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A successful World Footwear Congress

Apr 9, 2019 CEC
A successful World Footwear Congress
The sixth edition of the World Footwear Congress took place last week in Naples, located in an European region with high footwear industry representation. The debate focused on themes under the topic Digitalisation for a sustainable footwear industry
During two days participants of the World Footwear Congress 2019 had the opportunity to analyse the challenges and the opportunities of a fast-digital society and a economy driven by a knowledgeable consumer searching for the right product. Sustainability and digitalisation were addressed as revolutionary drivers of our industry with a particular focus on what they mean for the consumer, the manufacturer and the retailer. A day with visits to local companies and to the Leather Research Institute complemented the debates.

High-level speakers shared their best practices and experiences among the worldwide footwear community, such as businessmen and entrepreneurs, representatives from associations, technical and education centres, policy makers and journalists.

In a beautiful and historical setting at the Royal Palace in Naples, the Naples Organising Committee formed by Carlo Casillo, President of Fashion System Section of the Industrial Union of Naples; Michele Lettieri, President of Accademia della Moda; Pasquale Della Pia, Board Member of Assocalzaturifici and Delegate for Campagna Region; and Annarita Pilotti, President of Assocalzaturifici and MICAM Milano, thanked the participants for contributing to the success of the Congress and for their commitment to increase the competitiveness and growth of the sector.

CEC’s President, Cleto Sagripanti, emphasised that “Digitalisation and sustainability represent an integrated part of the global market place in which businesses operate. Nonetheless, we need to learn how to take the most advantage of these two concepts, which will increase the competitiveness of our companies, while contributing to a better planet, making sure we leave behind a healthy environment for our children”.

Through round-tables discussions on digital consumption, circular economy, and next generations of retailers, the attendees listened to the best practices of high-level speakers coming from prestigious companies. Representatives from Belcinto and El Naturalista presented sustainability at the core of their business sharing best practices already developed in their companies.

Some of the best practices in the digital globalised world were presented by the representatives of Fratelli Rossetti and Delpozo. A conclusion to take home was around the need to address this concept as a wider one, and not just looking into ecommerce and the company's online presence. Digital should touch basis with all phases of the value chain.

The companies Vibram Group, M.Gemi and Glent Shoes presented their success stories on custom-made shoes and underlined that customisation and prompt delivery will be a strong trend in the fashion industry supported by new digital technologies in order to individually meet the needs of every consumer.

Among the marketplace’s representatives, the Head of Business Development at SECOO, China, concluded her intervention by underlying the fact that ‘’the future is digital and we cannot avoid it. Those who will ignore the digitalisation today, will suffer tomorrow.’’ The discussions also included an intervention on the advantages of using blockchain in the footwear industry made by Giuliano Pierucci, President of the Italian Blockchain Association.

World Footwear Congress

Forum created in 2003 by the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC). This event became well-recognised worldwide among the footwear community that gives their professionals the chance to deepen their knowledge about the sector. CEC is the political voice of the footwear sector in Europe and gathers the major national footwear associations and federations of the European Union.

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