Key movers in the government and leading experts in the retail business will come together to bring the latest tips and solutions in working and preparing for the fast-changing digital age in the 24th edition of the National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo 2017 (NRCE) slated on August 10 and 11 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila.
Talks and panel discussions from industry experts and personalities, led by Leyte Representative and TV personality Lucy Torres-Gomez, Sen. Sonny Angara and Rustan Supercenters CEO Irwin Lee, will delve on this year’s theme, “Future-Proofing Retail”, which will focus on the latest trends in retailing, branding design, future of shopping malls, creating niche in diverse market, online retailing, fashion retailing, impact of music in the marketplace, food retailing and engaging the millennial consumers.
The annual NRCE—the biggest and most important retail event in the country—is the flagship project of the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA), the acknowledged national organization of retailers and suppliers nationwide.
Torres-Gomez is the representative of the fourth District of Leyte. Some of her legislative accomplishments include the Republic Act (RA) 10390, or Act Revitalizing the People’s Television Network, and RA 10541, or Act Creating An Additional Branch of the Regional Trial Court in Ormoc, Leyte. She is also active in conducting various projects in her district, including construction of new school buildings, scholarship program and provision of boats to fishermen.
Angara, who has served as the representative of Aurora Province for three terms before he was elected senator in 2013, is the Senate’s leading voice for tax reform to raise the take-home pay of ordinary workers and to make our country a more attractive investment destination. He is now the chairman of the Senate Committees on Local Government and Ways and Means.
Lee, CEO of Rustan Supercenters Inc. (RSCI), earlier served as a board director at Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc. and a senior advisor at McKinsey & Co. He started his career at Procter & Gamble (P&G) in the Philippines and rose to become CFO in Indonesia, Japan/Korea and Greater China. He then held general manager and managing director roles in China and the UK/Ireland, culminating as Regional CEO for P&G Northern Europe.
Other international speakers and presenters include Filscap Vice President and noted TV personality and musician Jim Paredes, Zalora CEO Paolo Campos, Google Philippines Marketing Manager Gabby Roxas, Springtime Design Ltd. Creative and Managing Director Chris Dingcong and Organization Development Advisor Susan Grace Rivera.
Two panels composed of young and upcoming retailers, such as Apartment 8 President Sheira Lim, Sunnies Café Finance Director Eric Dee Jr. and Genki Sushi Owner Eric Teng, will discuss about the new generation of retailers and food retail as mall anchors.
The newest offering for this year’s NRCE is the launch of the Supermarket Track, dedicated to supermarkets and food retailers and will discuss modern retailing with a responsive Department of Trade, spatial planning and supermarket trends in Asia Pacific.