today include Tony D’Onofrio and John Boline. Tony is a RETHINK Retail Advisor and CEO of TD Insights. Tony is also a respected industry futurist and recognized as a global top 100 retail influencer. John is the Vice President of Store Design at Starbucks, where he has first-handedly ushered in more than a decade’s worth of experiential changes within Starbucks’ stores, including the development of its premium Reserve brand cafés.

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Tags: Customer Experience, Sustainability, Retail

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