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C-StoreForum APAC 2019

C-StoreForum APAC 2019

January 28-29, 2019

AVANI Riverside, Bangkok

AVANI Riverside, Bangkok | January 28-29, 2019

Asia is the largest grocery market in the world and with 6.3% CAGR in just 3 years, its size will be equivalent to Europe and North America combined.

Convenience is showing strongest channel growth, thanks to the region’s rapid urbanisation, growing young population and increasing disposable income. Improved regulatory environments for foreign investment, market competition and expanding shopper demands are also creating significant room for the convenience sector to expand further.  Retailers and manufacturers are looking to capitalise on this trend by expanding their operations and investing in new markets.

C-Store Forum APAC gives you the tools and know-how to create a more successful business, focusing on streamlining processes and developing strategies for future growth.  Using OpenRoom’s signature format of one-to-one meetings, it enables people and businesses to connect, identify opportunities and explore new solutions. Networking is at the heart of the event with endless opportunities to spend time with peers across the region and meet key international suppliers to partner your company’s growth.

Laurent Guitart
CEO, Circle K UAE

Keynote, Laurent Guitart, CEO, Circle K UAE

Frictionless Retail: How to Improve Customer Experience

Laurent Guitart has more than 21 years of retail experience and a wealth of knowledge across all retail formats. He joined the Circle K team in 2015 with a program of change which resulted in a substantial increase in both revenues and margin, and a streamlining of supplier partners.  In 2017 and 2018, Circle K was awarded Best Retail Convenience Chain across the UAE. 

Laurent has continued to grow the business and has overseen a rise in customer numbers from 4.6 to 6 million per annum. He is passionate about improving the customer journey and since 2017, has initiated a cashless program across all its branches.  Laurent graduated from Rive Gauche University in France and has been a resident of Dubai for the past 13 years.

Gary Brown
Independent Retail Consultant

Chair, Gary Brown, Independent Retail Consultant

Gary has more than 30 years' experience within the FMGC and retail sectors. He is a senior executive with high level management experience at companies like Sara Lee Corporation, POS Ad Group & Dairy Farm Group.

His most recent role was CEO and Executive Director at 7-Eleven Malaysia, and is the market leader in convenience retail with more than 2,200 stores.

He is now engaged in independent advisory and consulting work for the retail and FMCG industries.

Yen Roxas
Asia Pacific Retail Partnerships, Chevron International

Ignite Session, Yen Roxas, Asia Pacific Retail Partnerships, Chevron International

Improving Loyalty through Personalization

Yen will give us an insight into their wallet-less initiative for fuel – the first of its kind in South East Asia

Robert Onion
Chairman, Circle Brands

Ignite Session, Robert Onion, Chairman, Circle Brands

 8 Tips to Creating a Successful Convenience Retail Concept

Using examples from international best practice in convenience retailing the presentation illustrates 8 key points in creating winning retail concepts. With a focus on innovative retailers and stand out brands the presentation is rich in 'food for thought' on how to evolve your retail brand.

Robert Onion is Chairman of Circle, which he co-founded in the early 1990s. An interior designer, he worked for a number of leading design agencies in London before setting up his own company. Circle is now an internationally renowned brand agency and a leader in branding for the energy, fuel and convenience fuel and convenience retailing sectors. Rob's love of international design has taken him all round the world, and he has worked for extensive periods in Spain and the USA and Middle East. He is recognised as an international authority on fuel branding, and leads numerous successful brand and design projects in the sector, particularly in the Middle East. He is also a conference speaker and author on retail brand and design.

60-Second Insights

Elevator Pitches, 60-Second Insights

Fast-paced 60-second insights from innovative manufacturers.

ideas worth sharing

Ignite Session, ideas worth sharing

Short, sharp 10-minute sessions to ignite your curiosity.

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Event Partners

Franke Coffee Systems

Franke Coffee Systems is a world-leading solution provider for professional coffee making. The product range includes fully automatics, semi-automatics, traditionals, capsule machines, and specialty craft brewers. Our passion for the best coffee quality motivates us to elevate the customer experience through state-of-the-art innovations.


PDI helps convenience store retailers, petroleum wholesale marketers and carriers thrive in a digital economy with enterprise management software. Over 1,500 customers operating more than 200,000 locations trust PDI to optimize their entire operations.

The venue

AVANI Riverside, Bangkok

OpenRoom will bring C-StoreForum APAC to the vibrant city in the heart of the Asia Pacific region, Bangkok. Taking place at the new AVANI Riverside, with its arresting views over Chao Phraya river and the city of Bangkok. 

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