Company News • 31.01.2014

World Retail Congress Asia Pacific returns to Singapore

Provising Insights from over 90 global Retail Leaders

World Retail Congress Asia Pacific returns to Singapore...
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The 4thWorld Retail Congress Asia Pacific returns to Singapore for the second timewith an in-depth focus on the new era in Asia retailing. The Congress will run fromMonday 24th to Thursday 27th March2014 at Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore. 

WRC is delighted to confirm leading executives from distinguished multi-national and regional retailers, including Gap, Walmart, Zalora.com, Tesco,SPAR International, NTUC Fairprice Co-operative and Courts, amongst many others.

It isthe only event of its kind that unites leading regional and international retailers to provide a global perspective on the challenges and innovations pertinent to the Pan-Asian retail market.

During the 2014 Congress,retail leaders will share their insights on retail trends and opportunities in Asia Pacific.  Key headline speakers for this year’s event include:

  • Scott Price, CEO and President, Walmart Asia
  • John Spelich, Group Vice President, Alibaba
  • KesriKapur, Group CEO, RSH Singapore Ltd
  • Redmond Yeong, Vice Chairman, Gap Greater China
  • KianPengSeah, NTUC Fairprice International
  • Gordon Campbell, CEO, SPAR International
  • Dean Thompson, MD, Boots International
  • Terry O’Connor, Group CEO, Courts Asia
  • Harry Markl, Regional MD, Zalora
  • Simon Calver, CEO, Mothercare
  • Sarah O’Donnell, CEO, Seibu Enterprise Company

In response to an overwhelming interest in China, the Congress is holding an exclusive one-day ‘Exploring China Focus Day’ on Monday 24th March.  Leading retailers from Alibaba Group, MCM Worldwide, Coats, Affinity, VF Corporation and key industry observer James Roy of China Market Research Group will be sharing invaluable perspectives on China’s retail landscape and exchanging corporate strategies with the audience.  The forum will include sessions on the evolution of Chinese malls and hypermarkets and the future of multi-channel retail in China, amongst many others. 

This year’s Congress will also include an Asia growth markets focus. With a growing middle class, uneven liberalizing regulatory landscape, and varied developmental stages, the Congress will cut straight to the heart of the challenges faced by regional retail leaders in six key markets: Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, and Malaysia.Alongside the new market insights, statistics and research that will be unveiled at the Congress, other key themes include supply chain innovation, effective retail marketing, leadership strategies and the future of retail banking in Asia Pacific.

There will be insightful keynote speeches from leading retail experts over the three days. Highlights includea speech from Gordon Campbell, CEO, Spar International and Simon Calver, CEO, Mothercare who will together examine the ever changing consumer demographics in the region,  Ira Kalesh, Chief Economist for Deloitte who willexamine the global outlook and the major growth drivers for the retail market within the Asia Pacific region, Scott Price, CEO of WalmartAsia whowill look at how to combine global expertise with local knowledge and Kent Siu-Kee Wong, Managing Director, Chow Tai Fookwho will examine Asia’s evolving retail luxury landscape. 

Attendees are also invited to immerse themselves in the Singapore retail landscape with the Singapore Retail Study Tour onThursday27th March. The full-day programme (9.30am – 5pm) is exclusively curated for the Congress. Led by a leading retail analyst, this is an opportunity to see first-hand how leading retailers are integrating new technology and dynamic retail concepts to create memorable in-store experiences for their customers.Attendees will be treated to an invaluable behind-the-scenes tour of Robinson’s, MCM Holdings, Louis Vuitton, Leica Concept Store, Market Place by Jason’s, Crate and Barrel, Adidas, Penhaligions, The Editor’s Market Store, TWG Tea Salon & Boutique, Samsung, and Durasafe.

Looking forward to the World Retail Congress Asia Pacific in March, Ian McGarrigle, Chairman of the World Retail Congress, said: “We are delighted to be holding this year’s Congress in Singapore, for the second year running. Singapore isnot only the gateway to Asia Pacific but a premier retail destination in itself.  This year’s Congress not only sees the launch of the ‘China Focus Day’ but will include an in-depth look at Asia’s most exciting growth markets.  We have an outstanding line up of speakers this year and are confident that delegates visiting the Congress will find it both inspiring and of enormous strategic value”.

For further information please visit www.worldretailcongressasia.com

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