This year, Group Retail Conference was held on 23rd and 24th May in Šamorín in Slovakia. The conference was entitled Retail the Future Now and the title itself was the reflection of its agenda. The future of our business lies in retail, and if we want to succeed, we need to be ready for the upcoming days and years.
The event was organized in extraordinary premises as Hotel X-bionic is the place where professional athletes from Slovakia have their Olympic trainings. Moreover, the conference room had been prepared in a riding hall, so it was necessary to recreate the place. Those who stepped inside were amazed by the transformation of the premises. The place was turned into an innogized place where future of retail could be born.
The agenda was divided into two days. The first day was opened with a prophecy of a young boy who tried to predict the future. After the prophecy, Karl Kraus, CEO of innogy SEE, presented the story of iSEE region during which he proved the success of the smallest part of innogy family. Karl was followed by Martin Hermann, COO Retail innogy SE, who described the current situation in retail and innogy. Once the speeches were finished, the attention shifted to 24 gallery walks that were prepared in the hall. Each gallery walk represented a case study of one particular solution from innogy colleagues. The focal point of the first day was dedicated to Retail Excellence awards. After the ceremony, an informal part of the day was launched. The participants enjoyed a boat cruise to the old town of Bratislava, where their dinner and drinks were waiting for them.
The second day was started by our guest speaker Michaela Musilová who participated at a unique project simulating the life on Mars. Her motivational speech underlined the necessity of hard work and the focus on desired goals. Then, we had Q&Aabout the current situation, Retail Journey, Compelling Story and Reflection part.
It was exclusive time for those who were present and we hope that next year the conference will be even better.