Tobias Gröber, Executive Director Business Unit Consumer Goods, explains the background: “The coronavirus pandemic significantly further accelerated the change in the sports market that has already been emerging for a number of years. We are reflecting this trend in the best way possible with the new concepts and offerings, both in the traditional B2B area and in the new B2C area.”
That means the Experience Hall will be focusing on the megatrends in the sector, such as sustainability and digitalization, in the context of a conference stage and with exhibition areas. The emphasis here will be on conference/learning; the offering in this segment is aimed especially at the typical B2B target group of ISPO.
The new B2C2B hall is being set up under the name “Collaborators Zone” as a partly separate area of ISPO Munich for specifically activating and integrating consumers. Here, consumer experts and (micro-)influencers from the Collaborators Club of the ISPO Group – a further development of the ISPO Open Innovation platform – will encounter brands and customers with a strong B2C focus. The Collaborators Zone isn’t designed as a classic trade fair hall, but focuses instead on interaction. Entertainment, infotainment, moving topics and test opportunities for trends and products provide the framework and ensure a lively exchange between brands and the influential consumers. The concept is not just interesting for sporting goods manufacturers, but is also ideal for all organizations related to sport and lifestyle, the outdoors and experiences, or fitness and health – from the retailer with a clearly defined area of expertise to the right food producer. Although the exhibitors in this area can present special editions for the first time or offer exclusive sales drops, direct selling of products will not be possible. “Here, we will encounter the kind of consumers who are shaping the sport of tomorrow and spreading it to the world,” says Gröber. “For our B2C-oriented customers, this hall offers an ideal presentation space for entering into dialog with the highly active consumers who act as experts for their field in the industry, and setting trends together.” Gröber stresses: “The new offerings are a logical strategic expansion of the concept. The classic, specialized B2B area at ISPO Munich, in which exhibitors present their products and innovations in the familiar halls to international retailers and experts from around the world, continues to account for the lion’s share of the event.”
More information on ISPO and the various participation opportunities for brands and exhibitors can be found at https://www.ispo.com/en/munich/exhibitors/application
ISPO is the world’s leading sports network for business professionals and consumer experts. The platform was launched in 1970 and brings together an integrated range of industry-related analog and digital services under the ISPO family brand name. This includes the world’s largest multisegment trade fairs ISPO Munich, ISPO Beijing and ISPO Shanghai as well as OutDoor by ISPO, the online news portal ISPO.com, and the business solutions ISPO Digitize, ISPO Brandnew, ISPO Open Innovation, ISPO Award, ISPO Academy, ISPO Textrends, ISPO Job Market and ISPO Shop. With its far-reaching mix of innovation promotion, industry networking, know-how and editorial insights, ISPO works 365 days a year to support companies and sports enthusiasts, and to foster passion for sport worldwide.
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