It is estimated that the Chinese should account for 50% of worldwide luxury purchases by 2025. Luxury brands are seizing the opportunity to tap into this market. In this session Hilary Milnes from Vogue Business will talk with Alibaba and a leading global luxury brand, sharing insight into how they are partnering to design unforgettable and elevated luxury shopping experiences.
Join us for this educational discussion from retail sustainability experts as they reveal the most effective ways to achieve sustainability goals. Hear how companies have launched successful sustainability initiatives as they share ah-ha moments, what worked and what didn't, who should be at the table for these discussions and how to best work with vendors. The lessons these experts are generously sharing could save you time and money, while demonstrating to customers that you care about climate change and related sustainability concerns.
It is time we rethink the ways in which corporations build a startup acquisition pipeline. The pain points in current models have left corporations unable to source optimally due to internal constraints and leave startups pinched due to unrealistic contractual terms. In this session we break apart the old model and offer a new perspective for corporations think about and approach innovation in a way that is a win-win.
GDR Creative Intelligence CEO, Kate Ancketill will deliver inspirational insights from the world’s most resilient retailers. Analyzing the common factors behind these successful business models, Kate will share GDR's predictions of where we’re headed over the coming years.
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Michael Wolf, founder and CEO of Activate, will examine the tech, media and gaming trends driving consumer buying behavior in 2022. He will explore the opportunities that exist for brands in virtual gaming worlds and the future of avatar personalization.
The "working from home" concept has become prevalent, or at least optional for many over the last couple of years. It has changed the future of the workplace, and business as usual--including retail. Hear how retail environments are shifting to accommodate this new idea of live/work spaces, as former concepts give way to changing customer needs and adapt to new possibilities.
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It has become imperative for brands to bring transparency to their sourcing and manufacturing processes. From investors to consumers, organizations are being held accountable for their environmental and social impact. The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) and the Higg Index Tool is being used by leading footwear, textile and apparel suppliers and retailers to document and report on social and climate related impact. In this panel discussion retail executives will share their work developing the community and tools to build momentum for sustainable transformation.
Can storytelling drive behavioral changes and sales? Target and Grove Collaborative are convinced it can. Since partnering in Spring 2021, the two have increased access to sustainable cleaning products and gently but firmly nudged consumers to develop new habits and reduce plastic waste. Hear how these two are collaborating today and how this partnership will evolve in 2022.
In the eyes of the consumer, sustainability is now a company's responsibility, and a bonus is it can expand your customer base and provide a potential revenue stream—resale. Solutions are in use that can efficiently create a resale store to expand your sustainability efforts. These platforms are providing a convenient pathway for retailers to move the needle toward a more sustainable world--while expanding their business. Experts will discuss opening their own brand's resale shop, considerations taken and lessons learned in the process.
The market for plus-size fashion is worth nearly $30 billion in the US alone. In this session Marie Denee, creator and editor-in-chief of The Curvy Fashionista talks to Alexandra Waldman, co-founder and creative director of Universal Standard, Jessica Murphy from TrueFit and Ben Barry, Dean of Fashion at Parsons school about why the fashion industry needs to rethinking its approach to the plus-size market, prioritizing investment in fit, style and choice.
Chief Global Economist Ira Kalish will explore the economic factors weighing on the 2022 economy, how these influences are reshaping consumers’ shopping behavior, and what lies ahead for retailers in an altered world. Ira will share preview highlights from the 25th edition of Global Powers of Retailing, which looks at the 250 largest retailers around the world and how leading retailers successfully pivoted during the pandemic.
During the past 18 months, demand for beds spiked as society shifted toward the comfort and safety of home. Mattress retailer Sleep Number responded by designing its supply chain to ensure "white glove" delivery to the home ensuring customer expectations were exceeded. The three-time Supply Chains to Admire Award winner, Sleep Number successfully postpones and designs fulfillment to deliver the ultimate customer experience. For Sleep Number, the goal is to improve sleep. In this session, hear how delivery is not the only part of the experience, albeit an important element.
Deborah Weinswig is joined to by two major retail brands who will be sharing insight into how live stream commerce has helped them transform the shopping experience behind major shopping events, by blending entertainment with instant purchasing.
A leading global research and leadership firm envisions a future where autonomous vehicles and drones will deliver about 80 percent of all items. If you're wondering who's driving future deliveries or if emerging technologies will fly, join these next gen thinkers for an eye-opening dialogue on the direction last mile is headed.
As the focus on Chinese shopping festivals like Singles Day and 618 continues to intensify, how can international brands develop strategies around these local milestones to capitalize on their potential? In this session, Harlan Bratcher from JD.com will be joined by a Nick Woodhouse from Authentic brands to discuss the planning involved in creating successful festival campaigns.
The pivot to e-commerce sparked by the pandemic accelerated sales: it also brought an ugly reoccurring issue to the forefront: the proliferation of gray-market goods. In 2020, Customs Border Protection seized "26,503 shipments containing goods that violated intellectual property rights. The total estimated value of the seized goods, had they been genuine, was nearly $1.3 billion." Why are gray market goods the bane of brands and retailers? Customer distrust, the erosion of brand identity and integrity, and the loss of sales and margins - are just a few negative effects.
One of the most coveted marketing buzzwords is ‘community’. Brands that have managed to create a community of loyal followers who not only buy their products, but act as ambassadors – even evangelists – have a distinct edge over competitors. How do brands balance content, community and commerce to flourish?