By Aimee Chanthadavong

Retail World is returning again to the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre from 27 to 29 June.

In its fourth year, the closed event will be themed ‘innovation for growth’ with expectations to attract at least 550 delegates.

It will bring together some of Australia’s top retail executives including recently appointed Woolworths CEO Grant O’Brien, Kmart managing director Guy Russo, Metcash CEO Andrew Reitzer and Westfield director information technology Peter Bourke.

They will be speaking about their experiences in the industry of what has worked for them to remain competitive and innovative in terms of online space, the supply chain and HR.

Speaking to RetailBiz, Craig Macfarlane, managing director of Association & Communications Events, the organisers of Retail World, said the executive-style retail industry conference will be divided into three streams – management, technology and sustainability.

“The event started off as a bricks and mortar event and mainly targeted at national retailers. But of late, there’s more interest in e-retailing and multi-channel retailing. It’s the only conference that brings bricks and mortar and e-retailing together. It’s the event that gets the big CEO of national retail stores altogether,” he said.

“It will also let people learn what other leading retailers are doing to remain competitive and to grow in this highly competitive market moving towards online, particularly because we’ve got international retailers coming into Australia now.”

The event will also feature a trade show with 50 exhibitors including stands from Oracle, Telstra and Motorola.