Luxury and fashion leaders to discuss global assortments at TXT’s 5th Thinking Retail

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Thinking Retail, Europe’s top event for luxury and fashion brands and retailers, will take place at the Westin Place Vendome in the heart of Paris on 19 March.
This edition of Thinking Retail revolves around ”Customer-Driven Assortment Management” and, more specifically, on the seamless integration of Planning, PLM and Supply Chain Management to help retailers and brands respond to the multichannel shopper, create effective assortments and optimise inventory investments.
Organised by TXT Retail, a leader in End-to-End Planning solutions, the conference will include presentations from leading retailers Miroglio, Pandora and Sephora, key global players in Fast Fashion, jewellery, perfume and cosmetics. They will share their experiences and highlight best practices in global planning projects. The event is delivered in association with long-term partner Microsoft and consulting firms Viseo and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Thought-leader George Lawrie, Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst, will deliver the keynote speech.
“Planning for the multichannel shopper has created new challenges and calls for new rules, business models and supporting technologies,” states Peter Charness, Chief Marketing Officer at TXT Retail. “At the event, we will discuss how the end-to-end integration of planning, merchandising, design and sourcing helps today’s retailers better understand cross-channel demand and ultimately transfer back that insight to all levels of the value-chain for fast, effective innovation, assortment, and inventory decisions.”
In his keynote speech, Forrester VP George Lawrie will analyse the global trends in Assortment Planning and will provide the models and benchmarks that will help delegates understand where they are along their journey and key actions to take, underpinned by research and real-life case studies.  Lawrie will also moderate an interactive roundtable under the theme: ‘Planning the perfect assortment in design-driven organisations’.
As in past years, this event offers ample networking opportunities, in a venue where even the most competitive retailers are comfortable to share stories and information, while they gain insights from industry experts, such as Forrester, PwC, TXT and others.
Peter Charness notes that Thinking Retail Paris has become the reference industry event for retailers and brands focused on merchandise and assortment planning, PLM and supply chain. “Typical attendance of over 150 delegates is a ‘who’s who’ of the most exclusive names in European and American apparel, luxury and specialty retail. We are delighted this meeting has become such a key strategic forum for the retail community," he adds.
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The next event in the series will be Thinking Retail New York on 7 May.

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