ODEL to host international retail conference
Retail professionals from some of the World's top department stores
are due in Sri Lanka this month for a three-day conference that will
generate valuable exposure for the country's retail sector.
The 10th Commercial Director Conference of the Intercontinental Group
of Department Stores (IGDS), the worlds largest association of
department stores, is to be hosted in Colombo by ODEL, the only Sri
Lankan member of this exclusive group. Representatives of IGDS member
department stores will attend the event, which takes place from February
27 and 29.
ODEL is one of the newest members of IGDS, having been conferred
membership in January 2011. Among the association's members are some of
the leading and most respected department stores in the world including
Selfridges, Saks 5th Avenue, Printemps, Parkson, Beco, FEDS, Shopper's
Stop, M&S, Woolworths, Central, Lotte, Matahari, Ruston, and Tangs.
"The decision of IGDS to convene the annual IGDS Commercial Director
Conference in Colombo exposes Sri Lanka to some of the largest retailers
of the world and represents a significant opportunity for the country's
innovative home grown brands," said ODEL's founder and CEO Otara
Gunewardene. "It will facilitate the establishment of business links
that could help these brands venture into overseas markets."
She said delegates to the conference would be looking out for
suppliers of unique products that they can have in their stores.