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.

World Retail Awards 2015

World Retail Awards 2015

The World Retail Awards are the showcase for the best and most innovative retailers operating in the world today. 2015 entry categories include E-Commerce Retailer of the Year, Young Retail Entrepreneur of the Year, Retail Transformation and Re-invention, Store Design and Retail Advertising Campaign of the year.

Entries close 3 July. Be aligned with top global retailers including H&M, Net-A-Porter, IKEA, Costco, Macy’s, Starbucks, Teknosa, John Lewis, Eataly, Nike, F+F and LVMH. 

Enter today to win 

Keynote Speakers at this year's Congress include:

Olaf Koch

Olaf Koch


Olaf Koch, CEO, will share the METRO GROUP’s transformation story with the WRC audience
In recent years, METRO GROUP has changed at least as much as the retail environment it is operating in. The once procurement-driven company has turned into a strongly customer-focused company – even if it still has some way to go, the progress and successes of the transformation process are becoming increasingly apparent. Adding the central role of innovation to this transformation process, METRO GROUP is about to navigate into the future of retail.

Dr. Stephan Zoll

Dr. Stephan Zoll

Vice President | 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 will explore how eBay continues to be a key disruptor today in the ever-evolving retail world. Stephan joined in 2007 and is responsible for eBay’s marketplace business in Germany

Julie Hamilton​​

Julie Hamilton

Vice President and Chief Customer and Commercial Leadership Officer | The Coca-Cola Company

How can you empower a global brand to lead and succeed in the next generation of retail? Julie will discuss how The Coca-Cola Company is adapting company culture, mind-sets and processes to navigate disruption and transformation in the retail landscape

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

Latest news from the Congress

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Future Retail Challenge 2015: The challenge is confirmed

Future Retail Challenge 2015: The challenge is confirmed

Announcing Congress Connect: the new networking tool at World Retail Congress

Announcing Congress Connect: the new networking tool at World Retail Congress

Leadership programme finalised

Leadership programme finalised


2015 Sponsors

Reasons to attend the Congress

NEW FOR 2015: Innovation Challenge

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.

Read more about the Innovation Hub

Celebrating Retail Excellence

The Congress is a platform to celebrate global excellence, including the Hall of Fame Lunch, International Women in Retail Drinks, World Retail Awards and Innovation Competition.

Read more about the Awards

NEW FOR 2015: Networking and onsite meet-ups

This year it’s even easier to connect with the new networking tool, Congress Connect. This complimentary service allows you to approach confirmed retailer attendees, sponsors, partners and industry experts to pre-book meetings for onsite in Rome.

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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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