International Retailing – 7th February 2019, London

Date: Thursday 7th February
Time: 6 for 6.30pm start
Venue: Hotel Novotel London West, Hammersmith International Centre 1, Shortlands, London W6 8DR.
Nearest tube: Hammersmith
Finish: We should wrap up around 8.30-9pm


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Introduction

With the intensive focus on the prospects for UK bricks and mortar retailing in the press over the past few months, our recent – sold out – Manchester event focused on the changing role of retail space and place in the UK. For our February event we’re deliberately focusing on markets outside the UK – looking at success stories of UK firms overseas, and considering the lessons for UK retailing and retail location planning of innovation elsewhere. We’ll follow our speaker sessions, as ever, with an opportunity for networking.


Agenda:

  • 6.30 – Welcome and Introduction – Jonathan Reynolds, – Academic Director, Oxford Institute of Retail Management, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
  • 6.40 – “The Next Age of the Department Store”, Chris Knee, Deputy General Manager, The International Association of Department Stores, Paris
  • 7.05 – “International Network Planning: the JD Sports Fashion experience”, Alastair Browne, Head of Site Research & Strategic Insight & JD Sports Fashion plc; & Josh Aghanian, International Site Research and Insight Manager, JD Sports Fashion plc.
  • 7.30 – “The American Dream? – Why some European retailers get it right and others retreat (with haste).” Neil Andrews – Red Tiger Consulting
  • 8.00 – Networking and sandwiches

Speakers:

Speakers include:
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“The Next Age of the Department Store”, Chris Knee, Deputy General Manager, The International Association of Department Stores, Paris

Dr Christopher Knee has lived in Switzerland, the UK and France. He has taught at several British and other universities and has been Deputy General Manager of the International Association of Department Stores (IADS) for over 25 years.

The aim of the Association, founded in 1928 and bringing together department store companies from 3 continents, is to facilitate the sharing of retail management experience and best practice among its members. In his present function, he has the challenge of monitoring and attempting to understand the evolution of the department store sector throughout the world.
Given the very real challenges to many firms in the sector in the UK at present, what are the future opportunities for department store retailing?

“International Network Planning: the JD Sports Fashion experience”, Alastair Browne, Head of Site Research & Strategic Insight & JD Sports Fashion plc; & Josh Aghanian, International Site Research and Insight Manager, JD Sports Fashion plc.

Alastair has almost 20 years’ experience in shopping centre feasibility and retail location planning and has been working on location planning and shopping centre development across the UK, Ireland and a number of European countries. Josh manages the evaluation of all new store and development opportunities for JD and Size in existing and new International territories, through detailed qualitative and quantitative market, consumer and financial analysis. He’s responsible for the development of the existing store and future requirements strategy across Europe & the USA.

“The American Dream? – Why some European retailers get it right and others retreat (with haste).” Neil Andrews – Red Tiger Consulting

Neil has spent the last 15 years working client side in location planning, real estate and business development. His experience has brought him full circle back to the UK having lived in China and the USA supporting market entry and growth strategies for international retailers.

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