Ocado heads up BHETA Housewares Forum

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) will welcome several members of the Ocado commercial team as key retail guest speakers at its next Housewares Forum.

The event, which is open to all BHETA members, will be held from 9.30am on Thursday March 6 at BHETA’s headquarters at Federation House in Birmingham.

The online supermarket will be represented by head of buying non-food Janet Wright, non-food development manager responsible for website development and warehouse/logistical solutions Ben Richardson, buying manager kitchenware Gillian Leahy and buying manager dining and home Hayley Roberts.

Established in 2000, Ocado (www.ocado.com) bills itself as one of Britain’s leading online retailers. It operates a centralised distribution model which means that it does not rely upon a network of stores from which to service customers. Orders are fulfilled at highly-automated centres before being loaded onto delivery vans.

Ocado delivers more than 36,000 product lines including big-name brands, Waitrose goods, a range of over 550 Ocado own-label products and now a growing non-food selection – including housewares.

The Ocado team will share the background to the impending launch of its new Cook & Dine website that goes live in May, and the opportunities available to suppliers.

Also taking to the stage will be Louise Young, who is managing director strategy & product development for i2i Events Group, organiser of the annual trade show Spring Fair International, that is taking place from February 2-6 at the NEC in Birmingham. She will gauge exhibitor feedback from the show and discuss new development plans for Spring Fair 2015.

BHETA will also be joined by Anna Britnor-Guest, lead training consultant from BHETA service provider Phoenix Training & Development. She will present a specific training module that specifically deals with the supplier customer relationship.

Finally Nathan Aspin, founder and managing director of Aspin Management Systems, will talk about Pixsell: an electronic catalogue system that provides company representatives with a fast ordering interface with customers by utilising a fully content managed website.

BHETA member companies interested in attending can get more details by contacting BHETA.

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