Curated Meetings welcomes global brands and buyers – ToyNews
After its successful beta trial and launch in the UK at the Spring and Autumn Fair, Curated Meetings is now opening its doors to shoppers and brands across Europe and the rest of the world, inviting them to participate in this new way of doing business at the Autumn Fair on September 5-6, 2022 at the NEC in Birmingham, England.
The program is now open to retailers and buyers who have purchasing responsibility and are actively sourcing across all product categories including home decor, housewares, garden, toys, party, beauty , wellness, seasonal products, accessories, jewelry, white label and more.
Attracting brands and buyers from the UK, Europe and the rest of the world, the curated meetings facilitate effective 15-minute pre-scheduled 1:1 meetings between qualified buyers and relevant suppliers, based on mutual interest to create new business opportunities together. Working closely with representatives from DIT, Curated Meetings specifically focuses on attracting buyers and brands from Central and Eastern Europe, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, from France, the United States, Mexico and India, with buyers from Four Sisters, The Snug, Hedgerows and Henry Vokes Adare from Ireland, Manor from Switzerland, Kosmelita from Lithuania and Pro-92 from Slovenia, already confirmed.
Elizabeth Miller, Global Buyer Community Manager, Curated Meetings, said: “Two very successful Curated Meetings events took place at the spring and fall show last year, and it undoubtedly proved its worth. As part of the next phase of our strategy, we are very excited to expand our reach to become a truly international proposition.
“Curated Meetings is a game changing program for the global retail community; for decision-making international buyers, it offers the opportunity to experience amazing products in an efficient, focused, personal and highly productive way. For international brands, Curated Meetings provides quick access to the UK market. In addition, brands do not have to exhibit at the Spring and Autumn Fair to participate in Curated Meetings. For brands and buyers alike, it delivers unmatched ROI and turnaround times and will take your business to a whole new level.
International buyers attending Curated Meetings will be able to accept invitations to meetings with suppliers prior to the Fall Fair and obtain up to nine 15-minute meetings to touch and feel products, all taking place in the exclusive Curated Meetings Lounge . Approved buyers will also receive up to £350 in travel grants.
Drew Stevenson, Source Specialist, ASDA, participated in the meetings held at the Spring Fair in February 2022 and said: “Through the meetings held, we have done advance preparatory work with suppliers to identify the right meeting opportunities. , and it worked very well. Today we had meetings with people we hadn’t spoken to before and defined some products we hadn’t bought before. I will join Curated Meetings again and advise our sales teams to do the same.
Carolyn Johnston, Director of Retail Operations, Houstons, added; “Yesterday I had eight appointments and of these I have already placed four orders. So I was put in touch with companies that were useful to my business and it made my life a lot easier. “
Curated Meetings at Autumn Fair takes place September 5-6, 2022 at the NEC Birmingham. For more information and to register, visit https://www.autumnfair.com/curated-meetings