"For many of you, IGD is synonymous with events. From the innovation and inspiration on display at IGD Live, to celebrating excellence in our industry at the IGD Awards, and hearing retailers’ strategies straight from the board at our popular Trade Briefings, there’s something for everyone in the IGD events portfolio.
We would love to continue with the excellent line-up of events we had planned for 2020, as we know how much you value the opportunity to hear first-hand from your peers and business leaders, as well as the chance to network and meet new people. But these are extraordinary times and business as usual is simply not an option right now, as our industry remains focused on protecting our people, serving our communities and planning for the world post-coronavirus. We want to enable you all to continue focusing on these priorities.
As such, it is the right thing for us to make some changes to the IGD events we had planned in 2020. We have taken the decision to cancel IGD Live, the IGD Awards and the IGD Supply Chain Summit in 2020. We look forward to sharing further details of our IGD events portfolio for 2021 in due course.
Meanwhile, The Co-op Trade Briefing remains in the calendar for 24th September and the Tesco Business Update and Sainsbury’s Trade Briefing have been rearranged for 23rd October and 10th November respectively. We remain in constant dialogue with all our retail partners about these events and will keep you updated as we get closer to these dates.
We would like to thank all of you who have supported our events over the years. Whether as a speaker, a sponsor or a delegate, you have all played your part in making them so successful and we couldn’t have done it without you.
We remain absolutely committed to delivering excellent events for our IGD community, but your safety and wellbeing always come first. We are continuing to monitor the situation and review official government guidelines and will of course update you with any further changes to our events in 2020.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible when it is safe for us all to get together again. In the meantime, please stay safe."
Ben Miller, Insight Services and Event Director, IGD