GFRC 2018: shaping the future of footwear retailSince the launch in 2015, the Global Footwear Retail Conference has been bringing together over 100 key footwear retailers to this annual meeting in Hong Kong to discuss on ground-breaking ideas, latest innovations, technologies and critical issues that are shaping the retail scene.

Feb 07, 2018
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Since the launch in 2015, the Global Footwear Retail Conference has been bringing together over 100 key footwear retailers to this annual meeting in Hong Kong to discuss on ground-breaking ideas, latest innovations, technologies and critical issues that are shaping the retail scene.

In each edition, the programme is designed to stimulate interactive and constructive discussions between industry experts and audience with business networking opportunities to maximise their visit.

Building on three previous successful editions, and with this understanding of the current footwear retail landscape, the Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC) developed a bold programme and enrolled footwear retail experts to support it, including experts from the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) which this year co-organises the event with APLF.

Among the GFRC’s strategic priorities for the year 2018 are:

    • Consumer shifts and how it is impacting sales and stores: A panel discussion on millennials to Gen Z on how to understand and capitalise on younger generations new purchasing habits and product demands.
    • Retail Technology and platforms changing how we do business: A panel discussion on technologies and innovations changing how we identify, connect and sell to consumers, and how stores and ecommerce platforms are adjusting to create new experiences.
    • Material innovations and suppliers adjustments: How raw material suppliers and factories are changing their business models as retail demand radically changes.

Next edition will take place on March 15th 2018 in Hong Kong.

Register with discount code GFRC1820OFF at check-out to enjoy 20% off.

 

Program

15th March 2018

09:30

Kick Starting The Summit: A Global Retail Shoe Snapshot

A quick snapshot of shoe sales and retail price trends globally and economics impacting the footwear industry. 
Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) 

09:45

Consumer Shifts and How It’s Impacting Sales and Stores

A panel discussion on millenials to Gen Z: how to understand and capatalise on younger generations new purchasing habits and product demands.
Erica Ng, Senior Editor - Retail Asia Pacific, WGSN Insight 

10:30

Retail Technology and Platforms Changing How We Do Business

A panel discussion on technologies and innovations changing how we identify, connect and sell to consumers, and how stores and ecommerce platforms are adjusting to create new experiences with technology like Virtual Reality to in-store 3D printing.
Darren Glenister, VP Innovation, PTC

11:00

Networking Session

A quick snapshot of shoe sales and retail price trends globally and economics impacting the footwear industry.
Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)

11:15

Material Innovations and Supplier Adjustments

How raw material suppliers and factories are changing their business models as retails demand radically changes.
Howard Herman, Executive Vice President, Li & Fung Sourcing
Scott Thomas, VP Global Sourcing, Wolverine Worldwide

11:45

Go Digital: A New Approach to Material and Product Development Strategy to Adapt to Consumer Shifts

How Deckers is changing its design and development process to create a sustainable speed to market advantage - including a look at digital design and development technologies like the new Material Exchange.
Chris Hillyer, Director of Innovation, Deckers Brands

12:15

Capstone Panel: A Robust Discussion on the Changing Nature of Materials, Development and Sourcing, Consumer Engagement and Sales

Speakers and experts discuss and share their views on the summit's most important points, including audience Q&A.
Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) 

Advisory Committee

Claude Eric Paquin
Claude Eric Paquin - President of French Federation of Footwear
Jayne Estève-Curé
Jayne Estève-Curé - Founder of Jayne Fashion Consultancy
Leslie Gallin
Leslie Gallin - President of UBM Americas
Lu Hua
Lu Hua - Director of China Footwear Commission of CLIA
Peter Mangione
Peter Mangione - Managing Director and Founder of Global Footwear Partnerships LLC
Tommaso Cancellara
Tommaso Cancellara - General Manager of Italian Footwear Manufacturers’ Association
William Wong
William Wong - Vice President of Hong Kong Footwear Association

Register

Register with discount code GFRC1820OFF at check-out to enjoy 20% off.

More Info

For more info about Global Footwear Retail Conference 2018, please visit the official website

Address

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

1 Expo Drive, Wanchai

Hong Kong

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