Convenience & Impulse Retailing Article
Issue: JUNE / JULY 2011
Climate of Change
The ACAPMA Conference 2011
Change is constant; indeed, it is accelerating in business. In order to be successful and grow in the petroleum distribution and petrol convenience industries, businesses must focus on building flexibility; adjusting their behaviours to address change. Identifying the areas of transformation is one thing, however taking advantage of the opportunities it offers without jumping at shadows and managing change within businesses without losing the culture and success points of the past are paramount.
The ACAPMA Conference – A Climate of Change – being held in Townsville on 20-23 September 2011 encompasses all of these factors. In true ACAPMA style, presentations will focus on explaining how delegates can become more sustainable on a financial, operational and environmental level, and what is required to progress in a changing climate. The program comprises of a balance of political, employment, retail and distribution topics, all addressed by industry experts. Delegates will not be disappointed and will leave with knowledge and an understanding of services that will add value to their business.
Over four days, delegates are invited to join in a range of innovative forums, trade member interaction and amazing social events.
Innovative ForumsThe New Sunrise Business Breakfast not only opens the conference but also sets the tone for discussion. ACAPMA President, Jeff Griffiths, will again define the issues facing operators in our industries, while drawing attention to work the association has done in assisting members. As in the past, the keynote speaker (soon to be announced) will challenge delegates thinking.
The ACAPMA Hypothetical this year, entitled ACAPMart, invites industry leaders involved in retailing, supply chain management and manufacturing to discuss their views on how small-to-medium operators can prosper in a changing competitive environment. While ACAPMA Delivers, will have industry experts discussing emergency response in the dangerous goods distribution situation. Both of these forums are interactive discussions allowing delegates to offer their views and questions as part of the presentations.
ACAPMAction, a keynote session that originated at the last ACAPMA Conference will again bring an influential member of the political landscape to address delegates. The closing session, The Business Luncheon, will once more provide expert commentary on the economic landscape not only of Australia, but the world.
Trade Member InteractionThis year’s conference will also highlight the latest products and services in the industry in a boutique Trade Hall.
Conducted in the same room as all formal and informal meals, the Trade Hall offers delegates a chance to easily seek out information on products and services from the industry. The ACAPMA Conference Trade Hall will bring together retail, equipment, environmental, transport and service providers making it a genuine one-stop-shop for the downstream petroleum industry.
Social EventsThe ACAPMA Conference has always been about learning together, working together, growing together and playing together. When it comes to playing together, the ACAPMA Conference 2011 has added some great events to the already impressive line-up of networking functions.
The traditional Welcome Function this year will be held poolside at the 5-Star Jupiters Casino. The Commercial Indemnity Magnetic Island Beach Party needs little explanation; just be ready to have fun.
The Gala Dinner or as it now called the Excellence Dinner is presented by UNIGAS, one of ACAPMA’s long-term supporters. Being held under the Pandora wreck at the Museum of Tropical Queensland, this will a night to remember. With entertainment from The Almost Elton Show, a world renowned Elton John tribute, you need to make sure you do not miss this event.
New to the amazing social events is the Customers ATM Kick On, for those who wish to have fun into the wee hours. To recover from the festivities you will need to attend the Recharge Breakfast on Friday morning, there will be Three Minute Angles on hand to give delegates a relaxing massage.
Partners are also welcome to join the fun and can participate in the specially designed partners program as well as most of the traditional events.
When:20th – 23rd September 2011
Cost:Delegates who book before 30 June 2011 will pay only $1600 and partners only $800, which is a saving of $600 each.
There is also the added option to extend your stay or arrive earlier at discounted accommodation prices. Just let ACAPMA know the dates when you book and we will arrange it all for you.
To register or for more information on this industry even of the year go to www.acapma.com.au/acapma_events or call ACAPMAssist on 1300 160 270.
We look forward to seeing you there. Register your attendance at the ACAPMA Conference before 30 June to receive the delegate package for only $1600, which includes:
- 3 nights stay at Jupiters Casino 5 star accommodation
- Innovative conference presentations from keynote presenters including:
o New Sunrise Business Breakfast
o ACAPMA Hypothetical
o ACAPMA Delivers
o Business Luncheon
- Access to exclusive social and networking events including:
o Welcome function
o Commercial Indemnity Magnetic Island Beach Party
o Excellence Dinner presented by Unigas
o Recharge Breakfast
o Kick on events each night