Smart Retail Solutions 4th Annual Gala was ‘the best yet’.

Smart Retail Solutions Group hosted hundreds of guests at their fourth annual, Out of Home Summer Gala at The Steel Yard in London, on Thursday, June 6th

Attendees networked over coffee from Smart Retail Solutions Group partner Coffeetek, before taking their seats for an industry overview and a look at the future of automated retail from IGD’s Eating Out Insights Manager Nicola Knight. The keynote address was delivered by Jim Brinton, founder, CEO and Chairman of Avanti Markets and Evergreen Refreshments, who flew in for the event from Seattle, Washington USA.

The 2024 Summer Gala focused on showcasing the latest developments in automated retail solutions. The Smart Retail Solutions Group revealed its latest offering to guests with a dramatic, curtain drop flourish. The 2024 package proved popular with attendees who appreciated their exclusive first look at the new kit, technology – and prices – on offer.

After the serious stuff, the fun began in the form of a sail on The Thames, onboard The Dutch Master, before returning to The Steel Yard to continue the conversation as live music emerged from under the arches.

The gala was organised by Smart Retail Solutions member companies comprising 365 Retail Markets, Nebrak, Britvic, Coffeetek, Kepak and Pepsico.

Carl Hunter, Automated Retail & New Business Controller at Kepak Group, said this year’s gala was ‘the most successful one yet’. ‘The feedback we’ve had has been great’, he told PV. ‘Guests from all corners of the industry gathered not only for a day of business development and insights from the very best in the sector, but also to take the opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues, exploring opportunities and discussing bespoke solutions.  We’re already on with planning next year’s event; it really is turning into one of the industry’s red letter days.’

Catch up on previous Smart Retail Solutions Group stories HERE on Planet Vending


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