PRA lays out roadmap for retail industry growth


By Philstar

he National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo (NRCE), the country’s biggest and most important retail industry event, finally returns to the physical stage with new innovative programs on Aug. 11 to 12 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

With the theme “Retail: Ready, Re/set/ GROW!” retailers can learn from top industry leaders to better prepare their businesses for the new normal in this two-day conference and exhibition, with the activities to be held face-to-face.

“The 28th NRCE is creating a roadmap to a better retail industry. Hence, we must equip fellow retailers and supplier industries to help them expand their respective brands and businesses by providing transformative and actionable strategies as well as harness innovation to achieve global competitiveness,” Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) president and SEVP-COO of Wilcon Depot Rosemarie Ong said.

As retailers and allied industries begin to turn a new leaf, the PRA believes it is time to look for novel and innovative ways to ready businesses for the future, reset the retail ecosystem by adopting new skills and mindsets that cater to the changing needs of the consumers, and grow amid new market conditions and forces.

NRCE 2022 overall chairman and Rustan Commercial Corp. president Donnie Tantoco said it is vital at this point in time to showcase more extensive learning sessions face-to-face among retailers and their allied industries as everyone directs their path to recovery.

Thus, the NRCE committee is launching a new segment called the NRCE Retail Mentorship Program designed to provide an exclusive two-way learning setup where mentor and mentee pairs can have a healthy exchange of ideas and experiences to cultivate an open discussion that can advance their respective careers and businesses.

The event will also feature industry experts, both at the local and international levels such as Tom Oliver, consultant to top Fortune 500 companies, Edwin Hawson of Central Marketing Group, Don Rae of Globe Business, and many more.

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