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Event Overview

The second European Retail Day – a joint initiative of EuroCommerce, Euro Coop, the European Retail Round Table and Independent Retail Europe – will take place during the early months of the new European Commission and Parliament. It will focus on two central themes vital for the retail sector and Europe as a whole: sustainability and digitalisation.

High-level speakers will analyse how these two major trends are changing the retail sector and what they mean for consumers and their purchasing decisions. The conference will discuss the EU legislative programme for sustainability and digitalisation, and offer delegates the opportunity to engage with policymakers, business and civil society to debate what the next 5 years of EU and national policymaking should look like.

Previous Edition

On the 30th November 2017, the European retail industry gathered in Brussels for the inaugural European Retail Day. The purpose of the conference was to give further impetus and drive to the development of Europe’s single market project, to look at how the retail sector could contribute to it, and to analyse future steps and positive innovation needed to ensure the growth and global competitiveness of the sector.

Speakers Include

frans muller

Frans Muller

President, European Retail Round Table


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Event Day
09:00 - 09:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:30 - 09:40
Welcome from the Conference Moderator
09:40 - 10:00
Keynote Speech: View from the Retail Sector
10:00 - 10:30
Keynote Interview: Retail and Digitisation – The Regulatory Challenges and Opportunities
10:30 - 11:30
Retail and Digitalisation: What’s Next on the Agenda?

In this session, speakers will discuss what new technologies are coming down the line and how they may be deployed in a retail context. How are investments in technology and digital driving changes across the retail sector, specifically in areas such as supply chain management and sustainability. How will emerging technologies shape the business-consumer relationship in the future? What regulatory environment do we need in relation to this?

11:30 - 12:00
Coffee Break
12:00 - 12:30
Keynote Interview: Retail & the Modern Consumer

In this conversation, participants will explore how commerce is changing, what trends are emerging, and what it means to be a consumer in today’s multi-channel commerce environment, where both technology and sustainability are interacting in a way not seen before, with shopping decision-making habits.

12:30 - 12:50
Keynote Interview: Retail and the EU’s Green Deal
12:50 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Retail and the Sustainability Agenda

Sustainability has been catapulted up the business and political agendas and is now firmly cemented in the public consciousness. Speakers will focus on how sustainability and circular economy concepts are being tackled, addressing how goods are sourced and supply chains managed, packaging use, organic products, recyclability, energy efficiency, and will look at other areas of focus and concern.

15:00 - 15:15
Conference Closing Summary
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  • Complimentary: FREE

    Applies to: EuroCommerce Member, Euro Coop Member, European Retail Round Table Member, Independent Retail Europe Member, European Commission/Parliament/Council, EU Permanent Representations, National Governments/Regulators/Diplomatic Missions, Press/Media

  • Standard €150.00

    Applies to: Corporate Organisations

  • Reduced: €125.00

    Applies to: Academic/Student, NGOs/Not-for-profit

Group Discounts

Group discounts are available when registering multiple delegates on the same booking, as shown below.

Number of delegatesGroup discount
3 – 510%
6 – 8 20%


Thon Hotel EU, Rue de la Loi 75, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium


For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Hannah Corns using any of the details below.

Hannah Corns
Event Manager
Forum Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 027