Conference speakers to weave magic, unlock secrets of retail

The retail sector’s troubles over the past few years have been well-documented, but there’s one thing the New Zealand Retailers Association is particularly excited about: its National Conference, which will feature two distinguished international keynote speakers, a who’s who of local retail boffins and even the team from Rugby World Cup 2011.

The full day conference programme, which is run part of the massive NZ Retail Show, will be held at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on Wednesday 6 April 2011.

Martin Butler

The international speakers are UK-based Martin Butler, who interviewed 100 of the world’s top retail chief executives and has published the results in his book, The Art of Being Chosen, and Jack Smith, who revolutionised the sporting goods sector in the US with his retail concept – The Sports Authority.

Jack Smith

Butler will be sharing some of his highly inspirational stories with attendees, including some great insights into the personality traits of these chief executives and how this has driven them to succeed. And Smith will talk about paving the way for a whole new era of retail store by taking on the big box mentality of ‘stack ‘em high, sell ‘em cheap’ and offering an extensive product selection as well as great service.

These two keynotes are complemented by a number of highly influential speakers from New Zealand, such as John Hartmann from Mitre 10, Annah Stretton from The Stretton Group and Tim Edwards from Noel Leeming.

Caroline Dewe from Alphero, who has recently returned from working with huge global retail brands such as Marks and Spencer, will also be speaking and will reveal how retailers can effectively use mobile technology in the current environment.

It’s a goldmine of retailing information. To find out more and to register click here.

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