Meet the Experts (MTE) is a speaker-series sponsored by the Council for Retail and Sales (CRS).  Each event in the series addresses an important topic in the retail and sales professions and features a subject matter expert(s). Thanks to Walmart for powering Meet the Experts!


Our next MTE event will be held virtually on Thursday 4/15/21, feature Scott Eckert, SVP, Next Generation Retail, Walmart Store No. 8. This event is free to attend and by registering you will become a member of CRS (also at no cost!)

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April15, 2021, 3-4pm (EST)

Scott Eckert, SVP, Next Generation Retail and Principal, Store No. 8, will discuss trends in retailing and innovations at Walmart that have and will disrupt the retail industry.

Store No. 8 is Walmart’s incubator which is helping to transform the future of retail at Walmart.  Eckert's team is applying new concepts and technologies that have the potential to change how people shop. The mission is to keep Walmart competitive by helping define the future of retail.  Innovative technologies including robotics and virtual and augmented reality are being leveraged to reinvent the retail space.

Eckert is an experienced global technology executive and entrepreneur. He has a track record of turning innovative ideas into successful businesses and building them to scale, either within a large enterprise or as a stand-alone company. He has built new companies and brought disruptive technologies to market. In addition, he has extensive experience expanding businesses internationally including Europe, China, and Asia.  Eckert’s past successes include building the e-commerce business at Dell in the early days of the internet revolution; building the world’s #1 tablet PC company at Motion Computing as the tablet industry was forming and building the company that defined the collaborative robotics category at Rethink Robotics.

Eckert was selected as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2004.  He was also the inaugural winner of the Computerworld Smithsonian Program’s 21st Century Pioneer Award and was recognized in the Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.  Scott has served on the board of the Robotic Industries Association as well as arts and education non-profit boards.  He is an active advisor and mentor to start-up CEOs in various industries.  Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Stay tuned for upcoming Meet the Experts events:

  •     Fall 2021: Creating Fans With Brands