There are now less than eight weeks to go before the travel retail and duty free industry’s first digital conference and networking forum takes place on 28 September – 2 October. However, the platform opens a full month prior to the inaugural event on 28 August, to allow users to book meetings in advance.
A wave of visitors and brands have already pre-registered for the platform, which allows suppliers to connect, network and host meetings via intuitive ‘Brands Hubs’.
Attendees will benefit from a wealth of educational interaction and comprehensive knowledge & insights in the form of a daily e-learning programme in association with m1nd-set and the Institute of International Retail (IIR).
Those who do not qualify for the visitor and supplier/brand categories at TRMarketplace can meet brands and enjoy the e-learning programme for a one-off fee of UK GBP £350 [NB: The fee precludes access to TRMarketplace visitors ].
Nigel Hardy and Janice Hook, TRBusiness Owners and Joint Managing Directors said: “After months of hard work by the teams at TRBusiness and Bluedog Productions, we are delighted to announce that registration is officially open for TRMarketplace.
“Everyone recognises that the nature and scale of the devastation caused by coronavirus in the past few months has been – and continues to be – unparalleled. But adversity has bred strength, ingenuity and differentiation in decision making, the likes of which we haven’t experienced in our 30-plus years in the business. This has been made infinitely easier by advances in technology.
“A new dawn for networking has surfaced and TRMarketplace is at the forefront of this step-change in the industry. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity and we robustly encourage anyone with a vested interest in DF&TR to sign-up now and take full advantage of the innumerable opportunities available through the platform.”
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As reported, Heineken, Ritter Sport, Dufre, Mondelez World Travel Retail and Nuwave Channel Partners are just a handful of the latest companies to have taken Brand Hubs [see below walkthrough video] or sponsorships – or both.
They join countless high-profile visitors from the world’s leading travel retailers, airlines and major international airports keen to maximise business opportunities as the industry battles back to health after a hellish 2020.
More recent additions to the programme include Tokyo Narita, Amsterdam Schiphol, Groupe ADP, GMR Hyderabad and Manchester Airports Group.
“The new effective networking platform, TRMarketplace, gives an immense opportunity for retailers, airports and airlines buyers gain free access which was not available earlier,” said Soumya Salvin, Inflight Product Development, flyDubai.
“This is great for live events like product demos, customer training, and other technical sales topics. It will give the chance to create and deliver high-quality visual content that can have a positive impact on buyer’s visual platforms. Cost effectiveness to companies by reduced employee travel time and trip costs.
“Having a wider audience base engagement ensures an increase in brand awareness and makes it really easy for lot of like-minded people to join & get connected. No doubt TRMarketplace is indeed a wonderful strategy to teach and sell at the same time. Great way to attract new eyes, generate new leads, and help speed up the processes.”
BRAND HUBS: DEADLINE EXTENDED
Brand Hub owners will gain full disclosure of the visitors list and have the opportunity to book meetings up to four weeks prior to the event start date to maximise ROI.
All TRMarketplace content will be available for six months after the event has concluded.
Since TRMarketplace was launched earlier this year, the Brand Hubs have received a tremendous response and as a courtesy gesture TRBusiness has decided to extend the deadline to register for a Brand Hub until 14 August [*see footer for further information].
Brand Hub owner Carambar & Co. says TRMarketplace offers visibility to the company’s brands and an opportunity to communicate its presence in travel retail.
Another Brand Hub owner, Multi Duty Free Department, highlights the potential to explore and develop new business ideas with customers, partners and friends.
Dagmar Berentzen, Managing Partner, Multi Duty Free Department says TRMarketplace permits connections with existing clients while fostering new ones.
“We see a really good opportunity to reach out to people we don’t know; a lot of important customers still missing. We think we have something interesting to propose to them as the market is changing every day and everybody is looking for something new. We definitely encourage our customers and partners to use TRMarketplace; it’s a very innovative idea.”
In line with TRBusiness’ mission to ‘help the industry grow’, the company has also recently unveiled the TR Talent Pool initiative for those who have lost their jobs in DF&TR due to Covid-19.
TR Talent Pool allows free-of-charge entry to TRMarketplace to help job seekers book meetings with participants and discuss potential career opportunities. In this way, the initiative galvanises an abundance of skills in the industry and funnels critical experience and knowledge through the lens of a powerful networking platform.
Retail operators can enjoy complimentary access to TRMarketplace, while brands/suppliers can exhibit for a fixed price of GBP £4,495 (ex VAT), which represents tremendous value to stakeholders.
Brands can upload all relevant documentation for visitors to browse and download (access restricted). Brands will even be able to facilitate the launch of new products.
Each brand representative can schedule video conferences with retailers and other partners using the platform’s secure integrated software, alleviating the need to install any third-party add-ons. The number of brand representatives is unlimited. The number of concurrent video conferences that can take place is also unlimited for each brand.