Monday, 20 June 2011

Retail Business Technology Expo announces stellar Steering Committee line up : Marketing News from Marketing Clout

Retail Business Technology Expo, the one stop shop for end to end retail and hospitality solutions, has announced the Steering Committee for its 2012 event

Retail Business Technology Expo, the one stop shop for end to end retail and hospitality solutions, has announced the Steering Committee for its 2012 event.  The committee comprises of the leading lights of retail and includes:

  • John Bovill, IT Director, Aurora Fashions
  • Rupert Frost, IT Director, Frost Garden Centre
  • Mark Gardner, Group Head of BIS, Habitat
  • Steve Heathcote, Head of Commercial Systems, Waitrose
  • Chris Howell, IT Director for Customer Systems, Dixons Retail Group
  • Chris Hughes, Managing Director, The Retail Automation Consultancy
  • Brian Hume, Managing Director, Martec International
  • Peter Lumsden, Consultant, PACL Marketing
  • Paul Martin, Commercial Director, Planet Retail
  • Andrew McClelland, Director of Business Development, IMRG
  • Neil McGowan, IT Director, JD Williams
  • Pete Medcalf, Head of Channel Partners, Ebay
  • Kevin O’Brian, Head of IS, Comet
  • Julie Price, General Manager IT, Ann Summers
  • Simon Russell, Head of Multi-Channel, John Lewis Partnership
  • Martin Strotton, Head of IT Strategy,
  • Robert Teagle, EMEA IT Director, Starbucks
  • Clive Turner, IT Director, Dunelm Group
  • Richard Wilson, Group Information Systems Manager, Clinton Cards
  • Ian Woosey, Group IT & ecommerce Director, Carpetright
  • Nick Wyld, Head of IT, Joules Clothing
  • Nick Field, Event Director, Retail Business Technology Expo, (pictured) said, “The Steering Committee are helping us shape our 2012 event to ensure that we provide the very best experience for visitors and our exhibitors.   It’s crucial that we listen and act on industry feedback and advice, and the insight from our Steering Committee will help us ensure that Retail Business Technology Expo 2012 is even more successful than this year’s event. With the show set to double in size next year, their input is invaluable.”
The Steering Committee made a number of recommendations and suggestions.  Innovation is a key area of interest, with the panel wanting to see cutting edge technology and solutions. The seminar programme generated a great deal of debate, with the committee agreeing that they wanted totally independent seminars which provide an overview across the business, with plenty of facts and figures.
Other issues discussed in the meeting included how the role of the IT department integrates with other areas of the business, for example marketing and operations, and how retailers can more effectively understand its customers, as in many cases, technology is being driven by the shopper.  Among the many topics discussed, the panel put multi-channel, supply chain, payments, cloud computing, loss prevention and RFID under close scrutiny.
“We want to put on the very best event for our visitors, and finding out what they want to see, directly from the leading retail and hospitality providers, will help us deliver and exceed their expectations.  It was apparent from the debate that the Steering Committee felt that the event would be an ideal destination for teams across a range of functions in the business, including marketing, supply chain and finance,” commented Field.
A second Steering Committee group is being held for Cards & Payments Solutions which is run alongside Retail Business
Technology Expo.
Retail Business Technology Expo 13-14 March 2012 at London’s Earls Court, South Hall.  Follow  for more information on visiting and exhibiting.
About Retail Business Technology Expo
Retail Business Technology Expo and Cards & Payments Solutions is the one stop shop for end to end retail and hospitality solutions.
Retail Business Technology Expo and Cards & Payments Solutions, together are the must visit events for retail and hospitality organisations looking for the right tools, solutions and advice on how to best run their business.  They are a one stop shop, showcasing end to end solutions, from supply chain to the customer.  See the whole picture at Retail Business Technology Expo and Cards & Payment Solutions – the UK and Europe’s leading solutions events.
 Retail Business Technology Exp, from Legend Exhibitions, a leading exhibitions company behind the Publishing Expo, combines an exhibition offering a comprehensive range of solutions with a free informative and interactive education programme incorporating seminars, workshops, and inspirational features, plus a host of networking opportunities and hospitality – all under one roof.  Co-located with Retail Business Technology Expo  ‘Cards & Payments Solutions’, provides a platform for the most innovative suppliers from this sector to showcase their products and solutions, as well as hosting the Vendorcom Quarterly Cards & Payments Thought Leadership Conference.


For additional information, contact:
Emma Easterbrook
Communications Director
Retail Business Technology Expo
020 8 874 2728
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