India Retail Forum(IRF), the premier knowledge and networking platform for India’s vast, multi-dimensional and multi-hued retail industry, will kick start on September 15, 2015 at the Renaissance Mumbai Convention Centre Hotel in Mumbai.
Launched in 2003, IRF brings together the most successful and influential retail visionaries, consumer and retail experts and the industry’s powerful decision makers on one mega platform as a means to retail enlightenment. Unprecedented consumer insights, retailing innovations and path-breaking retail technologies coalesce at every rendezvous to transform India’s retail ecosystem.
Into its 12th edition this year, IRF is buoyant to announce the first torch bearer of India Retail Forum, Krish Iyer, to be again at the helm as the Chairman of IRF 2015.
“In this important year for all of us in the retail industry, I see a great opportunity to build a period of Retail Renaissance, where with our collective wisdom and collaboration, we can grow the pie of modern Indian retail together. That is the reason I am taking this lead as the Chairman of India Retail Forum’15, and take the pleasure of bringing you onboard in our efforts to Ignite, Reinforce and Forge new ideas and relationships – at IRF,” says Krish Iyer, Chairman, India Retail Forum 2015 and President & Chief Executive Officer, Walmart India.
An unrivalled networking platform, every year, IRF presents the most comprehensive opportunities for retailers, consumer-facing businesses and support organisations to intelligently navigate the changing marketplace dynamics, and capitalise on emerging consumer expectations and aspirations.
The tag line “Know Everything in Retail, Know Everyone in Retail” is well supported by the unique format and content, which is made possible by the outstanding quality of speakers and participants. The event encompasses KNOWLEDGE SERIES delivered by global experts, a power packed CONFERENCE, inspiring 18-minute SOLO (Stories, Opinions, Learnings, Outcomes) talks, a unique EXPOSITION and a glittering AWARDS evening that celebrates exceptional achievements in the industry.
This year, this annual event will bring together over 2,500 delegates, 175-plus distinguished speakers from around the world, 100-plus exhibitors of innovative products and services for the retail sector, and innumerable opportunities to tap this high potential market. The stellar line up of speakers include some of the most prominent and influential speakers from the retail industry, who are all set to outline the course of modern retailing in India with their path-breaking ideas at IRF.
Some of the key speakers at the event include: Kabir Lumba (Managing Director, Lifestyle International Pvt. Ltd), D Shivakumar (Chairman & CEO, PepsiCo India Holdings, Govind Shrikhande (Customer Care Associate & Managing Director, Shoppers Stop Ltd), Amit Bahl (CIO, Big Bazaar), Ganesh Subramanian (COO, Myntra.com), Rohit Chadda (Co-founder and MD, Foodpanda.in), Abhishek Ganguly (MD, Puma India), C K Venkatraman (CEO – Jewellery, Tanishq), among many other prominent names.
At IRF, with its stated mission of being a catalyst for profitable retail, technology will be featured in a stand-alone status as both a key challenge and facilitator for consumer-facing businesses. With this in mind, the inaugural edition of India Omnichannel Forum (IOF 2015) is being organised alongside IRF 2015, and will focus on Customer-Centric Commerce –Engage, Experience, Enable.
IOF 2015 is a tailored and one-of-its-kind technology forum for business owners, business leaders and technology teams to meet, engage and conceptualise the next-generation of consumer experiences. Enriching the quality and expanse of retail experiences across physical and digital worlds through intuitive consumer engagement and technology enablement is the vision of the India Omnichannel Forum. Mirroring this vision, this inaugural year’s theme will be ‘Consumer Centric Commerce’.
At IOF 2015, hear the accounts of brick-and-mortar retailing giants transitioning with new consumer behaviours, technology thinktanks laying out the hidden science of data and consumer behaviourial scientists telling you how the omni-channel customer can be made to behave – as you want him or her to.