Brand Licensing Europe is boasting a ‘packed programme for retailers’ at its event this October, as the London licensing show details a slate of new daily briefings, as well as a Retail Trends Lounge with a dedicated educational programme.
BLE, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary, takes place from October 1 to 3 this year at London’s ExCeL. Visitor registration is open now at http://www.brandlicensing.eu/?fbclid=IwAR0KhcJb_GKPY_9CILtyqi1h9m0dQItaHe0t0oWNOq7fvnGZJnOsfKV8glM.
This year will see retailers treated to:
New daily breakfast briefings. Held between 8am-9am at The Bridge restaurant within ExCeL, retailers can tuck into a complimentary breakfast and learn about that day’s highlights while the BLE team will be on hand to answer questions and queries.
New Retail Trends Lounge: Retailers will have exclusive access to the lounge to hold meetings, catch up with colleagues or just take a breather and enjoy free refreshments. The Retail Trends Lounge will feature a brand-new theatre with content designed specifically and solely for retailers.
New Trends Programme: Featuring five sessions over three days delivered by four of BLE’s partners – Trend Bible, IMRG, GfK and The Insights People – the programme ties into themes and activations at BLE 2019.
Tuesday, October 1, 11am to 11.45am and Wednesday, October 2, 3.15pm to 4pm: Why Trends Matter for Licensing. A panel session featuring speakers Joanna Feeley, founder & CEO, and Lauren Zayya, senior trend strategist, Trend Bible
Tuesday, October 1, 2pm to 3pm: The Future of Retail: The impact of eCommerce and tech on the high street, featuring Andy Mulcahy, strategy and insight director, IMRG
Wednesday, October 2, 1.30pm to 2.40pm: SVOD and its impact on consumer behaviour featuring Sam Tuck, associate director.
Thursday, October 3, 10.45am to 11.15am: Social Shopping and the rise of In Experience Purchase with Nick Richardson, CEO, The Insights People
Of this year’s educational programme, IMRG’s Andy Mulcahy commented: “I’m excited to be showcasing the unique insight IMRG provides and talking to retailers about how to identify when buzz and hype evolve into genuine customer demand, easy-win improvements to a website that aren’t dependent on expensive new technologies and how to know which new tech to invest in.”
On top of this, visitors will find a raft of new initiatives, including exclusive group tours, in which retailers are invited to join a group tour of BLE’s new Gaming and eSports Activation led by co-creator PowerStation Studios, a VIP Matchmaking Service that helps retailers get in front of leading brands, and a Retail Mentoring Programme in which 68 buyers from 21 retailers are taking part. New delegates for 2019 include Moonpig, Amazon, Next and Cool Clobber.
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