1 February 2018 

Global Footwear Retail Conference 2018 Co-organised by FDRA APLF returns 15 March 2018

Global Footwear Retail Conference 2017 video

The programme for the Global Footwear Retail Conference (GFRC) is now up!

An inspirational half-day event, the GFRC provides footwear retailers with the ideas, insight and networks to lead through the digital transformation of the industry and win greater consumer spendStaying current is key for businesses to remain competitive and relevant. The GFRC brings together the brightest minds to share their knowledge and inspire the industry to evolve and innovate. To learn about the latest developments and the direction of technology ensures that footwear and accessories retailers do not lag behind and stay up to date on the latest retail trends.

The GFRC 2018 features leading companies in the industry, representing professional federations, trend-setters, designers, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers, and technology providers. These dynamic individuals will address the current trends and issues facing the future of footwear retail. This year, the GFRC is jointly organised with the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) who will launch their new Material Exchange, an advanced filtering and material visualisation platform.

GFRC is bringing a wealth of experience and of industry experts such as ChrisHillyer, Director of Innovation, Deckers Brands who will describe in details how Deckers is changing its design and development process to create a sustainable speed to market advantage.

Other leading industry experts include Scott Thomas, VP Global Sourcing, Wolverine Worldwide who will explain how raw material suppliers adapt their business model to new retail changes; Darren Glenister, VP Innovation, PTC who will discuss about new technologies and innovations; and Erica Ng, Senior Editor-Retail Asia Pacific, WGSN Insight, who will analyse the new purchasing habits and demands from the newest generations.

14 – 16 March 2018 | Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Attending the GFRC also offers the opportunity to visit three trade exhibitions including Fashion AccessCashmere World as well as APLF Leather & Materials+, where visitors can explore innovation before it hits the mainstream. Exhibitors, buyers, designers, material suppliers, startups, investors, corporations and public institutions come together at this unique platform to discover, create and launch new ventures together.

To apply for credentials, the assigning editor/journalist must fill out the online application form. No applications will be considered after 5 March 2018, and walk-in requests will depend on event availability.

The GFRC would like to seek your support with outreach and PR activities by becoming a supporting partner of the event.

GFRC will offer logo placement as supporting partner of the event and promoted across our enewsletters, website and social media channels with a global reach of over 200,000 leather, footwear & fashion industry contacts and 20% off admission fee for your members/subscribers.

Confirmed Supporting Partners for 2018: InvestHK, Italian Trade Agency, Hong Kong Footwear Association, Federation of Hong Kong Brands, Total Shoe Concept, LeatherAge, Fashionating World, Worldfootwear.com, Edizioni AF and others.

Please click here if you want to find out more about this programme, or contact Kennise Pang  [email protected]

About APLF

We bring leather, material and fashion businesses together: an opportunity to meet and greet face to face. We bring them from all parts of the world so that they can find fresh partners, discover new customers or suppliers and keep ahead of industry developments.


We organise a number of trade exhibitions which focus on fashion and lifestyle: sectors that are constantly in flux, so visitors and exhibitors alike need to be constantly aware both of the changes around them and those forecast for coming seasons.


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