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Ocado joins CBI and Bank of England at BHETA Forum


Ocado joins CBI and Bank of England at BHETA Forum

BHETA is to hold one of its popular networking forums on February 21st featuring Ocado’s senior buying manager, Martin de la Fuente as main speaker. A packed agenda will also include Richard Butler from the CBI, Glynn Jones from the Bank of England and Rob Ingram from Root 7.

Martin De La Fuente will be presenting his views on the current market, latest consumer trends, internet trading and outlining the future strategic direction and focus of the Ocado Home team over the coming months. He will also be highlighting the opportunities for suppliers and how best they can benefit from developing their trading relationships with Ocado as they look to deliver future growth.

Rob Ingram, Root 7 will be sharing his thoughts on how suppliers can adapt to, and exploit, the new digital trade economy. One of the key challenges for suppliers is how to move from a pure B2B business to a partial B2C business, without damaging existing and important trade relationships. Rob will also be sharing his Amazon trading experiences and providing tips on how best to maximise sales.

CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Regional Director, Richard Butler will be providing an update on the challenges and opportunities a post- BREXIT Britain offers the Housewares market. He will also present a wider perspective on the issues that face UK PLC based on the overview of its 90,000 members.

Glynn Jones, Bank of England – West Midlands & Oxfordshire will be updating members on the Bank’s view about the UK economy following our vote to leave the EU, their forecast of the economic impact and opportunities likely to come plus any policy responses both underway and taking shape.

BHETA’s housewares sector director, Will Jones commented, “Retailing continues to move fast, driven by different shopping habits and ever more advanced technology for the consumer. This forum will provide BHETA members with an invaluable insight into the opportunities for trading with Ocado and developing this route to market. With both the CBI and the Bank of England also on the platform, we will also benefit from the very latest predictions on the economy in general and with regard to specific challenges like BREXIT.

Home improvement sector director, Paul Grinsell added, “Yet again we anticipate a big turnout, so the event will also afford excellent networking opportunities. The forum will start at 10.00 am with registration from 9.15 am.”

Applications to attend the forum should be made to Dawn Clarke of the Member Services Team on or 0121 237 1130.

Source: BHETA
January 2018

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