February 7 & 8, 2020 • Grand Hyatt • Athens

The great evolution of commerce continues to reveal new paths for us. The interaction of political, economic, social, cultural and technological elements, changes the status quo and shapes a different reality for the future of commerce. The transition from traditional to modern, and in particular to the new wave of digital globalization and innovation, will be the main focus of the two-day conference.
 

The aim of the 'Future of Retail' is to establish a permanent institution which will be in charge of monitoring the rapid changes observed in the sector of commerce.

The conference ‘Future of Retail’, organized by the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship, anticipates to be establisehd as the leading forum for dialogue on the interpretation of current reality for commerce, the analysis of international trends and finally the drafting of a new proposal for the future of commerce, by providing answers to important questions around its very existence and evolution.

The key theme of the Conference

The conference ‘Future of Retail’ seeks to bring new dimensions to the sector of commerce and to emphasize the idea that its progress is a shared responsibility that benefits us all. Distinguished speakers from Greece and abroad, as well as senior executives coming from the international market, will join us in order to answer major questions relating to modern business, offering an opportunity to engage in a fruitful discussion concerning the evaluation of the new conditions, which are definitely creating a different landscape for the future of commerce globally.
 
During the last decade, traditional commercial businesses have faced the decline in sales of onsite stores due to the transition to online shopping, the multi-channel selling via the capacity of digital technology, the commitment in building customer-brand relationships through the shaping of experiences and more recently the regrowth of onsite stores through the use of the Internet of Things technology.
 
What is the reaction towards the mandatory change in traditional onsite stores?
Have the circumstances remained the same in retail commerce following the rapid changes in technology?
Will onsite stores be replaced by digital stores or will both be complementary to each other?
Will commercial streets and centers remain at the core of the city's economic and social life or will they be replaced by digital platforms?
How will the changes occurring in the field of labor relations in the sector of commerce, due to technological innovations, serve the social role of commerce?
What kind of policies should be promoted in order to manage to exploit and ultimately benefit from technological innovations?
 
What is the role it is called to play, within an environment where new technologies eliminate the mediation of human interaction?
 
How should the existential issue of onsite stores should be handled?

Main Topics

Commerce-changing digital technologies

[cloud computing | virtual reality | internet of things | blockchain | artificial intelligence | machine learning | robotics | 3D printing | large data sets | augmented reality| etc.]


The impact of technological innovations on the supply chain

[the digital transformation of the supply chain | the impact of blockchain | smart transport systems | B2B data sharing | transparency in product traceability |  etc.]


Millennials and Generation Y

[analysis of Millennials and Generation Y profiles]


The physical store of the future

[in-store shopping trends | in-store experiences | in-store technology & data collection | etc]


Retail and Sustainability

[resource efficient | sustainable consumption | supply chain sustainability | environmental labeling | energy efficiency | store carbon footprint | environmental product life cycle information | packaging | transportation | etc.]


Innovative strategies

[Omni channel | m-commerce | flagship stores | pop-up stores | kiosks | private labels | small-format stores | personalized marketing etc.]


New Trends in Payments

[Electronic Funds Transfer Systems electronic money new regulatory framework | secure customer authentication (SCA) | data protection and privacy FinTech | cutting-edge technologies (AI, IoT, Blockchain, BigData, Robotics, etc.) | pay channel integration]


The future of work in the commerce sector

[the digital economy in the working environment | new and emerging forms of employment | the boundaries between employment and extracurricular activities | health impacts | new skills and lifelong learning | the role of the social partners]

The retail in city-centres 

[the importance of commerce for the revitalization of city centers | commerce and tourism]

Meet us

Speakers

Kyriakos

Mitsotakis

Prime Minister, Hellenic Republic
Margaritis

Schinas

Vice President-Designate - Promoting the European Way of Life
Kyriakos

Pierrakakis

Minister of Digital Governance
George

Karanikas

President, ESEE
Jeremias

Adams-Prassl

Professor of Law, University of Oxford
Valia

Aranitou

Associate Professor,University of Crete, Director INEMY-ESEE
Troy

Beeler

General Manager & Co-Founder, Future Commerce Initiative LLC Advisor, Nashville Entrepreneur Center
Dionissis

Boudouvas

Managing Director, COMBATT S.A.
Jonathan

Chippindale

CEO and Co-Founder of Holition
Harris

Daskalakis

Executive Director BCA
George

Doukidis

Professor, Department of Management Science & Technology ,AUEB
Lazaros

Felous

Economist,specializing in payment technologies and B2C-B2B e-commerce
Nikos

Fligos

Director Commercial Operations, Deployment, GR, CY, MT PAPASTRATOS, Philip Morris International
Leon

Gavalas

General Manager Bespot Private Company
Chris

Georgiou

General Manager, Institute of Federation of Industries of Greece
Konstantinos

Kalogerakis

Chief Innovation Officer, Crowdpolicy
Georgios

Karamanolis

Co-Founder & CTO/CIO at Crowdpolicy Chairman of Hellenic Blockchain Hub
Elias

Kikilias

Economist M.Sc. Ph.D, General Manager, INSETE
Leuteris

Kiosses

Director of Research Institute of Retail Consumer Goods
George

Korfiatis

Bank of Greece
Kostas

Koukoravas

CEO & Founder Intelistyle
Nikos

Kostroglou

Managing Partner, Koolmetrix
Fanis

Koutouvelis

Founder INTALE
Zina

Mavroeidi

CEO e-fresh.gr
George

Melissaropoulos

Project Manager Fabric Republic
Michael

Michelis

COO & Co-founder Intelistyle
Daniel

O’ Connor

Executive in Residence, Managing the Future of Work, Harvard Business School
Konstantinos

Papadakis

Senior Social Dialogue and Governance Specialist, International Labour Organisation, ILO
Dimitris

Papastergiou

President of KEDE, Mayor of Trikala
Anestis

Partalidis

Managing Director, Trade Logistics SA
Jonathan

Reynolds

Associate Professor in Retail Marketing and Deputy Dean, Said Business School, University of Oxford, UK
John

Sideris

CEO Hellenic Recycling Agency (HRA)
Constantine

Stephanidis

Professor, Department of Computer Science, Univercity of Crete, Founder and Head of the Human - Computer Interaction (HCI) Laboratory
Dimitris

Syrigos

Director, Business Monitor Services, SOL Crowe
Lena

Tsipouri

Professor at the Department of Economic Sciences, University of Athens
Theodoros

Vardas

Chairman & MD VARDAS S.A.
Nikolaos

Vettas

General Director, Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business
Christian

Verschueren

Director-General, EuroCommerce
Leena

Whittaker

Legal Officer, DG Grow, European Commission
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