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VM & Display Show: A visual delight

The VM & Display Show returns to London in April with a host of inspiring and exciting suppliers, products and ideas.

It’s that time of year again. Spring is in the air and the VM & Display Show is just around the corner. The annual event, which takes place in the intimate surroundings of London’s Business Design Centre, showcases the creative talent of more than 50 new and established visual merchandising and display companies in the UK, across three days.
From 17-19 April, new and returning VM companies will delight visitors with inspiring and innovative products and techniques for window displays and in-store schemes.

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Eco-chic: Building a sustainable future

Brands and retailers are increasingly showing their commitment to the environment by building sustainable business practices, finds Retail Focus.
 
Global jeanswear brand Levi Strauss & Co is one of a growing number of companies around the world committed to developing sustainable business practices that benefit customers, the environment and local communities. According to the company’s website, sustainability is deeply embedded into its products, culture and business. Like many, Levi’s has been working towards making its retail stores ‘green’.

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Bread & Butter: High Fidelity

Leicestershire-based retail design studio Mynt jets to Airport Berlin Tempelhof for the 26th edition of Bread & Butter – the ‘tradeshow for selected brands’.
 
Think of a typical trade show, and what comes to mind? An indoor ice rink with beautiful models skating, surrounded by stuffed foxes and 200 white model penguins, all backed up by a mammoth six metre high TV screen? Or how about a lovingly re-created East-End boozer, complete with exposed brickwork, London Pride and hand pulled pints, darts, skittles and live bands?

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Online meets offline

While traditional retailers continue to develop and improve their online operations, pure-play internet retailers increasingly move offline, bringing their products and services into the physical retail space, finds Retail Focus.
 
When internet retailing first took off in the 1990’s many believed it would spell the end of the high street. With lower overhead and start-up costs, and the ability to trade 24/7, it was thought pure-play retailers would gradually replace store-based businesses. In reality, however, the picture is quite different. Today, consumers often engage more than one channel in their decision making process and so the focus for a growing number of brands and retailers is firmly on creating a seamless and consistent multichannel experience.

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Stephen Briars,
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