What is the Buyer Programme?

The Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags Buyer Programme is a concrete business opportunity for anyone working in the world of footwear, leather goods and accessories.

It was created to enhance the bringing together of supply and demand during the exhibition. The programme offers a range of benefits and chances for meetings, developments and innovation for the entire sector.

BUYER PROGRAMME: 8 points for a single, un-missable business experience, tailored to your needs and with the guaranteed quality and reliability that you would expect from the world’s major trade fair for volume footwear and leather goods.

What are the objectives of the programme?

  • Incentivise the planning of targeted B2B meetings

  • Customise and maximise the exhibition experience for companies and buyers

  • Create value through personalisation, information and technological innovation

  • Optimise every direct meeting opportunity and the link between supply and demand

  • Strengthen the sector’s national and international business

  • Stimulate dialogue and interaction between exhibiting companies and buyers

  • Enhance knowledge of products, materials, production systems and technology 

  • Simplify and speed up all the experiences that complete the exhibition experience

What does it consist of? 

The 8 points of the Buyer Programme:

ERS+ Meeting Service

Access to a new matching platform offered by Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags for a simple, fast and intelligent way to plan meetings and manage contacts and negotiations easily, before, during and after the exhibition.

Last Minute Solutions

Benefits and shortcuts for planning your business trip, transfers and stay in Riva del Garda, assisted at all times by a team of hospitality experts.

All in One Facilities

Direct access to a special range of on site services, guaranteed by your Buyer’s Pass: cloakroom, car park, luggage deposit, etc.


Free entry to the Buyers’ Lounge and other exhibition Matching Rooms, to maximise business and networking opportunities informally, or in a more private setting.

Educational Forums

Direct participation in training events and live talks, both on site and online, aimed at the footwear, leather goods and accessories sectors, with the chance to plan one-to-one meetings with the speakers (subject to availability).

Networking Events 

Invitations to business and leisure events and activities, specially created to bring together supply and demand, both within the event and beyond.

Retail Tours

Personalised consultancy to make the most of your time at the exhibition and to get to know more about the potential of new business-oriented tools introduced by Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags and receive analyses and statistics      that   are useful for your business.

Factory Visits

Access to customised tours that involve exhibiting companies at Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags, combining carefully targeted criteria with your research intentions.

Who is it for?

Access to the Expo Riva Schuh and Gardabags Buyer Programme can be requested by anyone working in the volume footwear, leather goods or accessories sectors. Above all, it is aimed at:


Wholesalers and wholesale distributors, Buying Offices for other distribution companies


Department Stores, small to medium-sized chains of shops bearing the same name or a variety of names, E-commerce

Branded Companies

Manufacturers of own-brand products, representatives of branded products

How can I apply?

For further information about our BUYER PROGRAMME, its benefits and activation timing, you can write to us at: buyers@exporivaschuh.it.

The trade fair team will evaluate each and every one of the above applications and send feedback on the confirmed benefits. It is at the sole discretion of the organizer to define full or partial access to the different parts of the program.