Our Live Talks are a series of quick fire, 30 minute presentations. Take a look below to see this year’s speakers and their topics:
TRENDS FOR CHRISTMAS 2019
Phil Pond will be presenting two trend updates, one for Christmas 2019, and one covering a longer view into Spring/Summer 2020. This presentation will cover key consumer and design trends affecting Christmas sales and include practical ideas for merchandising product to make the most of them!
Part of the trend forecasting agency Scarlet Opus, Phil translates consumer and design trends into high growth business strategies for the agency’s clients. He has built an enviable reputation for creativity in product development and inspirational marketing ideas. Clients include both UK and international brands.
THE STATE OF STATIONERY
Listen in as independent retail consultant and ex-buyer Rebecca Saunders reviews the wider retail market, checks out how stationery has been performing within it and what opportunities and challenges are on the horizon.
Rebecca Saunders is an independent Retail & Ecommerce consultant, having previously run Stationery, Weddings and Christmas at Notonthehighstreet.com. She is a former John Lewis buyer and has worked across the Food, Technology, Jewellery, Beauty and Baby & Child sectors. Rebecca started her career in Finance and Strategy covering retail clients in the UK and US following an Economics degree from Cambridge University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
HOW TO GET PEOPLE BACK INTO HIGH STREET SHOPS
Retailers are currently missing out on a whole segment of shoppers who want to buy local. Hear from retail tech entrepreneur and NearSt CEO Nick Brackenbury about the silent rapid growth of local search and how to benefit from this new audience.
NearSt is a retail technology company getting people back into high street shops. Their platform drives in-store footfall by connecting the products currently hidden on shop shelves to the millions of local shoppers searching for them nearby. In 2018 NearSt partnered with Google to enable shoppers to search live in-store products directly in search. Follow NearSt on Twitter @nearst
GLOBAL CONSUMER & DESIGN TRENDS FOR STATIONERY 2020
Taking a longer view into Spring/Summer 2020, Scarlet Opus has identified three global consumer and design trends it feels will have a significant influence in the UK stationery market next year. Learn about 'The Game Changer', 'Satori' and 'Fellowship' and see how these might manifest themselves in the stationery sector.
WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENING ON BRITAIN'S HIGH STREETS?
Michael of exp2 will share the latest Government and private research data to explain the changes on our high streets and in our spending habits to reveal what's really happening on our high streets.
Michael works with trade bodies (He is Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses Retail & High Street Policy Unit), research companies and independent retailers and has three decades of experience at board level with trade associations, government and national media. He is a researcher, analyst and regular news commentator and tweets @MichaelWeedon.