The World Retail Congress which takes place at the ExCeL Centre in London from the 19th to the 21st September has confirmed Caxton CTP Publishers & Printers as one of its media partners.
Ian McGarrigle, Chairman of the World Retail Congress says: “Retailing is a tough business to be in. For nearly five years, many markets around the world have had to contend with economic turmoil which, if anything, is growing more uncertain and more challenging. But if this doesn’t make it hard enough for retailers, there is a second storm hitting them at the same time in the shape of the digital revolution.
With the 2012 World Retail Congress looming ever closer, it is tempting to say that these twin forces have been affecting retail for some time. However, in building this year’s programme and talking to retailers across many different markets, there is a sense that the pace of change and the scale of the challenges are growing faster and bigger. Retailers are driven by the need to find growth in sales from new products, new formats or new markets or all of these.
Every retailer is looking at how they seize the challenge of omni-channel retailing where their brands operate seamlessly across all channels. They are examining how many bricks and mortar stores they really require and how they can ensure they continue to attract shoppers.
Above all, they are trying to make sense of the changing consumer in whatever international market they operate in. Put alongside the challenge of making their business fit for purpose in an economically challenged environment, it will help guarantee that the presentations and debates at the World Retail Congress in London this September will take place at a critical time and help inform and shape the emergence of the next phase in retailing’s long history.”
The World Retail Congress was launched in 2007 to be a platform for senior retail executives to meet and discuss the most important topics affecting retailers across the world. It has been held in Barcelona (2007-9) and Berlin (2010-11) and is attended by up to 1,000 industry leaders from more than 60 countries. The programme is developed in conjunction with the Congress Advisory Board which represents many of the world’s biggest retailers such as Gap, Kingfisher, Macys, Reliance Lifestyle, Myer, Alshaya, Netto, Inditex and Tesco. The co-sponsors of the 2012 World Retail Congress are Deloitte and Mastercard.