Ocado and Root7 to speak at next BHETA Housewares Forum

BHETA (British Home Enhancement Trade Association) has announced that Martin de la Fuente of Ocado will be the headline speaker at its next Housewares Forum.

During the event, which takes place on February 21 at BHETA’s headquarters in Birmingham, the senior buying manager of the online supermarket will present his views on the market, latest consumer trends and internet trading.

Martin heads up a 21-strong team that looks after Home, Cook, Dine, Seasonal, Newsagent, Outdoor (Camping, BBQ, Picnic), Hardware and Electrical Accessories/Lightbulbs. He will also outline the strategic direction and focus of his team for the coming months, and highlight opportunities for suppliers and how best they can benefit from developing their trading relationships with Ocado.

Other speakers include Rob Ingram, director of housewares supplier Root7. He will give his thoughts on how suppliers can adapt to, and exploit, the new digital trade economy – by moving from a pure B2B business to a partial B2C business, without damaging existing and trade relationships. Rob will share his experiences and suggest tips on how best to maximise sales.

Richard Butler, ‎director – West Midlands and Oxfordshire – of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry), will deliver an update on the challenges and opportunities that post- Brexit Britain offers the housewares market. He will also present a wider perspective on the issues that face UK PLC, based on an overview of the CBI’s 90,000 members.

Finally, Glynn Jones, deputy agent – West Midlands and Oxfordshire – of the Bank of England, will update members on the Bank’s view about the UK economy following our vote to leave the EU. He will discuss the Bank’s forecasts of the likely economic impact and opportunities, and highlight any policy responses both under way and taking shape.

BHETA housewares sector director Will Jones commented: “Retailing continues to move fast, driven by different shopping habits and ever more advanced technology for the consumer. This Forum will provide BHETA members with an invaluable insight into the opportunities for trading with Ocado and developing this route to market. With both the CBI and the Bank of England also on the platform, we will also benefit from the very latest predictions on the economy in general and with regard to specific challenges such as Brexit.”

The Forum will start at 10am with registration from 9.15 am. Applications to attend should be made to Dawn Clarke of the BHETA member services team on dc@bheta.co.uk or 0121 237 1130.

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