Join us in 2023 for Business Changing Events

Join us in 2023 for one of our business changing events. In the New Year the Velocity Institute is committed to growing retailer-owned brands. (private labels, private brands, store brands, own brands) through an expansion of our event and experiential offerings for 2023. The slate of events includes 7 cities: Toronto, Canada, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Charlotte, North Carolina, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Austin, Texas, Chicago, Illinois, and two Live Online Summits.

“In 2022 the Velocity Institute became the leader in the experiential event space, offering networking, learning, and engagement. In 2023, the Retail-owned Brand industry will not have to wait for a once-a-year gathering,” said Velocity Institute, President Christopher Durham. “We’re taking some of the best elements of live and virtual events and bringing it to industry significant experiences around the world.”

The 2023 slate of announcements from Velocity Institute includes:

Toronto Meetup

Toronto, Canada, 3.2.23

This intimate networking event is designed to bring the industry together over a craft beer or cocktail to reconnect and re-engage.

Fort Lauderdale Meetup

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 3.23.23

This intimate networking event is designed to bring the industry together over a craft beer or cocktail to reconnect and re-engage.


Virtual, 4.18.22

This 2-hour fast-paced FREE online event is hyper-focused on innovation. and Retail –owned Brands. Highlighting the strategies, processes, and emerging technology private brand retailers and manufacturers need to innovate and manage their brands and products.

Velocity Conference + Expo23 – 5.16-18.23

OMNI, Charlotte, North Carolina

In 2023, our marque event the Velocity Institute Conference +Expo will feature an exclusive lineup of speakers from the world’s top retailers, as well as challengers and thought leaders. Each discusses cutting-edge strategy, branding, and insights.

Velocity will feature a curated Innovation Expo designed to highlight the solution partners and manufacturers driving the industry forward.


10th Anniversary Vertex Awards Celebration – North America – 5.17.23

Velocity Conference + Expo
Charlotte, North Carolina

Celebrate the winners of the 10th Anniversary Vertex Awards at a ceremony in Charlotte, NC at the end of the day at the Velocity Conference + Expo.

10th Anniversary Vertex Awards Celebration – Europe

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 5.22.23

This event will bring the industry together in Amsterdam to celebrate the winners of the 10th Anniversary Vertex Awards. Attendees will mix and mingle over cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres to accept trophies, network, and celebrate great design.

Velocity Sustainability Summit – 9.27-28.23

Hilton Austin, Texas,

Our goal is to ask questions and challenge existing answers – about sustainable packaging, equitable sourcing, and authentic marketing – and we are not the only curious ones. The fourth annual Sustainability Summit is a day to find the answers that help you get closer to what “sustainable” means to you and your customers. And how it can create loyalty, differentiation, and profitability

The conference will feature an exclusive lineup of the brightest retail executives and most influential sustainability leaders for a unique look into the pressing challenges, emerging trends, and significant opportunities sustainability presents for retailers and their brands.

Velocity BOLD BASH – 11.13.23

Kings Dining & Entertainment Rosemont
Chicago, Illinois

End the long day on the PLMA trade show floor with a cocktail and a conversation.

Meet and mingle with private brand industry Retailers, Manufacturers & Solution Partners at Kings Dining & Entertainment Rosemont steps away from the PLMA Trade Show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention & Conference Center.



This 2-hour fast-paced FREE online event will dive deep into the current state of the private brand industry. Presentations and panels will include insights from exclusive consumer and industry research as well as executive insights from retailers, manufacturers, and solution partners.

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By Published On: January 2nd, 2023

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About the Author: Christopher Durham

Christopher Durham is the president of the Velocity Institute. Prior to this he founded the groundbreaking site My Private Brand. He is the co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He began his retail career building brands at Food Lion and Lowe’s Home Improvement. Durham has worked with retailers around the world, including Albertsons, Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro Canada. Durham has published seven definitive books on private brands, including Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project and Vanguard: Vintage Originals.



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