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support to Independent Retailer Month. Independent Retailer Month is a


global “Shop Local” campaign that ran throughout July. The campaign is designed to highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole. RBTE supported the campaign

with a number of initiatives. Nick Field, RBTE event director, said: “RBTE is the show for all retailers – irrespective of size. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to support such an innovative campaign to back independent retail, especially as innovation is at the core of our operation. “In such a challenging market, the

industry needs to do all it can to help our retailers equip themselves to compete and fulfil their customers’ expectations, and Independent Retailer Month is an excellent vehicle to do that.” Clare Rayner, UK lead for

Independent Retailer Month, described the level of industry support that the campaign attracted as “superb”. “It’s great to have RBTE among

our supporters,” she added. “RBTE provides retailers with a platform to find out all about the latest innovations that will help them to increase sales, drive margins, reduce costs and improve customer service, all essential activities to help retailers run successful businesses.” Independent Retailer Month

UK is part of a wider, global ‘shop local’ campaign that runs every year

etail Business Technology Expo (RBTE), Europe’s fastest growing retail show, recently lent its

throughout July. The initiative aims to support the independent retail sector globally with relevant support, expertise and insights; connect consumers and communities with local retailers, reminding them of the benefits of shopping local; and engage small business organisations, networks and thought leaders to promote the importance of independent retail to the global, national and local economies. RBTE – run by event organisers

Legend Exhibitions – is the latest trade event for retail and hospitality organisations looking for the right tools, products and advice on how to best run their business, as well as a platform for the most innovative suppliers from this sector to showcase their wares. The London-based show combines

an exhibition with a free informative and interactive education programme incorporating seminars, workshops, and inspirational features, plus a host of networking opportunities and hospitality. Next year’s RBTE is scheduled to return for its third year to Earls Court from 12 to 13 March 2013. The success of the campaign

has also led to a new “Celebrate an Independent Christmas” initiative. It will encourage retailers to work collaboratively in their community and with the support of ‘local activation partners’ to create ‘Christmas shopping crawls’.


Retail Technology IP networked video roundtable 12 September 2012 Charlotte Street Hotel, London Contact:

Internet Retailing Annual Conference 9 October 2012 Novotel London West, Hammersmith, London annual-conference/

The Independent Retail Show 28 October 2012

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham

Retail Technology Forum 2012 29 October 2012 Arabella Western Cape Hotel and Spa, South Africa

u Retail Technology, in association with Axis Communications, Genetec and Agent Vi, is hosting a roundtable event Wednesday 12 September for retailers to explore the loss prevention, integrated access control and

customer analytics benefits of internet protocol (IP) networked video featuring guest speaker Professor Joshua Bamfield from the Centre of Retail Research. Contact Lynn Neil (lneil@bpl- for more information.

u The inaugural China Travel Retail (CTR) event took place early August in Shanghai, attracting around 180 delegates. The event kicked off with an insight into how Shanghai Hongqiao airport is responding to demand for an improved travel- retail offer from fashion-savvy Shaghainese passengers and provided comprehensive networking opportunities.


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