Exhibitors rush to rebook for Retail Design Expo 2018

16th June 2017

Leach Impact's stand at Retail Design Expo 2017

Significant numbers of Retail Design Expo exhibitors have rebooked for the 2018 event, just weeks after the 2017 event finished.

“This year’s RDE show was really positive for us. Not only did we generate a record number of leads, the quality of leads and people we were speaking to had also improved,” says display company Leach Impact's marketing manager Michael Trevethan. “The show is also a valuable opportunity for us to catch up with some of our current customer base who attend year on year. Next year we will be aiming to improve again and to maximise the number of new business leads generated.”

“As always, Retail Design Expo provided an excellent platform to showcase the latest innovations in retail,” says CJ Retail Solutions marketing manager Jane Ball. The installation and display company was one of the first to rebook.

CJ Services at Retail Design Expo 2017

“It was interesting to see plenty of discussion around in-store digital possibilities, and how retailers and brands are engaging with the consumer more than ever. The technology angle provided a real talking point, which was mainly focused around recommending and supplying hardware,  creating content, managing software and content updates, collecting and distributing data, and how all of this can ultimately shape the future of in-store campaigns and brand development,” added Ball, saying that the being co-located with RBTE was a major benefit. “It also appears that retailers and brands are now more actively seeking technology partnerships in order to develop ideas and drive their respective businesses forward. There’s undoubtedly a real appetite for new ways of thinking which can only benefit the retail sector.”

Retail lighting was well-represented at Retail Design Expo, ensuring high visitor volumes of those seeking lighting products. “While competition in the retail lighting sector is fierce, the number of visitors to the Illuma Retail Design Expo stand was incredible - especially considering it was only Illuma's second year at the show,” says Illuma Lighting marketing manager Lewis Hearne. “We're constantly looking for new shows to exhibit at. Not only do we enjoy exhibiting, we love meeting our customers face-to-face from all kinds of industries, all over the world… Retail lighting is something Illuma is renowned for and have been for well over 38 years. All in all this was the perfect show for us to showcase some of our latest retail lighting solutions to all involved in the retail industry."

Celloglas business development director Richard Pinkney was another exhibitor keen to secure space for 2018. “We have had great results from this year's show, as we took the opportunity to re-introduce one of our key brands, Mirri, and its capabilities," he says. "Conversation was flowing with key buyers from high street retailers and design agencies alike and we revelled in the chance to really inform visitors of the opportunities of bespoke print finishing. We will continue that message next year, that anything is possible with a bit of imagination, and are excited to see where retail is in 2018 in terms of brands being bold and finding new ways to engage customers, across their Omni-channel experiences.”

Retail Design Expo will take place from 2-3 May 2018 at London Olympia