The Countdown to Shoptalk Europe


By Steve Wynn-Jones, Editor, European Supermarket  Magazine

Shoptalk Europe is just around the corner, with more than 2,000 leading retail executives set to attend the three day event at the Bella Center, Copenhagen. Here’s what delegates can look forward to.

With more than 220 leading industry speakers, 2,000 industry attendees (including more than 270 CEOs), and dozens of tech startups set to attend, Shoptalk Europe is set to raise the bar even higher when it comes to retail conferences. There’s still time – just – to confirm your attendance for the three day summit taking place at Copenhagen’s Bella Center from 9-11 October (visit for details), but with just weeks to go until the big kick off, ESM previews the must-sees at this essential industry event.

Day By Day: 9 October

From a grocery perspective, there’s plenty of interesting insight for delegates to get their teeth into, right from the off. On Monday 9 October, morning sessions, running across four concurrent track sessions, will feature track sessions from leading industry figures such as Martin Wild, chief digital officer, MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group; Amando Sánchez Falcón, chief corporate officer, DIA; Claus Byskov, logistics and ERP program director, Coop Denmark, Adrian Letts, managing director – online, Tesco and Norwegian startup, among others.

The afternoon session on the first day will feature a number of unmissable presentations in the General Session area, from the likes of Jerry Storch, CEO, Hudson’s Bay Company, Dominik Richter, founder and CEO, HelloFresh and Michael Dubin, founder and CEO of Dollar Shave Club, before further early evening sessions featuring speakers such as Suja Chandrasekaran, chief information officer, Kimberly-Clark; Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO, IKEA Switzerland; Fabian Rieden, managing director, Eataly Germany and many others.

Day By Day: 10 October

On day two, the morning sessions will include presentations from Jean-Jacques van Oosten, chief digital officer, Rewe Group; Richard Hearn, GM and Global CRO, IBM Corporation; Ambarish Mitra, CEO and co-founder, Blippar; and Andreas Wuerfel, director, global innovation community, METRO Accelerator, before the daytime session kicks off with some of the biggest names in e-commerce.

Mariangela Marseglia, director, Amazon Prime Now; RJ Pittman, chief product officer, eBay; and Terry von Bibra, general manager Europe, Alibaba Group will all take to the General Session stage before lunch to inspire delegates about the future of retail. Afternoon session highlights include Volker Pilz, head of engineering, Zalando; Joe Jensen, VP, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation and Patrick Gauthier, VP, Amazon Pay, to name but a few.

Day By Day: 11 October

The final day of Shoptalk Europe is a half-day affair, kicking off with presentations from the likes of Michael Ward, managing director, Harrods; Philip Krim, co-founder & CEO of mattress specialist Casper; and Julia Bösch, founder and managing director, of online personal style experts Outfittery, in the General Session area.

Following this, sessions will include presentations from Natalie Berg, director, retail insights, Planet Retail; Mirko Warschun, head of consumer industries and retail practice, A.T. Kearney; Mei Chen, international business, Alibaba Group and David Dubois, professor of marketing at INSEAD business school, among others, bringing to a close what is certain to be one of the most insightful events of the year.

Startup Culture

Of course, Shoptalk Europe is not just about inspiration from leading speakers – some of the industry’s most dynamic direct-to-consumer start-ups will also be in attendance, in the Exhibit Hall area.

The event will welcome start-ups including Farfetch (UK), LoveCrafts (UK), Vestiaire Collective (France), Birchbox (US), M.Gemi (US), Bloomon (Netherlands), Home24 (Germany), Mister Spex (Germany), JUNIQE (Germany), Fyndiq (Sweden), Trendyol (Turkey) and (Russia), to name but a few. Tech companies in attendance will include early-stage companies such as Clarifai (US), Sentient (US), NewStore (US), EVRYTHNG (US/UK), Blippar (UK), Starship Technologies (UK), Stuart (France), Blue Yonder (Germany), Adyen (Netherlands) and InPost (Poland), as well as a number of up-and-coming firms from Israel.

Put simply, Shoptalk Europe will be THE place to learn about how the technologies of the future are likely to disrupt the retail space, from the leading disruptors themselves.

How To Attend

Shoptalk Europe is almost completely sold out, however there’s still time to get one of the last remaining tickets. Readers can use the code ECOM150 to get €150 off their ticket. Visit to learn more about the range of ticket offers. Don’t miss out!