ChannelHub, the first online portal for matching buyers and sellers in the consumer electronics sector, successfully concluded its second Retail Connect One-to-One event for EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). The online event that ran from 2-4 March 2021 with an additional day of one on one meetings on 5 March, allowed each registered vendor to access and connect to over 300 registered buyers across EMEA and India. This edition saw the largest participation from Europe with Western Europe (25%) followed by 24% from Central and Eastern Europe. The second-largest participation came from the Middle East with 18% and Southern Europe at 17%.
Retail Connect allowed them to set up direct one on one meetings with key decision-makers at some of the leading retailers and distributors in the EMEA region. The event hosted keynotes and workshops conducted by event partner, GfK, and pitch sessions from vendors for key consumer electronic segments including mobile accessories, smart tech, PC, gaming, and AV.
Farouk Hemraj, CEO at ChannelHub, said, “We only deal with senior executives from the consumer tech channel across EMEA, people with decision making power. Audience quality is our motto and half of our team is dedicated to select and invite the right audience to our event. This is important for our vendors who need to find a way to continue to expand their markets and their reach across the globe.”
The event offers fully curated and pre-scheduled meetings per attendee using ChannelHub’s exclusive meeting scheduler that allows vendors and buyers to setup private meetings. The March edition saw the booking and scheduling of around 950 meetings using the system.
Pitch Your Product
40 Vendors took to “the stage” for five minutes to pitch their latest product in front of the entire audience in three key categories (one category per day) – mobile, smart tech and IT/gaming/audio – where the buyers and media voted for the most interesting product in each category. PIVO won the audience vote for mobile, Noerden for smart tech and Urbanista in the IT/gaming/audio categories.
Keynotes and workshops
The comprehensive program of keynote and workshops from GfK kickstarted each day’s session to provide much-needed data and guidance for the sector.
All participating vendors are listed on the ChannelHub platform and can potentially be contacted by any of its listed 700+ buyers from 65 countries.