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Global Footwear Retail Conference
  • Date:

    30 Mar 2017

  • Time:

    10:00 - 13:00

  • Location:

    Room N107

Since the launch in 2015, the Global Footwear Retail Conference has been bringing together over 100 key footwear retailers to this annual meeting in Hong Kong to discuss on ground-breaking ideas, latest innovations, technologies and critical issues that are shaping the retail scene.

In each edition, the programme is designed to stimulate interactive and constructive discussions between industry experts and audience with business networking opportunities to maximise their visit.

The 2017 edition of GFRC returns to Fashion Access on 30 March 2017.

Political choices reshaping the world: what impact on the footwear retail industry?
Tax reforms, new trade and customs regulations, geopolitical influences...What is the future of free trade and how is it going to impact the footwear industry. Will consumers benefit or suffer?

Peter Mangione, Managing Director and Founder, Global Footwear Partnerships LLC

Thomas Crockett, Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA)
Felix Chung, Member, Legislative Council of the HKSAR (Textiles and Garment Sector)
Frank Leung Yat Cheung, President, Federation of Hong Kong Footwear Ltd


Disruptive technologies in footwear retail: Virtual Reality, Live streaming, 3D printing. Will they bring customers back to the stores or keep them home?
- Speedier wireless communication are giving retailers more bandwidth to tell their stories. HD video, Virtual Reality, Live-streaming apps are the marketing tools that feed omni-channel retail.
- What about 3D printing? Will we be able to have our shoes 3D printed in stores? Or even at home?
- The evolution of footwear distribution in China: Offline / Online

Claude Eric Paquin, President, French Federation of Footwear

Ashok Jayaraman, Founder, Fashion-Disruptors.com
Sergio Dulio, Manager, ATOM Group
Hilary Wang, Senior Director International, VIPSHOP
Shirley Saylor, Vice President, International Business Development, Fashion Mii





Advisory Committee






Supporting Partners


For enquiries, please contact Ms Kennise Pang (kennise.pang@ubm.com).

* Remarks: The Conference will be held in English without translation.