A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions, congress, exhibitions, business, social and sporting, public, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, and helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5000 people working in Russia and abroad. In addition, it works in close cooperation with 155 economic partners; industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions; and financial, trade, and business associations from 75 countries worldwide.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian (t.me/Roscongress), English (t.me/RoscongressDirect), and Spanish (t.me/RoscongressEsp). Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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The Battle for Offline: What Innovations can Help Traditional Retail Combat the Advance of Online Stores?
3 June 2021

The coronavirus crisis has been challenging for the entire retail sector. According to experts at McKinsey, retail jumped forward 10 years in 90 days by implementing digital technologies. Over recent years, market players have tended to collaborate in search of innovative technologies in retail, for example, with contactless payment, remote management by staff and trade platforms, automated customer service assessments and personalized settings. Retailers are implementing payment systems with the aid of biometrics and mobile apps, developing express delivery, and using augmented reality to navigate stores. Virtual fitting rooms are gradually replacing traditional ones, while robots are replacing human store assistants. Talking shop windows, electronic price tags, and ‘smart’ shelves and mirrors giving customers advice on what to buy have stopped being mere pie-in-the-sky ideas. What are the next innovations that will change the industry? What technologies can local offline leaders use?

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