Home and gift retail exhibition Autumn Fair, taking place at the Birmingham NEC from 1st-4th September, is set to launch a new international Sourcing zone as part of its new direction.

With the global retail sourcing and procurement market expected to grow by nearly +12% in the period up to 2024 [according to Retail Sourcing and Procurement Market], retailers looking to benefit from markets outside of the UK will be able to build essential relationships with leading international exporters and manufacturers at this year’s show, promises event organiser ITE Group.

In turn, manufacturers from key sourcing regions around the world will have the opportunity to exhibit new products and techniques in the UK's forward-facing retail market.

Throughout Hall 10, international manufacturers coming to Autumn Fair from Pakistan, Tunisia, China and India, among others, will bring together products for gift, home, toys, fashion and kitchen and dining buyers.

At the show, a dedicated Sourcing Theatre will host talks from industry experts on such topics as supply chain management, partnerships, procurement, visual merchandising, and more.

Visitors will also be able to draw inspiration from the hall’s trend installation, which will explore trends that are set to impact product development, and what consumers will be looking for in autumn/winter 2020/21. Buyers will also be able to access an exclusive Sourcing Lounge to discuss deals, points of inspiration, procurement strategy, or to simply recharge.

Julie Driscoll, Autumn Fair MD, says: “This year’s Autumn Fair will recognise the growing demand within the retail space for quality and relevant international products. In doing so we will bring the best that the world has to offer to the NEC for four days this September.

“Retailers who may not have the time to commit to costly foreign sourcing trips will now have international sourcing opportunities at their doorstep. For those who have previously felt that the world’s most competitive, high-quality and dedicated suppliers have been out of reach can now forge significant new supplier relationships. Not only that, but we’ll be pushing to attract more international retailers to buy from the UK-based suppliers that are the foundation of our show.

“We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that we share the latest trend intelligence for international vendors to ensure that they’re bringing the most relevant products for the UK market.”

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