Next year's RBTE will once again play host to Europe's largest retailers, with the 2016 edition of the show being billed as offering the best speaker line-up in the event's six-year history.

The first batch of speakers have been announced for the expo, which takes place on 9-10 March 2016 at London's Olympia, and the line-up includes the following names: Tim Mason, former CEO of Bonmarche and Tesco US; Terry Duddy, non-executive director of Debenhams; David Wild, CEO of Domino's Pizza; Simon Roberts, executive vice president of Walgreens Boots Alliance, and president of Boots; Angus Thirlwell, co-founder & CEO of Hotel Chocolat; Luke Jensen, former group development director of Sainsbury's; Andrew Livingston, CEO of Screwfix; and Andy Harding, chief customer officer at House of Fraser.

RBTE is Europe's largest retail solutions event and is free to visit. With five theatres, including dedicated areas for eCommerce and payments, the show conference programme will cover a vast range of topics over the course of two days.

Other confirmed speakers include: Oliver Meakin, managing director of Maplin; Hayley Tatum, executive director/senior vice president for people and stores at Asda; Robin Phillips, omnichannel and development director at Boots; Aaron Chatterley, founder and deputy chairman of Feelunique.com; and Gracia Amico, CEO at PetsPyjamas.

There will also be presentations from Argos, Secretsales.com, Arnotts, Auchan, eBay, Adidas, AO.com, The Entertainer, Shop Direct, Debenhams, Tesco, Spar, Shell and Wagamama – with more speakers yet to be announced.

Matt Bradley, RBTE event director, said: "The RBTE conference programme goes from strength to strength, and always receives fantastic feedback from our visitors – but the 2016 line-up is the best by far.  

"I challenge anyone to find a better retail speaker programme anywhere including those seriously expensive paid-for conferences! And if you add the equally impressive list of speakers and topics for our co-located show, Retail Design Expo, there's over 190 sessions, providing an extensive education programme jam-packed with the very best retail speakers – making a visit to RBTE an absolute must."

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