Challenging the fundamentals of retail
World Retail Congress is a dynamic, thought-provoking and forward-looking platform where senior retail executives join together to share new thinking, be inspired by the latest innovations, and debate the challenges and opportunities facing the future of the industry.
Reasons to attend the Congress
Exceptional speakers and visionary content
World Retail Congress delivers the most compelling and valuable content for senior retail leaders; hear from Sir Tim Berners Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web, Olaf Koch, CEO, Metro AG, Kip Tindell, Chairman and CEO, The Container Store and many, many more.
World Retail Congress is the critical meeting and networking forum for the boardroom level decision makers of retail. Annually the Congress attracts delegates from over 65 countries, from the US to Uganda, India to Italy and China to Canada covering all major retail sectors. This international, high-level cross market mix creates dynamic discussions and the only platform to share best practice.
Over the course of three days, the emphasis will be on providing insight into great new innovation. Day 2 will host a dragon’s den style pitch-off between new techy start-ups in the retail sector. They will be judged by some of the most senior retailers in the industry.
Keynote Speakers at this year's Congress include:
Group VP and Head of US | Ant Financial Services Group, an Alibaba Group affiliate
With China high on the world’s agenda, Jingming Li who runs Alibaba’s key operations in the US, will give a special keynote address on the changing Chinese consumer
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Founder | World Wide Weband Chairman | World Wide Foundation
Your opportunity to hear from the man who invented the World Wide Web which in just 26 years has revolutionised the way everyone leads their lives. How does Sir Tim believe the next phase of development will affect consumers and retailers? This standout keynote session will also allow delegates to put their questions to ensured that the internet was freely available to everyone.
Founder | Dealdash
With millennial consumers setting the pace and ultimately changing the world, the Congress is delighted to welcome one of the world’s leading young entrepreneurs. William Wolfram is a true millennial and digital native who has been launching successfully companies since he was 15 years old. His keynote will share his thoughts on how he views the world, its commercial opportunities and how he turns them into successful businesses.
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