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EXPERT TALKS

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10:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Opening: Driving Forces in Sourcing

    Welcome to EXPERT TALKS at IFA GLOBAL MARKETS. You'll need a trade visitor, press, or exhibitor badge to enter to hear this program.

    EXPERT TALKS is the B2B stage at IFA where our industry talks to each other about the practical and hands-on knowledge needed to better understand routes to market, procurement, sourcing trends, sourcing technique, components, shifting industry standards, and supply chain management. 

    In this introduction session, Bob Snyder will talk about the driving forces impacting the sourcing of products in our industry which have also shaped our EXPERT TALKS agenda.

11:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Keynote: The State of Sustainable Product Design and Supply Chain

    Consumers expect more intelligent, connected, tailored, and sustainable products. As these expectations take a defining role in the total product lifecycle and customer experience industries are under constant pressure to transform their businesses and supply chains. The mission: to continuously reinvent their physical and digital product portfolio with new partners, suppliers, and ecosystems.

11:30
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    30 mins

    The Future of the Audio Industry

    The audio business has witnessed an incredible evolution over the past decade, but what are consumers now seeking, and where are the new opportunities for monetisation? Hear from Futuresource audio industry analyst Rasika D’Souza outline industry expectations, drawing on in-house research and insights relating to consumer listening behaviours, new use-cases and spaces, and the wider opportunities across gaming, home entertainment, and automotive. 

12:00
  1. Hall 13
    60 mins

    Sourcing Audio (Experts Panel)

    Audio is the mother of consumer electronics. Although video gets more attention these days, audio consistently remains a very significant portion of the consumer electronics mix. Our panel of experienced sales, sourcing, and marketing experts will share their experiences, their successes (and a few failures) and their views on product trends. The audience is invited to ask questions after the panel explores the many aspects of audio, sourcing strategies, and the changing landscape of audio technologies.

13:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    What Can We Expect from the XR Industry?

    In this session, hear from Futuresource’s lead XR analyst Nikolaos Tzoumerkas who will put the VR & AR (XR) industry in context and numbers before a fireside chat, to evaluate the impact of the latest wave of product announcements and tech giants’ growing activities within the space. Nikolaos will provide his take on the impact of Apple’s recent announcements, discuss questions around use cases and applications that drive demand, and explore relevant technology developments we can expect.

13:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    4 Sustainable Design Trends (to Implement Now)

    Experts in Color-Material-Finish (CMF) help every industry follow the trends that drive product fashion, design, and styling. In this session, Anouk Groen (a CME forecaster with more than 20 years of experience) will take you on a visual journey through the latest CMF Design directions. This popular and entertaining presentation is useful for any company developing, designing, or marketing products that depend upon color material finish as part of their sales features. You will leave informed, inspired, and motivated to create your own sustainable design future.

14:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    How to Communicate Sustainability

    Sustainability, ESG and the Green New Deal transform how technology companies operate and promote their businesses and products. Brands and channel partners will need to align with their ESG transformation, whilst building and maintaining commercially driven messaging. This session will explore how some brands in our industry are successfully addressing consumer climate concerns-- and will discuss some key best practices from leading firms.

14:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Across the Value Chain: Supply, Sourcing, and Distribution

    In this Fireside Chat, we'll be talking with the Business Development Director at Fast Track, a mobile device company working globally across the entire value chain including supply, sourcing, and distribution. We'll explore the worlds of wholesale purchasing, marketing strategy across borders, multicultural sales management, and international logistics.

10:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Succeed in Marketplaces by Understanding Sellers

    If you know how sellers think, you could successfully manage your marketplace. Our speaker (in his role as President of the German Federal Association of eCommerce (BVOH and as an author and entrepreneur ) has looked at more than 1,000 marketplaces worldwide to identify the winning formula and share it with you.

11:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    The German Smart Home Market

    One of the pioneers and leaders of Germany's smart home market will present his overview of the business today. The CEO of Smarthome Initiative Deutschland, a non-profit organization that promotes smart homes technology and interaction between stakeholders, Günther Ohland will explain how Europe's top smart home market has developed-- and will answer audience questions on the current state for market entry and for commercial success.

11:30
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    30 mins

    How Smart Home Adds Up

    Working with distributors, retailers and vendors, CONTEXT Global Managing Director Adam Simon has been developing CONTEXT’s market research coverage to deliver analytics at all points in the value chain, to provide actionable insights rooted in concrete data. In this session, the speaker will show some conclusive numbers about what's selling across the main European markets and we'll follow the graph lines of what's trending (and what's not).

12:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Thread, the Wireless IP-based IoT Networking Standard for Smart Buildings and Homes

    Thread is the networking standard that enables the transition of popular building and home automation standards like KNX IoT and Matter to wireless, IP-based networks. Low-power and mesh-based technology allows it to seamlessly integrate with existing corporate networks. It enables devices using different application domains and even protocols to share the same infrastructure. Maintaining a single IP-based network for lighting, climate systems, access control and other applications makes architecting, installing and maintaining the networks highly efficient and cost-effective. 

    In this presentation, Jorg will explain what Thread is, explore some of its technical aspects, and explain how it works with building and home automation standards like KNX IoT and Matter.

12:30
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    30 mins

    How We Do Retail in Benelux

    One of a series of EXPERT TALKS interviews with key retail executives, this How-We-Do-Retail session will talk to the CEO and Partner of the ITreseller Group in Belgium. With 270 dealers in Belgium and a new group in the Netherlands already with 80 dealers, ITreseller Group is uniquely placed to talk about going to market in Benelux (Belgium/Netherlands/Luxembourg) and competing successfully.

13:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    How We Do Retail in Denmark

    One of a series of EXPERT TALKS interviews with key retail executives, this How-We-Do-Retail session will talk to the Director of CBC IT Amba.  Denmark's largest and oldest chain of consumer IT retailers, CBC has more than 70 members,  independent stores that band together for services (including PC repair), promotion, and procurement,  In this session, we'll be talking about manufacturers' expectations, the shifting product mix and the retail market for our industry in Denmark. 

13:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Building the Smart Ecosystem You Need

    Touching upon both technical as well as commercial aspects, Mike will share his experiences building ecosystems in Smart Home, Smart Building, Smart City (and even Industrial IoT ecosystem topics). He'll talk about the state of these ecosystems today and share some vital lessons learned. Because we know you'll have plenty of questions, we're leaving extra time for audience and Moderator questions.

14:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    How We Do Retail in Poland

    One of a series of EXPERT TALKS interviews with key retail distribution executives, this How-We-Do-Retail session will talk to the Retail Business Unit Director at Alstor, a distributor in Poland. whose Consumer solutions-iCorner retail concept continues to grow at a dynamic pace. Offering consumer products such as mobile device accessories and increasingly popular interactive toys, Alstor's retail business unit is an interesting example of the vital role distributors play in retail for our industry. We'll talk about how Alstor launched its retail concept and the retail growth at Alstor, as well as the state of consumer electronics retail in Poland. 

10:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Sourcing Post-Pandemic (Panel)

    For about 40 years, consumer electronics and major appliance manufacturers and retailers have turned to Asia for cost-effective product sourcing. EXPERT TALKS has invited two experienced experts in Asian sourcing to talk about how sourcing has changed in the 2020s. With supply chains in disruption after the pandemic, with geopolitics at play, with shifting economies and rising labor costs... our experts will bring up-to-date insights on the state of Asian sourcing today.

11:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Consumer Intelligence & eCommerce

    What do 5 million shoppers think about? With its consumer app Cleanfox, Fox Intelligence by Nielsen IQ has recruited the most exhaustive and reliable online consumer panel with +5 million e-shoppers worldwide. Market trends, best-selling vendors, best-selling products, price & delivery, loyalty & churn, share of wallet, Consumer behavior-- all of these eCommerce questions can be answered by the Fox platform. In this session, Carl West from Fox Intelligence will share some of these insights from the largest e-commerce panel in the world.

11:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    The Immersive Future of Retail

    As retail fights back against e-commerce, the clear path ahead for retailers leads to embracing "immersive experiences" for shopping. Ironically, the way consumer electronics retailers can attract and hold more customers in the digital era is by leveraging audio/video technology to create new experiences for customers. As an expert in lighting and display technologies, Brad will be sharing cutting-edge immersive strategies which will make attending this session valuable for manufacturers of display, lighting, digital signage, and XR (as well as for retailers and distributors looking for inspiration).

12:00
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Germany: Retail Channel's Trending Products

    EXPERTS TALKS would like to welcome Dr. Rudi Aunkofer to our stage. He is one of the leading experts and thought leaders for digitization, data science, omnichannel & supply chain management in the industry. As Founder and Director of the Institute for Information & Supply Chain Management (iSCM Institute) at the University of Applied Management, he'll share some insights from his data collection of what's selling (or not) in the German retail channels. With more than 20 years of experience in national and international technology markets, Dr. Aunkofer is the author of a number of specialist articles on digitization, innovation, and value networks and regularly gives keynote speeches on current topics in these fields. He'll be showing some impressive data and we'll use an interview format to highlight his market observations.

12:30
  1. Hall 13
    30 mins

    Bringing Products to EU Markets

    In this Fireside Chat, we're going to meet an industry entrepreneur who began his business at the age of 16 years --and who built an e-commerce business ranked among the fastest-growing in the Netherlands. We'll explore the key decisions he made along the way as he scaled up from his parent's garage to warehouses in several European markets. And we'll also chat about some interesting facts regarding regulations and barriers you can come across in selling across European borders.

13:00
  1. Hall 13
    60 mins

    What We Can Learn from Amazon Private Label

    It's time to talk about the elephant in the room: how big is Amazon's share of our market? How fast is Amazon moving from 1st party to 3rd party sales? And what is Amazon doing with its private label brands? From 30 brands only five years ago, Amazon now owns more than 100 private label brands that operate in dozens of markets on its site, including some in consumer electronics. To some manufacturers and their authorized sellers, this is an unsettling aspect of potential competition. Or is it?

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