An ambitious conference in Riga will outline the future of retail

The largest Baltic international conference Shopping for Future covering retail development and shopping trends in the coming decades will take place on Thursday, 8 June 2017, from 11 AM to 4 PM, at Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija, Elizabetes 55.

For retail professionals, Shopping for Future is the keynote event of the 20th anniversary of Rimi Baltic. The Conference will gather more than 300 suppliers as well as opinion leaders from the Baltics and other countries of the European Union to hear seven world known speakers and review the sector trends and development scenarios.

Edgar Sesemann, Rimi Baltic Chairman of the Board: “This is the 20th anniversary of Rimi Baltic in the Latvian and Baltic markets. We wish to celebrate it together with retail industry professionals giving some added value to the sector development. Our goal is to outline the prospects of the sector and discuss changes and challenges we will face in the coming decade. It is also important to talk about our responsibility to our customers and our ability to adapt to the modern consumer values and needs.

Conference programme:

  • Opening

11:00 – Greeting by Edgar Sesemann, Rimi Baltic Chairman of the Board

11:10 – Opening lecture ‘The future of retail’, Jack Stratten, trend scout, Insider Trends, UK

  • I Personal – Consumer Driven Industry

11:50 – ‘Passionate industry observer’, Jean Jacques Vandenheede, European Retail Insights Director, Nielsen Europe, Belgium

12:20 – ‘Retailing adapted to an omni channel world’, Jens Nordfält, Dean of Nordic School of Retail Management, Sweden

  • II Digital – Digitalization in Retail

13:40 – ‘Digital – shaping the future of retail’, Samuel Young, start-up Smart Video CEO, Sweden

14:10 – ‘Big data in retail’, Aigars Jaundālders, SQUALIO Cloud Consulting Member of the Board, Latvia

  • III Lifestyle – Power of Brand

15:00 – ‘Is it good to be good – sustainability as a part of profitability in business’, Kerstin Lindvall, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at ICA Gruppen, Sweden

15:30 – ‘Local brands and global brands: which one is winning?’ Erik Modig, Researcher at the Centre for Consumer Marketing at Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden

  • Conclusion

16:00 – Conference summary. Haralds Burkovskis, Moderator


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