Today (27 February 2018) sees the return of EuroCIS at Messe Düsseldorf in Germany. Taking place over three days, the exhibition for retail technology will cover everything from digital signage, article surveillance and POS hardware to payment systems and supply chain management, with a special focus on IoT, artificial intelligence and solutions in personalised customer targeting.
Spanning two halls of the Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, EuroCIS is this year expected to attract more than 450 exhibitors from 26 countries and around 11,000 visitors.
New for 2018 is the Start-Up Hub, a dedicated space for 10 burgeoning IT companies to showcase their retail technology solutions. Visitors to the area will have the opportunity to meet with the companies on their stands and learn more about the products and solutions in the special forum.
The EuroCIS Forum and Omnichannel Forum will also return for the duration of the show with a broad range of topics, including robotics, augmented reality and mobile solutions.
‘In retail, technology is revolutionising all areas in ever shorter innovation cycles – digital information, conversational commerce, mobile payment, VR, Big Data, IoT, to name but a few,’ says a spokesperson for EuroCIS. ‘High-tech solutions will become the prerequisite for success and especially in physical retail because more and more in-depth communication with shoppers, across all channels, will be key for survival. It is these dynamic developments that make EuroCIS so indispensable for exhibitors and visitors alike.’
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A new dedicated platform for 10 budding companies with innovative IT solutions. The start-ups can be found in Hall 9 and include Arivata GmbH, Beaconinside GmbH, Fision AG, and Infinia Retail e.K.
Guided Innovation Tours
Global retail forecasting, trend analysis and market information company Planet Retail will provide guided tours in both English and German, with a focus on start-ups and companies with innovative product and process solutions. The tours are free-of-charge for retailers and take approximately 90 minutes.
Retail Technology Awards Europe
The 11th annual awards ceremony comprises four categories – Best Customer Experience, Best In-Store Solution, Best Enterprise Solution and Best Omnichannel Solution. The winners will be announced at an evening gala on Tuesday 27 February.
The awards recognise companies that have demonstrated creativity and innovation in the areas of POP advertising, merchandising, shopfitting and digitalisation. There are 15 categories in total and all submissions will be exhibited at EuroCIS.
Exhibitors and their retail partners will present case studies in 15-minute time slots on topics such as self-checkout, big data and RFID.
* Transforming Customer Experience with Humanoid Robots: Pepper
Andrea Mestre, area sales manager, SoftBank Robotics Europe & Robot Pepper
* How Data is Driving the Future of In-Store Innovation
Tim Arits, COO, Intouch.com
* Secure Self-Checkout for High Value Products Without Terminal
Alexander Schneider, CEO and founder, rapitag
* Retail is Dead – Long Live Retail Thanks to IoT
Achim Himmelreich, director – digital transformation, Capgemini
Exhibitors and their retail partners will focus on questions related to success strategies, and challenges and opportunities of new technologies related to digital and traditional distribution channels.
* From Lost Sale to Loyal Shopper
Jean-Marc Thienpon, EVP/managing director, POS solutions, Adyen
* Internet of Things – Retailing in a Changing World
Sarah Winzen, key account manager, tarent solutions GmbH
* Sensor Flooring in the Retail Sector: Analyse Consumer Behaviour Inside Stores and Lead a Customer-Focused Business
Erwin Burth, chief marketing officer, Future-Shape GmbH
Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre, Germany
27 February – 1 March 2018