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The Retail Solutions Conference, June 2001 attracts leading names in the Retail Industry

Retail Solutions enhances its status as Europe’s largest and best attended retail IT exhibition with the addition of a new-style, two-day conference and awards evening. Sponsored by Eqos, the Retail Solutions Conference on 5th and 6th June 2001, NEC, Birmingham has already attracted many of the leading names in retail who will address key issues such as selecting and building an effective multi-channel strategy, brand management across multiple channels, m-commerce, flawless fulfilment and customer service in the new economy, using CRM to increase profits and the impact of trading exchanges.

Among the speakers at the conference will be: Jeremy Hollows, chief information officer, Carrefour;
Dan C. Smith, chief information officer, Saks Fifth Avenue; Mark Dearnley, chief technology officer, wellbeing.com and Professor Michael Earl, London Business School, acknowledged as a leading authority on technology trends. For the first time the conference will be staged within a purpose-built area within the Retail Solutions exhibition area.

The Retail Solutions exhibition, taking place on 5, 6, 7 June 2001 at NEC, Birmingham, will create an unparalleled opportunity for buyers to review the very latest retail information technology, as well as learn from the experiences of many of the leading names in the retail and technology industry from Europe and the US. More than 250 exhibitors will showcase a comprehensive range of systems for store and head office, supply chain management and retail marketing, plus retail hardware including Anker Systems, JDA, KPOS, NSB and Symbol. A special e-commerce area, devoted to b2b and b2c solutions, has also been created with exhibitors including BEA Systems, Cybersource, Kewill, Retek and VCSTimeless. Retailers will be able to make the right choice to improve their business and take advantage of the Government’s Finance Bill (see Editor’s Notes) which offers tax breaks for smaller retailers investing in information and communications technology up to 2002. There will also be specialist areas centred around key suppliers such as IBM and PC POS.

Running alongside the 3-day exhibition will be a series of free workshops, which will be of interest to both small to medium sized retailers as well as larger organisations. These will address topical issues such as fraud prevention, supply chain, CRM, store/head office systems, ASPs and outsourcing IT.



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Retail Solutions enhances its status as Europe’s foremost retail IT exhibition and conference with the addition of the European Retail Solutions Awards 2001 for this year’s event. Organised in association with Deloitte & Touche the Awards will take place on June 5th 2001 and are designed to recognise the very best innovations in retail IT. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including: Frank Murphy, director, Superquinn; Ronald van Solt, director, Royal Ahold; Patrick McHugh, e-commerce director, J Sainsbury and Judi Edwards, IT director, Signet.

The 12 awards will cover: European Retail Solution of the Year, Retail Technology of the Year (large retailer and small/medium retailer), Best Use of Technology in a Small or Medium sized Retailer,
Best e-commerce Application b2b and b2c, Most Innovative Use of In-store Technology, Best EPOS Rollout, Future Technology, Best in e-business Integration, Best Retailer/Supplier Partnership, Supplier of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Retail Solutions runs concurrently with the Retail Interiors Show, the UK’s leading event for retailers, designers and shopfitters responsible for store design and interiors, with around 150 exhibitors and special areas devoted to visual merchandising and design, retail lighting, shop equipment and display and Pop and AV.

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Entry to both Retail Solutions and Retail Interiors is free to the trade.
Visitor hotline numbers:
Retail Solutions: +44 (0)870 429 4362 Retail Interiors: +44 (0)870 429 4360

Further information is available on www.4retail.net/solutions, or www.4retail.net/interiors

For further press information, please contact: Sinead Sheils or Anne Lomax at Linda Laderman PR

Tel: +44 (0)20 7436 6676 Fax: +44 (0)20 7580 0555

Email: sineads@ladermanpr.co.uk

Or Emap Retail:

General Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7520 1500

Daily rates for the Retail Solutions conference are £495 plus VAT for a single retail delegate for two days (£795 plus VAT for non retailers).

For tickets and information regarding the European Retail Solutions Awards, please
contact: +44 (0)20 7520 1688





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Editor’s Notes

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The Finance Bill (07/04/00) contains provisions for spending by small businesses on information and communications technology over the following three years. The aim is to encourage small businesses to invest in IT and to embrace E-commerce and to meet the government’s objective to make the UK the best environment in the world for
e-commerce by 2002:

· Small businesses that invest in Information and Communication Technology equipment (computers, software and internet-enabled mobile phones) over the three years from 1 April 2000 will be able to claim 100% first year capital allowances, thereby gaining immediate relief on the whole cost of their investment.
· A £60m package to help small firms get on-line and deliver service to them on-line. This includes £20m for a new call-centre and web-based advice and information services, £10m for a advice and training for small firms on using IT and £30m to build secure infrastructure for electronic communications between government, business and citizens.

Date of issue: 07/04/2000 Inland Revenue 2000
Ref No: 081/00

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For the 2001 conference, an advisory board has been formed to create the two-day programme with members including Ian O’Reilly, former IT director, Tesco; Frank Berridge, IT director, House of Fraser; Peter Cox, IT director, Waitrose; David Hallett, group IT director, The Littlewoods Organisation; Tim Morris, IS director, Debenhams and Penelope Ody, editor of the Retail Solutions section of Retail Week.



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