NEWARK, DEL. – The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) has opened registration and announced the schedule for Global Retail Week, a week of tailored sessions focusing on the latest in consumer and retail trends in China, Latin America, the US & Canada, and Europe.  

The sessions are free and exclusive to PMA members and will take place from June 7 - 11. Attendees will hear about the latest retail and consumer trends across the globe, get early access to key research, and will network with top international retailers. 

“Our industry is unique in that our supply chain is critical to every country and region in the world,” said Anouk Sijmonsma, PMA's global regional vice president. “We serve the global population healthy, nutritious, fresh products that are more essential now than ever. The goal of Global Retail Week is to bring our supply chain together to learn from each other and make the local successes global best practices while bringing the global learnings to our local businesses.” 

The sessions are designed to provide focused looks at different regional markets, addressing retail and consumer trends to help businesses navigate 2021 and beyond. Attendees will be able to dive into the topics with a global retail keynote available on June 2 for all those registered. 

“While the past year has presented us all with challenges with no precedence, retail is no stranger to disruption,” said Joe Watson, PMA’s vice president of membership engagement. “What we do to respond to disruption and how quickly we do so is often determined by how prepared we are. Global Retail Week will focus on providing the most important research, trends, and insights that will help us all be best prepared for the path forward.” 

The speaker lineup includes Produce Report’s Mabel Zhuang and Dan Siekman tackling the E-Commerce Market in China, to research experts from renowned firms like McKinsey and EuroCommerce discussing the state of European grocery retail.

PMA’s own Joe Watson will be joined by Anne-Marie Roerink of 210 Analytics, along with a line-up of panelists to discuss important trends in technology and e-commerce in North America including speakers from Amazon Fresh, FlashFood and Hazel Technologies. The event will also welcome John Price, of Americas Market Intelligence, providing a look at the opportunities and challenges in Latin American retail.  

All sessions will be available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with most networking opportunities happening in English unless otherwise noted. Registration is open now and free for all members and retailers.