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After the 2022 Congress and months of research calls with leading retailers from across the globe, it is clear that whilst retailers know what they need to do to leverage their businesses in the short-term, it is only through collaboration and partnerships that they will be able to weather the storm and prosper in the long term.

For 2023, partners of the Congress will help retail leaders to do this, through knowledge partnerships, thought leadership and opportunities to build connections. Take a look below at the options available to you.


Partnerships with World Retail Congress are bespoke and tailored to your objectives and what will be of most benefit to our senior retail audience. Below you’ll find some of the ways that you can partner and items that can be included.

Knowledge Partner Thought Leadership Connections


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Each research collaboration will be selected to focus on a core question in each of the “retail leadership” areas of resilient retail, purposeful retail, transformational retail and customer-focused retail. As with the pillar partners from 2021/22, World Retail Congress and its Knowledge Partners will engage with the industry throughout 2022 to April 2023 by conducting retailer interviews and an editorial advisory board meeting for each report.

Knowledge Partners must be able to take on the research projects by utilising their industry insight and expertise in order to produce a report that will shape and even change the thinking of retail leadership teams.

The four key knowledge partner areas are:

Resilient retail

Making the tough decisions around costs, business efficiency, sourcing and supply chain in order to better serve their customers’ needs.

Purposeful retail

Understanding the role and responsibilities of businesses in driving ESG change. It is also about recognising how businesses have to change from within and that the best retailers now embrace and reflect the needs of all generations and diversity of people whether they are employees or customers.

Transformational retail

The vision to see how the on and offline retail channels have to increasingly come together and redefine the retail experience. Within this, retailers are working out the new role of the store and its integration with online. How should online retail move to the next stage following its massive acceleration, how can it deliver profitable growth and what opportunities truly exist in the metaverse? What are the enabling tools such as AI and AR and how should retailers use them as part of this transformational journey?

Customer-focused retail

Through all the changes we’ve experienced, it has never been clearer that the retail winners will be those that truly put the consumer at the heart of everything they do. Understanding consumer change and behaviours are therefore critical, as is the need to realign and refocus the whole business and its organisation in order to serve today’s challenged and challenging customer.


Retail Labs

Retail labs are in-depth sessions on key retail areas designed to provide tangible takeaways and encourage learning, knowledge sharing and debate.

Held on both days of the Congress, there are three different streams running at the same time which will attract highly relevant audiences to each. A senior representative from your company will join a 30-minute panel on a topic relating to your expertise and focus area with some input into the shaping of the content with our team. 

Ideas Factory

Short 15 minute presentations that have to be original, provocative, challenging and transformational. Ideas Factory sessions are designed to inform, excite and engage our audience of retailers. They are straight to the point sessions where you can talk about the latest in retail tech and ideas. The World Retail Congress content team will work with you to shape the session. 

Wake up with the retail leaders

A morning briefing in the Arts Hotel Marine open air restaurant with a series of CEOs discussing a critical topic.


We provide attendees with unique and intimate opportunities to network, always making the most of our host city, and Barcelona will not disappoint. We are not an exhibition, instead we curate experiences that allow attendees to not only network but start to nurture relationships over the course of the congress.

Opening party

The opening party is open to all delegates and is the perfect way to end the first day of the Congress. In an exclusive venue, as a sponsor of the opening party, you will have the opportunity to host smaller groups, private drinks and hosted dinners. The evening provides an exciting and memorable place to network.

Private breakfast briefings and lunches

Host a lunch with key retail leaders in a meeting room at the Congress hotel. World Retail Congress will organise the event and invite delegates on your behalf. The session format will be worked on collaboratively with you to incorporate both thought leadership and networking, allowing you to increase brand awareness and build fantastic relationships with retailers in an intimate environment.

The World Retail Hall of Fame

The Hall of Fame honours retail’s most influential leaders. Each year the Congress inducts three new members during an intimate dinner, recognising the achievements of individuals who have founded and led some of retail’s greatest companies and brands. The ceremony is recognised as World Retail Congress’ hot ticket event, as it provides an exclusive opportunity to network at the highest level.

Speaker & VIP lounge

This is where our VIPs and speakers spend most of their time outside of sessions. Utilise the time at World Retail Congress to set up meetings with them in a comfortable setting with branded signage to guide the way for delegates to meet with you.

Meeting rooms

To ensure World Retail Congress is the place where partnerships are made, further enhance your sponsorship package with a meeting room at the Congress venue. Maximise the opportunities available for connection across the three days and ensure that you have space for private networking.

Digital badges

Introduced in 2022, making lasting connections is even easier with our digital delegate badges. Simply by ‘tapping’ the badge against another delegate’s badge, you’ll be able to exchange details which will be made available to you after the Congress. 


Get in touch today to discuss the opportunities available for you to partner with World Retail Congress and expand your network of global retail leadership in 2023.

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