Walmart, Zoro Join Home Improvement eRetailer Summit Lineup

Two more e-commerce experts have joined the lineup of retailers who will participate in the one-on-one meetings with suppliers during the upcoming Home Improvement eRetailer Summit, scheduled for November 6-8, 2019, at the Hotel Monaco Chicago in downtown Chicago.

Joining the conference’s lineup is Olivia Smith-Keneipp, director of marketplace and site merchandising with the home improvement team at Walmart e-commerce; and Miranda Malczyk, a product manager at, an international online-only retailer catering to smaller businesses, whose products range from safety and security, tools, plumbing, electrical, janitorial to office supplies. Zoro is a wholly owned subsidiary of W.W. Grainger, the industrial products distributor.

Other prominent retailers committed to attending the event are from mass merchants such as Wayfair, eBay, True Value, Groupon Goods, and Sears Kmart; along with specialty retailers like Hipp Hardware Plus, Firefly Buys, Spreetail, Sustainable Supply, Boscov’s, Supply Hog and DrillSpot.

The expansion of the summit’s sponsor and dealer participants is an additional incentive for suppliers to attend the event, noted summit organizers.

“It’s about finding partners that align with your strategies,” said Sonya Ruff Jarvis, the summit’s founder. “The benefits of this event, for both retailers and suppliers, are clear. It’s a high-level platform for sharing experiences, establishing new contacts, and gathering ideas they can apply in their companies.”