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Local Retailers in Auckland for Summit

May 15
08:12 2014

FIRST RETAIL GROUP
AUCKLAND
Senior executives from Jack’s Group of Companies and Courts (Fiji) Limited are in Auckland, New Zealand this week for the Australasian Retail Summit.
As guests of specialist consultancy First Retail Group, the team are learning market trends, technology innovations and best practice.
The annual conference brings together experts across all sectors to share ideas that will help retailers maintain relevance and build connection with consumers.
This is the second time this delegation from here have attended.
“Fiji has a dynamic retail industry within an extremely competitive market,” said First Retail managing director Chris Wilkinson.
“The country’s top retailers are highly focused on continually improving performance – and much of this has been through developing skills and resources within their organisations.”

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Jack’s of Fiji general manager of Retail Krishnamurthy Venkatraman said: “It’s really important we stay ahead of what’s happening overseas – particularly in our closest markets of New Zealand & Australia.
“With such a large number of tourists from these regions we are keen to understand consumer expectations so we can meet these.”
First Retail Group has worked extensively in Fiji and has been impressed overall with the country’s commercial vision.
“Redevelopment of the airport and new visitor initiatives will assist growth for the tourism retail sector,” predicted First Retail’s Pacific Markets manager, Lorraine Nicholson.
“Increased employment and Town centre initiatives throughout the country should also help drive domestic retail growth.”
The conference features international speakers with a keynote address from emerging retailer Lululemon – a fast growing United States resort and active-wear brand.
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