Retail Packaging

National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham
Birmingham, United Kingdom
27 - 28/02/2019

The Retail Industry

Where: The Industry Forum Stage
When: 28th Febraury - 13:15 to 14:30

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is having an enormous impact on the world of retail. Consumers’ opt for the convenience of online shopping in preference to stores or malls, and the digital tools are making it easier for them to browse and compare prices, forcing businesses to continuously update and change their strategies to remain competitive. The raise of ethically minded consumer, distrustful of large establishments and corporations, creates a public expectation that the companies will change their approach to social responsibility. With popularisation of digital media platforms, social media campaigns are used as a tool that demand societal changes. The industry is already rethinking the way our products are sourced, designed and packaged aiming to fulfil the Circular Economy ambitions.
 
The results of this digital revolution are clearly visible, with almost daily reports on store closures of many high street icons or mergers of large retail brands.  It’s a challenging but also exciting time for retail – with new business models and retail formats that centre around consumer experiences, inviting new start-up businesses to thrive. For the packaging industry the challenge is even greater– how to innovate and deliver on environmental attributes whilst preserving functionality of exiting solutions.

The current retail landscape forces businesses across the retail supply chain to show a strategic approach in developing contingencies for possible future scenarios.

The Retail Forum, hosted by The Retail Institute, features a case study on implementing plastic-free zones in store from Thorntons Budgens the first supermarket in the UK to do so followed by a panel discussion on how consumer interest in the environmental impact of packaging is affecting retail strategies.

 

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A selection of suppliers with retail packaging solutions
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13:15 - 14:30

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The Retail Forum

Introduction from forum host

Ben Mitchell, Research Fellow and Packaging Innovation Lead, The Retail Institute

13:20 - 13:50

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Achieving the uk’s first plastic-free supermarket zones – a lesson in self-leadership; the key to empowerment and driving change

Daniel Frohwein,Team Leader & Head Coach, Thornton’s Budgens Belsize Park

13:50 - 14:30

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Panel Session: the retail landscape

Chair: Ben Mitchell, Research Fellow and Packaging Innovation Lead, The Retail Institute

Panelists: Brian Lodge, Design Manager, RPC Group Plc
Sharon Todd, Head of Marketing – Glass Europe, Ardagh

Vikki Callaghan, Market Development Manager Packaging UK, Account Manager Adhesives UK, BASF
Daniel Frohwein,Team Leader & Head Coach, Thornton’s Budgens Belsize Park
 

The upsurge in interest relating to the environmental impact on packaging has taken many companies by surprise and they are still adjusting to the increased scrutiny coming from pressure groups, government and the public. This panel session with retail packaging supply chain experts will seek to learn lessons from recent experiences and consider what future issues could have a similar impact during the coming years. We will ask our panellists what are the main challenges in planning for an uncertain future and what can be done to help organisations prepare for multiple future scenarios.

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