RBTE 2015: the countdown begins

The week has arrived. Between 10-11 March, the European retail industry will be heading to RBTE to hear from a host of senior executives from the sector's top businesses, as well as to view the latest technology solutions from some of the world's largest suppliers.

More than 12,000 visitors are expected to head to London's Olympia to visit RBTE and the newly launched Retail Design World, which takes place in the adjacent hall.

RBTE speakers confirmed for the two-day event include deputy group CEO of Dixons Carphone Andrew Harrison, who will kick off proceedings with the opening keynote on Tuesday morning at 10:10am.

Visitors will also be able to hear from John Lewis CIO Paul Coby, AO.com CEO John Roberts, B&Q UK & Ireland omnichannel director Mike Durbridge and M&S food director Steve Rowe, among other leading names.

Rowe joins Hobbycraft CEO Catriona Marshall, Boots executive Simon Roberts, Tesco.com home shopping boss Simon Belsham and former British Retail Consortium director general Stephen Robertson for a panel debate on retail leadership, at 16:30 on 10 March.

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Aside from the conference sessions and exhibition stands, RBTE will be hosting eCommerce bootcamps, PayPal's Chill & Charge Lounge, the Dell Champagne Bar, The RFID Zone, the International Retail Franchising Summit and the Eye on Innovation Trail, in association with 4R Systems.

There will also be a dedicated Retailer Lounge for visitors, sponsored by Red Ant.

RBTE event director Matt Bradley said: "RBTE 2015 and Retail Design Expo bring together the best solutions from the UK, Europe and around the world with the aim of helping retailers to satisfy customers, drive sales, increase efficiency and reduce costs.

"There will be 150+ free conferences featuring leading retailers and designers, outstanding networking opportunities, all in an environment jam-packed with innovation and inspiration."

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