Ragtrader Live Melbourne: full program unveiled (with surprises!)

Ragtrader Live: Melbourne will return to the city on August 31, with a series of presentations and panel discussions featuring fashion industry leaders.

The half-day event will provide an opportunity for delegates to learn and network, as the industry comes together under the theme “Retail Reborn”.

Register here now as places are filling up fast and check out the full program below:

1:00 p.m. Registration

1:30 p.m. Opening speech

1:05 p.m.: Presentation – Target Australia GM Marketing Jamima White

Over the past two years, Australian consumers have transformed their expectations of brand and customer experience. As part of a 24-month strategic reset project, Target Australia has developed a compelling new ‘That’s Target’ brand platform, charting a new course in storytelling, sustainability and omnichannel innovation. Learn about the department store’s vision for the future in this opening presentation.

1:30 p.m. Presentation – Hype DC GM Liam Robson

Opening its first store in Mosman in June 1998, Hype DC is Australia’s oldest footwear retailer. With the global sneaker market expected to reach $120 billion by 2026, learn how the leading sneaker destination is tapping into growth opportunities through new strategies, channels, and product propositions.

1:55 p.m. Panel – Retail Reborn: the changing landscape, powered by Fordham

eBay Luxury Director Brooke Eichhorn, Reebok Brand Director Ashley Sampson, Superdry Managing Director Antony Hampson, Munro Footwear Group CFO Marcus Barlett.

Australia’s retail landscape has undergone rapid change over the past year, from managing blockages and supply chain disruptions to embracing new opportunities across digital channels, commerce physical and buying behavior of consumers. Find out how operators are succeeding in 2022.

2:30 p.m. Afternoon tea

3:00 p.m. SPECIAL PRESENTATION: The rag merchant Industry Fixtures Awards, Powered by Afterpay

In this special presentation, rag merchant presents awards to senior retail executives that recognize industry innovation, leadership and excellence.

3:20 p.m. Presentation: Kellie Hush, artistic director of The Volte

The Australian fashion industry is accelerating towards a sustainable circular economy. As a pioneer in the peer-to-peer fashion rental space, The Volte aims to change the way local consumers approach fashion. With over 250,000 monthly users now on the platform and 100,000 articles listed, find out how The Volte takes its mission to the next level.

3:45 p.m.: Panel: Equity: the case for sustainability, powered by Kornit

Shasta O’Loughlin, Ripcurl ESG Lead, Country Road Brand Sustainability Lead fabienne Pryor, sustainability manager at Kmart Rick Lambell

4:15 p.m.: Presentation: Kate Dillon, founder of She Lion

Discover the power of Melbourne’s collaborative spirit in times of uncertainty, in this inspiring closing presentation. Over the course of 12 months and multiple closures, 22 companies have come together to create a fully Australian-produced business.

4:35 p.m.: Networking aperitif

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