Global Footwear Retail Conference 2018 returns 15 March

HONG KONG, February 2, 2018

The programme for the Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC) is now up. An inspirational half-day event, the GFRC provides footwear retailers with the ideas, insight and networks to lead through the digital transformation of the industry and win greater consumer spend.

Staying current is key for businesses to remain competitive and relevant. The GFRC brings together the brightest minds to share their knowledge and inspire the industry to evolve and innovate. To learn about the latest developments and the direction of technology ensures that footwear and accessories retailers do not lag behind and stay up to date on the latest retail trends.

The GFRC 2018 features leading companies in the industry, representing professional federations, trend-setters, designers, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and technology providers. These dynamic individuals will address the current trends and issues facing the future of footwear retail. This year, the GFRC is jointly organised with the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) who will launch their new Material Exchange, an advanced filtering and material visualisation platform.

GFRC is bringing a wealth of experience and of industry experts such as Chris Hillyer, Director of Innovation, Deckers Brands who will describe in details how Deckers is changing its design and development process to create a sustainable speed to market advantage.

Other leading industry experts include Scott Thomas, VP Global Sourcing, Wolverine Worldwide who will explain how raw material suppliers adapt their business model to new retail changes; Darren Glenister, VP Innovation, PTC who will discuss about new technologies and innovations; and Erica Ng, Senior Editor-Retail Asia Pacific, WGSN Insight, who will analyse the new purchasing habits and demands from the newest generations.

Attending the GFRC also offers the opportunity to visit three trade exhibitions including Fashion Access, Cashmere World as well as APLF Leather & Materials+, where visitors can explore innovation before it hits the mainstream. Exhibitors, buyers, designers, material suppliers, startups, investors, corporations and public institutions come together at this unique platform to discover, create and launch new ventures together.

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