About Next Up

Introducing Next Up, an event where emerging brands can engage with 7‑Eleven. We are looking for new and innovative products to better serve our customers and invite you to apply to showcase your brand with us.

Are you Next Up?

Why apply?

  • 7-Eleven is a destination for customers to find new and innovative products
  • We serve 8 million customers in the U.S. every day
  • As the world's largest convenience retailer, we operate in 17 countries with 66,000 stores globally


October 10th
1:00 pm – 7:00 pm Check In Lobby
October 11th
7:00 am - 8:00 am Doors Open – Check In & Sampling Expo Setup Canteen
8:30 am – 9:00 am Next Up Kick-off
Jack Stout, SVP Merchandising, Marketing & Logistics
Assembly Rooms
9:00 am – 10:00 am The Emerging Brands Movement in Retail
Industry Expert: Walter Robb, Former Co-CEO of Whole Foods
Assembly Rooms
10:30 am – 1:30 pm Sampling Expo
Sampling and networking with 7‑Eleven
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Breakdown Sampling Expo Canteen
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Rotating Workshops with 7‑Eleven Merchandising Leadership
How to get products on the shelf: Distribution discussion with logistics team
How to have a successful launch: Timing, resources and planning
What does the mass consumer demand: Q&A with 7‑Eleven merchandisers
Assemly Rooms
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Break Down Sampling Expo (cont.) Canteen
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Texas-style Fiesta
Dinner & drinks with 7-Eleven merchandising team

Location: 3200 Hackberry Road, Irving, TX 76036
Questions? Contact bizdev@7-11.com

Speaker Information

Walter Robb

Walter Robb

An investor, mentor and advisor to the next generation of American food companies, former co-CEO of Whole Foods Market Walter Robb has a long and varied entrepreneurial history, ranging from natural food retailer to farmer to consultant. Robb joined Whole Foods Market in 1991 and in 2010 was named co-CEO along with John Mackey, at which time he joined the Whole Foods Market Board of Directors. In 2017, Robb transitioned his leadership focus to his role as a passionate advocate for greater food access in underserved communities, serving as Chairman of the Board for Whole Kids Foundation and Whole Cities Foundation. Robb also serves on the Board of Directors for Union Square Hospitality Group, The Container Store, FoodMaven, HeatGenie and Apeel Sciences. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1976 and is a proud father and grandfather with two sons, a daughter, and four grandchildren.

Jack Stout

Jack Stout

Jack Stout is Sr. Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing, and Demand Chain at 7-Eleven, Inc. Stout joined the company in 2003 as Operations Planning Manager. Other positions included: Director of Store Development Strategy, Senior Director of National Franchise and Vice President of Business and Financial Planning. Before joining 7-Eleven, Stout served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, achieving the rank of Captain. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal and selected as a Professional Performer by the Inspector General. After serving in the military, Stout held positions with TXU Energy and Booz Allen and Hamilton. Stout graduated from Duke University, Durham, N.C., where he studied Mathematics and earned his BS degree. He also holds a MS degree from Wright State University in Applied Statistics and an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.