Postpone Announcement

C-star 2021 will be postponed

Currently, international travel to China still remains highly restricted, and the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to create uncertainties for retail brands in their offline expansion and sourcing plans. In view of the situation, the organizers have decided, after careful consideration, to postpone the 7th edition of C-star (Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail), originally scheduled to be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from August 31st to September 2nd, 2021. The new date and planning will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Witnessing normally a high percentage of international exhibitors and visitors, we decide to postpone C-star 2021 during the special period in order to gain more time on travel normalization, get well prepared to welcome the fully recovered retail industry and to build a higher quality sourcing and communication platform.” said by Marius Berlemann, General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd..

For the next edition, C-star will continue to focus on innovative solutions in five dimensions: Shop Fittings & Store Design, Visual Merchandising, Retail Lighting, Smart Retail Technology and Retail Marketing. The innovative supporting programme, including Retail Stage, H!Tech Stage, ReTailor Hub, EuroShop RetailDesign Award China, Retail Technology Award China as well as Visual Merchandising Challenge will offer the opportunity for visitors to discuss hot topics with excellent solution providers, leading retail brands, shopping mall executives and academic experts.

In the next stage, Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai will organize a series of offline networking events to share retail industry insights and build deep connections. Meanwhile, the organizer will continue to work with trade media, associations, research institutes and the EuroShop Trade Fair Family to collect the latest and most comprehensive retail information for retail professionals and publish on C-star official website, WeChat and LinkedIn so that retailers can keep up to date with the latest trends in the retail industry.

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July 27, 2021

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O2O marketing is the new retail in China


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Brick-and-mortar retail has been hit hard by Covid the world over. People have stayed away from physical stores, opting for the safety of shopping from their own homes. Although China’s containment of Covid has seen physical retail recover better than in most countries, it remains challenging to attract shoppers.

At the height of the lockdown, Chinese consumers shopped online like never before. Even with consumers returning to their normal lives again, the online shopping habit has largely continued with e-commerce-related innovations such as live-streaming, social commerce and community group buying proving sticky.

Yet beyond the e0commerce hype in China, many of the experiences from shopping in a physical store still cannot be matched on a smartphone – for the foreseeable future at least. That is why 63% of China’s Gen-Z inform their brand purchase decisions in shopping malls, and 71% for luxury purchases – among the highest percentage globally.

In China’s hyper-competitive marketplace, retailers need to have their best foot forward to ensure that they appeal to Chinese consumers. Part of this means ensuring consumers have tactile experiences that complement digital touch points. Taking the best of the physical world and cleverly integrating digital touch points enriches the shopping experience, creating personal, tailored experiences that stand out from other online and offline retailers.

One of the best examples that we have seen is L’Oréal’s new concept store in Shanghai. The store stays true to L’Oréal’s French roots, transporting shoppers to Paris both through the overall decor, and the interactive experiences. It allows visitors to watch and interact with the KOLs from the livestreaming station. The store also utilises Artificial Intelligence and facial scanning to create personalised recommendations for products, ultimately driving visitors to make a purchase.

A key part of almost every interaction is the connectedness with L’Oréal’s WeChat mini program. This ensures that consumers can continue to engage with the brand and products long after they have left the store. We have made a video to take you through the experience.

Retailers would be wise to view their physical store as a key stage of the customer journey, rather than an isolated interaction. Encouraging experiences that incorporate platforms such as WeChat allow retailers to recruit users for loyalty programs, provide ongoing education and glean data into consumer preferences to further refine the retail experience.

L’Oréal’s concept store is a shining example of how retail stores are likely to look in the future both in China, and worldwide. Retail will have to work more creatively to draw customers in with an experience that cannot be matched on other sales channels.


(Source: China Skinny)

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