If Big Deal is the motto of this year’s IFA Global Markets, then the motto of the Expert Talks should be Big Talk

We caught up with Expert Talks Content Chairman, Bob Snyder, and asked him to elaborate on the big talking points at the thought-provoking IFA Global Markets event.

We cover a wide ground of important subjects that serve the industry buyers who buy OEM/ODM to build or sell under their own brand. Between September 2 and 5, each day has its own “big talk” depending on the technology or service you are interested in – for example, CE-Marking. Or a buyer might need to know “How to find, sign and motivate Chinese suppliers”…we have an excellent panel on that.

And we have two blockbuster Keynote sessions on 4 September that I’m sure will draw major attention. We have a Fireside Chat with Peter Wiggers, the Managing Director of B&S Retail which own the CAPI stores, 25 shops in five countries that offer a portfolio of electronics aimed at the traveler. You know, those cool gadget shops for travelers that you see even here in the Berlin airport.

This is a vital retail segment that has been so overlooked. 260 million travelers worldwide have access to CAPI shops. It’s the front line of tech innovation where you can introduce new products to business executives or family travellers. I am very excited about this. It’s the first time this critical market segment appears on stage at IFA.
The other session that will get people excited is the Special Address by Klaus- Peter Voigt, a Member of the Extended Board at MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group – and the Chief Procurement Officer. He’s followed by a panel on the European Retail Alliance which was founded recently by MediaMarktSaturn and FNAC-Darty. And they’re looking for more retail partners to join in their alliance.

There’s more. You know how important Voice Control is…we have Joshua Montgomery from Mycroft flying in from the USA to join Nils Lenke from Nuance and Connie Hwong from Verto Analytics in a panel discussion. Anouk Groen is back with her Trend Forecast report in design: a very fascinating and inspiring talk on world design trends. What’s in, what’s out. Another excellent panel covers Smart Home, a real driver for retailers right now. Adam Simon, one of the top researchers in Europe, will join Peter Kiss from Conrad Connect and Magnus Michael from CSI. Then Pierre Brunswick, Chairman at Neuromem Technologies, is going to rock the room on AI for this industry. He’s an excellent speaker. And Nick Graves on what’s happening in the Apple ecosystem…I could go on and on. There are many Big Talks this year.

We should also mention the new EXPERTS RECEPTION on September 4. It’s a chance to meet all the speakers and is Europe’s only reception for ODM/ OEM buyers.