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Amazon to speak at BHETA forum

Published: 13 March 2017 - Fiona Garcia

Amazon’s Jeff Wemyss and Oliver Sawers will be sharing the latest information on how digital innovation is fuelling the Amazon business and the opportunities that this presents to existing and potential suppliers seeking revenue growth.

Category leaders from Amazon will talk about innovations in key home and DIY categories
Category leaders from Amazon will talk about innovations in key home and DIY categories

The Forum will take place on April 21 and will be held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and attendees will be given an update on the progress of the Amazon business, an introduction to innovations which are particularly relevant for the housewares, SDA, home improvement and tools and garden power categories, plus the opportunity to network with the Amazon buying team.  

Market research experts GFK will be also be presenting relevant updates covering all the key industry sectors and providing an insight into the progress being made by e-commerce, while Clive Daley of mdj2 Associates will talk about the ongoing issue of the exchange rate fluctuations and its impact on the cost of goods post-Brexit.  Mr Daley has extensive knowledge and experience from both a retailer and supplier perspective , and will offer his suggestions and practical solutions on how to handle this situation.

Another speaker at the forum will be Decco’s chief operating officer, Charlie Lacey, who will discuss the opportunities presented by working with a seven UK-based distribution centres servicing UK High St retailers and garden centres. 

BHETA’s housewares sector director, Will Jones commented:  “With ecommerce continuing to make a significant impact on the retail landscape and projecting further growth in the foreseeable future, UK consumer behaviour is at the forefront of this digital evolution and Amazon are currently recognised as one of the leading e-tail platforms in the field. The whole agenda is equally current however, so we are expecting a significant turnout.”  

DIY and garden sector director, Paul Grinsell echoed this view:  “Once again we anticipate this BHETA Forum will be particularly popular – hence our choice of the Ricoh Arena in Coventry as a venue.  Previous experience has shown that larger venues really do contribute to creating a bigger industry event that affords even greater networking opportunities.”

Applications to attend the forum should be made to Dawn Clarke of the member services team on dc@bheta.co.uk or 0121 237 1130.

 

 

 

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