Annual Leaders Summit Follow Up
The Second Annual Leaders’ Summit came to a conclusion this week, with participants hailing it as ‘the catalyst for collaboration across the broad and diverse Australian retail landscape’.
Convened by Paul Greenberg, the executive chairman of National Online Retailers Association (NORA) and Russell Zimmerman of the Australian Retailer’s Association (ARA) and supported by Online Retailer Conference & eCommerce Expo and Deloitte, Leaders’ Summit is the only event in Australia that brings together the retail industry’s thought-leaders for a two-day, interactive and facilitated, mass brainstorm.
Greenberg teamed up with Zimmerman for hosting duties, to further blur the lines between online and offline commerce and to recognise the cooperation needed to ensure robust future growth in the Australian retail sector – a move welcomed by the attendees.
Chris Richardson from Deloitte, one of Australia’s best knows economists, provided the big picture insights into the issues facing the economy whilst, David Milo from Deloitte’s Defence arm, shared his deployments experiences for the British and Australian Army and challenged the room on their thinking “when leadership is under fire”.
“It was a privilege to engage with some of the most talented minds in Australian retail’”, said Zimmerman, before adding, “We were not observers, but active participants, gleaning valuable insights to take with us.”
The Leaders’ Summit served to highlight two dominant priorities which would drive Australia’s retail future; the global opportunities that a digitally connected ‘ flat world’ provides, and the ‘engine’ room that drives this opportunity – making sure retail talent in Australia has the necessary ‘new retail’ skills that a new world requires.
The overwhelming view was that Australia was in a unique position to capitalize on these opportunities before anyone else and some clear actions points were discussed.
Though a great success, Leaders’ Summit will continue its evolution into 2015 and beyond. “We will again take the feedback and learnings from this week’s summit to build an even better and more engaging event in 2015,”said Greenberg. He concluded, “The industry’s leadership recognises that Australian retail is an ecosystem, made up of many diverse businesses – both retailers and enablers of retail. Whilst it will always be a robustly competitive arena, the industry is realising that unity equals strength – and the Leaders’ Summit has that at its very core.”
The dates and location for Leaders Summit 2015 are yet to be finalised.
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