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Overview

The retail sector is undergoing major transformations. Driven primarily by technology and the Internet, consumer behaviour, choice and preferences are evolving. How retailers respond to these fundamental shifts will be key to the future success of the sector and innovation is therefore vital. While technology and digitalisation pose many challenges, they also have the power to be a force for good for retailers, enabling shopping to continue to be a vibrant and exciting experience for consumers, both in store and online.

 

While meeting the challenge of the digital transformation positively, retailers continue to have a responsibility to the sustainability and supply chain agendas, where much of the relationship and trust is built with consumers and where the retail sector can have a tangible positive social impact.

 

On the 30th November, the European retail industry will gather in Brussels for the inaugural European Retail Day. The purpose of the conference is to give further impetus and drive to the development of Europe’s single market project, to look at how the retail sector could contribute to it, and to analyse future steps and positive innovation needed to ensure the growth and global competitiveness of the sector.

Speakers include

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

European Commission

Karmenu Vella

Karmenu Vella

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

European Commission **

Anneleen  Van Bossuyt

Anneleen Van Bossuyt

MEP and Chair, IMCO Committee

European Parliament

Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

Sustainability Matrix Manager

IKEA

Markus Tkotz

Markus Tkotz

Managing Director

MARKANT

Frans  Muller

Frans Muller

President

European Retail Round Table

Ian Jindal

Ian Jindal

Founder and Editor in Chief

Internet Retailing

Claire Bury

Claire Bury

Deputy Director General, DG CONNECT

European Commission

Kenneth Bengtsson

Kenneth Bengtsson

President

EuroCommerce

Irmfried Schwimann

Irmfried Schwimann

Deputy Director General, DG GROW

European Commission

Kerstin Lindvall

Kerstin Lindvall

Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer

ICA Gruppen

Ralf Gerking

Ralf Gerking

President

Independent Retail Europe

Kestutis Sadauskas

Kestutis Sadauskas

Director for Circular Economy and Green Growth, DG ENV

European Commission

Veronika Pountcheva

Veronika Pountcheva

Global Director Corporate Responsibility and Senior Vice President

METRO AG

Joe Lynam

Joe Lynam

Business Presenter and Correspondent

BBC

** Indicates contribution by video message.

 

For further information on the conference, please contact Michela Zamuner on +44 (0) 2920 783 029 or email michela.zamuner@forum-europe.com

 

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Logistics

When

Thursday 30 November, 2017
09.30 to 18.30

CET

 

Where

Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi, 75
1040 Brussels, Belgium

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