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Global Retail Forum to launch its first large format pavilion at Retail Business Technology Expo

Global Retail Forum (GRF), the world’s leading global retailer network is launching its first major conference at Retail Business Technology Expo.

GRF is one of the biggest Global Retail professional networks for senior retailers, and its members are from almost every country in the world. GRF connects like-minded contacts and helps exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of retail professionals.

The panel meetings are based around specific business areas within retail and will be hosted by a key industry speaker along with a carefully selected panel of experts to provide their views on today’s hot topics as well as field attendee’s questions.

The first session on 13 March will cover Merchandising.  Chaired by Richard Fitzpatrick, CEO and founder of Retailmap, the panel will discuss "Global price and margin management strategies, what the experts say".

The Marketing session will look at "How digital marketing drives deeper consumer engagement and sales", and will be chaired by Gordon Lee, marketing director of Accolade Wines.

Jayne Rafter, publisher, Retail & Leisure International will chair the Business Management stream, where the area of "International growth: the right strategy for your business" will be debated by retail experts. 

A special session is also being hosted, "Jayne Rafter’s On-The-Couch" interview with Iain Burton, founder of Aspinal of London, which is expected to draw a great attendance.  This will be followed by a focus on Supply Chain.  Peter Magill, vice president, Global Development Retail, DHL Supply Chain will be chairing the panel who will discuss "behind the numbers: How supply chain operations drive financial results, avoiding the pitfalls retailers make when expanding internationally".

The second day will kick off with Legal, where a team of experts will look at legal challenges that could prevent your brand from being a success overseas.

The Finance session, will look at "Navigating through the economic headwinds and structural changes".  Tristan Rogers, CEO, ConcretePlatform will be leading a discussion on maintaining brand values while driving growth in international expansion.

The day will be rounded off with an eCommerce theme, where Andrew McClelland, chief operations & policy officer, IMRG will be tackling "best practices in developing your eCommerce offer alongside international bricks and mortar expansion strategy" with panellists including Dan Lumb, eCommerce director, Reiss. 

Mark Eve, chairman of Global Retail Forum, said, "The role of technology and business solutions are crucial enablers to successful efficiencies in a brands international growth. The GRF was founded to aid retailers in simplifying global retailing, so understanding the use of today’s technology was integral to supporting the GRF mission statement. For this reason the GRF has partnered with Retail Business Technology Expo to offer our global industry colleagues an exceptional opportunity to come together in probably one of the best cities in the world – London, to network and talk about the opportunities, issues and challenges that retailers face in today’s economic climate."