About the event

Retail speaks to retail is a yearly event organised since 2013 promoting best practice amongst retailers and fostering new ideas in retail. This event has welcomed executives from many different sectors in the past, and will provide again, in 2017, a forum with recognized international leaders in retail.


Go directly to the REGISTRATION FORM

Program of the day

14:30 Welcome coffee
15:00 Welcome by Amoobi
15:10 Change, local or universal approach
by Alois Ooms

My Retail Journey to L.L.Bean
by Steve Smith

16:10 Dépot Design Tour
By Régis Dock
16:30 Coffee Break
17:00 Shaping the future of Media Markt with in-store Analytics
By Philippe Depautex and Olivier Delangre
17:30 Closing Panel
with Pierre-Olivier Beckers
18:00 Cocktail


Confirmed speakers for 2017

Steve Smith, President and CEO of L.L. Bean (US)

On November 3, 2015, Stephen Smith was named the fourth President and CEO of L.L.Bean. Steve began his career in 1992 at J. Walter Thompson in New York City. He moved to Maine in 1997 and rose to become the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Resort Sports Network. In 2002, he began his retail career at Hannaford Supermarket and this launched nine years at the Delhaize Group where he gained experience in merchandising, commercial planning, marketing and customer relationship management in the US and Belgium.

In 2011, Steve joined Walmart International as SVP and General Manager of Sam’s Club and Chief Marketing Officer for Walmart China in Shenzhen, China. There he gained general management responsibility, integrating e-commerce into the core business and improving annual sales growth. A year later, Steve became Chief Customer Officer of ASDA (part of Walmart International), a $30+ billion food, fashion and general merchandise omnichannel business in the United Kingdom. In 2015, Steve became Chief Merchandising and Marketing Officer for Yihaodian (part of Walmart Global Ecommerce), a pure e-commerce business located in Shanghai.

Pierre-Olivier Beckers, Chairman Amoobi

Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Delhaize Group from January 1, 1999 till November 7, 2013. In January 2000, he was named Manager of the Year by the leading Belgian business magazine Trends/Tendances. In 2009, he was named Belgium's BEL20 CEO of the year by the Belgian newspapers Le Soir and De Standaard. Until June 2010, he was co-Chairman of the Consumer Goods Forum, a global association of leading consumer goods retailers and manufacturers. Pierre-Olivier Beckers-Vieujant served on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Goods Forum. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Food Marketing Institute and is Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of FEB/VBO, the Belgian Employers Federation. He is a member of Guberna and, until 2010, the Belgian Commission on Corporate Governance. He is President of the BOIC (Belgian Olympic Interfederal Committee) since December 2004 and was reelected in 2013. He was also elected to the International Olympic Committee in July 2012. He earned a Master's degree in applied economics at IAG, Louvain-la-Neuve and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alois Ooms, former GB, Ahold, Real, Match

Alois started his career as a blue collar working daytime and studying night time at Antwerp university. He moved to retail in 1988 joining GB as a management trainee but soon being promoted to store manager. His international career started in 1993 when GB sent him to Poland, where he worked as an area manager for Globi, a local chain owned by GIB group. 5 years later, Ahold hired him as format development manager in Czech Republic to revamp the old fashioned “Mana”, a 75-store supermarket chain. After the successful rebranding of Mana into Albert and the acquisition of 65 Julius Meinl stores he was nominated Format director and was responsible for the profitable expansion of the chain to 250 stores. In 2007, Alois left Albert to join Metro in Turkey where he served as COO for Real hypermarkets. He returned to Belgium in 2014 as CEO for Match/Smatch but decided to leave 2 years later due to differences with the shareholder about the strategic direction to follow.

Olivier Delangre, CEO Amoobi

Olivier is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Amoobi. He serves on the Board of Directors.

Before founding Amoobi in 2011, he created a first company in the US and earned a PhD in Engineering both from University of Brussels and University of Lille, while being a teaching assistant at the university. Olivier also holds a Masters in Management and a degree in Electrical Engineering (majored in Electronics) from Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Olivier has been working with top Amoobi customers. He has experience on convenience, supermarket and hypermarket formats across 5+ countries and is a speaker for various retail events.

During his leisure time, Olivier enjoys travelling (New-Zealand, Canada, USA, Iceland, Western Europe, ...), helping younger entrepreneurs, as well as playing with his daughters.

Philippe Depautex - Director Omni-Channel / Digital / eCommerce & Regional Manager Media Markt Belgium

Philippe's main driver is to embrace challenges in companies engaged into a strong Business growth or Business turnaround such as the Digital & Omni-Channel transformation. Philippe has 19 years of experiences on European markets within 3 domains: Retail, Internet, Consulting. He has worked for 3 companies Sony (8y), Disney (4y), PwC (3y) and he's already for more than 4y in the Extended Board Member of Media Markt Saturn BeLux. Philippe has a solid education background: Solvay Retail Academy (2015), Vlerick Executive Program (2009), Black Belt Six Sigma (2004), a French Civil Engineer School (1998). He's animated by a strong entrepreneurship and has also started-up companies and developed wide networks such as the one in the online industry by founding and co-chairing the Merchant Risk Council (400 member companies). Philippe has been a speaker in several Retail conferences (RetailDetail, Comeos) and University forums.

Registration and informations


Registration is on invitation only and can be done in 15 sec on this  REGISTRATION FORM

Deadline : 15th of March


27th of April 2017

From 14:30 to 19:00


This year, Retail speaks to retail will take place again in a store and we are proud to host the event inside the store Depot Design




Quai du Hainaut 19, 1080 Bruxelles


Official language of the event is English


Summary of last year event


You can find our executive summary of last year event on this link