EVENT FLASHBACK:


Poland & CEE Retail Summit 2022


 

The much-awaited XIIth edition of Poland & CEE Retail Summit took place on 6 & 7 April 2022 at Double Tree by Hilton, Warsaw. As always, the event was very well attended with 1,200+ participants and 160 + speakers, with most participants at a director level and higher with who’s who of the industry represented. 


This was the first large gathering post COVID of the sector in a 100% physical format with no online and hybrid elements attached. The participants loved the Face-to-Face interaction which they missed over the past 2 years. For this edition, the format of the event was fully adapted towards the transition and new realities of retail industry caused due to the pandemic. And so, the event was built into 3 stages – Main, Digital and Supply Chain with an additional eCommerce track across the three stages. 


The participants really liked the spread of the speeches on the 3 stages providing an all-round trends and overview about the retail sector, which is the prime objective of the event. Additionally, the summit program was proactively adjusted and redefined just a few days before the conference capturing the Ukraine war and its impact on retail trade. Although not much data was available upon the impact as the war was still too fresh, but the speakers and panelist did try their best to address and make predictions about the forthcoming challenges based upon their experiences which was invaluable for the participants.


The Key trends and challenges discussed during the present edition of Retail Summit were: 

  1. MAIN STAGE: Inflation, price rise, changing consumer buying behavior w.r.t. formats and assortments were the key areas of discussion. 
  2. DIGITAL STAGE: Usage of data to leverage sales, innovative instore technologies, Q-commerce, market disruptors and consumer trends were showcased, however the focus of all presentation were primarily to get closer to the customers and enhance the CX. 
  3. SUPPLY CHAIN STAGE: Supply chain transparency, real time replenishment, sustainability in retail and e-logistics were discussed in detail during Day 1 of the summit. Day 2 of the summit fully focused upon the disruptions within the SC being caused due to the Ukrainian war. 
  4. eCommerce TRACK: This track focused primarily upon the commercial aspects of ecommerce trade and showcased new eRetail chains/ brands and formats now existing in Poland.


WHY IT IS WORTH PARTICIPATING IN RETAIL SUMMIT !


BOOST GROWTH

The agenda and content of the Retail Summit is heavily business driven, focused on collaboration and business growth across the value chain, resulting in a guaranteed return on the time and money spent on the event.

BUILD RELATIONSHIPS

The Retail Summit is the perfect place and the annual must-attend event for networking. Most of the large (food) retail and consumer goods companies meet at the event, and the professional profile of the participants is very high.

INSPIRE YOURSELF & OTHERS

Due to the clear selection of its 200 speakers and over 1000 participants, the Retail Summit is the perfect and largest platform in Poland to interact with professionals who have similar goals and like-minded ways of thinking.

GET TO KNOW

By attending the Retail Summit, you will get to know what is going on in retail. You will learn more about the experiences of market leaders, best market practices, innovative solutions, effective strategies, and new growth ideas.



This year edition of the conference was opened with a keynote speech by our former Prime Minister Jan Krzysztof Bielecki, focusing upon the key economic challenges to be faced by retail sector and Poland in general. Other key speakers included CEOs of Eurocash, Douglas, Sephora, Lotte-Wedel, Mars, Frisco.pl, Glovo, Danone, Good valley, Kraft Heinz and Perfetti van Melle to name a few. The 160+ speakers represented companies such as: Aldi, Allegro, Auchan, AmRest, BP, Decathlon, Douglas, Duka, Empik, Frisco.pl, GK Special, Ikea, Jeronimo martins, Kaufland, Modivo, Rossmann, OBI, Sephora, Shell, Super-pharm, Storkotka and Zolando amongst retailers. 


This was the first time the event had a Retail Village as part of the event allowing participants (specially FMCG companies) to meet purchasers / buyers of Retailers during the 2 days which was a great success looking at the rush on the retail stands and now shall become an integral part of future summits. As always, the summit had an evening gala which was attended by 500+ participants during which Retailer of the year 2021 awards were handed. 


To no one’s surprise this year we had a new Retailer of the Year - Frisco.pl (an ecommerce chain clearly demonstrating the impact ecommerce has had for the year 2021). 


Post event the feedback received was at a level of 9.2 which is very high even from our own standard clearly reflecting the grand success of the event. And we can once again say “this is where the heart of Retail beats!”. The summit dates for next year 2023 shall be 29th – 30th March and we plan even a grandeur event with 1,400+ participants. Until next year we wish you all the commercial success within your businesses and let’s stay in touch! See you next year! 


Casper Haring CEO European Conferences United





Our research shows that most professionals in the retail and CPG industries firmly believe in the following statements;

  • Retailers, producers and distributors need to better understand the needs of end users, focus on them and offer them a unique service that creates retail and brand loyalty
  • The clever use of big data, advanced analytics, AI, the Internet of Things, and robotics offers companies a tremendous opportunity to better understand the consumer, respond faster, waste less, and sell more for a higher profit
  • Retail winners will be those who can react flexibly to local consumer expectations
  • To remain competitive, cooperation in retail is more important than ever
  • The real growth of the future is based on a progressive omnichannel strategy
  • There are many opportunities for the development of new shopping habits, including Q-Commerce
  • Digital talent could be the single most important factor in a company's likelihood of success in the grocery market for years to come
  • Logistics optimization along the entire value chain has a decisive impact on the future of retail chains
  • Private labels are becoming more and more important and through skillful cooperation retailers can offer high quality products at a very attractive price.



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Below is a selection of companies whose executives have entrusted us to responsibly bring them together at our physical events in 2021!


ADIDAS

AJINOMOTO

ALDI

ALIEXPRESS

ALLEGRO.PL

AMBRA

AMIC

AMREST

ANIMEX

ARLA FOODS

ARYZTA

AS DUKA

AUCHAN

AUDIOTEKA

AVENTUS GROUP

AVON COSMETICS

BACARDI MARTINI

BAHLSEN

BAKALLAND

BAKOMA

BARTEK

BAT

BEELINE GROUP

BELL

BEWA

BIG STAR

BOLSIUS

BONDUELLE

BRICOMARCHE

BROWN FORMAN

BRÜGGEN

CALZEDONIA

CANPOL

CARGILL

CARLSBERG

CARREFOUR

CASTORAMA

CCC

CDRL

CEDC

CENEO

CIRCLE K

COCA-COLA

COLGATE-PALMOLIVE

COLIAN

COTY

CROSS

DAN CAKE

DANONE

DAX COSMETICS

DECATHLON

DELIKATESY CENTRUM

DEVELEY

DINO

DISTRIBEV ORBICO

DNP

DÖHLER

DORADO CHŁODNIE

DOUGLAS

DR IRENA ERIS

DR. OETKER

DROGERIE NATURA

DROSED

DUKA

EBUTIK.PL

ECO AND MORE

EDEN SPRINGS

EKATERRA

EMPIK MEDIA & FASHION

ESTEE LAUDER

EURO-NET

EVELINE COSMETICS

FARM FRITES

FRISCO.PL

GLOSEL

GO SPORT

GOODVALLEY

GRAAL

GRANA

GREENYARD FROZEN

GROHE

GRUPA LPP

GRUPA MUSZKIETERÓW

GRUPA ZIBI

GRUPA ŻYWIEC

GRYCAN

HARIBO

HARPER HYGIENICS

HASBRO

HEBE

HELIO

HENKEL

HERMES

HILTON FOODS

HOCHLAND

HORTEX

IGLOTEX

IKEA

INDITEX GROUP

INDYKPOL

INGLOT

INTERSNACK

IT FASHION

JOHNSON & JOHNSON

JTI

JUNGHEINRICH

KAUFLAND

KOMPANIA PIWOWARSKA

KRAFT HEINZ

KROSS

KUPIEC

LACTALIS

LAGARDERE TRAVEL RETAIL

LAJKONIK SNACKS

LEROY MERLIN

LEVI STRAUSS

LEWIATAN

LIDL

LIMPOL

LLC FOZZY-FOOD

L'OREAL

LOTTE WEDEL

LYRECO

MACZFIT

MAKRO

MARS

MASFROST

MASPEX

MATTEL

MCCAIN

MCCORMICK

MEDIA EXPERT

MEDIA SATURN

METRO

METSA TISSUE

MIESZKO

MMC CAR

MODIVO

MONDELEZ

MORELE.NET

MPS

MULTEAFIL

MUSCAT

NESPERTA

NESTLE

NETTO

NIVEA

NORTH COAST

NUTRICIA

ONNINEN

ORBICO

ORGANIQUE

ORIFLAME

ORSAY

OSHEE

PEPCO

PEPSICO

PERFETTI VAN MELLE

PERNOD RICARD

PHILIP MORRIS

PHILIPS

PKN ORLEN

POLOMARKET

PROCTER & GAMBLE

PURELLA FOOD

RED BULL

ROBERT BOSCH

ROSSMANN

SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS

SEPHORA

SERPOL COSMETICS

SIROWA

SKLEPY KOMFORT

SMYK

SOLAR COMPANY

SPAR

STAROPOLANKA

STOKROTKA

STRAUSS CAFE

SUPERDROB

SUPER-PHARM

TCHIBO COFFEE

THE LORENZ - BAHLSEN

TREFL

UNILEVER

UPFIELD

VAN PUR

VANDEMOORTELE

WABEL

WESTWING HOME & LIVING

X-KOM

YOPE

ŻABKA

ZALANDO

ZOTT

ŻYWIEC ZDRÓJ