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Transforming Retail: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond

World Retail Congress unites leaders of the retail industry, from the largest international companies to new-age entrepreneurs, to debate and define retail as we know it. Alongside other important global events such as the World Economic Forum, WRC is an intimate, relaxed and inviting setting 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.

Fondly known as the ‘Davos for Retail’, World Retail Congress has positioned itself at the forefront of the industry.

Retailing has never witnessed such a period of change and transformation as it embraces the realities of the digital world we all live in. Positioning this sentiment at the heart of the agenda “Transformation” forms the bases of this year’s theme, where leading retailers and industry experts will join to provide real insight on how retailers should evolve today, tomorrow and beyond. Andy Clarke, CEO of Asda Walmart, Thomas Tochtermann, Special Advisor for the World Economic Forum and Jean Christophe Babin, CEO of Bulgari are just some of those leading the conversations at the 2015 Congress.

The Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria in Rome forms the backdrop to the 2015 World Retail Congress, an exquisite setting in one of the world’s greatest capital cities. We look forward to welcoming you to Rome and to share and engage with your peers at the meeting point of the global retail industry.

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2015 Keynote Speakers confirmed:

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 Andy Clarke

Andy Clarke


Asda Walmart

 Kip Tindell

Kip Tindell

Chairman and CEO

The Container Store and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Board, NRF

 Oscar Farinetti

Oscar Farinetti

founder and CEO


Structure of World Retail Congress

Tuesday September 8th

Morning Briefings
VIP welcome coffee
(By invitation only)

Seated introductory
networking lunch

Plenary Sessions

Drinks Reception
VIP Speaker dinner
(By invitation only)

Wednesday September 9th

Breakfast Briefings
Morning Plenaries

Lunch briefings

Interactive Breakout Sessions

Afternoon plenaries

International Women in Retail Drinks Reception

Thursday September 10th

Breakfast Briefings
Morning Plenaries

Interactive Breakout Sessions
Future Retail Challenge

Hall of Fame Lunch & Briefings

Afternoon Plenaries
Hall of Fame

Closing Ceremony and Awards

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