Whilst Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano continues to send ash into the air, the global debate on the future of the retail industry is postponed until October. Due to the international travel chaos industry leaders from across the globe won’t be able to meet in Berlin this week for the World Retail Congress.
The Congress is postponed until October, as the international programme of speakers and participants struggled to reach Berlin ahead of the scheduled first day on Wednesday. Organisers are hopeful that most speakers will be able to participate when the Congress convenes later this year. Scheduled speakers included Dr. Eckhard Cordes, Chairman & CEO Metro Group; Angela Ahrendts, CEO of Burberry; Hans Schmitt, Senior Vice President, Hugo Boss; Philipp Schindler, Vice President Google; Sarita Nayyar, Head of Consumer Industries World Economic Forum USA; Mindy Grossman, CEO HSN Inc; and Laura Wade-Grey, CEO Tesco.com.
As previously planned, the Congress will take place in Berlin, with confirmed dates for October 2010 to be announced. The Congress is organised by Emap Communications, in association with Deloitte, MasterCard and Oracle.