National Retail Forum Australasia

Industry heavyweights have been confirmed for this year's National Retail Forum (NRF), Australia's retail conference, with speakers from Bakers Delight, The Body Shop, and Google Australia amongst the list of experts set to share their knowledge, experiences and insights. Sally McDonald, CEO, The Oroton Group, will feature as the event's keynote speaker.

Returning to Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, 12-14 August 2008, this year's NRF will explore the most pertinent issues facing the retail industry, including sustainability, staff retention, women in retail, online retailing, how to increase store revenue, and branding.

"The National Retail Forum is an opportunity for retailers to share their ideas and listen to those success stories that will help growth and prepare retailers for the future. The worst management competency to have is ignorance for the future as innovation in retailing is a significant key competency. Therefore retailers are incumbent upon a continual learning process and the NRF provides that opportunity, " said Richard Evans, Executive Director, Australian Retailers Association.

Confirmed speakers include Roger Gillespie, CEO, Bakers Delight and President, Australian Retailers Association (ARA); Louisa Trombin, HR Manager, The Body Shop; Ross McDonald, Industry Marketing Manager Retail, Entertainment and Consumer Goods, Google Australia; Katherine Sampson, CEO, Healthy Habits; and Sean Ashby, CEO, AussieBum.

"This year's NRF program features a diverse range of retailers, consultants, academics, and CEOs who will share their real-life case studies, ideas and solutions from their experiences in the dynamic retail climate. Everyday retailers who pride themselves at being at the forefront of the retailing game can't afford to miss National Retail Forum, " said Peter O'Flynn, Event Manager, National Retail Forum.

National Retail Forum is held in conjunction with Retail Expo Australasia, Australia's premier retail trade exhibition. Retail Expo Australasia will showcase more than 220 local and international exhibitors, and organisers anticipate more than 6,000 visitors.

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