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The Engine Room | AIS Conference

Published on 14 Jun, 2023

The Engine Room is our showcase of curated AIS and external expertise to support our Members. Our experts will be on hand throughout the day to give advice and help drive your business forward.

The Engine Room Exhibitors

AIS Exclusive Brands

First Avenue

With an intake margin averaging 58%, First Avenue is definitely a brand is worth revisiting. The range is designed and developed by our expert buyers using the latest trend reports combined with sales data to create the perfect blend of commercial best-selling styles and fashionable must have items.

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Our exclusive Dreamworld brand has built a strong identity and loyal customer base for our retailers. The Dreamworld brand has been developed by AIS in-house experts to offer outstanding value and quality.

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Simply Home

Simply Home is trend-driven and gives our members high margins and a point of difference, whilst providing an exclusive and high-quality homeware brand.

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AIS Member Services

AIS Service & Support

Discover the benefits of AIS Member support services. Find out about our newly formed buying and merchandising service (RBM), hear from the CENPAC team on the new system to be launched in 2024, and meet the Hub team to learn about new developments or book in future training.

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AIS Procurement

We support members to save money on key business overheads through a dedicated procurement team. From energy buying, energy saving, insurance, packaging to business rate support, merchant service charges and e-auctions management.

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Abacus Solutions

Customers increasingly want to purchase online, or at a minimum, interact with the retailer virtually before making the journey in store. However, trying to set up your own site can be costly and challenging. Additionally, managing products, price increases, social media, search engine optimisation (SEO) and graphic design can be complex and time consuming. At Abacus we work for independents like you to overcome these challenges.

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At the heart of Beyondly is our planet. Our company purpose is to lead, inspire and educate to positively impact society and the environment. As a B Corp certified business, we are the root of action to empower businesses to be a force for good, providing better solutions for a brighter tomorrow.

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The Furniture and Home Improvement Ombudsmen

Working with hundreds of organisations, the Furniture and Home Improvement Ombudsman (FHIO) is an independent, not-for-profit, government approved organisation, set up to help resolve disputes and raise standards. We offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), City & Guilds accredited training and advice to businesses and their customers in the furniture and home improvement industries. Set up by the Office of Fair Trading in 1992 we pride ourselves on incredible expertise that we have acquired over three decades.

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Furniture Sales Solutions

If one extra sale per salesperson every week would benefit your furniture business, then we can help. We’re the UK’s only sales training company who specialise in working with independent furniture retailers.Join the ranks of renowned furniture retailers who have benefited from our expertise. These companies have trusted us to elevate their sales performance, drive profits, and exceed their business goals.

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Iconography are proud to work with many AIS members – providing market leading eCommerce solutions which meet the needs of online retailer. In recent years we have started to address one of the main operational problems our clients have. Problems which stem from the integration between legacy retail management software and their eCommerce site. In addition to our core eCommerce capability we are keen to talk with furniture retailers about OMNIS – and a better way of retailing in the future.

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Near Street

Turning online shoppers into in-store customers. Near Street exists for one simple reason; to get

people to buy from physical stores. We help retailers show their in-store inventory online, on the sites and apps their customers are shopping on.

Find out more about Near Street


Röhlig Logistics offer simplified Freight Solutions for AIS Members. Röhlig Logistics is here to provide you with seamless freight solutions tailored to your needs. Röhlig have been AIS’s own international freight partner for 5 years. Röhlig is a leading logistics provider with a global presence and offer a comprehensive range of services tailored to the needs of AIS Members which include air freight, sea freight, road transport, contract logistics, customs clearance, and more. As an AIS Member you can benefit from Röhlig’s exclusive Freight Club.

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Scarlet Opus

Scarlet Opus, Foresight and Trends, are experts in the field of trend forecasting. Along with providing research and consumer insight, they are also brand and communication strategists and provide space and graphic design to the retail sector.

Find out more about Scarlet Opus

Unique Style Platform (USP)

Unique Style Platform is a world class forecasting service for the fashion and lifestyle industries,

offering curated insights to inform the creative process and inspire innovation. Looking beyond just fashion, our forecasts offer intelligent, timely & relevant content on a user-friendly interface.

Find out more about USP

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