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    19 September 2018

    How store design can make storybook heroes of retail staff

    Interview with Tim Greenhalgh, Chief Creative Officer at Fitch

    Against the backdrop of an ever-changing consumer landscape, retailers are continually advised to empower their staff and give them the tools and opportunity to provide better customer experiences.

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    04 September 2018

    Retailers, brands and ‘maternity men’: all eyes on a new shopper demographic

    Interview with Tom Moore, Head of Retail and Shopper at Geometry.

    There’s a new consumer demographic emerging, and it’s one that could have interesting consequences for how UK retailers set up their stores.

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  • 06 August 2018

    Department Stores, Retail Design and the Dangers of 'Launch and Leave'

    Interview with Karl McKeever, Managing Director at Visual Thinking.

    Department stores – and the wider retail industry – can be guilty of “launch and leave”, and businesses should make sure that new design and service concepts are not just public relations exercises that are not followed through after being unveiled.

     

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    06 August 2018

    Involve Me and I Will Learn: Why Retailers Must Focus on In-Store Engagement

    Interview with Ian Johnston, founder  and creative director of Quinine

    There is an Ancient Chinese quote attributed to philosopher Xun Kuang, which when translated into English goes along the lines of “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”. According to Ian Johnston, it’s a mantra that UK retailers would do well to consider as they shape their stores and customer propositions for the modern era.

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  • 2 February 2018

    Excess space in-store creates opportunities, says Nigel Collett of RPA: Group

    Customers have come to expect more from their retail experience than just the exchange of goods for cash. They can easily undertake this sort of transaction online, so if they have taken the time to venture into a store, they want to be entertained & engaged with.

     

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    30 January 2018

    Make contact more human, says Paul Silcox of Green Room

    The challenge for retailers is not simply to provide great product, prices and service – those are a given. But beyond this, competitive advantage is gained with well-considered key ‘moments’ - interventions that perfectly understand and respond to the emotional state of the person at specific points along their ‘journey’.

     

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    18 July 2019

    The hybrid consumers who see stores as their playground

    Interview with Sophie Corcut, Senior Consultant at GDR Creative Intelligence.

    Corcut explains that the hybrid consumer comes from people’s growing use of mobile, social media and the internet in the shopping process balanced with what she describes as a desire to visit places that complement their view of their world before sharing those experiences digitally.

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    23 July 2018

    Study don't stereotype - retailers should keep tabs on generation Z

    Interview with Danielle Pinnington, managing director of Shoppercentric

    There's huge risk in stereotyping but the real value in looking at the next generation and being aware of where the big spenders of tomorrow are coming from and what it is they're looking for. Retail customer insight programmes aim to pick out set characteristics from each group to help businesses understand the way people shop.

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    4 October 2018

    Retail Design Expo steering panel identifies industry challenges

    Creating sustainable relationships with customers, managing the in-store technology that is driving change, and dealing with cannibalisation of store sales by retailer’s own online operations, are some of the key challenges facing retailers, according to members of the Retail Design Expo steering panel.

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    2 October 2018

    Lego, L’Oreal, EE and Hema Join Leading Retailers on RDE’s 2019 Steering Panel

    Retail Design Expo (RDE), Europe’s premier retail design event, has recently announced the line-up of leading retailers which will make up the Steering Panel for the 2019 show.

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  • 15 May 2018

    RDE to move to larger National Hall for 2019

    Following the success of Retail Design Expo (RDE) 2018, organisers Reed Exhibitions have announced the event will be moving to the larger National Hall in Olympia for 2019.

    As well as the move to a bigger hall, RDE have consulted retail experts to ensure that the 2019 show will create a total retail experience that engages customers in today’s changing retail landscape.

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    15th May 2018

    More than just eye candy

    Technology has been changing the way retailers do everything, including visual merchandising. But is it enough to appeal to today’s shoppers? Muneerah Bee takes a peek at how this area is evolving in the industry.

     

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    19th April 2018

    Why emotions must run high in retail

    The opening of the new Starbucks in Seattle, at the end of February, was a great reminder to retailers of the importance of focusing on the experience and emotional value of their stores – in order to delight consumers.

     

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    11th April 2018

    Reasons to attend RBTE, Retail Design Expo & Retail Digital Signage Expo

    There are numerous reasons to visit London Olympia on 2-3 May for the co-located RBTE, Retail Design Expo (RDE) and Retail Digital Signage Expo (RDSE), but here at Retail Connections we have picked out our five key things to look out for.

     

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  • 10th October 2017

    VM and Experiential Retail are of growing importance in modern retail says Retail Design Expo steering panel

    Retail Design Expo 2018 steering panel members, who advise on all aspects of this ever-growing show, gathered in London last week to discuss and provide their views on the key issues facing their businesses and the industry as a whole.

     

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    18th  August 2017

    Retail Design Expo expands on rebook demands

    Exhibitor rebook continues for the fourth edition of Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, marketing, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting.  The event returned to London Olympia last May and hosted thousands of visitors including retailers and brands from 64 different countries globally, proving to be an international gathering point for the retail design industry.

     


     

  • 9th August 2017

    Retail Design Expo announces top new names for 2018 steering panel

    Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, marketing, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting, has announced the Steering Panel for its 2018 event. New members this year include both national and international players including Duracell, Bata, GfK, House of Fraser, M&S, Debenhams, Wickes, Mothercare, KFC and Costa Coffee.

     

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    9th August 2017

    Retail Design Expo announces 2018 steering panel

    Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, marketing, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting, has announced the Steering Panel for its 2018 event. New members this year include both national and international players including Duracell, Bata, GfK, House of Fraser, M&S, Debenhams, Wickes, Mothercare, KFC and Costa Coffee.


     

  • 11th October 2017

    VM and Experiential Retail are of growing importance in modern retail says Retail Design Expo steering panel

    Retail Design Expo 2018 steering panel members, who advise on all aspects of this ever-growing show, gathered in London last week to discuss and provide their views on the key issues facing their businesses and the industry as a whole.

     

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    10th October 2017

    VM and Experiential Retail are of growing significance, says Retail Design Expo steering panel

    Retail Design Expo 2018 steering panel members, who advise on all aspects of this ever-growing show, gathered in London last week to discuss and provide their views on the key issues facing their businesses and the industry as a whole.


     

  • 26th July 2017

    Retail Design Expo expands on rebook demands

    Exhibitor rebook continues for the fourth edition of Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, marketing, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting. The event returned to London Olympia last May and hosted thousands of visitors including retailers and brands from 64 different countries globally, proving to be an international gathering point for the retail design industry.

     

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    21st July 2017

    Retail Design Expo expands on rebook demands

    Exhibitor rebook continues for the fourth edition of Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, marketing, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting.

  • 9th May 2017

    'In-store customer experience' is new retail battleground

    Retailers need to be focussing on in-store ‘customer experience’ standards, according to a panel session at this week’s Retail Design Expo in London. 

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    12th May 2017

    Speed and agility to the fore at Retail Design Expo 2017

    The third edition of UK event Retail Design Expo (8-9 May) concluded on Tuesday evening. Companies from every strand of retail design – from lighting manufacturers and flooring suppliers to branding consultancies and visual merchandising specialists – gathered at the Olympia Exhibition Centre in west London.

  • 10th May 2017

    The future of retail on show at Olympia in London

    You arrive to be greeted by name by Pepper, the friendly robot who recognises you and shows you where to hang your bike and guides you over to the juice bar which is old-fashioned with a smells of freshly-cut wood in contrast to the high tech space you can see beyond it.

     

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    28th April 2017

    Retail Design Expo: What’s on offer for the bike retailer needing an overhaul?

    Hitting London’s Olympia just days before Spin London, the Retail Design Expo will be offering a free 75+ session conference itinerary discussing retail design, marketing, visual merchandising and shop fitting.

    Taking place on May 8th and 9th, over 270 exhibitors will exhibit the latest ideas in how to present your business.

     

  • 6th April 2017

    2017 Retail Design Student Awards: Shortlist Announced

    Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, visual merchandising, marketing, architecture  and shopfitting, has announced the shortlisted entries for its Retail Design Student Awards 2017, sponsored by ITAB UK.

     

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    3rd March 2017

    Leach prepares to unveil product innovations

    Preparations are underway at the Yorkshire headquarters of Leach Impact, as the world-renowned graphic display experts prepare for their biggest Retail Design Expo ever.

    There’ll be a new-look stand for Leach when the team heads to Olympia on 8 May, but the fresh 27sqm space won’t be the only thing they unveil.

     

  • 28th February 2017

    Retail Design Expo announces its best conference programme for 2017.

    Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, visual merchandising, marketing, architecture  and shopfitting, has announced it’s best ever, star-studded speaker line-up for its conference programme in May 2017.

     

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    27th February 2017

    Retail Design Expo announces 2017 conference program

    Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, visual merchandising, marketing, architecture  and shopfitting, has announced it’s best ever, star-studded speaker line-up for its conference programme in May 2017.

     

  • 9th January 2017

    Deadline extended as entries roll in for VM Christmas Awards at Retail Design Expo 2017

    Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for the inaugural VM Christmas Awards at Retail Design Expo 2017, Europe’s leading annual event for the retail design, marketing, visual merchandising and architecture industry, has been extended until 17th January 2017.

     

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    18th November 2016

    RETAIL DESIGN EXPO 2017 to launch Christmas VM Market and Awards.

    Retail Design Expo has announced the launch of two new major features for its 2017 show in May – the VM Christmas Market and the VM Christmas Awards.

  • 8th November 2016

    RETAIL DESIGN EXPO 2017 to lauch Christmas VM Market and Awards

    Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for the retail design, marketing, visual merchandising and architecture industry, has announced the launch of two new major features for its 2017 show in May –  the VM Christmas Market and the VM Christmas Awards.

     

     

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    25th July 2016

    Retail Design Expo 2017, London, UK

    Retail Design Expo, Europe’s leading annual event for innovation and inspiration in retail design, marketing, visual merchandising, architecture and shopfitting, has announced the Steering Panel for its 2017 event.

    New members this year include both national and international players including Adidas, Thomas Cook, Benetton, Space NK, Samsung, Camelot Group, Halfords, Pets at Home, Beiersdorf, Clarks, Luxottica, Red or Dead and Office.

     

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