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Evolution: Retail in the future, near and far

Event overview

How might this story of evolution unfold?

The supermarket in its current, familiar form has been around for decades on our high streets and, in more recent times, the outskirts of our towns; the supermarket’s ‘little sister’, the convenience store, is not much younger.  Yet both have weathered many a social and economic change and remained successful.

However, these well-established store formats are facing increasing challenges from all angles, among them: alternative retail styles; foodservice; unfavourable economics; emerging technologies and more.                                

So, what might the shape of grocery be in the future, perhaps five or even ten years ahead? This FREE evening masterclass gives you a look down the long lens, so that you can ‘futureproof’ your personal career development.    

Key learnings                                              

  • How are shoppers changing? What demands will they make of grocery industry in the future?
  •  What will retailers need stores to achieve in the future?   
  • How might emerging technology and design shape retail technology?  
  • What might retail evolution mean for the rest of the supply chain?                               
  • What skills will YOU need to make your future career a success?     

Who is it for?

Our Leading Edge training is free and open to everyone working in the food and consumer goods industry - from graduates to senior managers! 

Our masterclasses are designed so that everyone has something to take away - they can be a great opportunity to refresh a subject that you are familiar with, but are also accessible to those new to a topic. 

To find out more about what to expect on the evening, see the full programme, here.

Reasons to attend

  • All Leading Edge events are free to attend
  • Attending after-work training shows dedication to improving your own skills and progressing your career
  • There is a 30 minute networking session (with refreshments) at the start of the evening, giving you a unique opportunity to meet like-minded industry peers

Meet the speaker

Chris Kirkland

Chris Kirkland, Senior Retail Analyst, IGD

Chris joined the retail team in 2015 and jointly conducts IGD's research and coverage on the UK multiples, focusing on the strategies being used to meet changing consumer needs.

Chris delivers a mixture of research outputs for IGD’s Retail Analysis service; using reporting, briefings and customised work to help retailers and suppliers adapt and grow.

Chris joins from AC Nielsen and brings six years of consumer insight experience across media and grocery retail. He holds a BA combined honours degree in French and German from the University of Bristol.

Toby Pickard

Toby Pickard, Senior Innovations and Trends Analyst, IGD

Toby Pickard is IGD’s senior analyst specialising in innovations and trends, and the impact they could have on retailers, suppliers and shoppers. Toby supports IGD’s channel events, research and training programmes.

His work focuses on innovations, digital insights, sustainability strategies and macro trends within the food and grocery sector to create strategic insights for industry. He has been commissioned to deliver presentations and training to major companies within the sector, and he has developed and project managed a number of conferences for IGD and industry.

Toby joined IGD in 2007. He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Leeds, UK.

James Walton

James Walton, Chief Economist, IGD

James’ role at IGD is to help businesses anticipate and cope with the economic, geo-political, social and environmental factors they face.

Having joined almost 16 years ago, James has been IGD’s chief economist since 2004. He regularly speaks at international conferences and gives media interviews on the issues and trends affecting the consumer goods industry.

James works with clients across the supply chain as well as government departments and NGOs and is available for customised presentations and boardroom briefings. 


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