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The introduction of the new £1 coin

March 28th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Lu Zurawski, Consumer Payments Practice Lead, EMEA at ACI Worldwide comments on the introduction of the new £1 coin:

“Whilst many in the payment industry have predicted a cashless society over the next 20 years or so, the fanfare over the format of a one pound coin offers a reminder of the challenges when it comes to changing the way people pay.

“Although parking meters and vending machines have started to convert to app-based, mobile payments, it seems that metal coins will continue to offer convenient access to supermarket trolleys and gym lockers for generations to come.

“The resilience of cash shows that even the ‘millennial generation’ may not be ready to accept a fully cashless state. To test this, try explaining to a pre-teen kid that they’re not allowed to use the “coin pusher” machine at an amusement park.

“Society has many ways of teaching impressionable citizens of all types and ages about the complicated social technology of value exchange and it should not come as a surprise that coin technology continues to survive.”

Tech-savvy generation demands the high street to up its game

March 27th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Bricks and mortar stores have to do more to satisfy tech savvy shoppers and improve the in-store experience, according to new research.

A new retail report, by mobile technology solutions provider Apadmi, found that consumers would
like to see retailers make better use of technology in-store.

Nearly half (46%) now expect stores to offer free WiFi and one in five shoppers want retailers to use technology that will provide a more tailored shopping experience while they browse in-store – like an app that notifies them of nearby offers or provides product recommendations or reviews. 

Speed and convenience are top priorities for today’s high street consumer. Being able to pay for items through an app to avoid queues appealed to over a quarter of shoppers surveyed in the report.

If retailers cannot implement “just walk out” technology, where customers can purchase items through an app without the need for cashiers like that used by Amazon Go, consumers would, at a minimum, like to purchase products through an app and then pick up their items in-store (26%).

With one in ten UK consumers downloading more retail apps in the last 12 months than they did in the previous year, the research highlights the shift towards online and mobile technology and the need for retailers to now offer a unified, omnichannel experience.

Nick Black, CEO of Apadmi, said: “There is a need among consumers for retailers to make better use of technology in-store to make every aspect of the shopping journey more enjoyable. As shoppers continue to embrace mobile e-commerce, and retail apps, the in-store experience needs to remain relevant and therefore incorporate the benefits that can be achieved through shopping online.

“Our research has uncovered a desire among shoppers for more convenient ways of buying items in-store, as well as better communication channels to inform them about the latest offers or promotions as they walk around the shop.

“Expectations of the in-store experience are increasing, and while it will be challenging for retailers to meet the demands of tech-savvy shoppers, it’s important that they get on-board to retain customer loyalty.”

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Unibox voted winner of the SDEA Best Stand Award at EuroShop 2017

March 24th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Unibox Best Stand

A leading panel of industry experts voted Unibox winner of the SDEA Best Stand Award at the world’s largest shopfitting, display, PoP and exhibition systems show this year.

Retail display and lighting technology specialists, Unibox, faced stiff competition from many British and European companies exhibiting at the show.  Alan Pegram, SDEA President and Managing Director of Global Display, was in no doubt that Unibox was a worthy winner.  He commented, “All the stands were of a very high calibre but Unibox had the best use of space and clear messaging”.

Nick Wraith, Managing Director of Unibox, was delighted to be crowned the winner of the SDEA Best Stand Award.  It was the first time that the organisation had taken its prestigious award to an international show so a great achievement for Unibox to be its first winner.   The Award was presented to Director, Cliff Thornton on the Unibox stand by SDEA Director, Antony Behiels.

Mum’s the word: Consumers predicted to double spend on mums this year

March 24th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Shoppers will spend 48% more this Mother’s Day YOY

Sons will prove true ‘mummy’s boys’ and spend 10% more on average than daughters

Consumers are predicted to almost double their average transactional value (+48%) this Mother’s Day, according to Coniq, a European CRM and marketing insight platform for shopping centres, with sons spending 10% more than daughters.


Retailers are preparing for a healthy uplift in spend this Mother’s Day weekend with the number of transactions per visit set to rise by 6%. Spend per visit (SPV) is also predicted to rise by 25% in comparison to last year, as shoppers splash the cash on their mothers, despite economic uncertainty.


Albeit transactions in fashion brands are predicted to see an increase by 32%, many will be looking to cash in on promotional offers this year, as 5% more vouchers and offers will be redeemed over the weekend in comparison to an average Saturday. But gifting isn’t the only treat UK mums can expect this year as hospitality outlets will see a 10% uplift in transactions in the lead up to Mother’s Day.


Ben Chesser, founder and CEO at Coniq, commented: ‘Mother’s Day has always been a key calendar hook for shopping centres and tenants alike, and our research displays that this trend is continuing to rise, despite the uncertainly Brexit and Article 50 is producing.’


‘To truly optimise the opportunity that Mother’s Day presents, then, retailers should critically review their marketing campaigns and ensure that engagement is encouraged and loyalty rewarded.’

STORMBOARD wins Ecobuild & M&S Big Innovation Pitch

March 23rd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments


STORMBOARD™, the sustainable alternative to plywood used for hoardings and other applications, has been announced as joint winner of the prestigious M&S Big Innovation Pitch at Ecobuild 2017.

Manufactured by Protomax Plastics and distributed exclusively in the UK by Amari Plastics, STORMBOARD is a sustainable alternative to plywood produced from mixed waste plastics. Much plywood is used for temporary works such as hoardings and needs to be clad in costly PVC and paint before ending life in landfill.

Imogen Cust, Engineering R&D Manager for Property, Development and Facilities Management at M&S, said: “The standard of entries was brilliant this year… the winners stood out because they have used their industry knowledge and their passion to solve real life M&S challenges…”

Speaking after winning the Big Innovation Pitch, Nico Stillwell, Imagineer from Protomax Plastics said: “I didn’t expect to win at all. Our idea was so different because no one else was talking about recycling but it seems to have captured the imagination of M&S.”

Jamie Manifold of Amari Plastics said “This is a well deserved accolade for Protomax Plastics. The term ‘innovation’ is sometimes over-used, but not in this case.  STORMBOARD is a truly innovative material that addresses a global sustainability issue by reducing pressure on landfill. Protomax has invested heavily in manufacturing infrastructure so we will be well placed to meet supply
requirements from M&S and other 833customers.”

Ecobuild’s Big Innovation Pitch is in its third consecutive year and provides the industry with a platform to pitch innovative building products and engineering solutions. The initiative supports M&S’ Plan A sustainability strategy: to source responsibly, reduce waste and help communities, with the ultimate goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable major retailer.

This year’s competition was judged by Imogen Cust from M&S; Chris Vallis (Director at AB Group), John Field (President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers), Rick Holland (Innovation Lead for Infrastructure Systems at Innovate UK), and Julie Hirigoyen (CEO of UK Green Building Council). Chairing the session was TV broadcaster, Cathy Newman.

Previous years have seen innovative companies Waterblade and Endotherm take the top spot. Since the Pitch, Endotherm has been trialled across 25 M&S stores, and Waterblade trials are about to start.

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8 out of 10 online shoppers vow not to go back to a retailer if they have a bad experience returning items

March 23rd, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

8 out of 10 online shoppers vow not to go back to a retailer if they have a bad experience returning items

Retailers who fail to provide consumers with a customer friendly and easy returns service risk losing a large proportion of their customer base, according to new data from leading European payments provider Klarna.

A survey of 2,000 UK consumers reveals that 83% of respondents who shop online would not shop with a retailer they have a bad returns experience with. Over three quarters (77%) of online shoppers believe UK retailers need to improve their returns capabilities, while one in four (28%) have been put off returning items due to the hassle of the retailer’s returns process.

The returns revolution

Online returns are big business for British retailers today, with nearly 9 out of 10 (87%) of online shoppers having returned items they have purchased online.

On average online shoppers estimate they returned 10% of their total online purchases in the last twelve months. With online spending in the UK reaching £133 billion in 2016, the online returns economy in the UK could be valued as high as £13bn.

The rise of ecommerce has also sparked a revolution in consumer attitudes towards returns, with a ‘buy to try’ mentality emerging among today’s on-the-go online shoppers, who want to be able to see and feel an item before they decide to keep it. The fashion category experiences the highest rate of returns, with 57% of online shoppers returning casual clothing in the last 12 months, and 31% returning shoes.

Increasingly, shoppers are turning their sitting rooms into fitting rooms –  with 41% of UK online shoppers saying that they order multiple items to try on at home and send back what they don’t want.

Rethinking returns: a strategic advantage

The good news for retailers is that there is a sizeable prize for getting returns right. Two thirds of online shoppers (67%) say easy returns are an essential factor in their choice of retailer. 28% of online shoppers would spend more if there was an easier online returns process, while 67% say free returns mean they will buy more from a retailer over time.
This is backed up by Klarna’s own RFM analysis of consumers (Recency, Frequency and Monetary). Shopper transaction data from the payments provider shows that regular returners are more valuable customers for retailers – making more frequent purchases with a higher overall net purchase volume, even after the value of the items returned has been removed.

Retailers can reap even greater rewards by linking the returns and payments processes, allowing consumers to pay once they’ve had the chance to try their goods and send back what they don’t want. Giving customers this option would make 25% of online shoppers more likely to shop again with a retailer. Meanwhile, only 9% say it would make them return more items.

Luke Griffiths, UK General Manager, Klarna, said, “In the past, returns were regarded by retailers as an unwelcome cost of doing business. But consumers today demand a seamless, frictionless customer journey – whether they’re shopping, paying or returning.

“Returns are quickly emerging as a competitive differentiator for merchants, who must optimise their capabilities or risk being left behind. Retailers looking to reap the greatest rewards should consider combining smooth returns with an option to Pay after Delivery – giving shoppers a convenient way to ‘try it, love it, then pay for it’.”

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Sign & Digital UK announces latest exhibitor news ahead of 2017 show

March 21st, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

28 to 30 March 2017

Hall 17 and 18

NEC, Birmingham


With just one week to until its 30th anniversary show, Sign & Digital UK has today announced the latest exhibitor news, product launches and competitions set to be showcased at this year’s event.


Returning to the NEC Birmingham from 28-30 March 2017, the leading exhibition will again act as the launch pad for a range of new technologies and machinery aimed at the visual communications sector.


The show will see innovative products and services from more than 180 suppliers, with hundreds of brands being showcased.


Rudi Blackett, event director for Sign & Digital UK said: “Sign & Digital UK has long been renowned as the go-to destination for the latest innovation and technology ­–and I’m pleased to say that this year is no exception!


“Our 2017 show will be exploring the theme of Applications, Ideas and Advice which really does sum up what visitors can look forward to onsite – new products, new technology, new applications, and some great expert advice.”


Here is a preview of the many product launches and prize giveaways you can expect to see at this year’s event.



Product launches


AG/CAD (D20)


AG/CAD will launch the new X9 Digital Cutter, one of the most advanced and competitive digital cutters available.


Antalis (C20)


Antalis will have an American diner theme with almost everything, from the walls through to the floor and even light shades, constructed from materials that feature within Antalis’ range of visual communications media.

In addition, the business will be launching its new hardware partnerships exclusively at the show. Customers can now benefit from being able to purchase from leading hardware manufacturers, complemented by Antalis’ wide range of roll and rigid media and supported by independent training from the Antalis Digital Academy.

APA (K60)


APA is a leading specialist in advertising, graphics and decoration, and will launch an exclusive new product, including a new wrapping film, featuring a variety of colours and special effects. They will also showcase the APA Digital Print line that offers customised and printable films with any type of graphics. Also available on their stand is a thermo-weldable film for fabrics, offering simple cutting, and removal from the liner and application.


AXYZ (F20)


AXYZ will demonstrate its latest Trident hybrid CNC routing and knife-cutting print finishing system. This powerful production workhorse combines routing and cutting capabilities in a single machine, thereby removing the need for print finishing specialists to invest in two separate machines to carry out these functions.


Biesse Group UK (B30)


Biesse Group will demonstrate their new CNC Router dedicated to the sign industry. This machine has been designed to meet the needs of the worldwide market, with a higher level of precision and speed. The result is a machine that is best in class for accuracy and durability from one of the world’s largest manufacturers of CNC Routers.


Blackman and White (G10)


Blackman & White, the leading UK manufacturer of large format flatbed cutters for the sign and display industry, will be demonstrating limitless options for packaging and display using its Versa-Tech laser/router/knife cutter together with its own workflow software – Tiger Pack™ at Sign & Digital UK.

Canon (H10)


Don’t miss the first UK showing of the ground-breaking Canon UVgel applications from the Océ Colorado 1640. Visit Canon’s stand to discover the innovation that promises to transform roll to roll printing, by delivering outstanding quality and colour faster, and at a lower cost than any previous process.


Canon will also be demonstrating the Arizona 2280GT – its first showing at a UK print show. Attendees will be able to experience live demonstrations on the Arizona 318 GLW system along with artistic and imaginative capabilities delivered by Canon’s wide format printers, including the ColorWave 700 and the imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 models.


Castle Tapes Holding (E54)


Castle Tapes Holding will have two new products at this year’s event. The 3M VHB GPH bonding tape series, a general purpose product that solves the challenges of temperature resistance and multi material bonding. Also available is the Tesa tesa® ACXplus 709 series LSE double-sided Acrylic foam tape


Colourgen (E40)


Colourgen will be at Sign & Digital UK for the 17th year running, this year presenting new Mutoh large format sign and display printers and solutions. Also on the stand will be laminators from Kala, a broad range of media products and software solutions from Caldera and Sai.


New at the show will be the Mutoh ValueJet 1638UH (64”). This is Mutoh’s first ever dual head LED UV printer delivering increased print, cure performance and versatility. Accommodating roll media and rigid boards with a CMYK ink set-up, the VJ-1638UH can also print white and varnish to handle transparent or coloured substrates without losing saturation, or to create special print effects and multi-layer printing for added value.



Dataplot will introduce the current range of EMBLEM inkjet media for large format inkjet printers. This includes a full range of adhesive vinyl, different films, paper, textile, canvas, PVC-banner, photopaper, blueback and whiteback paper, poster paper and further specialities for POS and textile finishing.

Graphic Dealers Ltd (G30)


Graphic Dealers Ltd will have a 3D Printer on their stand at Sign & Digital UK. It will be in action at the show with live demonstrations.


Graphtec GB (D50)


Graphtec will demonstrate the new FCX2000 series of flatbed plotter/cutters. They are available in three sizes (920 x 610, 920 x 1,200 and 920 x 1,800mm) and a choice of either a vacuum suction or electrostatic material hold-down facility, with the former being more suitable for heavier and thicker materials and the latter better suited to the processing of lighter-weight media.


Graphics Printing Technologies (GPT) (E20)


GTP returns for its 9th consecutive year at Sign & Digital UK. Once again GPT will have a 90sqm stand and will have four key ‘Zones’, including Mimaki, HP, Finishing and Media Applications. In the Mimaki Zone, GPT will be presenting the latest Mimaki solvent and UV-Cure printers, including the JFX, JV150/300 and CJV 150/300 ranges. The HP Zone will have the very latest HP Latex 365 Printer and HP Scitex Flatbed as well as other new products. GPT will also have a Media Applications Zone focusing on the comprehensive range of solution provided by Intercoat and GPT’s other media partners. These include products for signage, murals, windows and vehicles as well as a range of protective laminate films.

Hybrid Services Ltd (E10)


Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s UK and Irish distributor, will be hosting the new Mimaki JFX200-2531 LED UV flatbed printer for its UK and Irish debut.


The Mimaki JFX200-2531 large flatbed UV-curable inkjet printer is a recent development of the JFX200 series, which brings compatibility with media up to 2.5 x 3.1 metres, accommodating rigid signs, wall decorations, doors and other big items.


Also seeing its first outing at Sign & Digital UK is the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 direct to textile printer.  As capable at producing fashion or furnishings as it is soft signage, the brand new 1.8m printer can run multiple inksets, opening up a vast array of applications on manmade or natural fabrics.

InkTec (J20)


InkTec will host the worldwide launch of the JETRIX LXi8 LED-UV Flatbed Printer. The LXi8 will be running at top speeds of over 200sqm per hour and has a host of new features, including InkTec’s latest generation LED-UV ink.

Industrial Tooling Corporation (E50)


Industrial Tooling Corporation will be introducing a host of new products to the UK signmaking industry, including the Vitreo coated tools for machining challenging ACM materials. Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss the new Vitreo coated tools with industry experts who will direct customers through the challenges of difficult to cut materials.

Innova Solutions (H62)

Innova Solutions will have the Innova ‘strong man’ to test their products to their limits; Mark Felix – 11 time World’s Strongest Man competitor, will be the face of Innova Solutions’ high strength structural bonding range. Innova Solutions’ structural adhesives and bonding tapes have been formulated to offer the same level of outstanding grip strength and holding power. Innova will also have three products on their stand – High Temperature NovaBond Tape – XS110HT, High Temperature Adhesive – NovaWeld Flex 3HT, NovaBond LSE 80 – Low Suface Energy double sided bonding tape

Josero (F40)


Josero will be showcasing the Bubble Free Mouse – a mini version of the Bubble Free Pro Applicator. It’s a piece of kit that’s ideal for clients that haven’t got much space or are working on a low budget. Perfect for sign makers specialised in making estate agent boards.


Leopold (G40)

Leopold have teamed up with Standing Stone to showcase the HP PageWide 8000XL with an inline Fotoba FHS42 cutting solution. All HP media is compatible with the cutting system.


Lion Picture Framing (R36)


Lion Picture Framing will displaying a number of their popular products, including the 30mm wooden panel tray in black and silver, white and matt black, which is 100% FSC certified. New to the aluminium panel tray ranges are the M430 41mm in satin silver and white, and matt black, and the AP92 profiles in matt silver, white and black – these are ideal for framing 1-2mm thick panels such as ChromaLuxe™. They will have on show an exciting range of finishes for framing panels and artwork printed direct to media. This includes both wooden and aluminium tray profiles, as well as stretcher frames and profiles for canvases.


Neschen Supplies (H60)


Neschen, founded in 1889, has been a leader in bringing media suitable for HP Latex printer to market. The Neschen stand will have a special focus on point of sales and retail graphics in the best tradition of the local British shopkeeper. There will be Ginger Cake for visitors as well!


NovaDura Limited (H62)


NovaDura will be launching a new product – PrimaDura Glow. After many years of research, development and testing NovaDura have launched the only anti-vandal and anti-graffiti photoluminescent signage to satisfy the demanding requirements of S1085: Issue A4: 2016 for Fire Safety Performance of Materials in Rail Stations and Tunnels Infrastructure.


Oshino LED Lighting (G42)


Oshino will introduce a new product the Super Orbis LED Gen

If you use LED modules to back light large scale signs, sign and media light boxes, then you are likely to have heard of Super Orbis LED. Well known in the signs trade as the first super wide angle lighting module able to light 1sq metre of sign with just 4-modules and 10Watts of power, Super Orbis is now in its third generation. It’s their brightest (up to 311lms), most efficient (up to 175lm/W) module ever and now with a superior light distribution thanks to its new optical PC lens.


Photo USA Electronic Graphic (H45)


Photo USA Electronic Graphic will be launching the “Rotator”, a super small oven for sublimation printing, and an expandable printing tool for a range of substrate, such as plates, small shots and shooters, vase and non-regular size mugs and other items. They will have product demonstrations twice a day and will be giving away printing mugs on their stand.


printMAX (K10)


printMAX a leading dual Mimaki and Roland reseller, will be presenting a selection of award winning and best-selling wide format print equipment.

These include Roland’s SG-540 and VG-640, the latest in Roland’s print and cut machines, along with VersaUV LEF-300 and Roland’s newly realised LEF-200, both flatbeds offering a wealth of opportunity in the promotional printing market. They will also be showcasing Mimaki’s new UJF Mk2 UV-LED printer, designed to print on almost any substrate, the latest addition to the UJF Family.

PowerPax (R54)


PowerPax, one of the largest power conversion specialists in Europe, will be showing theirnew range of LED strip lighting and LED Modules, as well as their extended range of ultra slim 12vdc and 24vdc constant voltage drivers which carry a warranty up to five years and meet latest safety and efficiency legislation. The new super thin LED drivers are available as both standard and waterproof options.


Roland DG (H30)


The latest Roland DG technology will be available on the stand, including the TrueVIS series of printer/cutters; including the TrueVIS VG-640 & the SG-300, both demonstrating the future of print and cut.


The award-winning TrueVIS VG-640 boasts new printheads that deliver beautiful prints, plus vibrant TrueVIS INK offers a wide colour gamut in a choice of three print configurations: CMYK(x2) – Dual CMYK for maximum productivity, CMYKLcLmLk – Light Cyan, Light Magenta & Light Black for fine details & smooth gradations & CMYKLcLmLk+W – White ink allows for enhanced printing on dark or clear substrates.


Visitors will also get the chance to have a coffee and a chat with a Roland DG expert; from the specialised RolandCare and Academy teams through to the Roland Users who will be available on the stand.


Sign Elite (A32)


Sign Elite will be introducing ‘Print Insure Plus’, a new product launched in 2017 that caters for people in the print sector. Most print policies are designed for manufacturing at premises and do not extend to cover installation or the related liabilities and cover extensions that are needed. Under this new specialist product, printers will have the wide print insurance cover they need, but can also pick and choose additional covers including installation, height and heat work.

Soyang Europe (C60)


Soyang will launch a new materials collection to the sign and graphics market, as the company continues to target the wide format sector. The new consolidated collections include Print, Self-Adhesive, Décor and Textile.


SENFA, the Alsace, France-based Technical Textiles division of the Chargeurs Group, will also be showcasing its Decoprint fabric on UK distributor Soyang Europe’s stand. (C60)


Spandex (K60)


With a 40 year history in the sign and graphics market, Spandex is a leading supplier of materials and equipment from prominent industry brands. Spandex’s unique portfolio includes: Avery Dennison, 3M, Orafol, ImagePerfect, Arlon, Epson, HP, Roland, swissQprint, Mutoh, Rollsroller and many others.

As the exclusive distributor of swissQprint in the UK, Spandex will showcase swissQprint’s Impala 2 – the market leading, Swiss-made UV flatbed printer. swissQprint’s modular flatbed systems allow customers to ‘build’ their machine to their specific business needs, which includes nine freely configurable colour channels, white and varnish, etc.


Swanline Paper & Board E52


Swanline will have multiple product launches at this year’s show, including the  Cygnus Gecko, a new ‘permanently re-positionable’ self-adhesive vinyl solution.


Other products on their stand include the Cygnus Outdoor Display, a world-leading, environmentally friendly display board that is resistant to water and moisture, making it an ideal solution for all temporary exterior signage applications and for use indoors where moisture or humidity is an issue.

Think Ambient (A60)


Think Ambient will introduce their new ZTAC-TOUCH, a high performance, low-tack film graphic that can stick to a wide range of smooth indoor surfaces, including glass, metal and polished stone. It has an advanced coating which enables easy to apply, bubble-free installation that can be repositioned and reused. ZTAC-TOUCH is perfect for window graphics as it can be applied bubble free and remains completely removable, repositionable and damage free

Trotec Laser (K40)

TroTec will showcase its large format SP2000 laser cutter for the first time in the UK at Sign & Digital UK. Visitors to the exhibition at the NEC on 28-30 March 2017 will be able to see first hand how the SP2000, with its 1680 x 2510 mm working area, can process acrylics, wood and textiles for the signage, display and digital print industries.

Vivid Laminating (F42)


Vivid Laminating will be launching their new brand of luxury foil consumables ‘Aqua Aura’. The product range is named after the Aqua Aura quartz and gold crystal, which gives iridescent rainbow-coloured flashes, perfect for the multiple colours of foils they offer. Vivid will also feature its Easymount Air wide format laminating system at the show, winner of Wide-Format & Signage magazine’s Top Product award for 2016 and recently nominated for their Readers’ Choice award for 2017.





  • Roland DG(H30) As well as the chance to discover Roland DG’s latest generation of technology direct from the experts themselves, one lucky visitor will have the opportunity to win the latest TrueVIS SG-540 – featuring £12,000 worth of Roland DG print and cut technology.
  • Corel (D44) will give visitors the opportunity to win a copy of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X8 Small Business Edition – 3 licenses in 1 box worth over £750. At the Corel Theatre will also be running daily workshops on how to achieve fantastic design results with CorelDRAW Graphics X8 throughout the event.
  • Cadlink(R20) will give visitors to their stand the chance to win a copy of their top software package, Signlab v10 Print & Cut, with a RRP of £1950
  • Signwaves(J60) are inviting visitors to take a turn on their indoor putting mat, with a number of high value prizes up for grabs. For the person who can pot the most balls in a minute, the wining prize will be a Canon EOS 1300D DSLR Camera with 18-55mm lens.
  • Sign Elite (A32) will be holding a competition where visitors need to answer a quiz question to win a beer stack, which will contain Real Ale or Lager. There will be 24 bottles up for grab.


Entry to the show for visitors is free – pre-register at


Show Opening Times:
Tuesday 28 & Wednesday 29 March: 10.00 – 17.00

Thursday 30 March: 10.00 – 16.30

Kurt Geiger Selects Manhattan Associates to Power Omni-Channel Retail Growth

March 17th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

Iconic global fashion brand Kurt Geiger has selected Manhattan Associates, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: MANH) Omni-Channel Solutions platform as the foundation for a systems transformation that will advance its global retailing capabilities and support the company’s growth objectives into the future. With Manhattan’s industry-leading technology, Kurt Geiger will be able to improve its service offering across all channels and deliver a more fulfilling customer experience.

The Manhattan Omni-Channel platform, including its Enterprise Order Management and Warehouse Management solutions, will provide Kurt Geiger with powerful order orchestration and execution capabilities and give customers greater control of when, where and how they receive goods. The technology will accelerate goods flows and cut delivery lead-times for customers at the same time as allowing Kurt Geiger to fulfil orders via the most optimal route to balance service and profitability goals.

Giuseppe Guillot, Logistics & Systems Infrastructure Director at Kurt Geiger, said: “Manhattan’s vision for future omni-channel commerce enablement and its expertise in fashion retailing made this an easy decision for us. As we advance our omni-channel expertise, our store staff and call centre agents will gain the powerful capability to view and service customer orders across all selling channels. They will be able to quickly search using any piece of customer or order information, service customers across all touch points and fulfil orders with inventory from any channel—delivering an outstanding customer experience and earning brand loyalty. Manhattan’s solutions will become the driving force behind our omni-channel operation and will promote conversions across every point of commerce and enhance customer lifetime value.”

Henri Seroux, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Manhattan Associates, commented: “Customer expectations for “anytime, anywhere” order fulfilment are rising sharply. Forward-thinking retailers like Kurt Geiger choose Manhattan because of our continuous investment in innovation that keeps them ahead of their competition in this rapidly changing market. We look forward to working alongside the Kurt Geiger team on its omni-channel development programme.”

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CDS Release Comprehensive Digital Signage Brochure for 2017

March 17th, 2017 | Latest News | 0 Comments

CDS launch their new for 2017 digital advertising displays brochure. A new comprehensive Digital signage brochure, Chris Bartram Managing Director comments, “We feel it is the most comprehensive and wide ranging brochure of its kind in the market and will add real value to our contacts’ operations and projects this year”.

The all-inclusive brochure includes a breakdown of the whole range including; android advertising displays, freestanding digital posters, POS android displays – perfect for shelf edge advertising, outdoor displays – including touch versions, professional monitors, high brightness, LCD video walls, PCAP touchscreens, infrared touchscreens, presentation displays and media players.

When it comes to digital signage CDS have you covered with a wide range of options including touch, high brightness, mounts and even networked options available.

Amazing displays accompanied by years of expertise and advise you won’t be disappointed.

Should you have any questions or want more details on this range or would like to request a brochure please contact CDS or go to the following page:

For more further information including pricing and a data sheet please contact CDS via email or call our main office on +44 (0)1634 327420.

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