School of Business and Economics

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Celebrating 25 years of Retail Education and Research at Loughborough University

Programme

The School of Business and Economics is celebrating 25 years of Retail Education and Research at Loughborough University.

 25 years ago, online retailing did not exist with email and mobile phones still in their infancy. While retailing has experienced phenomenal change, Loughborough University remains a constant force in developing highly qualified and talented graduates who have contributed to shaping the retail industry.

 This event will bring together leading retailers and academics to share insights on the past and next 25 years of retailing. We will hear from a range of speakers from Accenture, DHL, Boots, Topshop, Sainsbury’s and Dunelm on topics including; Future of retail stores; Evolving customer experiences; Physical to digital high streets; Bricks to clicks in home furnishings. In addition there will be a practical workshop to further enhance your skills for retail with Professional Development gurus Dr Cheryl Travers and Dr Ray Randall.

Programme Schedule

 

9.45am

Arrival and refreshments

10.15am

Introduction

Dr Cathy Hart, Placements Director, SBE.

Welcoming Address

Professor Robert Allison, Vice Chancellor, Loughborough University

10.30am

The future role of retailing

Jill Ross, Managing Director, Retail at Accenture (RMM 1997)

11.00am

 

 

Developing a destination clothing brand at Sainsbury’s

Sandra Holland, Menswear Merchandising Manager, Tu Clothing.

11.30am

Break

 

11.45am

 

What does Omnichannel mean for Health and Beauty retailing?

Andrew Blundell, Strategy, Walgreen Boots Alliance.

12.15pm

 

 

Physical to digital high streets

Dr Fiona Ellis Chadwick and Dr Cathy Hart, School of Business and Economics

12.45pm

Lunch

 

1.30pm

 

Skills for Retail 25 years on

Dr Cheryl Travers and Dr Ray Randall, School of Business and Economics

2.15pm

Home furnishings ‘Bricks to Clicks’

James Farnham (RMM 2008) Head of Online Strategy Dunelm Direct

2.45pm

Delivering the goods: Transforming the Argos supply chain for the digital era

Jim Hartshorne, VP Operations, DHL

3.15pm

Retailing the next 25 years: Plenary panel discussion

4.00pm

Refreshments and networking