Kalypso Brings Leading Consumer Goods Manufacturers & Retailers Together on Collaborative Innovation

September 14, 2010

Argyle Executive Forum panel to discuss transforming the manufacturer-retailer partnership

NEW YORK CITY, New York - Kalypso, the world's premier innovation consulting firm, today announced that Mike Friedman, Kalypso partner will lead a panel of executives from The Estee Lauder Companies, Boscov's, and formerly The Folgers Coffee Company on transforming the consumer goods manufacturer-retailer partnership to increase profitability and market share. The invitation-only 2010 Leadership in Retail and Consumer Products Forum is being held by Argyle Executive Forum September 16, 2010 in New York.

Session: Winning with Collaborative Innovation: Transforming the Manufacturer-Retailer Partnership

Panel: Mike Friedman, Kalypso Partner and panel moderator; Jamie Egasti, former Chief Executive Officer, The Folgers Coffee Company and Board of Directors, Thinkvine Corporation; Ken Lakin, Chief Operations Officer, Boscov’s; Gregory Polcer, Executive Vice President Global Supply Chain, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.; Helayne Angelus, Kalypso Partner.

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2010

Time: 2:00-2:40 p.m.

Place: New York City, New York

Winning with Collaborative Innovation: Transforming the Manufacturer-Retailer Partnership

When practiced correctly, collaborative innovation can help consumer goods manufacturers and retailers increase sales and profitability by 15 to 20 percent. While many companies claim to collaboratively innovate, the right initiatives are not in place, and the right due diligence is often missing. This panel will explore leading practices for developing a successful collaborative partnership while addressing common challenges and barriers between manufacturers and retailers. Panelists will focus on providing practical steps to transforming the organization at the C-level and within sales and innovation functions to enable innovation and collaboration.

About the 2010 Leadership in Retail and Consumer Products Forum

As the economy continues on its winding road to improvement, the retail industry is slowly improving as well. With retail sales and manufacturing posting month after month gains, retailers and investors are looking for the right time and opportunity to “get back in the game.” On September 16, Argyle Executive Forum will host its 2010 Leadership in Retail and Consumer Products Forum to discuss how the retail landscape has changed and how these changes will affect leadership and investment strategies. The Forum, to take place in Manhattan, will bring together 100 - 115 CEOs and board members of public and private large and mid-cap retail and consumer product corporations, complementary areas of executive leadership, select founders/senior managing partners of investment firms, as well as representatives from the event’s underwriters. For more information visit http://www.argyleforum.com/Events/2010-Leadership-in-Retail-and-Consumer-Products-Forum--New-York.

About Kalypso

Kalypso is the world's premier innovation consulting firm, helping clients improve performance by delivering on the promise of innovation. Kalypso offers clients full service capabilities including Business and Innovation Strategy, Front End of Innovation, Portfolio and Pipeline Management, Development and New Product Introduction, Value Management, PLM Technology, Leadership and Learning, and Intellectual Property Management. For more information, visit http://kalypso.com. Follow @KalypsoLP on Twitter and on Facebook.