Retail Design Expo, the exciting new event for the retail design, visual merchandising and branding industry has launched to industry acclaim, with 12,043 visitors descending on London’s Olympia to visit Retail Design Expo and the co-located RBTE, with over 1,500 visitors coming from overseas.

Visitors to the event were able to see the wide range of cutting edge solutions and products from over 130 exhibitors and take advantage of the free education programme and wide variety of show features.

Business leaders including Tony Holdway, Director of Brand, House of Fraser; Jo Kenrick, Marketing Director, Homebase; Doug Glenwright, Head of Retail Transformation, Thomson; Liz Silvester, Head of Visual Identity, Liberty; Lara Barron, Head of In-store, P&G Prestige UK and Linda Hewson, Creative Director, Selfridges discussed a broad range of topics covering the spectrum of retail design and visual merchandising.

In addition to the extensive conference programme and exhibitors there was a lot of other attractions on offer, including the Future Laboratory Trends Lab, where visitors could enjoy one-to-one sessions with its forecasters and analysts to explain, explore and unpack trends that are set to impact on the sector; the Retail Design World Student Awards; the POPAI roundtable & learning sessions and the Retail Design and VM Networking lounges.

Both visitors and exhibitors have been singing the praises of Retail Design Expo:

‘It’s really good, there’s a really good selection of materials and suppliers and also the designers as well, which is quite interesting to see what they’re doing in the design world.’ Martin Trevillion, Senior Creative & Development Designer, JD Sports.

‘I like the freedom to be able to get out and meet lots of new people that we’ve not met before. We work with a lot of suppliers that are out there, but there’s a hell of a lot that we’ve never even spoken to before, and that’s always good.’ Sean More, Head of Customer Experience, William Hill.

‘We thought the Expo was exceptionally well put together, not only in how it was managed on the ground but the level of intelligent pre-publicity that was invested to drive the large numbers of visitors. It was, without a doubt, the best Show we have exhibited at in 20 years – in terms of the volume and, crucially, the quality of leads we picked up. Well done to all concerned. We will definitely be back next year.’ Mike Houghton, Marketing Director, CJ Retail Solutions.

‘I’m elated to have been exhibiting at Retail Design Expo. We have had an amazing two days, meeting old and new contacts from retailers from around the world who were engaging and serious about what we had on offer.’ Jonathan Berlin, Managing Director, Iconeme.

Annie Swift, Event Director, Retail Design Expo, said, “We received great feedback on Retail Design Expo. Lots of people couldn’t believe it was a launch event as the show looked so good and the atmosphere was buzzing. We’ve already enjoyed a great rebook and in light of this we are set to double in size for next year!”


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