Dear Sir/Madam,

We thank you very much for your interest in our Annual Conference on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March 2024 in Rome.

CONAD kindly supports this event and has prepared a very interesting programme for both days. On Wednesday, after a joint lunch, there will be a presentation on the Italian market and of CONAD group and a representative from the EU Commission will present the new EU Transition Plan for the Retail Ecosystem. Thereafter, there will be visits to some original stores. In the evening, after a short walking tour in an historic part of Rome, we will have dinner at Casa Bleve (next to the Piazza Navona).

To facilitate the preparation of the seating plan for the dinner, we kindly ask you to indicate in the registration form what languages you speak (English, French, German, Spanish, Italian…).

Rooms have been reserved rooms at the meeting venue, FH55 Grand Hotel Palatino (Via Cavour, 213/M 00184 Rome), in the historic centre of Rome.

The Annual Conference on “Challenges and opportunities for independent retail: the social role of retail and artificial intelligence solutions” will start at 8.30 on Thursday 21 March. The Annual Conference will end early enough to enable all participants to fly back home in the afternoon. With the direct train line from Termini station, participants can easily reach the airport from the meeting venue. (Total travel time: one hour, you can therefore book your departure flights from 18.00 onwards.)

The registration form is available below, and the programme is available online. Participants and speakers are kindly requested to fill in the registration form by Wednesday 21 February. Should you require additional information, please contact Laurence (, +32 2 732 46 60).

Room prices:

We look forward to seeing you in Rome!

Kind regards,

Else GROEN, Director General


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