The Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA), with a vision of ‘Achieving Retail Excellence’ will hold the nation’s premier retail sector knowledge event – Sri Lanka Retail Forum (SLRF) 2018 ‘Towards a Dynamic and Evolving Retail Sector’.
The Forum is set to take place next week at Cinnamon Grand Colombo, with the inauguration and networking with industry leaders taking place on Wednesday, 17 October, followed by a full-day forum on Thursday, 18 October.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will attend the inauguration as the Chief Guest, and Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera will be the Chief Guest on Day 2 of the Retail Forum.
Accounting for approximately one-third of Sri Lanka’s GDP, the retail sector is a large contributor to the economy, therein lying a huge potential for economic growth resulting from achieving retail excellence.
Furthermore, shopping and retailing is a significant factor which affects the preferability of Sri Lanka as a tourist destination.
The two industries work in parallel, and this tourism-retail nexus will be explored at SLRF 2018. SLRF 2018 also seeks to energise the maturing retail industry and provide solutions to struggling sectors, to reach the untapped potential of Sri Lanka as a retail hub, which consists of a two billion plus extended market population in the neighbouring region and as such, this forum will stage a common goal, at the regional, national, industrial, and corporate levels.
SLRF 2018 brings together the best across the globe, with 18 resource persons lined up, nine of which are foreign experts who are presently in the regional retail conference circuit and seasoned in the global retail ecosystem. This provides the forum a balanced perspective, with insights to the local retailers on international trends. They will share their acumens and lead deep-dive discussions centred around four thematic sessions: ‘Reshaping Customer Engagement’; ‘Driving Tomorrow’s Retail Today’; ‘New Models Challenging the Status-Quo: Brands-Culture-Sustainability’; and ‘Where is Retail in the Region Heading?’