• Thursday 7 November 2019
  • Grand Millennium Auckland

Introducing our 2019 Advisory Board ...

Building on the success of the 10th edition of Online Retailer Conference & Expo in 2018, we have been busy consulting some of the greatest minds in the industry to join us on the journey to curating the most compelling retail event in 2019.

We are delighted to announce that Paul Greenberg, Founder of NORA Network has accepted the role of chairperson of the Online Retailer Advisory Board 2019. Paul has an honorable, long standing relationship with this show and with the retail industry and his wealth of knowledge and connections will be invaluable to this role.

In an interview with Paul following his acceptance of the role, he stated;

Online Retailer is, quite frankly, my favourite retail event on the annual calendar. And my relationship to the event goes back to its inception. From an inaugural keynote I delivered in 2009 to the NORA Partnership which commenced in 2013. Add to that my unbroken attendance at every event and every ORIAS evening – I think you get the drift. This event, to quote Jerry Maguire, ‘completes me’! 

When Sally and Carmel asked me to chair the OR Advisory Board (I have served on it for a few terms), I jumped at the chance. And I could not be more excited and impressed with the Advisory Board we have. My unofficial tagline for 2019, is that “online is everyone’s opportunity” and this is reflected in our diverse advisory board. The message is clear - this event is far more than an event for online retailers. Far more.

I am looking forward to seeking the counsel of this talented advisory board to co-create with the quality Online Retailer team, an event that is by the industry for the industry. Relevant, resonant, and expansive. See you at OR 2019.

Joining Paul on this board is a talented committee of inspiring thought leaders at the forefront of learning with a true desire and passion to join the team at Online Retailer in shaping the future of retail.

These 8 individuals represent different sections of the retail landscape across Australia at the highest level and we couldn’t be more gratified with knowing that the direction of the event will be consulted in their good hands.

We got a chance to catch up with the board to ask them what they are most excited about in anticipation of 2019 and the common themes in their responses were indicative of the consumer focused mindset that all members share within their roles, reinstating to us Paul Greenberg’s words that ‘online is everyone’s opportunity’.

We are thrilled to announce the Online Retailer Advisory Board for 2019.

Meet our 2019 Advisory Board ...

PAUL GREENBERG
Founder
NORA Network

"Online Retailer is, quite frankly, my favourite retail event on the annual calendar."

KATE MORRIS
Founder & CEO
Adore Beauty

“I’m excited about a future in which retail is design for the empowered consumer: personalised authentic, and sustainable”

NAOMI SIMSON
Founder, Red Balloon &
Co-Founder Big Red Group

"...know what you want to be for your customers, what you want to stand for, and make sure you are serving your customer where, when and how they want to interact with you."

JOHN WINNING
CEO
Winning Group

"I am excited about the continued adoption of online retail by traditional retailers ..."

MARK TEPERSON
CDO
Accent Group

“The Holy Grail, closing the loop on online to offline attribution.”

ANNA LEE
COO
THE ICONIC

“I'm really excited about 2019 - our customers will continue to push us to deliver an even better experience and I can't wait to be part of that”

SHANE LENTON
CIO
Cue Clothing

"I'm looking forward to discovering new technology to enable retailers to capitalise on the opportunities this creates."

DOMINIQUE LAMB
CEO
NRA

"2019 is set to be online’s most exciting year yet."

What our Advisory Board are excited about in 2019 (extended) ...

NAOMI SIMSON, FOUNDER, RED BALLOON & CO-FOUNDER, BIG RED GROUP:

"I have attended two retail transformation conferences in the last year and the message is clear: retail is disrupted and it is never going back to what it was before. The expectations of consumers have shifted, forever. In the past, retailers used to look at three basic parameters: speed, value and quality — if they met two of them, then they had likely met customer expectations. These three are now table stakes and in fact, if you don’t deliver on speed, value and quality, there is no way you will be able to grow beyond the industry norm. Because the fact of the matter is, retailers are either innovators, disruptors or failing businesses — there is no in-between these days. Monash Business School reported that between 2014-2016 there have been 3600 retail businesses close (and many more last year). Every retailer must choose to either be a disruptor or be disrupted. My advice is simple — know what you want to be for your customers, what you want to stand for, and make sure you are serving your customer where, when and how they want to interact with you."

JOHN WINNING, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, THE WINNING GROUP

“I am excited about the continued adoption of online retail by traditional retailers which should hopefully increase competition and make everyone lift their game to the benefit of customers"

KATE MORRIS, FOUNDER & DIRECTOR, ADORE BEAUTY:

‘I’m excited about a future in which retail is design for the empowered consumer: personalised authentic, and sustainable’

MARK TEPERSON, CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER, ACCENT GROUP:

“The Holy Grail, closing the loop on online to offline attribution”

ANNA LEE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, THE ICONIC:

“I'm really excited about 2019 - our customers will continue to push us to deliver an even better experience and I can't wait to be part of that”

SHANE LENTON, CIO, CUE CLOTHING:

“With the rapid change in consumer behaviour, I’m looking forward to discovering new technology to enable retailers to capitalise on the opportunities this creates”

DOMINIQUE LAMB, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, NATIONAL RETAIL ASSOCIATION:

 “Retail is one of the most innovative industries and year after year they create some of the most unique and amazing experiences. With consumers’ need for speed, personalisation and experience growing, 2019 is set to be online’s most exciting year yet.”