The Equipmag trade show will open its doors in Paris, Porte de Versailles, from 11 to 13 September on the unifying theme of distribution and sustainable development: concrete solutions for responsible environmental policies.
The 28th edition of Equipmag, the biennial trade fair for point of sale, retail and distribution, will take place from Tuesday 11 to Thursday 13 September 2012. Some 500 exhibitors will unveil their innovative solutions and trends to develop and capture new markets. For all trade professionals, from the independent shop to the distribution, all sectors combined, Equipmag is an essential source of inspiration.
The impact of distribution on the environment is not only at the level of the store, but also throughout the logistics chain from the place where the goods are produced to the customer's home.
As Franck Charton, Managing Director of PERIFEM, points out: "At both European and French level, consumers are increasingly looking for concrete ways to help limit the environmental impact of consumption. Retailers and distributors are identified as major actors to give reality to this motivation because of their partnership relations with suppliers - manufacturers and their daily contact with their customers themselves". He notes that "for several years now, retail and distribution companies have been taking action to reduce their environmental impact in all of their businesses (general or specialised, brand formats, etc.).
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A large number of actions are now part of the very strategy of companies through systematic research on :
- What we sell: eco-labelled products, packaging prevention, environmental signage ..,
- How it is sold: eco-management of stores (energy, water, waste), local integration of points of sale, optimisation of the supply chain, reusable bags..,
- Make the consumer aware: information at the point of sale, events, websites, etc.
The solutions markets allow us to respond better, faster and in the context of ever-increasing economic competition to each of these 3 imperatives. They thus contribute to the creation of new content and new forms of commerce. »
True continuous improvement initiatives, some of the environmental policies put in place are regularly presented in the companies' annual reports, or even in a report dedicated to Sustainable Development.
Among the major areas identified to limit the impact on the environment (sales area and parking space, waste, energy consumption, transport, etc.), many initiatives are now considered to be reference and essential: a growing number of shops offer ecological products characterised by their biological aspects (absence of pesticides and GMOs...),in the field of packaging, products can today be taken away in biodegradable, recyclable or recycled, reusable products... with regard to waste, prevention plans influence sorting and treatment in an appropriate manner, in terms of energy savings, many initiatives have been created.
On the one hand, the use of energy purchased from "green suppliers". On the other hand, the use of renewable energies such as solar or wind power, heat recovery, energy management through good practices (automatic on/off lighting, maximum use of natural light and solar heat, changes in building design, efficient cooling technology, etc.), and lastly, the world of transport also presents many initiatives to reduce the impact of distribution on the environment: limiting road transport, developing river transport, offering training courses to learn to drive in an economical and safe manner...
Some key figures
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- 38 % of reduction in energy consumption in existing buildings by 2020: this is the objective set by the Grenelle 1 law, which retail chains must comply with. (Source: LAW No. 2009-967 of 3 August 2009 on the implementation of the Environment Round Table).
- 150 companies pioneering environmental labelling on their products since 01/07/2011.
The results of this experiment will be sent to Parliament at the beginning of 2013 in order to consider its generalisation. (Source: website of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy - http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr).
Sustainable development at Equipmag
"Consuming differently" is becoming a new value in today's societies, particularly in times of economic and societal crisis," observes Sophie Lubet, Director of the EQUIPMAG trade show. "The "citizen shopper" seeks to rediscover values and give meaning to his or her consumption. The new moral contracts that brands must make with their customers and their translation at the point of sale are the cornerstone of today's and tomorrow's commerce.
In this context, exhibitors whose products and services contribute to Sustainable Development will be easily identifiable at the show by means of the "EQUIPMAG goes green" logo.
In addition, PERIFEM, the Technical Association for Commerce and Distribution, exhibits in a Village the latest technical developments and work in progress, particularly in the fields of Energy and the Environment. The association will also speak at 3 conferences during EQUIPMAG 2012.
September 11th at 11:30am: Conference on Environmental Quality of Buildings - Acoustic solutions to noise pollution in supermarkets at the foot of buildings
September 11 at 4:00 pm: Equipment Recycling Conference - Point of Sale Furniture and Equipment: Recycling is Now!
12 September at 4 pm: Eco-Energy Conference How to improve the energy efficiency of points of sale: refrigeration and lighting in question
On September 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Responsible Generation Clubthe Club where the future of retail is built", is organising its GreenDay at the EQUIPMAG trade show to share the inspiring testimonials and practices of its members.
Finally, an exhibition on development issues and eco-design will be organized at the show with theThe French Institute of Design.
Information and reservation of electronic badge on : www.equipmag.com