World Retail Congress is a premium, international event which unites industry experts, retailers, technology providers and academics to tell their stories. We have been providing original, immersive and inspirational content on the future of the retail industry since our 2007 launch in Barcelona. The theme for 2018 is “Innovate to Win”.
The Ideas Factory will also be returning after its successful launch in 2017 – punchy sessions designed to challenge and inspire you in the coming year and beyond. New for 2018: We will be bringing you even more tailored and personalised insights with the launch of our CMO/CFO programme, a one-day Ecomm agenda and fresh new research across the three days.
Our diverse line-up of confirmed speakers include:
Tina Sharkey, Co-Founder & CEO, Brandless
Diego Rodriguez Palenzuela, Head of the Output and Demand Division, Director General Economics, European Central Bank
Carla Schmitzberger, President, Havaianas
Avery Baker, Chief Brand Officer, Tommy Hilfiger
Billie Whitehouse, Founder & CEO, Wearable X
Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder & CEO, WPP
CONNECT ON A GLOBAL SCALE
World Retail Congress provides a unique opportunity to meet and build relationships with key decision makers across board level and sector from more than 65 countries. It’s even easier to make contacts using our Congress app, available two months prior to the event; this complimentary service allows you to approach confirmed retailer attendees, sponsors, partners and industry experts to pre-book meetings onsite.
EXPERIENCE THE LATEST INNOVATIONS
The Congress will be showcasing future retail technology, talent and ideas across the programme and exhibition, providing a platform for retail pioneers.
CELEBRATE RETAIL LEGENDS AND INNOVATORS
World Retail Congress strives to recognise great leadership and strategy in the World Retail Hall of Fame and Innovation Fellowship.
Retail legends inaugurated into the World Retail Hall of Fame have included Tommy Hilfiger, Jo Malone, Sir Paul Smith, Amancio Ortega, Jack Ma and more. The inaugural Innovation Fellowship honoured Jose Neves of Farfetch and Natalie Massenet and Mark Sebba of Net-a-Porter.
Those recognised in 2018 will be announced at the beginning of 2018.
RECOGNISE FUTURE RETAIL TALENT
Since its inception, World Retail Congress has sought to recognise future talent within the industry, each year welcoming teams of students from colleges and universities across the globe. With a new challenge being set each year, the students are required to design a retail concept that is presented to a panel of expert judges. The winner is announced at the World Retail Awards ceremony on final night of the Congress.
New for 2018: Retailers are encouraged to nominate a rising star within their organisation to tackle one of a selection of modern industry challenges, the solution to which they will present at the Congress. To nominate your rising star and receive more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
EXCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
World Retail Congress run a special, invitation-only programme for retail leaders throughout the event. Designed to provide CEOs and other senior leaders with opportunities to network with their peers, discuss key issues of the day, participate in leadership mentoring and have special access to keynote speakers and offsite networking events. Please contact Anthony.email@example.com for more information.
SPECIAL EVENTS FOR WOMEN IN RETAIL
International Women in Retail is an invitation-only evening that brings together top female retail executives to learn, inspire, build networks and enable mentoring. In 2017 Jo Malone shared her very personal journey of entrepreneurship and leadership: “A vision is something you have in your head, but a purpose is something you have in your heart.”
The Woman of the Year Award is also awarded during the event. This very special award, selected by a panel of senior women retail executives, went to the woman who they believed embodies outstanding qualities of retail skill, resilience, strength, ambition and willingness to battle through whatever challenges and adversity they have had to face in order to be a role model to others, and of course, very successful at what they do. The inaugural recipient in 2017 was Zyda Rylands, CEO of Woolworths SA.
THE INDUSTRY’S FINEST ARE AWARDED AT RETAIL’S NIGHT OF NIGHTS
The World Retail Awards is the only global industry event that recognises and honours retail excellence. The Awards attract entries from hundreds of retailers from 50+ countries, allowing brands to display their innovation and excellence across a variety of segments of the industry. Past winners include Primark, Marks &Spencer, Lush, T.J. Maxx, John Lewis, Tesco, Starbucks and Net-a-Porter. The Awards will take place on April 19th, the closing day of the World Retail Congress. New for 2018: Refreshed categories. If you’d like to enter, please find more information here.