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Welcome to The Grocery Trader’s Retail Business Technology Expo Preview.

As the latest RBTE opens its doors on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th March, it’s essential that a visit to Earls Court is on your agenda this March if you’re a retailer or e-tailer searching for the solutions to all your business challenges.

Due to its success over the last two years is has grown to be the largest and fastest growing retail solutions exhibition in the UK and Europe! It has proved to deliver the ideas, solutions and inspiration to reduce costs, boost sales and increase margins and customer engagement across all the multiple channels available.

Here’s why RBTE is the industry’s leading event by far:

•    Over 250 innovative and leading solutions providers

•    200 conference and seminar sessions, including one theatre devoted to payments

•    Extensive networking opportunities

•    eCommerce Pavilions in association with IMRG

•    Cards & Payments pavilion in association with Vendorcom

•    Mobile Pavilion

•    MetaPack Home Delivery Zone

•    RFID Zone

•    The Innovations Theatre – sponsored by The Cloud

•    Retail Advice Centre – free consultancy with experts

Nick Field, Retail Business Technology Expo’s Event Director, reveals what he’s looking forward to seeing at RBTE: “One of the joys of creating an exhibition in such a fast moving industry is that the boundaries are ever changing. New challenges give birth to new solutions, and this is what RBTE is all about. 2013 will see more great exhibitors, more great names speaking, lots of new thinking and tons of innovative ideas!”

The FREE conference and seminar programme is a key attraction at RBTE, and this year’s line-up includes retailers such as Tesco, Marks & Spencer, Amazon, Charles Tyrwhitt Shirts, DFS, The Entertainer, Godiva, John Lewis, MandM Direct, Monsoon, Sonae Continente, SpaceNK, and Weve. The issue of Cards & Payments will be strongly featured and addressed at RBTE, with the Cards & Payments Theatre, in association with Vendorcom and the Cards & Payments Pavilion, which will host some of the most innovative solution providers in this area.

There will be plenty of experts on hand to ensure that visitors have an even more productive visit with the Retail Advice Centre. Industry experts are on hand to provide valuable one-to-one advice and information across all areas of retail. From enquiries about exhibitors and advice on which ones can help with particular solutions to key industry issues such as PCI, mobile, Big Data, loyalty and NFC, experts from leading associations, consultancies and organisations will be providing FREE advice that would normally cost ££££’s!


Here’s what some of the visitors had to say about last year’s show:

“A really well organised show containing many large integrated and niche market players and with a strong focus on payments, which is currently an important area for retailers” – Sam Allanson, Innovation Manager, Kingfisher

“This show has lots of ideas, some of which, I’ll be incorporating down the line” – Keith Hillier, Business Development Manager – Retail, Wilkinson

“I would personally recommend the Retail Business Technology Expo to anyone interested in keeping up with the latest innovations in the retail world. This was my second year at the retail expo, and once again it ticked all the boxes. A good mix of informative seminars, and technology suppliers showing their latest gadgets for retail. We gained some valuable new contacts we look forward to doing business with.” – Conrad Hill, Head of EPOS IT, Costcutter

“A fantastic event! A real wealth of information and insight was provided from a wide range of retailers across the industry in the seminars, and an extensive list of exhibitors was on hand to offer further insight.” – Rachel Horsefield, E-Commerce Manager, Boots

“Retail Business Technology Expo was a great opportunity to touch base with existing suppliers and discuss future opportunities, as well as meet new suppliers who can help support the business in the future.” – Robert Irving, IT Purchasing Manager, The Rank Group

“I attended the Global Retail Forum meetings on the first day, as they were relevant to my role. The sessions I attended were very inspirational and interesting. I had a look round the exhibition, and found the experience really useful.” – James Marshall, Marketing Manager – F&F Franchise, Tesco Stores Ltd

“The show was very useful and informative. I’ve got lots of new supplier leads on innovative technologies that can now be considered for trial in our stores in the near future” – Gareth Helliwell, Business Systems Analyst, Tesco Stores Limited

“I work as a Programme Manager within New Channels at Marks & Spencer. We were at the show observing new technology trends in retail with a keen interest in looking at digital customer experiences in store. We saw some great technology and met with several potential suppliers. It was a very worthwhile day.” – Craig Smith, IT Programme Manager, Marks & Spencer

“I found the Retail Expo really enlightening. The mixture of relatively short and precise presentations, with a wide range of subjects to choose from, in combination with the stands providing the opportunity to make new contacts and meet up with a vast number of suppliers was great.” – Merete Lassen, Project Manager, Coop Norway

“I found Retail Business Technology Expo to be time very well spent. I attended four of the seminar presentations and thought them to be both interesting and useful. I will certainly be back next year.” – John Zray, On-Line Delivery Manager, Pizza Hut (UK) Ltd

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