The BRC sustainability boss, Andrew Opie, is set to provide a keynote presentation at Retail Technology Show 2023, as part of a new partnership agreed between the major London event and the UK trade association.
Andrew Opie is director of food & sustainability at the British Retail Consortium, and he will discuss the key sustainability questions retailers should be asking themselves in 2023 and beyond.
Among the issues to be addressed by the BRC sustainability boss on day one of the event will be the possibilities around aligning strong consumer offers with sustainability strategy, how to achieve company-wide buy-in to the green agenda, and the most effective ways to communicate environmentally-focused plans to customers.
Retail Technology Show, as its name suggests, is focused on the tech trends and individual solutions that are helping support modern retail, but issues of sustainability and the environment are key areas of focus for the industry and the event organisers felt they could not be ignored. Opie’s presentation is expected to address ways in which tech and sustainability strategy can combine to boost retailers as they look to grow their businesses.
More than 100 retailers, tech companies, and industry commentators are on the conference programme, which runs at London Olympia from 26-27 April 2023. Representatives from Farfetch, Alibaba, Deliveroo, and Currys are among those scheduled to take to the stage over the course of the event, which will feature hundreds of retail solutions companies on the exhibition floor.
Dr Kris Hamer, director of insight at the BRC, will also be part of a closing keynote panel discussion on day one, which will explore the key innovations impacting retail today and how this will evolve as the industry maps out the next five years.
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the BRC, said: “We welcome our new partnership with the Retail Technology Show and look forward to supporting its fantastic event in April 2023.
“Retail is a fast-paced, innovative industry which relies on new technology and ideas to constantly improve the way it meets the needs of its customers. We hope this partnership will complement the BRC’s own digital transformation change programme, which aims to support the retail community in better meeting the digital needs of its customers and clients. This work is built on four key pillars: technology and infrastructure; talent and skills; leadership and culture; and customer experience.”
Matt Bradley, event director for the Retail Technology Show, added: “The BRC is not only one of the foremost champions of retail, but it is the voice of the sector, campaigning for key initiatives, programmes and causes that bring the industry together and ready it for future success.
“Its passion for supporting retail is mirrored by our founding mission to be an event platform that serves the needs of the industry, helping to bring together retailers and innovators to accelerate the digital transformation needed for success. We’re thrilled to formally partner with the BRC in 2023 and look forward to delivering combined value to both the BRC’s membership and the 8,400+ retailers who visit the Retail Technology Show.”
Green Retail World will be in attendance at Retail Technology Show 2023. You can read some of our coverage of last year’s event here.
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