The first C-Shop Cologne — The European Convenience Show — held in Cologne from 4-6 November 2012 attracted around 1,300 trade visitors and showcased a range of products and insights for convenience retailers.
“Right from the word go, C-Shop Cologne fulfilled its role as a central information and business platform,” said Katharina Hamma, chief operating officer of Koelnmesse. “The market has firmly embraced the concept.”
The new trade fair claimed to expertly represent the entire range of products and services available in convenience stores.
Among the exhibitors were leading suppliers and specialised service providers. In addition to food and beverage companies, non-food was represented too. These included tobacco products, news and magazines, mobile products, stationery, leather goods and everyday items such as healthcare products.
Shop design and construction, cash register systems and complete franchise concepts completed the line up of exhibits.
From the point of view of exhibitors, the debut C-Shop Cologne was a success, according to show organisers.
The show registered high visitor numbers and delivered lively and intense discussions with an informed and knowledgeable audience, Koelnmesse said.
Visitors spanned purchasers from the wholesale and retail trade, project and site developers, plus kiosk and petrol station operators. The trade visitors travelled from neighbouring EU member states as well as countries outside of the European Union.
“It was all about forward-looking concepts that are suitable for everyday business,” said one exhibitor.
“Many store operators want to be properly prepared for the future,” said another. “We have the right tools, services and products to offer — and we were able to successfully present these to both current and new customers.”
A supplier to the sector added: “The product range offered at convenience stores in Germany will undergo tremendous development in the coming years. We’re going to actively participate in this growth.”
Products and concepts designed to achieve success at the point of sale were the focus of expert presentations and workshops. These events took place every day of the fair in the central area of the trade fair hall.
The talks and workshops were equally popular with both exhibitors and visitors, said organisers.
The first C-Shop Cologne was held in conjunction with trade conferences such as the Local Providers forum, which was organised by Convenience Shop magazine (the trade magazine for the sector published by LPV Media) and the Vending Machine Trade Conference 2013, which was organised by Catering Management magazine.
The Lekkerland company also took advantage of the trade fair to have meetings with its system and distribution partners.
During the show, Convenience Shop magazine also presented its Shop of the Years award.
The next C-Shop Cologne – The European Convenience Show – will take place from 9-11 November 2014.