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DAY 4 Edition - IFA International 2017

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TRADE TALK BROUGHT TO YOU BY Lutz Burneleit Divisional Manager Household Appliances, EK/servicegroup The Keyword is “Storytelling” Retailers looking for products with emotion to entice at point of sale THE CRITICAL EYE – AND COMMENTS OF THE MEDIA AT IFA Each day in IFA International, we bring you feedback from media at the show, helping buyers and manufacturers get a better understanding of how they work at IFA. Jaime Rivera Multimedia Manager, EK/servicegroup, one of Europe’s largest retail cooperatives in the living and comfort sectors, is back at IFA to present its latest point of sale innovations. IFA International spoke to Lutz Burneleit, Divisional Manager Household Appliances at EK, about the latest retailing trends and the unique ways that EK offers marketing, IT, financial and warehousing support to store owners. In the business field of comfort, technologies that make life easier continue to fascinate, which is why the focus is still on the Smart Home. The same also applies to the floor care segment. Battery-powered vacuum cleaners represent the new independence in vacuuming. Cooking is a huge trend – it unites the people in the kitchen. The motto is: have a good time and enjoy. What is driving EK’s current retailing support strategy? The intelligent combination of online and offline trading is one of our top priorities. Thus our trading partners can rely on our support in regard to the increasing importance of digitisation in all technical and content-related aspects. The continuous development of our eCommerce platform and the expansion of online marketing for the retail concepts of the EK/servicegroup are important elements. The retailer must be visible and findable online. Otherwise, the game is over. Which products should retailers watch out for at IFA? The sector is looking for trends and innovations that create emotions at the POS, generate images in customer’s mind and tell stories. For the trade, the keyword “storytelling” is just as important as the customer-orientated information about resource efficiency and sustainability. Why is it important for manufacturers to help you with staff training? The number of manufacturer trainings for the trade has continuously increased in the last few years. Only well-informed employees are able to impart the benefits and unique features of the product and the brand, and are able to turn customers into fans of the brand. Manufacturers require brand ambassadors in the stores. Appropriate trainings are the way to achieve this. How important is IFA as a source of supplier / manufacturer information and contacts? As one of the most important fairs for home appliances, there is no way that we are not attending IFA. As a co-operative, the main focus is on recognising trends and innovations as well as the networking with industry and trade. IFA provides a unique forum for this. Furthermore, the show is an ideal showcase for our business field of comfort GOT THE RIGHT TABLET? Jaime Rivera, Multimedia Manager at pocketnow. com has been covering mobile technology since the glory days of the PDA back in the year 2000, joining the company in 2007, and today taking credit for growing the company’s YouTube business into what it is. We asked Jaime what he is primarily looking for this year at IFA. Our scope is mainly mobile technology, so this is what we focus on. Tablets, smartphones, wearables, and all products surrounding this genre. You were also present at IFA’s International Press Conference in Lisbon. How was that, and how important was it in terms of helping you with information in the run up to the show? I love IFA GPC. I'm very impressed at the level of importance that IFA gives to learning about market trends and sharing that information with us. It's helped us educate our approach to the products we should cover and better-taylor our approach to consumers. What do you feel are the most important trends in technology this year? IoT and wearables mostly. These products are still in their infancy, but I find it amazing to see how many new ideas have emerged. What advice would you give to a journalist attending IFA for the first time? IFA is huge. Probably the largest trade show I've attended; and also, the most complete. My biggest advice is to take your time. Plan a good amount of days to truly appreciate all that is available. Some of our best partnerships and business relations have emerged from attending IFA IFA International • Monday 4 st September 2017 21

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