World Retail Congress

World Retail Congress

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.

Retail Transformation, Today, Tomorrow and Beyond


The World Retail Congress is delighted to announce this year’s agenda which includes leading retailers, industry experts and outstanding experts on future trends to ensure relevancy to every sector of retail.

The 2015 Congress programme aims to reflect the enormous changes that are taking place across the retail industry. The theme is “Retail transformation today, tomorrow and beyond” and will provide real insight and vision from leading retailers, start-up disruptors and industry experts to help businesses at this critical time.

Each day will not only address the overall theme but will take an added specific focus:

The Challenge  Day 1: The Challenges    The Solutions Day 2: The Solutions    The Future  Day 3: The Future


Keynote Speakers at this year's Congress include:

Jerry Black, AEON Group

Jerry Black

VP Chief Digital Officer | AEON Group

AEON is Japan’s second largest retailer but Asia’s largest and 10th worldwide with interests in food, drug stores, financial services and shopping mall development. Jerry has held many of the most senior roles within the group and now oversees all digital developments.

Alberto Baldan

Alberto Baldan

CEO | La Rinascente

Alberto oversees the iconic Italian department store chain which has a heritage built over 100 years. He is also responsible for the Illum department store in Copenhagen.

Dr Stephen Zoll​​

Dr. Stephen Zoll

VP, Germany | eBay

eBay this year celebrates its 20th anniversary and is regarded as one of the original ecommerce companies with operations now in over 30 countries. Stephan joined in 2007 and is responsible for eBay’s marketplace business in Germany

2015 Sponsors

Values of the Congress


An exceptional speaker line-up, stimulating programme and five-star venue for this year’s event, all aimed to captivate and inspire.

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A programme designed to challenge your thinking and strategy - hear from the businesses and individuals disrupting the market and paving the way in retail.

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Three days jam-packed with insight, innovation and high-level discussions with your global peers. Two and three-day passes are available.

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Venue Information

Rome Cavalieri
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
Via Alberto Cadlolo 101
00136 Rome, Italy
TEL: +39 06 3509 1

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Rome Cavalieri -home to the World Retail Congress for 2015

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