Coronavirus leads to cancellation of RetailEXPO 2020

The organisers of the UK’s leading retail event RetailEXPO 2020 have cancelled this year’s show due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The event, which saw thousands of retailers, technology vendors and designers attend in recent years to learn about the latest trends impacting the sector, was due to take place on 29-30 April in London’s Olympia and will now take place a year later in April 2021.

Reed Exhibitions, which organises the show, said: “Having considered all options and given the rapidly changing environment, rescheduling for later this year is no longer feasible and so this is the best course of action for the retail industry and the communities we serve. It also reflects our desire to give everyone involved as much notice as possible.

“The health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff is our number one priority.”

Last year was the first year RetailEXPO had run as a unified show combining with Retail Digital Signage Expo (RDSE) and Retail Design Expo (RDE). The show saw 10,000 visitors attend the event to hear from the likes of Justin King and Michel Roux Junior, as well as network with peers and technology giants including Verifone, Ingenico and REPL.

Events have been cancelled across the world, as the new virus impacts daily life of citizens. The UK has told the population to reduce close contact with others, while advising against mass gatherings, foreign travel and to avoid pubs, theatres and restaurants.

This has led to pressure on grocery stores as shoppers panic-buy goods to see them through potential isolation. Meanwhile, the future of other retail businesses, along with pubs, clubs and restaurants is in doubt due to the distancing advice, and the government has since lifted the burden of business rates for a full year to help companies weather the storm.

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