Innovations will bring convenience to wider audience

OLN publisher William Reed Business Media is replacing the Convenience Retailing Show with a new National Convenience Show next year.

The three-day event, being held at Birmingham’s NEC, from February 27 to March 1, will be positioned alongside the annual Association of Convenience Stores’ Summit and the Grocer Lunch.

“We think it’s time to put ‘convenient’ into convenience events with a single, national event that is as hard-working and flexible as our retailers, and which delivers the same convenience and choice their stores do,” said Andrew Reed, managing director for events and exhibitions.

James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, added: “Holding ACS Summit at the National Convenience Show will help bring our unique event to a wider audience. By linking with NCS we are also allowing our members to take part in a number of events in the same location to make the best use of their time.”?Next year’s National Convenience Show will have innovations, including an advice centre, where visitors can pre-book 20-minute slots with convenience retail experts on issues such as

merchandising, product availability and value for money.

There will also be a live tasting theatre, with daily practical demonstrations and tasting sessions.