2 & 3 March 2015
Hilton Hotel, Sydney

WELCOME TO THE
RETAIL LEADERS FORUM

Recognised as the largest and most significant meeting for retail executives in the region; the Retail Leaders Forum brings together the best minds from retail, for retail.

Annually this intelligent discussion offers a comprehensive examination of industry and consumer trends and an in-depth exploration of retail strategy for growth and innovation.

Within a uniquely exclusive networking environment, executives are provided with a vital and engaging look at the retail sector, with actionable insights and vision to lead in 2015

 

WHY ATTEND?

The Retail Leaders Forum is an event like no other – a unique opportunity that congregates an esteemed gathering of executive level retailers from across the industry spectrum and across the region.

This is your guide to Retail in 2015, a strategic event devoted entirely to the macro issues in Retail Management crafted exclusively for and delivered by key influencers in the industry.

▶ Receive the latest thinking on the economic landscape for Retailers in 2015
▶ Acquire actionable insights for your retail business in a changed & consumer-led world
▶ Gain exposure to new strategic concepts, companies and thought-leaders from retail
▶ Hear forward insight on consumer trends and retailing imperatives
▶ Engage your entire industry in one place at one time
▶ Network in the ideal executive environment where CEOs talk to CEOs
  Balance working and learning in an a productive, executive environment
▶ Determine the year ahead in Retail

Event Updates

 

  2 Powerful Days
  450+ Retail Leaders
  8 Networking hours
  40+ Influential Speakers

SPEAKERS


Michael Burgess

President

Hudson Bay Company Digital (USA)

Andrea Thomas

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Walmart (USA)

Dr Babak Parviz

Vice-President

Amazon (USA)

Jeffrey Sampson

Group Senior Vice-President of Learning & Development

Fast Retailing (JPN) & Former Head of Retail Training, Apple Inc. (USA)

Dr Gordon Campbell

Chief Executive Officer

SPAR International (NED)

Tom Daunt

Co-Group Managing Director

Aldi

Stefan Kopp

Co-Group Managing Director

Aldi

Andrew Jennings

Director, Ted Baker & Former Chief Executive Officer

Karstadt (GER) Woolworths (RSA) Saks Fifth Avenue (USA) House of Fraser (UK)

Ruslan Kogan

Chief Executive Officer

Kogan

Penny Winn

Director - Group Retail Services

Woolworths Limited

Sonia Bettega

Managing Director

TOPSHOP TOPMAN

Robbert Rietbroek

Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly- Clark Australia & New Zealand

Peter Davis

Chief Operating Officer

Bunnings

Amanda Banfield

Managing Director

Mondelez Australia

Warren Hogan

Chief Economist

ANZ

Chris Beer

President Asia Pacific

Luxottica

Jenny Bryant

Group Human Resources Director

Coles

Emma Gray

Chief Loyalty & Data Officer

Woolworths Limited

Tony Lowings

Managing Director

Yum! Restaurants International

Luke Baylis

Chief Executive Officer

Sumo Salad

Angus Harris

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Harris Farm Markets

Tim Schaafsma

Managing Director

Freedom

David Allen

President

Pandora Jewellery

Stephen Roche

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries

Erica Berchtold

Managing Director

Rebel Sports

Brian Shanahan

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Temple & Webster

Michael Dykes

Director, I.T, Strategy, M&A & Move Stores

Dick Smith

Jane Sheehy

Chief Information Officer

Terry White Management

Frank De Sa

Chief Information Officer

The Just Group

Michele Levine

Chief Executive Officer

Roy Morgan Research

Richard Harries

National Human Resources Manager

IKEA Australia

Michael Hardwick

Chief Financial Officer

Cotton On Group

SESSIONS



Monday 2nd March

08:30

Registration, Refreshments & Networking

09:25

Opening Remarks from the Chairman

09:30

Official Welcome

09:45

Opening Keynote

The ALDI Story - A Unique Value Proposition
Tom Daunt

Tom Daunt

Co-Group Managing Director

Aldi

stefan-kopp

Stefan Kopp

Co-Group Managing Director

Aldi

10:30

Outlook Session

The Big Retail Picture: the Economy, the Consumer and the Retailer

Constructing a retail strategy in 2015 requires a fundamental look at the economic conditions affecting retail on both a micro and a macro level. What shape will the economy take in 2015 and what will be the retailing conditions? What does consumer confidence tell us about shopping behaviour in 2015? And how should the industry position itself?

Michele Levine

Michele Levine

Chief Executive Officer

Roy Morgan Research

chris-beer

Chris Beer

President Asia Pacific

Luxottica

warren-hogan

Warren Hogan

Chief Economist

ANZ

11:20

Morning Refreshments & Networking

12:00

Partner Keynote

PayPal
12:30

Growth Session

The Growth Opportunity: Strategic Imperatives for Expansion in 2015

The resilience of Australian retail has shown that consumers will reward retailers who offer the right products and the right experience at the right prices. Do the economic conditions provide the right platforms for growth? What are the innovations and strategies that will drive growth? How are successful retailers structuring for better returns?

david-allen

David Allen

President

Pandora Jewellery

robert-rietbroek

Robbert Rietbroek

Chief Executive Officer

Kimberly- Clark Australia & New Zealand

Peter Davis

Peter Davis

Chief Operating Officer

Bunnings

13:20

Lunch & Networking

14:20

People & Culture Stream

Powered by People: How to Create an Engaged and Talented Retail Team

Retailers across the country are exploring the link between an engaged workforce, higher customer satisfaction and better returns. What are practical strategies to create and retain better talent? How can effective training and culture management lead to better customer service? How are retailers creating career progression for their employees?

jenny-bryant

Jenny Bryant
Group Human Resources Director
Coles

Erica Berchtold Website

Erica Berchtold
Managing Director
Rebel Sports

Richard Harris1

Richard Harries
National Human Resources Manager
IKEA Australia

International Stream

Beyond Borders: The Globalisation of Australian Retail

The Australian retail sector is getting global attention as home-grown brands expand into overseas markets and international giants enter the domestic market. What is driving these geographic shifts in retail? How can domestic retailers compete with international brands? And how will this internationalisation change the way Australian retail does business?

Luke Baylis

Luke Baylis
Chief Executive Officer
Sumo Salad

Sonia Bettega

Sonia Bettega
Managing Director
TOPSHOP TOPMAN

15:10

People & Culture Keynote

Retail is Personal – How to Make Good Employees Great

Jeffrey Sampson

Jeffrey Sampson
Group Senior Vice-President of Learning & Development
Fast Retailing (JPN) & Former Head of Retail Training, Apple Inc. (USA)

International Keynote

New Geographies, New Consumers - Lessons in International Retail Success

Gordon Campbell

Dr Gordon Campbell
Chief Executive Officer
SPAR International (NED)

16:00

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

16:30

Customer Session

Always Right: Re-imagining the Customer Relationship

The expansion of consumer data and the arrival of new promotional strategies has revealed a truly customer-led value chain. What are the latest insights revealing about the customer? What strategies are retailers using to win the trust and loyalty of customers? How are retailers using data analytics and personalisation to enhance the retail experience?

Emma Gray

Emma Gray

Chief Loyalty & Data Officer

Woolworths Limited

Michael Dykes Website

Michael Dykes

Director, I.T, Strategy, M&A & Move Stores

Dick Smith

Stephen Roche

Stephen Roche

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Pharmaceutical Industries

17:10

Mastermind Keynote

Strategy and Leadership in a Changed Retail World
Andrew Jennings

Andrew Jennings

Director, Ted Baker & Former Chief Executive Officer

Karstadt (GER) Woolworths (RSA) Saks Fifth Avenue (USA) House of Fraser (UK)

17:50

Closing Remarks from the Chairman

17:55

Networking Drinks Reception

18:55

Close of Day One

Tuesday 3rd March

09:00

Registration, Refreshments & Networking

09:25

Opening Remarks from the Chairman

09:30

Headline Keynote

The New Retail Marketing Challenge - Innovation and Engagement
Andrea Thomas

Andrea Thomas

Senior Vice President, Marketing

Walmart (USA)

10:15

Platinum Keynote

Teradata
10:40

Morning Refreshments & Networking

11:10

Transformation Session

Leading the Charge: Managing and Directing Change in the New Retail Reality

Reactive retailing is no longer enough. The radical changes to the structure of the retail sector has highlighted the need for effective leadership to identify strategic objectives and deliver results. What are the challenges and opportunities Australian retail will have to adapt to? How are industry leaders transforming their businesses to suit this new retail environment? How can retailers be proactive rather than reactive in the face of this change?

Angus Harris Website

Angus Harris

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Harris Farm Markets

Tony Lowings2

Tony Lowings

Managing Director

Yum! Restaurants International

Brian Shanahan

Brian Shanahan

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Temple & Webster

12:00

Global Keynote

Retailing in the Connected World
Michael Burgess1

Michael Burgess

President

Hudson Bay Company Digital (USA)

12:45

Lunch & Networking

13:45

Innovation Stream

Future-Focused: Retailing in an age of Disruption

Innovation continues to challenge traditional methods of retail while at the same time rewarding businesses that are able to adapt to change. What role should CIOs play in driving retail strategy? What are the technological enablers? How can businesses develop the agility to capitalise on disruption? How can retailers embed innovation in every aspect of their organisations?

penny-winn

Penny Winn
Director - Group Retail Services
Woolworths Limited

Jane Sheehy

Jane Sheehy
Chief Information Officer
Terry White Management

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Frank De Sa
Chief Information Officer
The Just Group

Engagement & Experience Stream

Creating Cut-through: How to Bring Retail Brands to Life

Reaching today’s savvy and social shoppers requires dynamic marketing across all customer touch points. Creating brand awareness, building meaningful engagement and delivering rich customer experiences in-store drives profitability and loyalty in the social economy.  How do you create rich brand experiences to encourage customers to get what they want in the format and venue they desire?  How critical is a vibrant in-store environment? And what role can branded content and entertainment play?

Amanda Banfield 1

Amanda Banfield
Managing Director
Mondelez Australia

Tim Schaafsma Website

Tim Schaafsma
Managing Director
Freedom

14:35

Innovation Keynote

Data Is Changing Retail – How to Best Measure What Customers Want and When they Want it

Ruslan Kogan Website

Ruslan Kogan
Chief Executive Officer
Kogan

Keynote

TBC

15:20

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

15:45

Visionary Keynote

Through the Looking Glass – A Vision for the Future of Connectivity
Babak Parviz 1

Dr Babak Parviz

Vice-President

Amazon (USA)

16:30

Closing Remarks from the Chairman

16:35

Close of Forum

SPONSORSHIP





The Retail Leaders Forum is exclusively crafted for the most senior Retail executives from across all sectors of the national economy. Delivered by the industry’s elite, this event offers a powerful business agenda within an effective executive networking environment.

Being a sponsor of the event actively works for you before, during and after the event, increasing your credibility in the minds of decision-makers.

Enhance your market visibility, put your CEO on the programme and gain dedicated face time with an influential audience in a specialised closed event environment.

Ian Devlin Commercial Director
Tel: 02 8005 2744
Email: ian@connectevents.com.au

VENUE

LOCATION & ACCOMMODATION

Hilton Sydney
488 George Street
Sydney, NSW, 2000
Australia

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Accommodation
Quote ‘GRETA‘ to receive our group rate on rooms.

Call Jessica directly on +61 (2) 9265 6050 or Jessica.Benn@hilton.com

REGISTER



PRICING & PACKAGES

Early Bird Rate
(Ends 5 Dec 2014)
Standard Rate
(From 6 Dec 2014)
Retailer One Delegate $ 1, 500 $ 1, 900
Retailer Four Delegates (Includes 1 Free) $ 4, 500 $ 5, 700
Retailer Eight Delegates (Includes 2 Free) $ 9, 000 $ 11, 400
Service Provider* (Limit – 1 delegate) $ 1, 900 $ 2, 500
* This option is for service providers to the retail industry or retail professionals
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Terms & Conditions

Delegate Package:
Delegate Pass includes access to all sessions, refreshment breaks, networking lunches, networking drinks reception, and access to speaker presentations. Please note: not all speakers choose to provide presentation papers. One delegate ticket is entry for one person only, passes cannot be shared. Organiser’s reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not registered. A delegate list is available for viewing at the event, and will not be distributed.

Payment & Discounts:
Payment of invoice is due within 7 days of registration. A 3% surcharge is payable for all credit card transactions. Only one promotional discount code can be applied per registrant. All prices quoted are inclusive of GST. Payment in full is required by the first day of the event.

Organiser’s Rights:
Connect Events endeavours to ensure the conference programme and speaker line-up is correct at the time of the event. All advertised details are correct at time of publishing. Due to unforeseen circumstances Connect Events reserves the right to alter the programme prior to the event without notice. We also reserve the right to cancel or postpone this event when full refunds will be issued. Connect Events reserves the right to deny access to any individual that engages in or is alleged to engage in practices that are considered unprofessional and inappropriate for a business conference. We reserve the right to deny access to delegates that may affect the client / vendor ratio of attendance in favour of the interests of sponsors and commercial partners of the event. In registering for this event, delegates grant permission to Connect Events to take and to have full and free use of video/photographs containing their image/likeness for promotional use. Should a delegate not agree to the above image release, they must advise team@connectevents.com.au

Cancellation Policy:
A substitute delegate is welcome at any time provided the request is made in writing. A full refund less a $250 (GST Inclusive) processing fee is applicable on cancellation requests made in writing within 10 days of registration. No refunds are available for cancellations made more than 10 days after registration.

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