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The Convenience and Impulse Retailing NZ Expo returns to Auckland in October

The Convenience & Impulse Retailing New Zealand Expo and Industry Symposium (C&I NZ Expo) is returning to The Cloud in Auckland on October 19-20, for two days of networking, education and business building.

The inaugural C&I NZ Expo back in 2019 brought together hundreds of retailers and suppliers from all banners and brands. With a great selection of exhibitors on board and a solid line-up of speakers locked in for the 2022 event, it promises to be an occasion not to be missed.

Safa de Valois, Group Publisher at C&I Media, says that the inaugural C&I NZ Expo was a huge success and exceeded expectations.

“The level of support from exhibitors and key retailers in New Zealand really showed the hunger for a dedicated trade event for the New Zealand market. We were so excited about the C&I NZ Expo finally returning in 2022. We can’t wait to be back in Auckland to grow on the success of our last C&I NZ Expo.”

C&I NZ Expo 2022 is the only national event devoted to the needs of New Zealand’s convenience retailers. If you own or work in an independent grocery or convenience store, service station, dairy, corner store or mini-mart, you should register before you miss out.

You’ll have the opportunity to sample the latest products to hit the market, meet directly with suppliers, learn from industry experts and network with leading retailers from across New Zealand.

The C&I Industry Symposium will be MC’d by Dave Hooker, Executive Director of the presenting partner, New Zealand Association of Convenience Stores (NZACS).

“NZACS is excited to partner with C&I to bring you this year’s Expo and Symposium. After the success of their first show in 2019, we are well overdue to get back together, share ideas and look at new business opportunities. Attendance at the trade show is free to convenience retailers and we look forward to a good turnout on both days in October,” says Hooker.

The C&I NZ Industry Symposium 2022 is held in two morning sessions, before the expo opens, allowing both exhibitors and visitors to attend.

The 2022 Symposium has a solid line-up of speakers from Australia and New Zealand including Bruce Cotterill, Motivational Speaker and Transformation Coach; Eddy Nader, Managing Director, NPG Retail (Australia); Andy Baird, General Manager Retail at Z Energy; Julie O’Toole, NZ Franchise Operations Director at Coca-Cola Oceania; Haydn Tierney, Managing Director, Bowser Bean Cafe / Vantage Fuels (Australia); and Melinda Baillie, Head of Trents Wholesale.

Profiling four of the thought-leaders set to take to the stage at the Symposium, The Register asked each what attendees can look forward to come October.

Bruce Cotterill, Motivational Speaker and Transformation Coach

Cotterill is a ‘transformation leader’ with extensive experience across a range of industries, notably real estate, media, financial services, professional services, technology, and retail

As a CEO, he led Colliers in both New Zealand and Australia, Kerry Packer’s ACP Magazines, and iconic New Zealand sportswear company Canterbury International. He became a specialist at “fixing broken businesses” and led Yellow Pages Group through a period of dramatic change, including the restructure of the Company’s $1.8 billion of debt.

Cotterill is a passionate leader of change who focuses on enhanced personnel engagement and improved customer orientation to continuously deliver vastly improved results through his involvement in organisations.

In 2018 Bruce published his first full length book ‘The Best Leaders Don’t Shout’ and he is a regular business columnist for the New Zealand Herald, and other NZME publications.

“The world is changing more rapidly than any of us expected. Even those of us who saw global assets as overvalued have been surprised by the speed with which the market has changed over the last few months. Some components of the change are driven by local factors. Others more global. In almost all cases, the reasons are out of the control of those of us running businesses. On top of that, our customers are more demanding, and our people are more needy and less resilient. That will mean that our approach to leadership must change once more. The good news is that we can do that. And the answers are more obvious than we think,” says Cotterill.

Andy Baird, General Manager, Retail & Customer, Z Energy

Baird has extensive retail, marketing and sales background having held several executive roles throughout his 23 year career with bp including Retail General Manager for bp New Zealand where he launched bp Connect and led the development of Wild Bean Café.

Andy Baird.

Baird has worked for bp Australia, bp USA and bp’s Global Brand Marketing and Innovation team. While working for bp USA, Andy developed and led a global team to commercialise new product and market growth strategies, before taking up the role of Senior Vice President of Marketing with bp America.

In this role, Baird was responsible for the marketing efforts of the bp and Arco brands with more than 2,500 stores across the US. In addition, he also drove the very successful launch of the Arco convenience brand and offer to new markets.

Prior to joining Z, Baird was the Managing Director of Brandxp providing marketing consultancy and customer experience programs for leading retailers throughout Australasia. During this time one of Andy’s key projects was leading the design, development, and rollout of the Z brand.

“I am looking forward to sharing with the conference the case for change and the need for urgency – we have talked for many years about how retail is always changing but it’s never going to be at the pace we will see over the next seven to 10 years and I don’t think many retailers have really grasped just what that means, how fast those changes will happen and what they need to be doing now to ensure they not only survive but thrive into the future.

“And as I will have just arrived back from the US visiting NACS and several high-profile convenience markets I am also looking forward to sharing insights, lessons, and any great ideas I have seen,” says Baird.

Eddy Nader, Managing Director, NPG Retail

Nader learnt the petrol convenience industry as a young boy on the forecourt of his father’s service station in Yagoona, NSW. More than 30 years later Eddy now sits at the helm of a 48 million litre per year petrol and convenience business that includes six retail locations and employs more than 80 staff. 

Through this growth, in a saturated and highly sophisticated coffee and convenience market, Nader has taken pains to carve a trusted and recognised brand identity for the sites that is based on an unwavering commitment to quality and a willingness to try new things: Urbanista Café & Convenience.

Nader’s fierce commitment to quality of offer and willingness to explore opportunities is more than a passion, it is the core driving force: understand, explore, engage, adapt, repeat.

Eddy Nader.

“It’s been a fantastic year for NPG Retail, and that’s down to our willingness to explore new opportunities and trial an innovative new food concept in our stores.

“We had the unexpected privilege of being joint winners of the AACS Independent Store of the Year and Overall Store of the Year alongside a fellow family-owned retailer, APCO Wangaratta.  We then went on to be named as a finalist in the Asia Pacific NACS Retailer of the Year awards held in Singapore.

“I’m excited to be coming along to the C&I NZ Expo and Symposium to talk about the importance of trying new things and building a brand identity that will resonate with your local customer base, in order to survive and thrive into the future,” says Nader.

Haydn Tierney, Managing Director & Founder, Bowser Bean

With his daily role of ensuring consistent excellence in food, coffee, and convenience across the Bowser Bean’s network of 17 locations throughout regional southeast Australia, Haydn’s duties also include expanding the Bowser Bean network through refurbishing existing locations and establishing new sites. His commitment and focus have grown network food and coffee sales by over 500 percent and established Bowser Bean as a world class Petrol and Convenience offer.

“I’m looking forward to gaining insight from my New Zealand compatriots and sharing how Bowser Bean is pushing the boundaries of P&C,” says Tierney.

Another popular ticketed event during the expo is the Convenience Cocktails party on Wednesday evening. Designed to give exhibitors and visitors a chance to relax and socialise at the end of a very big first day, it is open to all members of the P&C trade to attend.

Expo visitors can expect to experience the latest and best in convenience products, services and merchandising available in New Zealand. If you’re a retailer looking to take your business into the future, this event is a must attend.

If you’d like to register for C&I NZ Expo and purchase tickets to the Symposium or Cocktails, or if you’d like to exhibit, it’s not too late. Tickets for the C&I NZ Industry Symposium 2022 are $25 per session, or $40 for both, and can be purchased at the time of registration.

Visit candiexpo.co.nz for more information and to register.

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