3rd October 2017
The steering panel for Retail Design Expo 2018 met last week in London to discuss developments for the event.
The group discussed the current issues facing the retail sector and contributed ideas for speakers and topics for the seminar programme of next year’s event, as well as giving their feedback on Retail Design Expo 2017.
“It was great to get feedback from our steering panel on this year’s event, plus their new ideas on how to move forward next year. It is rare that we have the time for such a long discussion with retailers, brands and trade associations in one place, and we’re looking forward to implementing some of their suggestions,” says event manager Sarah Adams.
“It’s always good to get such insightful comments, and especially when they come from a group so committed to making Retail Design Expo even better for both exhibitors and visitors alike. Their contribution is one of the key things behind Retail Design Expo being an event shaped by the industry, for the industry.”
Issues discussed included changing consumer behaviour, the importance of experiential retail, and the growing importance of VM in modern retail.
The Retail Design Expo 2018 steering panel members are:
Simon Bentley, Retail Director Europe, Trek Bicycle Corporation
Antony Behiels, Director, Shop and Display Equipment Association
Keith Andrews, Head of Retail Portfolio & Innovation, Thomas Cook
Andy Turnball, Creative Director, The Honest Brand
Sonal Redgrove, Senior Manager - Global Store Design and Proposition, Costa Coffee
David Blakeney, Director of Store Development, House of Fraser
Charlotte Parsons, Global Visual Manager, Food, Ambient and Seasonal Events, Marks & Spencer
Jenny Lau – Fuller, Senior Retail Design Manager, Westfield
Peter Duys, Head of Customer Experience, Samsung
Jon Tollit, Principal, Gensler
Mark Jordan, Space Planning and Store Development Director, Debenhams
Xenia Olajosova, Brand Management Director, Duracell
Jade Swaby, Brand Creative Design Manager, KFC
Andrew Price, Head of Retail Equipment & Store Planning, Mothercare
James Llewellyn, UK Head of Shopper, GFK
Ian Johnston, Founder, Quinine Design
Tom Nathan, General Manager, Brent Cross
Clare Otte, Visual Merchandising Director, Foot Locker
Robert Hudson, Chief Executive, National Association of Shopfitters
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