The four-year old forum, held in Paris this year and supported by The Grocer, brings together top global retail IT decision makers to discuss a wide range of issues.
The theme this year is realising business opportunities with technology decisions.
Stuart Senior, IT director of Marks and Spencer, delivers the opening lecture and will be discussing how the company's IT department contributed to the recovery and transformation of the business over the past two years. In particular, Senior will be looking at the IT support for store and product enhancements and how the systems need to change to support future growth.
Carrefour and GNX director of b2b Jeremy Hollows will offer the latest update on data synchronisation and standard adoption initiatives, while John Clarke, Tesco director group technology and architecture, will speak about the challenges facing the UK's leading grocer as it expands globally.
Family-owned German hypermarket chain tegut­Gutberlet Stiftung is dedicated to environmentally-friendly products and organic produce. Its chief financial officer Thomas Gutberlet talks about automating and optimising store ordering, while Silvio Abrahão Laban Neto, administrative director of Brazil's Pão de Açúcar, describes how the country's largest retailer is using IT as a source of sustainable, competitive advantage.
The forum is organised by MoonWatch Media and will also host the third annual Global Retail Achievement Awards. For details, visit www.retailsystems.com/grtf or call Steve Barrell on 01273 722687.

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