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Global Footwear Retail Conference 2018 Co-organised by FDRA & APLF returns 15 March 2018

2018-02-02 21:19

HONG KONG, Feb. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 2018 AGENDA -- The programme for the Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC) is now up.

Global Footwear Retail Conference 2017
Global Footwear Retail Conference 2017

An inspirational half-day event, the GFRC provides footwear retailers with the ideas, insight and networks to lead through the digital transformation of the industry and win greater consumer spend.

Staying current is key for businesses to remain competitive and relevant. The GFRC brings together the brightest minds to share their knowledge and inspire the industry to evolve and innovate. To learn about the latest developments and the direction of technology ensures that footwear and accessories retailers do not lag behind and stay up to date on the latest retail trends.

The GFRC 2018 features leading companies in the industry, representing professional federations, trend-setters, designers, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and technology providers. These dynamic individuals will address the current trends and issues facing the future of footwear retail. This year, the GFRC is jointly organised with the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) who will launch their new Material Exchange, an advanced filtering and material visualisation platform.

GFRC is bringing a wealth of experience and of industry experts such as Chris Hillyer, Director of Innovation, Deckers Brands who will describe in details how Deckers is changing its design and development process to create a sustainable speed to market advantage.

Other leading industry experts include Scott Thomas, VP Global Sourcing, Wolverine Worldwide who will explain how raw material suppliers adapt their business model to new retail changes; Darren Glenister, VP Innovation, PTC who will discuss about new technologies and innovations; and Erica Ng, Senior Editor-Retail Asia Pacific, WGSN Insight, who will analyse the new purchasing habits and demands from the newest generations.

14 - 16 March 2018 | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
14 - 16 March 2018 | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

Attending the GFRC also offers the opportunity to visit three trade exhibitions including Fashion Access, Cashmere World as well as APLF Leather & Materials+, where visitors can explore innovation before it hits the mainstream. Exhibitors, buyers, designers, material suppliers, startups, investors, corporations and public institutions come together at this unique platform to discover, create and launch new ventures together.

To apply for credentials, the assigning editor/journalist must fill out the online application form. No applications will be considered after 5 March 2018, and walk-in requests will depend on event availability.

The GFRC would like to seek your support with outreach and PR activities by becoming a supporting partner of the event.

GFRC will offer logo placement as supporting partner of the event and promoted across our enewsletters, website and social media channels with a global reach of over 200,000 leather, footwear & fashion industry contacts and 20% off admission fee for your members/subscribers.

Confirmed Supporting Partners for 2018: InvestHK, Italian Trade Agency, Hong Kong Footwear Association, Federation of Hong Kong Brands, Total Shoe Concept, LeatherAge, Fashionating World,, Edizioni AF and others.

If you want to find out more about this programme, contact Kennise Pang For other information, please visit .



About APLF Limited (
APLF Ltd is a joint venture between SIC Group and UBM Asia. For over two decades, Hong Kong-based APLF Ltd has been providing the global leather and fashion industries with its most important meeting and trading place.

About SIC Group (
SIC Group has been organising international professional events since 1926 for companies working in the leather sector. Its role is to support businesses in their development and offer them work platforms in areas of the world with high potential. With four shows organised each year, SIC Group and its partners can take advantages of expertise that is unique in the world.

About UBM plc (
UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B Events organiser in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important.  At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses.  Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from

fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients.  These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.

For more information, go to; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM ,UBM Plc LinkedIn.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is the largest events organiser in Asia, India and SE Asia. We are also the leading commercial organiser in China. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global presence in 25 major cities with 36 offices and over 1,600 employee.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 11 market sectors with over 290 events, 28 targeted trade publications, 18 round-the-clock online products for over 2,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia was awarded 'Asia's Most Reliable Trade Show Organizer Award' in Hong Kong's Most Valuable Companies Awards (HKMVCA) 2016.

For fair details, please contact:
Ms Perrine Ardouin, Director

For media enquiries, please contact:
Ms Kennise Pang, Senior Marketing Communications Executive

APLF Limited
17/F China Resources Building,
26 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel:    +852-2827-6211
Fax:   +852-3749-7346

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