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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. Its mission is to be the first choice for pharmacy, health and beauty - caring for people, customers and communities everywhere.

With over 53,000 team members and 2,247 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores, Boots serves its customer and patients’ wellbeing for life.

Boots is the UK’s number one beauty destination and largest pharmacy chain providing dispensing and essential healthcare services, and it offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of product offering including its innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin. For over 170 years, 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 boots-uk.com.

 

*Figures as of 31 May 2022