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Join Retail Congress Africa 2014 to celebrate the achievements of Herman Mashaba, Founder of Black Like Me

WRC Africa 2014 logo - with datesRetail Congress Africa is delighted to announce that it will present one of its top honours, the Lifetime Achievement Award to Herman Mashaba, Founder, Black Like Me in Johannesburg on 18 November 2014.  Selected by the Congress Advisory Board and senior retailers, the Award celebrates as not only an influential and inspiring businessman, but also stands as an example of how tenacity and determination can overcome great odds, demonstrating his iconic traits.

At the age of 24, the young man who had only visited a hair salon once came to start a company that is today worth multi millions and has become known as an aspirational and motivating brand in the black community. Black Like Me is as much one of the market leader today as when it was established almost 30 years ago – yet its beginnings were markedly humble.  Starting his career as a sales rep, selling products for different companies from his car boot on a commission basis, he came across this fantastic opportunity to get into hair care products. Black women were starting to take care of their hair and he realised this was going to be the market of the future.  Mashaba’s story is an example of one man becoming master of his own destiny – something he believes we all can, and should, do. He maintains that we can’t rely on government to turn our lives into a success, they should provide an enabling environment, but it’s up to us to make the most of what we’ve been given.

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Retail Congress Latin America is only 4 weeks away and you can’t afford to miss the highlight of the Latin American Retail calendar.

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Meet and engage with the some of the industry’s most influential personalities. Hear what they have to say on vital challenges your business faces and what’s around the corner.

Who’s taking part in Retail Congress Latin America 2014?

Find out all this and more by downloading the Retail Congress Latin America brochure today.

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WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS RETURNS TO LATIN AMERICA

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Part of the world renowned World Retail Congress - the essential international meeting place for senior executives and directors from across the retail industry  - Retail Congress Latin America returns to Brazil for a second annual event. This entirely unique and new highlight to the regional retail calendar will take place from the 12 – 13th November 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil.

Due to the significant developments currently under way in Latin America, there have been numerous requests from the World Retail Congress Community to examine emerging trends, challenges and opportunities for growth that the retail industry in Latin America offers.

More than 30 speakers including CEOs, Chairmen, Presidents and Managing Directors from all verticals of the retail sector and representing major international and regional brands will share their expertise and provide an in-depth analysis of the regional markets in a global context. Speakers will include:

  •         Carla Assumpҫão, Managing Director, Swarovski Brazil
  •         Andrea Bisker, General Manager Latin America, WGSN
  •         João Carlos Brega, President for Latin America and Executive Vice-President, Whirlpool Corporation
  •         Paulo Correa, Vice-President Sales, C&A Brazil
  •         Henk de Jong, CEO Latin America, Philips
  •         Terry Duddy, Former Group CEO, Home Retail Group
    •         Luz Eugenia Gallo, Vice President, Grupo Crystal
  •         Walter Faria, CEO, Martins
  •         Artur Grynbaum, President, Grupo Boticário
  •   Growing a business in Latin America – delivering expertise from an international entrant into the Latin America market
  •   Driving growth in the retail industry – expert panel on the opportunities the changing Latin American society presents retailers
  •   Connecting with the emerging market and its savvy, demanding, connected consumers
  •   The role and influence of Latin America on the global economy and retail ecosystem
  •   Hybrid retail models and how to provide a seamless, coherent customer experience

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Retail Congress Latin America is just a few weeks away! Who will be taking part in this international gathering?

 

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Retail Congress Latin America is just a few weeks away! Who will be taking part in this international gathering? Who are the movers and shakers shaping leading discussions on the future of retail in and beyond the region?

 Which companies are helping retailers achieve their full potential? Which key trends and challenges will you learn about?

Find out all this and more by downloading the Retail Congress Latin America brochure today.

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Only one month to go before the Retail Congress Africa in Johannesburg

WRC Africa 2014 logo - with datesWith only one month to go before the Retail Congress Africa at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg South Africa, it's easy to understand why international retailers and investors are looking towards Africa as the next big thing - fast growing economies, large populations and favourable demographics.

But regional and international retailers who are looking to expand into Africa need to have a clear understanding of each individual market to adapt their strategies to reflect the incomes, languages, cultures, religions, tastes and buying habits of the different consumers.
Failure to localise has seen the downfall of many. Whether you want to learn best practice from local retailers or investigate the market as a potential investment hotspot, Retail Congress Africa is the platform that provides specific country specific case studies as well as speakers from multiple markets.

Experts include from:

Nigeria
• Idy Enang, Managing Director, L'Oréal Central West Africa
• Jennifer Obayuwana, Executive Director, Polo Limited
• Adenike Ogunlesi, CEO and Owner, Ruff 'N' Tumble
• Adekunle Oyegade, Group Managing Director, Mopheth Group

Mozambique
• Dr. Al-noor Rawjee, Chairman, ADC Angola Nelson Remtula, CEO,
• Pérola Negra Elias Fayad, General Manager & head of Distribution, AngloAlissar

Kenya
• Alasdair Musselwhite, Director, East African Breweries
• Neel Shah, Business Development Manager, Nakumatt


As we are Media Partners we are pleased to be able to offer a 15% booking discount by using the PROMO CODE ‘HUNT15’ TODAY
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Retail Congress Africa is proud to present the prestigious Award for Innovation

WRC Africa 2014 logo - with datesRetail Congress Africa is proud to present the prestigious Award for Innovation to the Okunoren Twins.  This award is intended to celebrate retailers who are driving change and growth with inspirational vision and foresight.

Quite simply - with sleek designs and fine tailoring, the Nigerian clothing icons have introduced their bespoke tailoring to the African market and inspired a new spring of menswear designers across the country.

Building on their beginnings of selling designer shirts to fellow students at University, the Okunoren Twins have since gone on to launch their distinguished label Okunoren Twins Bespoke and establish Industrial Tailoring & Co. to manufacture garments for the mass market.  The company opened its first bricks and mortar store in 2013 to cater to the growing middle class in the country through a ready-to-wear line, producing 3 ready-to-wear collections a year. The ambitious brand is also set to open 10 stores across Africa over the next 18 months.

The Okunoren Twins label carries the ‘CONCEIVED IN AFRICA’ trademark to highlight its position as a global African brand.  The brand was recently awarded the first-ever Royal Warrant in Africa by His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade who is the custodian of the Yoruba culture and tradition.

Taiwo Okunoren, Creative Director and co-Founder and Kehinde Okunoren, Managing Director and co-Founder, will be at Retail Congress Africa, 18-19 November, Johannesburg to collect their award and share insights into their successes.  With a passion for fashion, entrepreneurial spirit and acute understanding of the trends of the new African consumer there seems no limit to the Okunoren Twins’ successes. 

More information can be found at www.retailcongressafrica.com

There are only three weeks left until the fourth edition of TeCOMM Conference & Expo!

TeComm Logo for siteThe fourth edition of TeCOMM Conference & Expo is gathering together the online stores community in Cluj Napoca – Romania, on the 30th – 31st of October. 

The dynamic development of the internet in the past years has led to a new type of consumer, which has different needs than those we already knew they had. If, until recently, we were dealing with a constant consumer who had a well defined lifestyle and who was faithful to certain brands, the new consumer is well informed, is constantly exploring new opportunities and is opened to new opportunities. However, the consumers are still rational according to a recent study by Daedalus Millward Brown: more that 70% percent of them get information from several sources before making any decisions of purchasing.

Another study (Daniel Belingher, The Behaviour of the Digital Consumer) says that 67% of the consumers have a positive attitude towards online shopping and the main factors influencing their decisions  are the quality (38%), the savings (21%) and the browsing experience (19%)

Understanding digital consumer’s behavior is a priority for online shops owners. Having regular statistics on purchasing habits is essential for keeping the portfolio of clients but also to attract new website visitors and potential buyers.

Join us on the 30th and 31st of October at TeCOMM and you will get insights into consumer behavior from online experts who made it work for the biggest online stores. Meet our speakers from Estee Lauder, Google,  Fashion Days, Cargus, Blue Leaf, Bitdefender and many more!   

TeCOMM is a complex event which includes presentations, debate sessions, workshops and three other connected events: Digital Travel Forum, HotSpot Fashion and MarkDay. Register now and get the Happy October Offer: only 126.65 euro for all the events! For registration click  http://tecomm.ro/#registration

 For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Retail Congress Africa 2014 is back for another year in Johannesburg

 WRC Africa 2014 logo - with datesRetail Congress Africa 2014 is proud to announce it will be returning to Johannesburg and has already confirmed an exclusive line up of speakers and sessions. With the successes of last year the Congress will delve deeper into the Pan-African African retail challenges and opportunities.   

As part of the World Retail Congress Series, recognised as the meeting places of the retail calendar for senior executives and directors of the industry, Retail Congress Africa is an entirely unique event.Over 250 global retail leaders will meet in the Sandton Convention Centre on 18th and 19th November 2014 to discuss, debate and define the future of retail across Africa.

In response to the rapidly changing and diversifying marketplaces across the Continent, Retail Congress Africa goes to the heart of the retail opportunity: understanding the new African consumer across new channels with insights into global retail intelligence, with an Africa market focus.

Agenda highlights

Join Retail Congress Africa to hear how effective and prosperous businesses understand consumer trends and running their outlets in the most promising countries:

 

*     Macroeconomic view on Sub Saharan Africa

*     Regionalisation: Doing business across Africa

*     Country case studies on Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda

*     How to plan your retail expansion based on property growth trends

Confirmed speakers 2014 include:

  •   David North, ‎Group Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director, Pick n Pay
  •   Ramanathan Hariharan, CEO, Landmark Group-Max                                  
  •   Greg Solomon, Chief Executive, Mcdonald’s South Africa
  •   Neel Shah, Business Development Manager, Nakumatt
  •   Keith Brouze, CEO, House of Busby
  •   Greg Azzopardi, Managing Director Real Estate, Mr Price
  •   Dr. Al-noor Rawjee, Chairman, ADC
  •   Thebe Ikalafeng, Founder & Chairman, The Brand Africa Initiative
  •   Frans van der Colff, Head of Africa & International, Fruit & Veg City
  •   Alasdair Musselwhite, Director, East African Breweries
  •   Alex Mathole, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Group Executive, Tiger Brands
  •   Christine Service, Country Manager, Disney, South Africa
  •   Taiwo and Kehinde Okunoren, Co-Founders and Directors, Okunoren Twins

More information can be found at www.retailcongressafrica.com

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Roidu creators of ’instore’ customer insight software solutions, open in the UK.

Roidu LogoExpanding from Scandinavia, Roidu, creators of a service platform for publishing and managing content in standard tablet devices have opened in London.

Said Arttu Viitanen CEO of Roidu “Our move into the UK market is to support clients and reflects the huge level of interest in our easy to use and compelling means to interact with customers in store by using tablets”.

The software allows retailers to gain unique customer insight, gather marketing preferences, launch product campaigns and provide lead generation opportunities.

Roidu provides a service platform for publishing and managing content in standard tablet devices.

Using software that operates on customer branded, mounted standard tablet devices ‘instore’ gathering customer data and providing a new promotional opportunities.

Go to the Roidu video: http://www.vimeo.com/roidu

To find out more contact Keith Venn at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  ,  Tel +44 (0) 208 133 0565 or  visit the website at http://www.Roidu.com

 

 

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