Overview

This Convention is the perfect focal point for international networking, and Malaysia, as the host, is the ideal location to mix business with leisure.

18th Asia-Pacific Retailers Convention & Exhibition (APRCE) 2017

Asia-Pacific Retailers Convention & Exhibition (APRCE) debuted in 1983 in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, Japan. APRCE is the main activity of the Federation of Asia-Pacific Retailers Associations (FAPRA), which has 18 association members from 18 countries. It is the longest running biennial regional retail conference in Asia-Pacific. Through this strong bond, the many conventions that have taken place over the years have grown from strength to strength.

The host country is selected by FAPRA members through a bidding process held every 2 years, and the event has become Asia-Pacific's largest retail convention and exhibition since it was first held in 1983. APRCE aims to discover new approaches to the latest issues faced by the region's retailers and to highlight innovative solutions to help retailers differentiate themselves from their competitors and to deliver greater value to consumers in the Asia-Pacific region. The 2013 APRCE was held in Istanbul, Turkey and the recent 17th APRCE 2015 was held in Manila, Philippines.

Malaysia Retailers Association (MRA)

The Malaysia Retailers Association (MRA) was founded in 1982 and we represent some of the largest retail companies in Malaysia. As a recognised representative of the retail industry by various Ministries and related authorities and agencies, MRA is one of the founding members and the ONLY representative from Malaysia to the Federation of Asia-Pacific Retailers Associations (FAPRA), whose members span over 18 Asia-Pacific countries.

In 2015, the Malaysian retail industry generated some RM96.7 billion in total sales, as compared to RM94.9 billion in 2014. The retail industry is one of the nation's major employers, employing 1.2 million persons with an estimation of 242,000 retail outlets.

Over the years, MRA has played a vital role with a long-term mission to promote the retail industry. Our mission is to present a unified voice and lobby on issues that affect all retailers. Today, our membership represents over 100 major retailers and related companies, covering more than 3,200 retail outlets and employing a total of 40,000 staff. Collectively, members of MRA account for 25% or RM24.05 billion in total retail sales.

website : http://www.mra.com.my

Federation of Asia-Pacific Retailers Associations (FAPRA)

The Federation of Asia-Pacific Retailers Associations (FAPRA) was founded in 1983 and became fully established in 1989 at the 4th APRCE in Singapore. Since then, it has implemented activities and developed itself with the aim of discussing common issues in the region, promote information exchange and friendship, thereby contributing to the development of commerce and trade and the improvement of retailers' status in the region.

FAPRA is a congregation of retailers associations that come together for one key objective - the sharing and exchange of information. Echoing this, one of the successful activities of FAPRA is the biennial APRCE which provides opportunities to FAPRA members to learn from the experts, as well as to network and establish relationships with counterparts from around the region.

To continue strengthening its objective, create more sharing and exchange of information among FAPRA members, the Permanent Secretariat (PS) was established in March 2006 upon the resolution of the 12th APRCE in Beijing, China. To honour FAPRA association members for their outstanding achievement, the FAPRA Awards made its debut in 2009 and have been presented at the APRCE since.

website : www.fapra.net

Conference

All things RETAIL; the future of the retailing industry is moving into a new era where traditional retail businesses and the "mom & pop" stores are being challenged by inventive and exciting new retail concepts and services. But with competition challenges heating up, the next level is met with compelling new offerings across both traditional and digital spectrums.

Continuous change is a constant being in the ever-evolving landscape of the retail industry. APRCE 2017 Convention aims to keep you updated on the challenges and opportunities in today's changing market place. Internationally renowned retail practitioners and speakers will be invited to speak on some of the following core retail topics, just to name a few:

  • Future Retail Customers

  • Winning Retail Formats of the Future

  • Retail World & Global Trends

  • Retail Technologies & Solutions

  • Omni Channel Retailing

  • Consumers Buying Behaviour from Traditional Stores to Modern Large Format Retail Outlets

This Convention is the perfect focal point for international networking, and Malaysia, as the host, is the ideal location to mix business with leisure.

Be transformed! Be Creative! Be challenged to go Beyond!