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Retail Commerce Forum


6 Apr

09:30 AM -

03:30 PM


Southport Yacht Club
1 MacArthur Parade, Main Beach
Gold Coast, Queensland

Getting to Southport Yacht Club

Event Details

** Registrations are now closed  **

The Retail Commerce Forum is a must attend full-day targeted business event focused on leading businesses and exporters locally, nationally and from across the Commonwealth in the food and pharmacy supply chain.

Set against the backdrop of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, in the heart of the Games precinct at the beautiful Southport Yacht Club overlooking their world class marina, the Retail Commerce Forum will connect international, national and local professionals in the industry including leading retailers, food  and pharmacy buyers, wholesalers, distributors, exporters and manufacturers all in one place.

Hear from in excess of twelve global industry leaders on topics covering retail, manufacturing, exporting and distribution, and gain insight into the top trends affecting the supermarket and pharmaceutical marketplace.

This will be your opportunity to find new distributors, hear from and connect with international and national industry leaders and suppliers within retail, wholesale, distribution, importation, export, manufacture and other qualified buyers and meet decision-makers face to face.

If you are looking at potential export markets, expanding your product distribution; increasing your footprint within international and national markets or looking at current and future trends in global markets and how to penetrate the supply chains, then this is a day not to be missed.

There will be generous opportunities to network and link with key industry leaders and through our interactive panel analysis, discussion and Q&A.

The event is comprised of the following sessions:

The morning session commences with a strong focus on the supermarket sector.

Keynote speech – Chris Morley, Retail Global’s Chief Commercial Officer

Chris Morley will provide a presentation on growing brands and how other emerging technologies such as e-commerce are shaping the new retail environment.

Keynote speech – Nassif Lawand, Lawand Trading Founder

Nassif Lawand will provide a speech on distribution networks and how to open a supply network to feed into supply chains. He will discuss what the future trends are in logistics, the challenges and opportunities.

Power Panel Session

An informative discussion with leading retail brands on current trends and issues in emerging global markets. Moderated by Craig Ford and audience Q&A keeping the panel on its toes with questions from the floor. What does it take to reach new markets, building strategic partnerships and selecting countries for expansion? Always informing and not to be missed!

Panelists includes: Andy Chang from FairPrice Singapore, Magdalene Soon from Village Grocer, Malaysia, Mark Prenter from Blue Rock Limited, New Zealand, Anil Patel from New World Limited Fiji, Kerrie Shingles from Amazonia and Leung Chan from Patrick’s Transport PNG.

Lunch and Networking

The afternoon session commences with information on pharmaceuticals, specifically over the counter products:

Keynote Speech – Simone Lee, TIGAS Berjaya CEO and Founder

Simone will present on the Malaysian pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, and the opportunities in the consumer market.

Keynote Speech – Paul Jaffar, ChemPro External Relations Manager

Paul will present on the growth of the Chempro group to 80 + stores with its own direct distribution centre and marketing team, which has a combined turnover of more than 300 million dollars and how Chempro is set up for future growth and success with 10 more stores planned for 2018.

Pharmacy Panel Session

This will be an interactive panel session with a number of major international pharmacy chains and distributors and local exporters.  Hear firsthand future projections, opportunities and challenges that face exporters, importers and distributors.  This will be your opportunity to ask questions from this experienced panel.

Panelists will include Edgar Liong, Director Asia Health Care; Ian Goh Ching Yang, Founding Director of Yanling Natural Hygiene Malaysia; Steve Probert, Managing Director and owner, ChemPro Chemists; and Mr Brian Siebert, Founder and CEO of BJP Laboratories.

In attendance will be:
• Australian retail majors
• e-Commerce platforms
• Multipliers
• Leading export champions
• Businesses interested in export opportunities in the food and pharmaceutical sectors


Thank you to all VIPs, presenters, delegates and guests for participating in the Games Time Trade & Investment Program in April 2018.

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