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    Retail prodigies to battle it out during IRF Rising Star Challenge 2015

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    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.

    Every year, IRF offers a platform to over 300 of the brightest minds from India’s finest B-schools to compete and present the smartest ideas in retail at the IRF Rising Star Challenge 2015, presented by Tommy Hilfiger. These young minds get chance to present their Business Plans in 15-minute presentations in front of India’s leading retail business heads.

    Considering that online retailing and multi-channeling are the talk of yesterday, Rising IRF Star Challenge 2015 has aptly decided this year’s topic — Creating an omni-channel model that blends the best of smartphones-and-smartstores – customers shop 24×7, retail sales and profits grow two-fold.

    The contest entails that contesting teams’ business plans should include all elements from the design of a compelling omni-channel retail customer proposition through to a clear implementation roadmap and financial plan, to ensure a comprehensive, achievable solution which addresses the key CEO and C-level questions.

    Last year’s theme was creating a retail business which delivers positive social impact and the winning team was from Welingkar Institute of Management, Indian School of Business(ISB) and KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies And Research.

    Click here to send your nominations for IRF Rising Star Challenge 2015

    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, 150-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.