It was great to see so many of you at the very successful Convenience Leaders Summit held in November.

The survey feedback showed that 75% of participants were very satisfied and 100% would attend again. The positive comments related to the excellent speaker line up with some suggestions for the future being enabling participants to have knowledge of the presentation content so that well prepared questions can be thought of and also ensuring that the speaker line up order finishes with an energetic speaker.

Everyone enjoyed the evening event. The Crowne Plaza and Marvel Grill rated highly as venues. Mike Hutcheson and Eric Rush stood out as speakers for the event. A number of the presentations have now been loaded onto the Members Only section of the website under Presentation Downloads.

Thank you to Peter Mitchell from Supermarket News for taking pictures. Click here for the gallery.

Please ensure that you diarise the following dates for 2015:

NZACS Charity Golf Day – Thursday 12th March 2015 at Maungakiekie Golf Course
We will be supporting The Foundation for Youth Development who will join us for the day. We will be looking for golf prizes, charity auction items and sponsorships so please be sure to set these funds and prizes aside for this great event. Registrations will open up in the new year.

NZACS Peter Jowett and Industry Awards Event – Thursday 27th August 2015
As soon as the international 2015 topic is finalised we will inform you. The scholarship is open to NZACS member employees who are under 35 years old. The process is first to register your interest to participate followed by submitting a presentation and executive summary. The finalists are determined and will present at the event. The NZACS member audience vote for the best retailer and supplier presentation. These winners will go on to represent New Zealand at the NACS Show in Las Vegas on the 11-14th October 2015. We will provide more information in the new year.

AACS 2015 Overseas Study Tour - 4th – 13th October 2015
The 2015 AACS Overseas Study Tour will visit the East Coast of the USA and then the NACS Show in Las Vegas. You will visit Philadelphia and New York and see some great stores such as Sheetz, WAWA and others in the area. You will then head to Las Vegas to attend the renowned NACS Show where the finals of the Global Challenge /PJ Award will also be held. This tour is arranged by AACS and all bookings and enquiries are through them.

All that is left is to wish you and your families a happy holiday and enjoy the rest of the 2014.

May 2015 be a great year for you personally and professionally and most of all keep safe so we see you again

Kind regards
Kathy Faulkner