SportsPower celebrates equipment, suppliers
The last hardgoods conference to be held in February by ARL’s sports brands was a great success,.
Group general manager sports and outdoors, Mark Delahunt presided over his first hardgoods conference and reports he is delighted with the enthusiastic response to suppliers ranges and the new strategies presented to members who attended the three-day event earlier this week.
The group now has 137 members, with new members in Port Douglas, Thursday Island and Newman in WA.
Sports Power is moving the conferences to late May and late November , and ending the February event, which has been held at this time for many years.
Timing is being changed to better suit suppliers and the buying processes, says Delahunt.
Members have been enthusiastic about the new store signage and fit-out designs and around 20 members are updating their store fitouts in the next few months, “a strong indication that we are on the right track, ” he says.
The group is continuing with its very successful catalogues, but cutting the frequency back and emphasising extra features on the website. Including a blog with content on local legends and training tips.
Delahunt says he is “having a blast travelling around the country to visit members, and finding Tigers supporters everywhere!”
The Monday night party featured a popular DJ and awards to stores and suppliers:
• Store of the year : Golden Grove, SA (pictured: Peter and Lisa King centre with Mark Delahunt and Monique Maes)
State winners were: Burnie, Golden Grove, Bunbury, Noosaville and Bathurst.
• Supplier of the year: Gray-Nicolls
State winners were: SA/NT: Damien Eagleton, Amer Sports; Vic: David Flight, Kookaburra Sport; QLD: Steve McAuliffe, BCM Trading; NSW: Scott Masters, Gray-Nicolls; Tas: Joe Quittenden, GPI; WA: Paul Stockden, Sportsmax Agencies