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Global Footwear Retail Conference
  • Date:

    15 Mar 2018

  • Time:

    09:30 - 13:00

  • Location:

    Room N107

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.

The 2018 edition of GFRC returns to Fashion Access on 15 March 2018.

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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 
Orietta Pelizzari, Owner, Mattori Studio
Sharon Weng, Deputy Brand Director, Le Saunda
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.
Nicoline van Enter, Founder and Creative Director of The Footwearists
Sergio Dulio, Manager, Atom Lab
Oscar Zhang, Director, Digital Boom
11:00 Networking Session
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
William Wong, Vice President, Hong Kong Footwear Association Representative of Lenzing
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.
Alex Soares, Kiabi Asia
Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) 
Sergio Dulio, Manager, Atom Lab



* The Conference will be held in English without translation.
* Please be advised this programme may be subject to change.


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