A new feature area dedicated to e-commerce exhibitors will debut at Spring Fair International 2015 called Retail Shop.
Show organiser i2i Events Group said Retail Shop is aimed at helping retailers find new and innovative ways of trading online. Exhibitors will represent products and services for multi-channel retailing. Examples include experts in online and in-store solutions, logistics and fulfillment; marketing platform and payment providers; and specialists in packaging. 33 companies have already signed including Alibaba, Wirecard, Lil Packaging and Brightpearl.
Retail Shop has developed from the success of the e-commerce seminar theatres and technology zones which made their debut at this year’s Spring and Autumn Fairs. It will also complement the e-exporter programme launched by UK Trade & Investment at Autumn Fair. Minister of State for Trade & Investment Lord Livingston spoke at Autumn Fair about “accelerating UK retailers’ online presence to compete globally”. During his presentation to a packed audience, he drew attention to the UK’s global position as the number one country for e-commerce and emphasised the “enormous opportunities” now open to UK companies in this multi-billion pound trading market.
The director of i2i Events Group retail portfolio Louise Young commented: “The dramatic evolution of consumer spending patterns and shopping behaviour has created a truly multi-channel retail environment. The launch of Retail Shop at Spring Fair will be an essential resource for our customers, on both the supply and retail sides, who are seeking to stay abreast of evolving technology and consumer behaviour, enabling them capitalise on the e-commerce market and huge growth in mobile shopping.”
i2i Events Group will also introduce the new Retail Shop brand at Spring Fair International’s sister event Autumn Fair International.