Home agenda: top retail trends under the spotlight in Beijing

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Chinese shoppers on the Wangfujing shopping street in Beijing

From March 28 to 29 the leading experts in the field of retail will gather together in Beijing to discuss the trends and technologies shaping the shopping experience of the future. 

World Retail Conference Asia Pacific
March 28-29
Beijing International Hotel,
Beijing, China

In 2012 the annual World Retail Conference Asia Pacific brings together retail and market experts from around the region to discuss the latest consumer trends, the impact of mobile retailing, and how the rising spending power of the Asian consumer is altering the face of retailing.

61st Hannover Messe

April 23-27 
Hanover fairground
Hannover, Germany

Hannover Messe is the world's biggest industrial fair and is home to the latest industrial technology innovations in the fields of energy, mobility and green tech; this year's show is partnered with China under the title Green IntelligenceIn terms of visitor numbers, exhibitors and importance as an industrial tech fair Hannover Messe does not really have an equal; to illustrate this, CeBIT, now the world's largest high-tech fair, was once just a display category within Hannover Messe.

49th Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS)

April 24-26 
McCormick Palace 
Chicago, IL, USA

KBIS is a purely kitchen and bathroom product-related trade show geared towards designers, architects, wholesalers and other industry professionals. The show hosts the Best of KBIS Awards and features several keynote speeches from members of the kitchen and bathroom industry. KBIS is highly focused and specialized, giving it more in common Spoga Gafa garden show (September), for example, than with interior design events such as Ambiente (February).