Independent Trade Forum Independents Day
Last week we had the pleasure of being a part of Ti’s fifth annual Independent Trade Forum, where the delegates in attendance heard directly from a range of thought-leaders within the independent trade. Addressing a continuation of last year’s theme “A channel in demand”, speakers included top brass from ICC, UMS, Diplomat, The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation and Trade Intelligence, with the highlight of the day being the powerful thought-leadership panel debate, where perspectives from a cross-section of independent channel stakeholders were laid bare. Delegates also had the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the people working at the rockface of the independent trade such as hawkers, spaza owners and shoppers at the event’s “Marketplace”, brought to life by exhibitors and sponsors Smollan, Diplomat, IMPERIAL Logistics, UMS, ClevaPay and ICC and Trade Intelligence. But let’s hand over to Maryla Masojada, MD of Trade Intelligence for the last word: “The trading environment is a tough one, and the pressure is not going to let up anytime soon. My hope is that, from this event, delegates will take home greater insights on how to extract mutual value through the alignment of their operational plans with their retail and wholesale customers. Trading tension will always remain – but those that recognise this, and see the gaps will be the winners in a tough trading context.”
Comment: Well said, we say, and see you there next year!