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Vape Business Conference

The explosion of vaping has been one of the biggest business success stories of the last decade. As traditional smoking declines, many smokers have turned to vaping to help them give up tobacco. However, the convenience sector has been under-utilised in the vaping category for two reasons. Firstly, the vaping industry hasn't communicated very well with convenience retailers. Secondly, convenience retailers are lacking in knowledge about the vaping category. They have many questions such as what products should they stock and where do they source those products? Asian Trader's Vape Business Conference will bring together vape suppliers with convenience retailers, providing a forum for both parties to share knowledge and do business.


  • 12:30 – 13:30 Registration, exhibition and networking lunch
  • 13:30 – 13:35Chairman’s Opening Remarks Andy Marino, Editor, Vape Business & Asian Trader
  • 13:35 – 13:40 Welcome Speech Aditya Solanki, Head of Digital and India, Asian Media Group
  • 13:40 – 14:20 Keynote Address by Logic Nick Geens, Head of Reduced Risk Products, Logic
    Supported bysponsor
  • 14:20 – 14:55 Panel: Marketing–the view from 30k feet Andrew Miller, Head of Next-Generation Product Sales, Blu
    Dan Marchant, Co-Owner, Vape Club & Vape Base

    This panel will give the retailers and others an overview of the emerging vaping retail environment and will explain the options and what they should look out for from the point of view of the industry’s supply-side.

    Supported bysponsor
  • 14:55 – 15:25 Networking coffee break and exhibition
  • 15:25 – 16:00 Panel: Margins–the retailer’s “worm’s eye” ground-level viewAmish Shingadia, Owner, Londis Caterways and Post Office
    Amrit Singh, Owner, Nisa Local High Heath
    Danny Sohota, Managing Director, Real Trading Ltd

    This panel is about how vaping can replace and increase revenues and profits from declining cigarette sales and all the practical measures that need to be taken to adapt your business to the emerging vape landscape.

  • 16:00 – 16:20 Session: LogicEd Merrett, Wholesale and Symbol Sector Manager, LogicSupported bysponsor
  • 16:20 – 16:55 Panel: Mystery–what does the future of vaping look like?John Dunne, Managing Director of E-liquid Brands and Director at UKVIA
    Will Hill, Head of Legal and External Affairs, UK & Ireland, British
    American Tobacco UK Ltd (BAT )

    How will the vape industry develop and what will it mean for retailers in terms of legislation and products. Which horse to back –vape or heat? Is it like the VHS-Betamax wars? Our experts make their predictions and recommendations.)

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  • 16:55 – 17:00 Chairman’s closing remarks
  • 17:00 – 17:45 Refreshments, exhibition and networking