Retail TPM Focus Group Logistics

Group sessions begin the morning of Wednesday, December 4th in our Lawrence office.

Retail TPM Focus Group participants, We’re thrilled you’ve decided to join us at our Lawrence office in December. Here are a few pieces of information to keep in mind as you plan your travel. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to reach out.

We’ll be updating this page with new information as it becomes available.

~ Team Blacksmith


  1. The meeting will take place in our Lawrence office from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm ET on Wednesday, December 4th
  2. Some of you expressed a need for hotel accommodations the evening of Tuesday, December 3rd and some for both the 3rd and 4th
    1. Private emails have been sent (on 11/15) with confirmation numbers to group participants.
    2. Our room block will be located at the SpringHill Suites in Andover (550 Minuteman Rd). The hotel is about fifteen minutes from the office.
    3. Group transportation has been arranged from the hotel to the office on the morning of Wednesday, December 4th.
  3. We will host group dinners on the evenings of Tuesday, December 3rd and Wednesday, December 4th for those who find themselves in town. If you replied that you will be joining us, we’ve counted you in and will ensure that our dinner party reservations can accommodate everyone who is interested. Details in the agenda below.

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

6pm -

Dinner @ Barking Dog Ale House

Dinner on Tuesday evening will take place at the Barking Dog Ale House:

77 Washington St. | Haverhill, MA

There will not be any group transportation to this dinner event, so please make your way from the airport or wherever you will be prior via uber or your transportation option of choice.

8:30 am -

Focus Group

Breakfast will be provided.

Paul Wietecha and the tech team at Blacksmith Applications will moderate the retail TPM focus group for several hours in the morning.

11:30 am -

Trend Talk with POI

Lunch will be provided.

Pam Brown from POI will walk the team through insights and trends in CPG trade.

3:00 pm -

Meeting Conclusion

If you’re planning to head home after the session Wednesday, we will conclude no later than 3:00 pm.

6pm -

Dinner @ Palmers Restaurant

For those who plan to stay the night and join us for dinner, the group will meet at Palmers for a 6pm reservation:

18 Elm Street | Andover, MA

Other Helpful Information:


Lawrence Office Address: One Union Street, Lawrence, MA 01840

SpringHill Suites Address: 550 Minuteman Rd, Andover, MA 01810 (978.688.8200)


Getting to the Lawrence office:


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