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Recession Strategies & Sustainability Focus Of 2009 Private Label Show

Three strategic issues facing retailers and their private label programmes in the current recession and beyond will be in the spotlight at PLMA’s 2009 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show seminars, to be held at the RAI Centre here on Monday 25 May.
Coping with the recession is on the top of the agenda for retailers and manufacturers, and the first seminar presentation, “The Economy: Navigating the downturn,” focuses on the issue. Eric Nanninga, Partner at the Deloitte consulting firm, will look ahead at the changing economic conditions and offer advice on identifying the best opportunities.  

Whatever the economic climate, new products will be essential to the success of private label in the future. The second seminar presentation offers a case study of how a major supermarket retailer manages its new product development.  Bruce Langlands, Head of Product Development, Superquinn, Ireland, gives a comprehensive look at what’s behind the successful creation of new products.  

Before the recession, sustainability was an important trend for many consumers and retailers. Has this trend diminished as shoppers become more value-conscious? Birgitta Kramer, Senior Advisor Sustainability, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, will examine this issue in her presentation, “Sustainabiity: Are Consumers Buying It?”

The seminar program will be held from 14.00-16.00 on 25 May in the Forum Centre at the RAI Exhibition Centre. The event is one day prior to the “World of Private Label” International Trade Show, which will be held on 26-27 May at the RAI.  

This year’s Trade Show has about 3,200 stands and 1,700 exhibitors. More than 65 countries will be represented by exhibiting companies. There will also be 39 national or regional exhibitor pavilions, including new ones from Ireland, China, Dubai and Latvia.

The latest product and packaging innovations from around the globe will be on display at the Trade Show. The Idea Supermarket, which has become one of the event’s most popular features, displays hundreds of food and nonfood products from more than 60 retailers from Europe, North and South America and Asia.  In addition, PLMA’s New Product Expo displays products and packaging that are new to private label and being shown on the Trade Show floor.

PLMA’s 2009 “World of Private Label” International Trade Show will attract buyers from the world’s supermarkets, hypermarkets, discounters, department stores, drugstores, wholesalers, importers and exporters.  PLMA’s Trade Show is the world’s largest gathering of executives involved in private label and has been going on for more than 20 years.