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IRF 2016: Sweeping opportunities for retailers, B2C & support firms

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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 all coalesce at every rendezvous to transform India’s retail ecosystem.
An unrivaled 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.
Here is what a few eminent speakers have to say about IRF:-
Ajay Bijli, Chairman & MD, PVR Ltd.
”Operating in the most dynamic marketplace on this side of the hemisphere requires a lot of innovation, agility and to be able to adapt to the changing market needs. With competition from a globalised retail and online retailers who provide shoppers with abundant information, retailers need to operate across channels as efficiently as possible, breaking down organizational silos that prevent profitable multi-channel retailing. For this reason, IRF becomes a must attend retail event for organisations having a desire to meet and listen to the best thinkers and practitioners operating in the region.”
Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubliant Foodworks
” IRF over the years has become the premier retail event in India. It is a great congregation of the best minds in retail. With a right mix of business sessions and networking sessions they offer a great opportunity.”
Govind Shrikhande, MD, Shoppers Stop
” India is on the cusp of astonishing growth in all sectors of economy and as businesses that tap into and monitor consumption behaviour, we are extremely optimistic on the country’s economic future. IRF is the best gathering to discover what India is really about, and how retail should evolve.”
J Suresh, MD & CEO, Arvind Retail & Lifestyle
”India status as a market of priority for international retailers and consumer brands is stronger than ever before. At IRF, the world comes together to understand the complex nature of the Indian consumer landscape, and to find the optimal ways to maximise their business.”
Kabir Lumba, MD, Lifestyle International
” India is celebrating a new age of entrepreneurship and individual though. All this is being facilitated and enhanced by intellectual collaborations, which is the prime highlight of India Retail Forum, which features the exchange of retail experiences and insights from India and the world over.
Khurshid Vakil, Co-Founder & Exec. Dir., Marina Home Interiors (UAE)
” IRF is an ideal platform to understand the latest trends, share thoughts and deliberate on challenges and opportunities in the Indian market. With an impressive level of audience and conference sessions, IRF exhibits a sort of energy that can set course for new ideologies and strategies and bring about the market dynamism that truly meets the expectations of today’s global Indian.”
Kishore Biyani, Group CEO, Future Group
” At IRF 2016, explore ways to expand the consuming class in India, and to launch a new revolution of products, services and retail experiences that will satiate the millions of Indian hopes and aspirations.”
Mohit Khattar, Head – Retail Strategy & Branding Godrej Industries Ltd
” India Retail Forum has been successful in becoming a platform where leading domestic and international retailers have an opportunity to share their experiences in developing and growing their businesses in a diverse and dynamic environment. It is something I would highly recommend for all retail professionals who’d like to remain on top of their game.”
Raj Varman, CEO, Burger King India
” India’s appetite for new experiences, tastes and flavours keeps growing! Events like India Retail Forum help to make sense of all the different developments in the Indian consumption space and facilitate the generation of focussed strategies.”
Sanjeev Rao, Director, Raymond
” At IRF, we discovered that some of the challenges facing new retail formats are being experienced by established, robust businesses. I look forward to engaging with our industry peers at IRF and try to pre-empt forthcoming market disruptions.”
Shailesh Chaturvedi, MD & CEO Tommy Hilfiger India
” IRF presents an engaging platform to connect with retail experts of national and international stature. One gets to explore the potentials of the retail industry along with stimulating discussions resulting in perspectives. I truly believe that a platform like IRF is imperative for analysing the retail domain to visualize the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.”
Venu Nair, MD, Marks & Spencer
” The India Retail Forum is a fantastic event which gives insight into India’s diverse and dynamic retail industry. Each year the agenda offers new and engaging topics and brings together leaders from across the industry. Having been a participant for the last 4 years, I would recommend the event to all retail stakeholders.”

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