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Visitor Testimonials

If you want to know more about how to get involved in Retail Design Expo 2017 contact the sales team on +44 (0) 20 8874 2728 or email info@retaildesignexpo.com

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The Retail Design exhibition is fantastic, for a start it’s around twice the size it was last year; it’s growing all the time. And it’s full of both real physical solutions but also great thought pieces, real innovative thinking, and that’s really what’s attracted me.

Guy Smith, Head of Design, Arcadia

Really good event, you’ll be surprised how many people you know, seen a lot of people I know today and I am sure I’ll continue to do so tomorrow, so yeah, it’s a good event, definitely worth coming down.

James Swain, Head of Shopper Marketing, Tesco

You need events like this to so you can start talking to people within the industry, and just look at the challenges they are facing, the challenges we are facing and just chat and this is a great way of doing that. And also for us its a monstrous big world out there in retail so we want to see what’s new and coming to the market, what we can play with and how we can make it a better experience in the stores that we design.

Alan Taylor Head of Retail Design, B&Q

So I think events like this are always really important in terms of giving all sorts of different businesses on opportunity to come out, either to work with or to meet with existing suppliers but most importantly to give them an opportunity to just challenge their thinking, see some new things and hopefully get some ideas of to how they can develop and grow there business.

I think there is lots of really interesting and innovative stuff to look at, and so I would really encourage people to just come and have a look and see for themselves.

Chris Annetts, Commercial Passenger Services Director, Heathrow Airport

I was very excited to come here actually, to see if I could get new inspiration and I think already from what I saw yesterday, I have already got new inspiration into some new shop designs and also some of the new digital signage systems that I have never seen before and I saw for the first time yesterday here at the event. So that has actually made me very positive.

Thomas Just Rasmussen, Chief Operating Officer, Intersport Group Denmark

2016 was the first year Jamendo attended the RDE – but it won’t be the last! The quality of panels, presentations and discussions was excellent and varied.

We met with retailers and businesses in a very relaxed but open environment where royalty free music licensing was discussed with much enthusiasm. We will definitely take part again next year as we look forward to carry on sharing Jamendo’s independent music with partners, both current and new!

Sofia Lezcano Kaiser, Jamendo

I came to learn, learn and learn a bit more. I think the thing I most loved about this place is the breadth of solutions. There’s widgets, there’s gadgets, there’s things. But, more importantly, there’s ideas, there’s thinking, there’s nice, intuitive thought pieces. I’m really genuinely surprised by the size of the show – around twice the size of last year. We’re always on the search for new suppliers.

Guy Smith, Head of Design, Arcadia

It’s great to get a range of new technology which is the market meets like minor brands, speak to potential customers, and look at adopting some more technology or design aspects in our stores moving forward. In terms of a retailer coming here, it’s got everything in one place.

Andrew Manteit, MD & Co-founder, Active in Style

I came to look for retail POS. We only launched the business in November last year and we’re investing quite heavily in in-store point-of-sale displays, merchandising tools, all that kind of thing. There’s some really nice stuff to look at, which obviously when you’re looking for merchandising it’s really important. There seems to be a nice vibe, some nice people.

John Kelly, Marketing Director, Magformers

Because it’s our own industry, so I come see all the people of all the aspects of the industry so that we can mix together and share ideas. ‘I think it’s great to hear what the other guys have got to say as well and it focuses my mind on some of the key issues and some of the key questions that are going on. It’s great from a networking perspective. It’s a great place to see a lot of people in one place and a lot of different ideas and a good chance to network with colleagues who do a similar job to me in different companies and in different retailers, different suppliers.

Ali Waite, Merchandising Controller, PepsiCo

You get to see new innovation within the retail industry, new designs, and you can actually see what the competition is doing, while meeting up with potential clients or potential producers and manufacturers.

Lawrence, Concept Designer, Tommy Hilfiger

The three key reasons for coming to Retail Design Expo are to meet with the existing suppliers and see what they’ve got to offer. We’re also looking for new suppliers in terms of particular new design inspirations, and then also looking for different materials and finishes that maybe we haven’t thought about as a retailer. We’ve certainly seen some new products and things and we’ve certainly got a lot of contacts from the, over the last two days.

Andrew Price, Head of Retail Equipment, Mothercare

The main one for my visit it just to see new things. So within development we just want to try new things, new fixtures, new fittings, all the things that will get the customer into the store.

Joy Holmes, Development Merchandising Manager, Boots UK

I want to get some inspiration for new product launches and highlighting them in-store.

Melanie Lidiard-Phillips, Head of Product, Specsavers

I came to learn new technologies, learn new brands and have fun. I’ve met some people in the retail industry which are doing amazing things. Their stands are amazing. They’ve created really innovative stuff. Every time I turn a corner, I find something really interesting so that’s good. I like getting buzz.

Maria Gawfre, Interior Designer, Molton Brown

It’s an opportunity to meet up with old colleagues, to do a bit of networking and see what’s about really on things we can improve in the store. There are some new initiatives and new designs here – that’s good to see.

Paul Cottgrove, Store Development Manager, Carpetright

It’s a really large expo. It’s got lots of great partners here, technology companies, people that we would partner with when working with the big retailers.

Michelle-Marie Farnan, Senior Solutions Professional, Microsoft

Obviously the speakers are a key reason for coming; and to see some of the new innovative stuff coming up, and engage with some of the networking with some people that I may have not seen in some time. I really enjoy it. I think it’s a good opportunity to see what’s out there, to see what’s coming up, to see what other things are going on in the industry and I think it’s a great place to see people that maybe you’ve not seen for some time, whether it’s agencies or brands or current Tesco employees.

James Swain, Lead Shopper Marketing Manager, Tesco PLC

It’s been a really great show and I love the way the show’s developed from last year as well, so it’s, yes, cracking. I just like the atmosphere of the place and just the feeling that everybody’s in this ever-changing retail world and they’ve all got parts to play within it. And it’s just great to connect with people as well and just talk about that and the challenges you’re facing, the challenges they’re facing and ways you get through it, so it’s been great.

Alan Taylor, Head of Retail Design, B&Q

I’ve come to have a look and see what’s innovative, what’s new, maybe different suppliers I haven’t thought of in the past, and new ideas for innovating in-store.Retail Design Expo gives you a good opportunity to talk to people in retail display as well as technology, and getting some specialists in the same room at the same time, which is always difficult to do.

Nick Widdowson, Merchandising & Creative Controller, Unilever

It’s nice to be able to get everybody in one place really and sort of get inspiration on a number of levels. Apart from seeing people that we already know, bumping into various people from the past, I think it’s about finding new suppliers and innovation so we can make sure we’re at the front of everything.

Abi Willstead, Frames Portfolio & Merchandising Manager, Specsavers

It’s interesting to see how much of a buzz there is around the place.

Steven Round, CEO, Robert Dyas

What do I think of the retail design expo as a whole? I think it’s fantastic. It’s great that everything’s all under one roof and that you can have a one-stop-shop, and come and see all the different companies that are here and listen to the talks and get involved for the day, if you want to.

Phil Whittle, Head of store Operations, Schuh Ltd

I was pretty blown away by the scale of Retail Design Expo, but also by the quality of what’s around. So I’m sort of pretty looking forward just to get in and see what here can help rock our journey.

Simon Dixon, Founder, Rockar

I think the atmosphere is amazing. It’s not too pushy. There’s a lot of fantastically beautiful and vibrant stands; a lot of effort has clearly been put into it. I think the attendance is clearly very strong. So, yes, really good.

Guy Cheston, Media Sales Director, Harrods

I think the good thing about being here is that you have a sample of all the kind of systems that we use in the retail. I’m a retailer by heart, so for me it’s important that we also understand that it doesn’t have to be only technic, nerdy. You cannot be too nerdy. You need to actually be in a place where we can get inspired by all the kind of different ways that we see retail business, and I think actually this exhibition does that. I come over here to England from Denmark and I actually think I get some new inspiration that I couldn’t get in Denmark.

Thomas Rasmussen, COO, Intersport

For me it’s always kind of really exciting to see the new technologies and then the ways that people are applying that, and then as you look at the design area as well the kind of future facing opportunities we’ve got of transforming the retail experience. The best discussion I think has been one around the customer, you know, the real person that goes shopping. I think we have a tendency to think about technology. We have a tendency to look at all the design work and get really excited about it, but kind of forget it’s a real person that’s going to shop in this environment.

Simon Hathaway, President & Global Chief Retail Officer, Cheil

As an airport operator, we work really closely with a large number of different retail partners, but actually this is a great opportunity to just come and look from a broader industry perspective about what’s going on and hopefully to give us some new ideas that we can then work and challenge our existing business partners to challenge our collective thinking and move our proposition at the airport on.

Chris Annetts, Director of Commercial Passenger Services, Heathrow

The Retail Design Expo was great this year, it seems to be growing every year which is very encouraging for the retail & design business. The exhibition stands really upped their game this year and the workshops that were taking place really drew big crowds. It's good to see the friendly competition of different businesses.

Charlie Powell, Head of VM, Value Retail (Bicester Village)

As well as the comprehensive range of stands from a wide variety of suppliers and manufacturers- what I found to be the most beneficial from visiting the Retail Design Expo 2016 was the impressive schedule of discussions, workshops and talks that were on throughout the two days. I very much enjoyed attending these and found them to be extremely insightful, bringing a host of industry experts and professionals together to provide valuable insight to their particular fields of work.

Claire Black, VM & Design Manager at McEwens of Perth, Independent Department Store Group

I enjoyed this year’s Retail Design Expo  as it brings so many retail suppliers together and gives you a chance to check out the latest developments and innovations available. All the sessions I have attended had really good presenters talking about very current on-trend topics.

Luciano Orlandini, Brand & Image Staging Visual Merchandiser, Disney Store Europe

Well, certainly there’s a lot of products on display here to see. I think there’s a lot of innovation in the retail display and tech, and also payment sector.

Ian Senior, Account Manager, Exhibitions at Excel London

I am amazed by the size and the quality of this event and I really appreciated this matching together different domains like technologies, retail design, digital signage, marketing and I think this kind of event is really contemporary, because we need to mix all these domains and especially all those skills.

Giovanni Flore, Global Digital Signage Project Manager, Benetton Group

No question, I think this [event] has been very well put together, I think that the scale of it is very manageable and I think it’s very attractive, and I’ve been impressed in a couple of the discussion groups and presentations that have been taking place.

Andrew Jennings, Non Executive Director, Ted Baker

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