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SL Retail Forum 2023 – Sparking success: Reigniting the flame of retail growth

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The Sri Lanka Retailers' Association (SLRA) is set to host the retail industry’s premier knowledge event, the Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2023, commencing at 9.00 am on 19th October 2023, at the Shangri-La Hotel Colombo.

Conducted this year under the theme "Sparking Success: Reigniting the Flame of Retail Growth", the Forum will explore emerging trends in retail both locally and globally, and explore innovative strategies to enhance retail operations and consumer reach.

Aiming to inspire and invigorate the Sri Lankan retail industry, the Forum will delve into four focus areas, exploring the ‘Status of Retail in Sri Lanka and the Way Forward’, ‘Paving the Path to Success in Organized Retail’, ‘Beyond the Retail Walls, Outside – In’ and ‘Exploring the Tourism – Retail Nexus’. The sessions have been curated to explore key aspects of the retail
industry, in order to identify current industry challenges, share innovative best practices, and spotlight key turning points.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from national and
international industry leaders, gaining insights on emerging opportunities for Sri Lankan retailers to capitalize on, key challenges that need to be addressed to ensure sustainable growth, as well as leveraging emerging international trends in the local context.

Session 1 titled The Status of Retail in Sri Lanka and the Way Forward will focus on the dynamics of Sri Lanka’s current retail environment, and address aspects such as the rise of the discerning consumer, critical challenges in affordability, the tech-driven evolution of retail
efficiency, and looming concerns such as the grey market's growth and potential customer transitions.

The speakers at this session will be Ms. Himalee Madurasinghe - Director/Head of Kantar, Dr Rohantha Athukorale - President, Clootrack - Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan, and Mr. Omar Khan of Sensei.

Session 2 titled Paving the Path to Success in Organized Retails will focus on exploring the pivotal role of retail as the primary bridge between products and consumers and its potential in improving brand recognition.

Speakers at the session will be Mr. Siddharth Shrotriya – Associate Partner of McKinsey & Company in India (Bangalore office), and Ms. Hajar Alafifi
Chairperson and Managing Director, Unilever Sri Lanka Limited. A panel discussion comprising Mr. Bernhard Stefan , Managing Director, Nestlé Lanka PLC, Mr. Bart van Dijk, Managing Director, Daraz Sri Lanka and Ms. Crystal Nathan Chief Insights Officer/Executive Director, PepperCube Consultants, will follow.

Founded in 2015, the Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association serves as the foremost authority on organized retailing within Sri Lanka. Its mission is dedicated to the pursuit of 'Retail Excellence' and the representation of the retail industry's interests throughout the nation. The SLRA comprises members from a diverse range of sectors, including FMCG, Clothing, Fashion & Jewellery, Household & Consumer Durables, Footwear & Accessories, E-Commerce, Entertainment & QSR, and Healthcare & Wellness.

The Sri Lanka Retail Forum 2023 is coordinated by The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. For more information and registration details, please contact Shehara de Silva via +94-11-5588882 or +94 714983824.

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