bringing business to business

C-StoreForum APAC 2019

C-StoreForum APAC 2019

January 28 - February 2, 2019

AVANI Riverside, Bangkok

AVANI Riverside, Bangkok | January 28 - February 2, 2019

Asia is the largest grocery market in the world and with 6.3% CAGR in just 3 years, its size will be equivalent to Europe and North America combined.

Convenience is showing strongest channel growth, thanks to the region’s rapid urbanisation, growing young population and increasing disposable income. Improved regulatory environments for foreign investment, market competition and expanding shopper demands are also creating significant room for the convenience sector to expand further.  Retailers and manufacturers are looking to capitalise on this trend by expanding their operations and investing in new markets.

C-Store Forum APAC gives you the tools and know-how to create a more successful business, focusing on streamlining processes and developing strategies for future growth.  Using OpenRoom’s signature format of one-to-one meetings, it enables people and businesses to connect, identify opportunities and explore new solutions. Networking is at the heart of the event with endless opportunities to spend time with peers across the region and meet key international suppliers to partner your company’s growth.

Laurent Guitart
CEO, Circle K UAE

Keynote, Laurent Guitart, CEO, Circle K UAE

Frictionless Retail: How to Improve Customer Experience

Laurent Guitart has more than 21 years of retail experience and a wealth of knowledge across all retail formats. He joined the Circle K team in 2015 with a program of change which resulted in a substantial increase in both revenues and margin, and a streamlining of supplier partners.  In 2017 and 2018, Circle K was awarded Best Retail Convenience Chain across the UAE. 

Laurent has continued to grow the business and has overseen a rise in customer numbers from 4.6 to 6 million per annum. He is passionate about improving the customer journey and since 2017, has initiated a cashless program across all its branches.  Laurent graduated from Rive Gauche University in France and has been a resident of Dubai for the past 13 years.

Yen Roxas
Asia Pacific Retail Partnerships, Chevron International

Ignite Session, Yen Roxas, Asia Pacific Retail Partnerships, Chevron International

Improving Loyalty through Personalization

Yen will give us an insight into their wallet-less initiative for fuel – the first of its kind in South East Asia

Ainor Hakim Anuarudin
Head of Complementary Business, Petronas

Ignite Session, Ainor Hakim Anuarudin, Head of Complementary Business, Petronas

Re-imagining Convenience Retailing

Gary Brown
Independent Retail Consultant

Chair, Gary Brown, Independent Retail Consultant

CVS Industry Trends: Open Discussion.

Gary has more than 30 years' experience within the FMGC and retail sectors. He is a senior executive with high level management experience at companies like Sara Lee Corporation, POS Ad Group & Dairy Farm Group.

His most recent role was CEO and Executive Director at 7-Eleven Malaysia, and is the market leader in convenience retail with more than 2,200 stores.

He is now engaged in independent advisory and consulting work for the retail and FMCG industries.

Peter Jackson
VP Retail PDI

Workshop Leader, Peter Jackson, VP Retail PDI

How can enterprise management software help you transform your business

Convenience store operators are challenged with running a complex, multi-faceted business with fierce competition and unforgiving margins. The need to invest in the right technology platform is more imminent than ever and a key factor of driving growth in today’s digital economy.

Dr. Peter Jackson, Retail VP at PDI, provides his insights on how enterprise management software can introduce time-saving automation into every part of a c-store’s operation from food service to rebate management while connecting to intelligent business.

Fernando Menendez
Sales Director Asia, Franke Coffee Systems

Workshop Leader, Fernando Menendez, Sales Director Asia, Franke Coffee Systems

The Espresso Revolution in Convenience

Event Coffee Partner, Franke Coffee Systems will show how technology can improve your coffee offering bringing consistency and convenience to a whole new level.

View Related Events

Event Partners


PDI helps convenience store retailers, petroleum wholesale marketers and carriers thrive in a digital economy with enterprise management software. Over 1,500 customers operating more than 200,000 locations trust PDI to optimize their entire operations.

Get in touch with us

+44 (0)20 8222 8837


© 2020 OpenRoom. All Rights Reserved. Registered Number 65304988

OpenRoom runs an international portfolio of B2B forums. We bring companies together to meet, share, build relationships and grow their businesses.


Please enter your email address or username and we will email you with a link to create a new password.