Attendees of the Nisa Retail annual retail exhibition 2021 will have the chance to preview the show a week in advance.

The virtual event runs between September 28 and 29, however the platform will go live today, allowing retailers to preview the show and plan their time for the two-day event.

Events manager at Nisa, Jenny Potts, said: “After the success of last year’s online event and the positive feedback received, we wanted to create something just as valuable and convenient for this year.

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“Given the ongoing uncertainty at the time of organising, we also thought it best to continue to respect the health and safety of our partners, suppliers and colleagues, which is why we opted for a virtual occasion.

“The theme for this year’s retail exhibition is ‘Engage, Inspire, Trade’ and that is exactly what we hope everyone achieves during the two-day event.”

Early access to the expo platform will allow attendees to test the technology, view stands and book appointments with suppliers and the Nisa team.

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The Category Talks feature will return for a second year, with more sessions offering insights and advice. 

Each session is followed by live Q&As with suppliers, working alongside the Nisa and Co-op commercial teams in leading the talks.

This expo’s annual awards ceremony will include the addition of three new awards that partners will be able to vote for during the event.

Potts added: “Historically, the gala dinner and awards evening at our annual show has always been quite spectacular and we realise it is just not possible to replicate such a grand affair virtually.

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“However, we still want to make it a bit of an occasion and by adding in live voting for a number of the categories it creates some more anticipation and excitement and means the winners are chosen by their peers.”

Nisa plans for the 2022 Nisa Expo to return to a physical, face-to-face format. The dates and venue for next year’s event will be released closer to the time.

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