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The Next Generation of Tech Leaders attend Retail Week Tech Conference

14 September 2018
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This week, more than 2,500 people attended the Retail Week Tech Conference, partnered by Boots UK. Among them were 20 Boots colleagues, including 10 Boots Graduates who joined the business in September.

The Tech conference is a collaboration between Retail Week and World Retail Congress, who created the conference as a two day festival of digital retailing and the technology driving it.

At the event, the audience is set the challenge to join forces to work out how they will not only survive the digital revolution, but thrive. It works by putting the most disruptive thinkers under the spotlight - from the companies that are revolutionising their industries, to the tech firms creating the most innovative of products.

There is also an element of co-creation, as teams will be taking part in tech sprints throughout the conference to come up with innovative ideas. Stephen Boothroyd, Senior Enterprise Architect – Strategy and Architecture for Boots, joined this judging panel for the Tech sprint, where teams competed over a 24 hour period to find a solution/solutions to the question: How can retail reduce its carbon footprint through technology?

Stephen, said: “All retailers understand of the importance of digital transformation and the impact that it already having on the sector. What’s exciting is how we now embrace new technological developments to make experiences for our customers and colleagues better both in stores and online. Retail Week Tech is a great way to gather all of the leading business together to highlight best practice and look to future innovations. We’re pleased to be able to partner this conference, and particularly to be able to invite so many of our graduates who are just starting out on their retail careers to stretch their thinking around innovative new technology opportunities.”


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024