The Congress extensive research with over 200 industry experts and commentators has resulted in some significant changes and additions to the 2013 Congress, including:
New Location - The 2013
Congress moves to Paris for the first time
As one of the world's top shopping destinations and a leading European business capital, Paris is the home for the 2013 Congress.
The best business
The 2013 Congress will be held at CNIT - La Defense, one of Paris's most prestigious venues, within easy access to the city centre and the capitals best hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and tourist sites.
French cuisine is renowned as some of the best in the world and helps create a positive environment for sharing ideas and creating a point a reference. The 2013 Congress sees a mixture of multi-cultural cuisine prepared by award winning chefs.
Following popular demand, 2013 will see the inclusion of a bespoke networking forum that will enable Congress attendees to connect with each other pre-event and arrange face-to-face meetings whilst at the Congress.
Global network of
This year's Advisory Board welcomes new experts to the Board, CEOs from the biggest retailers across the globe, including from South Africa, Australia, US, France, UK, Hong Kong, China, India.
An additional stream across the 3 day Congress will allow for specialism and exposure to the most thought-provoking, inspirational speakers. Each speaker will have a specific brief to fulfil, with clear actional take-aways for the audience.
The 2013 programme will feature, for the very first time, experts from other consumer-led industries. Hearing from banks, hoteliers, the automotive industry, FMCG etc will allow attendees to be exposed to the those at the cutting edge of consumer engagement.
Growth market focus
2013 will see the continuation of the emerging market focus, with new focus areas for 2013 including Africa, Latin America and South East Asia, as well as China and India.
Retail Futures Challenge -
The student competition is an established and popular part of the Congress agenda. 2013 sees the inclusion of a new dimension, a live element where the student teams are given a new challenge once they are in Paris and have to react accordingly.
The creation of an exclusive, limited package that ensures delegates have an exceptional experience throughout the Congress, and have access to exclusive opportunities and special offers.
The very latest technologies and products will be showcased in the central networking exhibition area. The space has been carefully chosen to ensure it is conducive to networking and supplier demonstrations.
Partnership with a global PR and communication agency ensures headline grabbing press and media attention and not just in the traditional market place.