‘At the forefront of change’: RetailEXPO reveals 2019 visitor numbers
RetailEXPO, which took place in London during May, pulled in record numbers of senior level retail decision makers, with 81% of the 12,676 attendees authorising or influencing buying decisions for retail solutions.
The show attracted visitors from 78 different countries. A fifth of the audience was comprised of fashion, footwear and jewellery retailers, while one in eight were from the grocery sector. Other key verticals included general merchandise (10%); pureplays (9%); DIY, home furnishing and garden retail businesses (7%); specialist retailers (7%); and health and beauty businesses (6%).
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Andy Murray, Chief Customer Officer at Asda, comments: “RetailEXPO is where a lot of innovations happen, it's at the forefront of change. You can see it by walking the floors. The technology's happening, the digital screens and all the new stuff that's happening. Technology is the name of the game. And it's the highest level of that at this show that you get to see.”
Matt Bradley, Event Director at RetailEXPO, says: “We’re delighted with the success of RetailEXPO in its new unified show format. We set out to deliver a retail trade event that delivered a single source of ideas and holistic solutions to energise retailers now and in the future – and we feel we’ve done just this, from the breadth of innovation on display to the new conference stream and other show features. Exhibitor satisfaction scores have risen 16% year-on-year, which is testament to our commitment to delivering a show that truly matches the needs of the retail industry.”