National Retail Conference

The National Retail Conference and Stores Asia Expo 2018 was successfully held from August 9-10 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Over 800 retail owners, top-level retail executives, and industry suppliers have joined together to take part in the discussions of trends and best practices, to network, and to help every other business owner in finding solutions for their businesses.

Hon. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of Department of Tourism graced the NRCE 2018 stage as a keynote speaker for Day 1, and Ms. Wallaya Chirathivat, Deputy CEO of Central Pattana (Thailand) for Day 2.

Aside from the on-stage talks and discussions, plenary sessions were also held to tackle more specific topics such as retailing, customer experience, global megatrends, innovation, and branding.

The panel discussion for day 1 was joined by Ms. Arianne Kader-Cu, Country Head of Viu Philippines, Mr. Raffy Prats, President and General Manager of Timezone, Ms. Cookie Bartolome, Head of ABS-CBN Themed Experiences, and Ms. Ina Quiogue, Retail and Licensing Division Head of ABS-CBN. The panel has discussed how experience and leisure will transform the retail landscape.

A notable panel discussion was also held on the second day of the National Retail Conference with the topic “Women in Retail Leadership”. The panel was joined by Ms. Lorraine Belo-Cincochan, President & CEO of Wilcon Depot, Ms. Sherill Quintana, Chief Operating Officer of ORYSPA, Ms. Nikki Tang, CEO of Dmark Beauty Corporation, Ms. Jeannie Javelosa, Co-founder of Echostore Sustainable Lifestyle And Great Women, Ms. Camille Villar, Managing Director of All Value. The panel was moderated by Ms. Pacita Juan, founder of Echostore Sustainable Lifestyle.  

As successful women in their own industries, the panelists proved how women empowerment is very much alive in the retail scene in the Philippines. They all shared their inspiring messages as proud women in the retailing industry, making it clear that gender equality plays a big role in the progress and growth of any business.