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Posted by Louise Prance-Miles on 7 July 2021
Already a huge success for over five years at its partner show in Las Vegas, USA – Autumn Fair is now bringing the Curated Meetings service to the UK; introducing pre-qualified and vetted premium buyers who are actively sourcing to relevant, quality suppliers.
Over 500 meetings are planned across two days, bringing together buyers from a host of leading national and independent retailers keen to hand-pick next season's bestsellers including John Lewis, JoJo Maman Bebe, Moonpig.com, Next, Oliver Bonas, Oxfam, 1517, Bloom & Wild, Superdrug, Booths supermarkets, Coopers of Stortford, Dinghams, Findon Garden Centre, Lark, Lowden Garden Centre, Mooch, Museum of Oxford, Robert Dyas, Sally Bee Lifestyle, Statement Home & Gifts, The Dispensary, Velvet Store, and many more.
Designed to offer a highly curated, time-efficient and no hassle match-making service where buyers and suppliers only take meetings with partners they have selected and approved, Curated Meetings provides a unique opportunity for buyers and suppliers to meet and kickstart long-term relationships and creates a better, more productive way to buy.
Using the Curated Meetings online platform, buyers can filter for products that truly suit their desired aesthetic, product type, price range and beyond. Whether that's lifestyle and Scandi, classic and vintage, or maybe children's toys through to ceramics or silver jewellery. Buyers can then browse relevant products from some incredible brands and request meetings with suppliers that catch their eye including Alex Clark Art, Allied Imports, Ashleigh & Burwood, Bispol Candles, Bubblegum Stuff, By Molly&Izzie, Country Creation, D & J and Glassware.
Maleha Khan, Product Manager of Autumn Fair Curated Meetings says: "Curated Meetings is a game-changing proposition for the future of buying and sourcing in retail. Already celebrated as a lead-sourcing programme in the USA delivering 1000's of meetings per event, the much-anticipated Curated Meetings' UK debut beta trial will take place during Autumn Fair 2021 with a focus on gifts; the full-scale programme will launch across multiple sectors at Spring Fair 2022. Buyers have a limited amount of time to source new brands and product collections and Curated Meetings enables them to line up a series of time efficient and hassle-free appointments to discover and see brands quickly and easily when they are on-site. All meetings are double opt-in, so both buyers and vendors must accept, ensuring maximum relevance and engagement. Spaces are limited and in-demand though, so act fast to apply for yours.”
Buyers and vendors must meet criteria and be approved to take part in Curated Meetings. Once meetings have been requested, onsite appointments are scheduled during allocated time slots on the Monday and Tuesday of the show to be held in a dedicated Curated Meetings space.
Applications can be submitted at www.autumnfair.com/curated-meetings