DRE attendance numbers up this year

June 2, 2006 by Dave Haynes

The Digital Retailing Expo people have released attendance numbers for its show last month, as well as some details for next year.

A press release reports, "The 2006 event featured 97 exhibitors (over 20% growth since 2005) and attracted a record number of 1,220 qualified attendees and buyers within its niche market."

The show had been touting expected attendance of some 1,100.

That's not exactly a stampede of people, but show organizer Chris Gibbs rattled off the names of some 36 chain retailers — like Federated and Whole Foods — who had people there poking around.

Gibbs also says next year there will be an interactive area set aside for touch-screen and other apps. The show is set for May 16-17 back in Chicago, but there's no indication whether the show is back downtown or way, way out by O'Hare.

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