"I'm keen to meet up with retailers from Asia and South America. At the 2007 Congress, we made contact with Dubai's Landmark Group, and have since opened a Spar-branded hypermarket in India with one of its subsidiaries."
Managing Director of Grocery Giant Spar
"Behind the scenes, there'll be a definite feeling of uncertainty among big retailers because of the signs of doom and gloom in the global economy."
CEO of Clothier Ben Sherman
"Sustainability is a team sport. By sharing ideas, we can create a demand for greener products and get the countries we source our products from to use more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. Working together, we could have a bigger impact than any of our governments."
CEO of Outdoor Outfitter Rei
"I'll be talking about how to look after workers at a session called 'The Business of Sustainability.' The cost to make sure that living and working conditions are humane is infinitesimal. If we improve the lives of factory workers, it would be a win for employees and the industry — because we wouldn't be faced with any more news stories about Santa's Sweatshops."
Chairman Of Toy Maker Hasbro
"Ultimately, retail is a local business, and we all want to understand how large retail companies can expand beyond their home borders. This is an opportunity to learn about markets in which you don't currently operate, or where you're underpenetrated."
CEO Of Shoe Retailer Collective Brands
A version of this article appeared in the April 2008 issue of Fast Company magazine.