The C&I Expo for 2017 is fast approaching. For retailers who are wanting to keep up with new innovations and the latest information in the ever-changing convenience industry, this is an event not to be missed. This year, the event will be held for the first time at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, from 23-24 August 2017.
Having attended the C&I Expo in previous years, I can confirm this is a fantastic event. This event is the place where all stakeholders in the convenience industry come together and is a great opportunity for the independents to be a part of. If you have issues in your business, this is likely to be the place where you will find a solution. Networking with other business owners in the industry, building relationships with suppliers and learning about new products is all part of the experience.
To find out more about this event, we caught up with the guys at C&I Media.
The C&I Expo is at the International Convention Centre in Sydney this year so you must be expecting a big crowd. How many people usually attend and how many are you expecting this year?
Last year, we had more than 1,500 visitors and this year we’re expecting around 2,000 through the doors over the two days.
Education has been a big part of previous Expos – will this continue in 2017? Who will be sharing their insights into the industry this year?
This year, we have the Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) joining us to present a world-class learning and networking experience.
Just announced in the AACS Convenience Leaders Summit Program is Todd Sampson, famous for his intelligent and laconic style on the Gruen Transfer, as well as his inquisitive and creative mindset, as seen in his own series, Redesign My Brain. Todd will join a strong line-up of influential speakers at the AACS Convenience Leaders Summit, including:
- James Lowman – CEO, Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) UK
- Howland Blackiston – Principal, King Casey USA
- Brooke Miller – VP Sales & Marketing, BP Australia
- Brett Barclay – Director, Convenience Measures Australia
There will also be presentations by each finalist for the Peter Jowett Convenience Industry Award, which offers those in the industry the opportunity to shine on the local and global stage and win a place on the international study tour.
There have been big changes in the convenience industry in the past 12 months. What sort of things should retailers look out for at this year’s Expo?
Innovation in foodservice has featured strongly at the last two C&I Expos. This is an area where the industry has traditionally had very little expertise. The C&I Expo has expert suppliers who can help plan an appropriate convenience foodservice offer.
What are the main reasons Independent Service Station Operators should attend the event?
This is the best opportunity to get up to date with all of the convenience industry’s new products, new suppliers and, most importantly, new ideas to help grow your business – and it’s free!
Is there any other information we should know about the Expo?
It’s free to attend the C&I Expo and free to attend the Summit for AACS Members ($50.00 for non-AACS Members). The AACS Summit will run from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm on 23 August and 8:00 am – 10:00 am on 24 August. Following the Summit, guests can visit the C&I Expo – all located in the International Convention Centre Sydney. To view a full list of exhibitors and to register, visit: http://candiexpo.com.au/.