With economic uncertainty and lifestyle changes having a huge impact on the retail industry, it is essential to keep on the ball with latest innovations, now even more so than ever. The year-end 2016-2017 was brutal for many brands; even some well-known names such as J.C. Penney, Staples, and Abercrombie & Fitch have had to close hundreds of stores worldwide. Now is the time to look for inspiration in other business models that boast growth and stability while introducing new technologies into your brand’s operations. WIRED Retail 2017 brings together executives and experts to discuss innovations and trends that are having an impact on commerce.
This one-day networking conference is ideal for professionals in all areas of retail. It covers some of the most critical topics and themes in commerce today, including how to have a strong ecommerce presence, mobile payment methods and how to implement them, and the importance of a good supply chain and how to make it advantageous for the brand. This year’s conference is centred on bridging the gap between a brand’s physical presence and the online world, engaging customers in both.
The startup showcase is the place to be for companies that have the potential to make a huge impact on the retail industry, and it’s the perfect opportunity to discover up-and-coming eCommerce, payment technology and virtual stores. Companies present their brand to the audience, including investors and business executives. The judging panel then decides who will go on to present on the keynote stage. The 2016 winner was Ooho!, an eco-friendly water bottle, which is set to go on sale in the next 12-18 months.
For its fourth event, the keynote speakers this year include:
Kira Radinsky, Director of Data Science and Chief Scientist at eBay, Israel. Kira has hit the press over the last two years, including mentions in Forbes, for her said ability to predict the future thanks to her pioneering work on predictive data-mining software. Now turning her attention to the retail industry, her advice could be invaluable for making patterns work for your brand.
John Vary, John Lewis Innovation Manager. John works to bring ideas to life. His and his team’s remit is to improve the shopping experience. What they hope to achieve is slightly changing the way in which people shop while complementing how they do so through the use of technology.
Annabel Kilner, Commercial Director for made.com, an online furniture brand. Annabel is a lateral thinker who successfully brings together essentially contrasting elements to help push the business forward. Most recently, she has had considerable success at linking online customers with in-store staff.
Carl Walderkranz, Co-founder and CEP of Ticktail, the Tumblr of retail. The company made the great leap of moving from a virtual space to a physical one last year.
Sandrine Deveaux, Managing Director of Farfetch’s store of the future. Sandrine is in charge of developing a mix of technologies that will shape the retail experience of the future.
Leila Marine, Director New Device Experiences, Microsoft UK. Leila’s recent venture, the HoloLens uses holograms for customer interaction with the brand.
Elram Goren, Co-founder and CEO of CommonSense Robotics. Elram’s company won the startup stage in 2015, and he is back as a keynote speaker to give the secrets behind his success.
If you’re as innovative as Galileo or a pioneer in your field, you might want to consider being a speaker on either stage. The team is still accepting applications for keynote speakers and startup showcase participants.