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About Future Proofing Retail Summit

India SME Forum in association with FIRST (Forum For Internet, Retailers, Sellers & Traders) is organising the 'Future Proofing Retail Summit' on 30th August, 2022 at Ahmedabad, Gujarat with an aim to make the Retailers, Sellers and Traders aware of the opportunities available to future-proof their firm by restructuring outdated supply chains, managing inventory efficiently, reviewing pricing strategies, understanding finance and payment processes, and reinventing the physical shop for the digital era. This will require entirely new ways of thinking and long-term commitments, which may result in permanently transforming traditional ways of doing retail business.
Retailers, sellers, and traders face a number of challenges, such as digital disruption, finding solutions to match changing consumer expectations, modern marketing techniques, market segment retention, and a shortage of positions involving direct contact with customers. The priority areas on which the discussions would take place at the summit are Reimagining Customer relations, Supply & Value Chain Resiliency and Embracing the Digital Revolution.

On the Summit Day

On the Summit Day, there will be
  • 1. Consultative Round Table

    Consultative Round Table between retailer and trader organizations for focusing on short term and long term demands from the State and Central Government. Outcome: A white paper will be prepared post RT and will be shared with State Govt.
    Focus will be on short term & long term asks from the state and federal government in regards with competition of online & offline retailers,about laws, taxes, cost of doing business, commercial electricty, ease of GST & benefits, emerging private labels of retail giants, optimizing communications & finding the right technologies, manpower management, access to markets, efficient inventory management, etc.

  • 2. Power packed Workshops

    Power packed Workshops on best practices & growth paths for specific sectors. Workshops will be on the following topics:

    Reimagining Customer Relations
    Supply & Value Chain Resiliency
    Embracing the Digital Revolution

  • 3. Showcase

    A Showcase of innovative solutions, products and services for Retailers and Sellers.

  • 4. Speed Mentoring

    Speed Mentoring sessions by Retail Industry experts and Veterans.



Retailers, Sellers &
Traders will be Attending

Why Future Proofing Retail Summit

The 'Future Proofing Retail Summit' would assist the Retailers, Sellers and Traders to transform their business digitally, build a resilient Supply & Value chain, enhance customer relations and to act as a consultant to the State and Central Government by giving them critical insights about the situation prevailing in the sector.



Shri Jagdish Ishwarbhai Vishwakarma Panchal

Minister of State, Govt. of Gujarat

Mr. Aashish Batra

Co-founder, myPAPERCLIP

Mr. Ajay Aggarwal

Global Head - Retail, Nihilent

Prof. Akshaya Vijayalakshmi

Associate Professor PhD (Marketing), IIM Ahmedabad

Dr. Anil Chinnabhandar

Sr. Vice President - SCM & Planning, Landmark Group

Mr. Jeff Thomas

Chief Strategy Officer, Spinta Digital

Mr. Krishna Singh

Founder, GlobalSpace Technologies Limited (Moderator)

Ms. Neha Bansal

Co Founder & CEO, AV Retail

Mr. Nilesh Shukla

President - Gujarat Chapter, India SME Forum

Mr. Pratik Shah

Founder, Specsmaker

Mr. Rajnish Goel

Chief Supply Chain Officer, Licious

Mr. Ramesh Venkat

Head Industry Partnerships & New Initiatives, Logistcs Sector Skill Council

Mr. Sachin Kamat

Director, Enrich Salon

Mr Syed Akhtar

Associate Director, Sulekha

Mr. Sanjeev Chandrayan

Regional Sales Manager - West at Ecom Express Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Shireesh Joshi

Chief Business Officer, Open Network for Digital Commerce

Ms. Sushma Morthania

Director General, India SME Forum

Dr. Varsha Jain

Professor, Integrated Marketing Communication MICA

Ms. Vijeta Arya

Product Trust & Regulatory Compliance, Amazon

Mr. Vinodh Ramakannan

Founder & CEO, Spinta Digital

Ms. Vijeta Arya

Product Trust & Regulatory Compliance, Amazon

Mr. Vivek Rana

Gnothi Seauton

Mr. Vinod Kumar

President, India SME Forum

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