Retail Business Technology Expo and Cards & Payments Solutions is the definitive event for retail and hospitality organisations in the UK and Europe looking for the right tools, solutions and advice to run their businesses even more effectively. It comprises a large exhibition of technology based solutions together with a FREE informative education programme incorporating over 130 seminars, conferences, workshops and inspirational features, plus a host of networking opportunities and hospitality – all under one roof.

Since its launch in March 2011, the expo has grown beyond recognition, with the show doubling in size. This is a must visit event for the entire team across the entire estate from IT, eCommerce, marketing, supply chain, loss prevention, finance, HR – whatever your role, if you’re looking for inspirational and innovational ways to run your business you need to attend. There’s no need to go anywhere else. If you want to see the latest innovations that will help you to increase sales, drive margins, reduce costs and maximise stock you need to attend. These two days will provide you with the tools to equip your business to compete in the dynamic retail market, and fulfil your customers’ expectations.

With so many exciting new developments we’ve put together a guide to the event to make sure you get the maximum benefit from your visit to the show.

Outstanding Educational programme

Our seminar and conference programme features over 130 presentations, debates, discussions, panels and Q&A’s covering a range of subjects from multichannel, eCommerce, internationalisation, loss prevention and fraud, stores, operations, supply chain and logistics, marketing – and so much more. There’s something for everyone, making this a must visit event for the whole team. Where else can you come and find all the information to make yours a world class business? ALL FOR FREE!

Retail Business Technology Theatres A&B and the IMRG Theatre

Visitors can take advantage of the FREE dynamic seminar programme in the Retail Business Technology and IMRG  seminar theatres. The three theatres operate on a first come first served basis, so there’s no need to book for these sessions, but remember, the 2011 seminars were so well attended that there was standing room only.   Keynote speakers include Paul Coby, IT Director, John Lewis; Mark Fabes, IT Director, Mcdonalds and Paul Willows, Director of Strategy & Architecture, Boots.

Cards & Payments Conference and Briefings

Cards & Payments Solutions is a dedicated exhibition and conference, focused exclusively on cards and payments solutions in retail co-located with Retail Business Technology Expo.

Run in association with Vendorcom, the cards & payments community, it will host the first Vendorcom Quarterly Cards & Payments Thought Leadership Conference of 2012.

This conference is free to attend, but you need to pre-register to attend

Global Retail Forum at Retail Business Technology Expo

Global Retail Forum (GRF), the world’s leading professional network exclusively for retailers, is partnering with Retail Business Technology Expo to run a whole series of meetings with key industry speakers over two days during the Expo. These will be held in their own dedicated theatre at Retail Business Technology Expo, providing its members, their colleagues and non – members the opportunity to meet and network in a specially created International Pavilion.

The Meetings will be free to attend but will require registration for each meeting. They are only open to senior retailers from large retail companies (500+ employees).

Pecha Kucha Theatre The Pecha Kucha challenge is coming! The Pecha Kucha theatre will feature 20 presentation each day – but each one will last just 6 minutes and 40 seconds – and no longer!

Cards & Payments Solutions

The ability to process payments is the one facility no retailer can do without. And the ability to secure them is a critical business imperative. To address the growing importance of this business critical area, Cards & Payments Solutions is a dedicated exhibition and conference with an exclusive focus on cards and payments solutions in retail, co-located with Retail Business Technology Expo.
Global Retail Forum’s International Pavilion

For UK and global retailers alike, with plans to expand into new territories, the addition of the Global Retail Forum (GRF) to the expo will offer invaluable networking prospects.

GRF, the world’s leading professional network exclusively for senior retailers, will be holding a two day series of meetings at the show to provide its members, their colleagues and non-members the opportunity to meet and hold strategic discussions in a specially created International Pavilion at Retail Business Technology Expo.

European and internalisation focus

With many overseas brands looking to join other world renowned retailers in Europe and grow their businesses, Retail Business Technology Expo provides the perfect showcase of leading retail IT solutions and strategies for both overseas, as well as domestic visitors, all in one place.

The launch show in 2011 attracted a great deal of international attention, with over 500 retailers from Europe and beyond attending. Major new initiatives for 2012 will see at least 1,000 of the most senior executives from Europe’s largest retailers joining 7,000 UK retailers creating a truly international event that has never previously been seen in Europe. If you’ve already expanded into new territories, or you’re looking to grow your business through internalisation, then you need to visit Retail Business Technology Expo.

Heavy eCommerce and multichannel focus

With a large amount of the educational programme dedicated to multichannel, and leading exhibitors from this area, you can’t afford not to visit if multichannel is a core part of your business. Retail Business Technology Expo and Cards & Payments Solutions 2012 has been designed to cater to the full spectrum of retail business models emerging in response to today’s multichannel retailing customer.

Innovation Overload

Our visitors told us they wanted to see more even more innovation – and that’s what they’re going to get. We know that tough times call for innovation in the fight for survival! In addition to 300+leading industry suppliers showcasing the latest innovations, solutions and products there are a huge range of features to knock your socks off!

Innovation Showcases

That’s right, Showcases – not just one but TWO chances to see the most innovative solutions and products in retail. This is bluesky thinking at its best, giving visitors the chance to see the latest in back office and customer-facing technology development all under one roof and free of charge.

The Future of Retail – Lighting up the High Street

Global technology provider BT will use the show to host an innovation technology showcase called “The Future of Retail – Lighting up the High Street”. With one of the biggest research and development centres in the world, BT’s Future of Retail demonstrations will include Wi-Fi, digital signage, augmented reality, RFID, social commerce, assisted service via iPads, retail analytics, managed payment and fraud reduction services and contactless payments to name a few.

Nordic ID RFID Zone

With all the questions around RFID, Retail Business Technology Expo will offer the perfect opportunity to see all elements of RFID in a practical environment in the Nordic ID RFID Zone. This feature will provide the definitive stage for the latest in the practical application of track and trace technology from the point of manufacture to the store, including radio frequency identification (RFID)solutions.

VIP Club

For the second year running, Wipro, a leading international IT and business services company, is taking headline sponsorship of the VIP Club. The VIP Club offers senior industry directors a dedicated VIP Lounge within the show and also fast track VIP entry, plus access to a VIP cloakroom. VIP status is by invitation only.

K3 Retail Champagne Bar

See and be seen – centrally located right in the heart of the show, the Champagne Bar is the ideal meeting place to sit and unwind, relax and network with your industry peers.

Outstanding networking programme

Networking events from breakfast briefings and lunches through to informal networking receptions giving the industry the chance to network with each other.

Partner Pavilions

New for 2012, the National Retail Federation (NRF) will be hosting a pavilion in association with ARTS and Shop.org. IMRG will also be in strong attendance.  As well as the IMRG seminar theatre and pavilion, IMRG will be using Retail Business Technology Expo and Cards & Payments Solutions as the platform to host the Annual General Meeting for the European Multichannel and Online Trade Association (EMOTA).

For more information visit www.retailbusinesstechnologyexpo.com

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