Last week I was invited to attend the ShopSmart Summit, a conference produced by the publishers of ShopSmart, a Consumer Reports magazine. There were a number of guest speakers on the bill which definitely piqued my interest. The most notable of those being Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame. This is the first of two posts on the Summit.
The summit itself included two panels, the first on community, the second on scams and sandwiched between the two was a keynote / interview with Jeff. After the second panel, the bloggers and journalists who were invited were also give a tour of the Consumer Reports testing labs which was fascinating. As I drove from Yonkers toward the White Plains airport, I began to think through how I would write about all the great info that came out of this summit and planned on writing about it on the flight to Atlanta. My plans were disrupted when my flight was delayed, my laptop battery ran out of juice and an available outlet was nowhere to be found in White Plains airport’s massive departure lobby. In hindsight, I’m glad this happened. After looking back at my notes from the panels and the keynote, and from a conversation I was able to have with Jeff Bezos following his talk, I saw some very some common patterns emerge across the speakers’ viewpoints.