Glee 2019 Retail Lab sponsor interview: Apta

Retailers seeking products of the future and the latest in-store merchandising ideas need look no further than the Retail Lab at Glee. Now in its third year, this inspirational feature area, in association with the Horticultural Trades Association, is bursting with ideas. In fact, 61% of Glee’s visitors say they will attend Glee 2019 as a result of seeing the Retail Lab last year. Here, we meet Apta, a first time Retail Lab sponsor, who will be bringing its inspiring range of garden pottery to the show. James Hoad, Apta’s Commercial Director, tells us more.


Why has Apta chosen to be a sponsor of the Retail Lab?

2019 marks our first year as a Retail Lab sponsor. We’ve decided to get involved due to the synergy between ourselves and what the Retail Lab represents, in that we design many of our own items in-house to inspire customers, and feel it’s a great opportunity to get some of our products featured in such an inspirational setting.


What appeal does the Retail Lab hold? Why should retailers/ merchandisers/ buyers visit this area?

In our product category – garden pottery and associated products – innovation is key. Buyers should visit the Retail Lab to see the latest ideas, trends and products that will be shaping next year’s displays, and growing sales, in their stores.


What products/ranges will Apta be supplying for the Retail Lab in 2019?

The final list of products is still under wraps until the show itself, but what we can say is that we are working closely with Romeo to showcase our more innovative ranges, as well as our ever popular RHS and Laura Ashley collections.


What current trends are shaping your business most? How do you see this changing in the next 12-24 months?

The resurgence in houseplant popularity continues to deliver huge growth in indoor pots, and we see no sign of this abating. This trend is very much here for the long term.  Connected to this, and a key highlight for Apta, has been the launch of our new RHS Interiors range, which has been incredibly well received, and sets us up well to broaden this range for 2020.


Looking beyond interiors, we are finding that outdoor, traditional and vintage planters are still very much on-trend, and we continue to expand our popular J Chamberlain range to meet this demand.



What can you tell us about Apta’s plans for Glee 2019?

We will be building on the success of last year’s show, where our rebrand and larger display caught the attention of so many buyers. There will also be additions to our RHS and Laura Ashley ranges, and a very exciting launch of a range of products from a much-loved British brand – this will be outside of pots so a very exciting addition!


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About ITE Group plc

ITE Group plc was founded in 1991 and is now one of the world’s leading organisers of international exhibitions and conferences.

ITE Group’s strategic vision is to create the world’s leading portfolio of content-driven, must-attend events delivering an outstanding experience and ROI for our customers. The Group recently launched its Transformation & Growth (TAG) programme, which is designed to transform the Company from a geographic-led business to a product-led business that focuses on market-leading events, wherever they are in the world. ITE strives to run the best shows and offer the best service to its customers throughout the world regardless of location. By putting exhibitors and visitors at the heart of everything we do, we plan to drive sustainable growth for our shareholders.

ITE Group is a public limited company and has been listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange since 1998.