Global Retail Leaders to meet at The Mecca of Indian Retail ~IRF 2014 to Catalyze & Usher in the Golden Age of Indian Retail~

Global Retail Leaders to meet at The Mecca of Indian Retail

~IRF 2014 to Catalyze & Usher in the Golden Age of Indian Retail~


11th Annual Congregation of India Retail Forum – IRF 2014 – to be held on 17–18 September at Renaissance, Mumbai


Mumbai, 9th September, 2014: India Retail Forum (IRF), the premier knowledge and networking platform of Indian retail, kickstarts Wednesday, the 17th September at the Renaissance, Mumbai.


This year the Forum gains special significance as the “India story” is back on track with a firm, pro-business government in place with promises of a turn around. As the premier knowledge and networking platform for India’s burgeoning retail and shopping centre industries, the INDIA RETAIL FORUM, gains special significance and so is the booming Indian retail industry optimistic about a very promising future with much healthier partnerships in store with the world community.


IRF, as an in-valuable retail platform for networking, influencing business ideas, and exploring growth opportunities in  the dynamic world of retail, now into its 11th edition, is recognised as one of the best across the globe, having been ranked among the ’10 best events of its kind in the world’ by the Retail World of UK. With its mission of serving as a Retail Catalyst connecting businesses, people, knowledge and ideas for the profitable growth of modern retail, the Forum is all set to welcome leaders from across the world of retail.


With the Agenda set before it, the IRF, during the two days of continuous knowledge sharing and exchange of  ideas  among industry stalwarts, will seek to highlight the unique concepts, merchandise and business modules which would help to take modern retail to new heights and put India among the shining lights of the world community.  In essence, the Forum will throw light on two important aspects namely meticulous planning, seamless execution, and operational excellence for one and  creativity, innovation, the art of planning on intuition, motivating the behaviour on the part of people to do something, for the second, as complimentary. IRF over the years has been recognized as being conducive to forging business partnerships, net-working and enhancing industry knowledge.


“The platform of IRF has become the Mecca of national and international players seeking to address critical issues related to the retail industry. It’s a cauldron that helps come up with interesting innovative business models”, said Ajit Joshi, CEO & Managing, Director, Infiniti Retail. “The Mecca of Indian retail, and that too the 11th edition – and if pilgrims like me don’t attend it… it would be nothing short of blasphemy”, said Rahul Singh, Founder & CEO, Beer Cafe. “IRF over the years has become the premier most retail event in India. It is a great congregation of best retail minds engaged in business in the Indian subcontinent. With a right mix of business and networking sessions, it offers a great opportunity to connect and progress”, said Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant Foodworks.


“Wal-Mart India is committed to India. We are excited about opportunities in India and are happy to be a part of it through our established and successful cash and carry business. …I look forward to joining industry leaders at the India Retail Forum and discuss strategies for successfully implementing the concept of inclusive growth and development of the retail industry in India”, said Krish Iyer, President & Chief Executive Officer, Walmart India.


Amitabh Taneja, Chairman & Managing Director, IMAGES Group and Chief Convenor, IRF said, “IRF is an industry platform made possible with the support and patronage of the entire retail fraternity. The hallmark of IRF has been the passion for modern retail as the retail catalyst for profitable growth of modern retail. As such IRF aims to ensure that retail contributes to the growth of national economy in its own small way.”


IRF 2014 – heralding the Golden Age of Indian Retail

India now looks forward to a period of Retail Renaissance featuring steady growth for years to come.  The India Retail Forum predicts that the Golden Age of Retail is coming. A period of great intellectual transformation with studied self improvement based on creating values responsibility and sustainability being the core focus. It is therefore opportune that the theme of the 11th edition of IRF is to draw the roadmap to usher in the Golden Age of Retail in India.


The 17th and 18th of September shall be two days of continuous knowledge and ideas sharing between the industry stalwarts at the IRF 2014 Conference;  while the IRF 2014 Exhibition will highlight unique concepts, merchandise, business models and upcoming spaces.


Key industry stalwarts sharing their vision would include:

Abheek Singhi (Sr. Partner & Director, The Boston Consulting Group), Ajay Kaul (CEO, Jubilant Foodworks), Amit Agarwal (Country Head, Amazon India), Arvind Singhal, Chairman & Founder, Technopac, Bijou Kurien (Member Strategic Advisory Board L Capital Asia), Gilles Moutounet (Country Head, L’Occitane), J Suresh (MD & CEO, Arvind Lifestyle Brands and Arvind Retail), James Hawkey (Managing Director – Retail, Asia Pacific, Cushman & Wakefield), Jamshed Daboo (CEO, Trent), Javier Sotomayor (MD, Cinepolis), Juvencio Maeztu ( CEO, India, IKEA Group), Kishore Biyani (Founder and CEO, Future Group), K Venkataraman (Former CEO, Mahindra Retail), Krish Iyer (President & Chief Executive Officer, Walmart India), Kunal Bahl (Founder, Snapdeal),   Damodar Mall (CEO, Reliance Retail), Mohit Kampani (CEO, Spencer’s Retail), Mohit Khattar (MD, Godrej Natures Basket), Niren Chaudhary (President Yum! Restaurants India), Rajesh Jain (Director & CEO, Lacoste), Rakshit Hargave (MD, Nivea India), Sam Balsara (Chairman & MD, Madison World Sanjay Behl (CEO, Lifestyle Business, Raymond), Shailesh Chaturvedi (MD & CEO, Tommy Hilfiger India), Venu Nair (MD, Marks & Spencer), Vineet Gautam (Country Head, Bestseller),  and many more.




Rajendra Ganotra is the Editor of Spicy Stars Mumbai

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