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Moscow Will Host 2018 VendExpo , WRS5 From March 28-30

Posted On: 11/7/2017

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MOSCOW, Russia -- VendExpo and WRS5 (World Retail Smart Solutions and Self-Service Systems) will present their third joint trade show at the VDNH (or VDNKh, formerly All-Russian Exhibition Center) here from Mar. 28-30, 2018. The first VendExpo show was held in 2007; it was joined by WRS5 in 2016. The event is organized by Exhibition Management Technology Group (Moscow).

The show's organizers predict that nearly 80 domestic and international exhibitors will showcase more than 150 brands of vending machines and parts, payment systems, vendible products, ingredients, and a wide variety of self-service systems. More than 4,000 entrepreneurs from all parts of Russia and nearby nations will attend. Nearly 70% of exhibit space has been sold.

International interest in the show is evidenced by participation of internationally-recognized companies including CPI, VNE srl, Provending, Bilt srl, ICT, Evolve, Mars, Necta, Brita, Rheavendors East, Stego and Innovative Technology. The fast-growing Russian manufacturing segment will be represented by Unicum, Siba Vending, Rosavtomattorg, VendEx, Vavilon Vending, Telemetron and Vendshop. All of these domestic producers attracted showgoers' attention at the last VendExpo.

For the first time, the event will be held concurrently with Buybrand Franchise Market, an exhibition that brings together more than 100 Russian and global franchise companies specializing in public catering, retail and services. The Buybrand show has been held since 2014, and attracts some 5,000 entrepreneurs.

Supporters of the show include the Russian National Vending Association, the European Vending Association and OPORA Rossii, the Russian non-governmental organization for small businesses. It's held under the patronage of the Russian Federation's Chamber of Commerce .

The vending industry is growing rapidly in Russia. National association president Boris Belotserkovskiy predicts that, from 2018 through 2021, the growth rate for Russian vending will parallel the rates of food retailing development, in the 12-13% range.

By 2021, the association expects that there will be approximately 270,000 machines on location in Russia. This growth will be driven by market growth factors including Russia's hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the adoption of more contemporary retailing practices by vending operators as the machines' "intelligence" extends their capabilities, a 5/3% annual growth in the share of the economically active urban population, and increased interest in vending on the part of international manufacturers of fast-moving consumer goods.