FBIC’s Weinswig Named To U.S. Advisory Board Of World Retail Congress


For Immediate Release



Executive Director and Head of Global Retail & Technology joins industry luminaries in shaping world’s largest gathering of retail leaders

NEW YORK (August 20, 2015) – Fung Business Intelligence Centre Executive Director-Head of Global Retail & Technology Deborah Weinswig has been named to the U.S. Advisory Board of the World Retail Congress (WRC), joining a diverse and illustrious group of retail, financial and academic leaders in helping to shape the tone and direction of the world’s largest gathering of global retail executives, FBIC announced today.

The U.S. Advisory Board of the World Retail Congress was established in 2015 to help support the development of the WRC’s event program, speakers, and American retail leadership audience. Board members are among the most influential leaders, experts, investors and advisors in U.S. retail today. The next Congress will be held September 8 to 10, 2015, in Rome, Italy.

“This year’s WRC theme of ‘Retail Transformation Today, Tomorrow and Beyond’ dovetails perfectly with FBIC’s mission. We focus on how technology, demographic changes and globalization are driving radical shifts in retail,” Weinswig says. “That’s why I’m honored to join some of the most visionary leaders in retail and business in helping the World Retail Congress analyze and examine our industry. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone in Rome and attending an outstanding program.”

Also named to the Advisory Board were: Paul Charron, Chairman of the Board of Campbell Soup Co. and Chairman of the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy; Rick Darling, Executive Director, Government and Public Affairs, Li & Fung Ltd.; Gilbert Harrison, Chairman of Financo; Matt Rubel, Senior Advisor of Roark Capital Group; Stephen Sadove, Principal, Stephen Sadove Associates; Ken Seiff, Managing Partner of Beanstalk Ventures; Linda Shein, Managing Director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania; Jerry Storch, CEO of Hudson’s Bay Co.; Kip Tindell, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Container Store and current National Retail Federation Chairman; and Andrea Weiss, Founder, The O Alliance.

An advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies, Weinswig joined FBIC in 2014 to offer her unique viewpoints on the disruptive technology trends and innovations that are reshaping the global retail industry. Recent reports issued by the group include: “Global Department Store Retailing,” “The Disruptor Series: Retail in the New Connected World,” “China Retail: Department Stores Reinvented,” and “A Booming Opportunity: Profiting from a Graying America.” All of the group’s reports and analyses can be found at www.fbicgroup.com and www.deborahweinswig.com.

Prior to joining FBIC, Weinswig’s experience as an award-winning Wall Street retail analyst has given her a global perspective on retail, retail real estate and technology, covering such retailers as Walmart, Target, Costco, Macy’s, Walgreens and The Home Depot. In addition, she advises startups working with retailers on digital strategies and other business and logistical issues.

For more information and to register for the World Retail Congress, visit here.




About The World Retail Congress

The World Retail Congress was founded in 2007 in response to retailers seeking a platform for senior leaders to come together to discuss the major issues and trends affecting the industry. In delivering this agenda, the Congress has welcomed hundreds of senior retail speakers, from some of the world’s biggest to the newest businesses as well as leading industry stakeholders from global economics, politics, finance and NGOs. Further details are available here.


About Fung Business Intelligence Centre Global Retail & Technology

The Fung Business Intelligence Centre (FBIC) Global Retail & Technology

research team, based in New York, London and Hong Kong, is a think tank that follows emerging retail and tech trends, specializing in the ways retail and technology intersect, and building collaborative communities.

The team, led by Deborah Weinswig, former top Wall Street and retail tech analyst and startup advisor, publishes ongoing thematic and global market research on topics such as the Internet of Things, digital payments, omnichannel retail, luxury and fashion trends and disruptive technologies. More information can be found at www.fbicgroup.com


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