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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

Tim Billson

Tim Billson, Senior Retail Analyst - convenience, IGD

Tim Billson joined the retail team in 2015, heading up IGD’s research into the convenience channel. He tracks the growth of the UK market as well as innovations in global small store retailing. Through briefings and reports, Tim delivers insights to retailers and suppliers to help them grow in the channel.

Prior to IGD, Tim worked as an account manager across numerous convenience retailers for both PepsiCo and Mondelez. He has a first-class degree in chemistry from the University of Hull.

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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