March 20-22, 2017

What’s Next in Digital

Brett Bonner

Brett Bonner

  • Vice President, Research and Development/Operations Research
  • The Kroger Co.

Brett Bonner is privileged to lead a team that is focused on creating sustainable competitive advantage by inventing advanced technologies and developing projects for retail and logistics that individually have at least a $50 million contribution.  The nationally recognized QueVision is an exemplar project.

Before joining Kroger in 2006, Brett served 25 years at Federal Express in various positions Technical Fellow, Managing Director of Scanning Technologies, and VP of FedEx Internet Technologies.  During his time at FedEx, he invented and developed many diverse systems and his profit contribution for such systems exceeds $600 million per year.

Brett earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Memphis.  He attended graduate school at Rensselaer and Western Michigan.  He studied law at Concord School of Law.  He is a professional engineer registered in Tennessee.

Brett serves on the ZigBee Board of Directors,the TechPoint Advisory Board and others.  The R&D Team was a cover story in the December 2015 issue of Progressive Grocer.  His FAST Alerts system won a 2015 CIO 100 award and ranked #3 in InfoWorld Elite 100 for QueVision for 2014.  He is honored to be a 2013 Franz Edelman Laureate for Achievement in Management Science and a 2010 Planet Retail Innovator of the Year.   He is honored to have received many awards from Federal Express during his time there. Brett is a named inventor on 24 US patents from Federal Express and Kroger.