World Retail Congress 2019: High Velocity Retail

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First Insight is joining global retail industry leaders at the World Retail Congress, May 14-16 in Amsterdam, to discuss what is new and next in this ever-changing global retail landscape. WRC 2019’s theme is “High Velocity Retail, ”reflecting what it takes to be successful in retail today:  speed and dynamism

Adapting and Thriving in a Challenging Landscape

With technology, changing consumer preferences, and a low barrier to entry, retail has become a very challenging landscape in which to survive, let alone thrive, for many retailers and brands. World Retail Congress will open by first turning its attention toward many global retail industry trends such as the rising buying power of China, the second-hand market, generational preferences and changes, and much more. The event will provide attendees with a clear picture of retail today, where it has been, and where it is headed.

 In addition to the retail landscape overview, WRC will focus on what it takes to become a High Velocity Retailer—going beyond simply existing to anticipating and adapting quickly to changes and threats. Our CEO Greg Petro will be tackling this topic as he hosts a panel, What is the future of brands? (Hint: it’s all about innovation). Our executive panelists include Francesca Danzi, Chief Client Officer of Tory Burch; Elaine Wheeler, Head of Digital Product Development at Marks & Spencer; and Phillippe Chainieux, CEO of These industry leaders will share their insights on building a powerful brand in today’s reimagined retail world. Innovation, Personalization, and Differentiation are all hot topics for these retail experts. It is a session you will not want to miss.

WRC PanelIn addition to our panel, other industry experts will address crucial topics that span the entire retail spectrum. The topics of customer-centricity and personalization have never been more important as brands seek to get to the heart of the customer’s desires and needs. President & CEO of Walmart, Judith McKenna will kick-off this topic by sharing how to win in a technology-driven future through people-centric retail. Leaders from adidas Group and FutureBrand will discuss creating spaces that resonate with customers and create great experiences. The landscape of luxury brands will have time in the spotlight, and subscription boxes will be the topic of a dedicated session. There will be insights for retailers and brands of every kind. You can check out the full agenda here.

Connecting with First Insight at World Retail Congress

 We hope that you will join us at WRC 2019 and learn how to become a High Velocity Retailer—thriving in uncertain times with a strong brand that resonates with your customer base. Retailers can learn how to take their brand to the next level with expertise that spans the entire industry.

If you have not yet registered, it is not too late. Use our discount code: FIRSTINSIGHT2019 to receive a 20% discount off your admission fee. If you have already purchased your ticket, you can schedule a meeting in advance with First Insight at our booth. You won’t want to miss our panel session on May 14th.

For more details on World Retail Congress 2019 and logistics, visit the official website. We hope to see you at the event.


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