Media Alert: PricewaterhouseCoopers and Retail Forward present the Retail
Forward 2009 Strategic Outlook Conference

TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) LLP and Retail Forward are pleased to invite members of the media to the 2009 Strategic Outlook Conference: Retail Renewal, the premier annual global retail conference for senior level executives in the retail and consumer product sectors. The 2009 Strategic Outlook Conference will offer media insight into the trends, solutions and innovative ideas that will make an immediate impact on the retail business as we enter into economic recovery and an era of 'Retail Renewal'.

Whether you are interested in the implications of key macroeconomic issues for the retail sector or you want to know how social networking, digital marketing and the evolution of in-store technologies is impacting consumers and retailers, this event will offer media the opportunity to spend the day with some of the greatest minds in retail strategy and shopper insights.

    WHAT:   Retail Forward 2009 Strategic Outlook Conference

    WHEN:   Thursday, October 15, 2009; anytime between 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    WHERE:  The Toronto Congress Centre - Cohen Room, 650 Dixon Road,
            Toronto, ON

    INTERVIEW/PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: One on one interviews with PwC/Karabus
Management and Retail Forward executives and presenters


    7:30 a.m.   Registration and continental breakfast

    8:30 a.m.   Welcome and opening remarks

    8:45 a.m.   Top Macroeconomic Effects on the Retail Economy,
                Frank Badillo, VP and Senior Economist, Retail Forward

    9:40 a.m.   Retail Landscape Redefined
                Lois Huff, SVP, Retail Forward

    10:35 a.m.  Morning break

    11:00 a.m.  Winning Online: How to Maximize Digital Marketing to Achieve
                Competitive Advantage
                Matt Pace, Head of Retail and Consumer Products practice,

    11:50 a.m.  Fresh Thinking on Shopper Engagement
                Dan Stanek, EVP, Retail Forward

    12:45 p.m.  Lunch

    2:05 p.m.   Shoring up your Income Statement and Inventory Management for
                the Anticipated Economic Recovery
                Antony Karabus: CEO, Karabus Management

    3:10 p.m.   Structuring your Balance Sheet for Good Times and Bad
                David Planques, National Leader, Corporate Advisory &
                Restructuring, PwC

    4:00 p.m.   Closing Remarks

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For further information: For further information: Kiran Chauhan, (416) 947-8983,

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