You’re Invited: How to Prepare for Retail’s Revival

There’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but if there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s the fact that retailers are incredibly resilient. Forward-thinking companies will find ways to persevere and will come out better and stronger. 

Being prepared is key, which is why we’ve put together an exclusive event to help you gear up for the resurgence of retail. This is the first in a series of events covering Australia, the United States, the UK, and beyond.

WHAT: Future of Retail Event Series: Prepare for Retail’s Revival

WHEN: Thursday, 30th April | 12pm AEST / 2pm NZST

WHERE: Online

You’ll hear from some of the sector’s leading tech experts to discuss why having a digitally-savvy, well-connected business is no longer a luxury. You’ll also learn how to effectively weather the retail winter and be ready for retail’s resurgence.


You’ll hear from:

Vaughan Fergusson – founder, Vend 

Vaughan, a veteran of several online startups, founded Vend in 2010 based on the idea of using technology to liberate retailers, save them 1,000s of hours, and empower them to deliver rich new engaging experiences in their stores. 

Along with multiple awards for Vend, Vaughan was named EY’s Tech Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014. In 2015, he founded a charitable initiative OMGTech! with the aim to help kids into careers with future technology. He’s also Vice-chair of the NZ Hi-Tech Trust and is involved in the celebration of the New Zealand hi-tech industry through awards and education.

Todd Welling and Ryan Delaney, Co-founders, Overdose Digital

Todd and Ryan saw successful organisations struggling to grow their digital channels and repeatedly engaging agencies selling pre-packaged solutions without considering the business goals.

So, they started Overdose, the ‘anti-agency, agency’ that’s focused on strategically mapping business goals to tangible outcomes through unique and disruptive strategies.

In the 4 years since incorporation, their team has grown out to a family of 180+ commerce professionals, with industry-defining capability across Strategy, Design, Technology, Marketing, Search & Insights and have offices & clients in Auckland, Wellington, Melbourne, Sydney, New York, Singapore, and Ukraine.

Alex Cleary, Director and Sophie Sims, Operations Manager, ALPHA60

Born in 2005, Alpha60 (a name inspired by Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 sci-classic Alphaville) has famously woven itself into the fabric of Australian fashion through a fresh take on classic styles and cuts, and a celebrated ‘sophisticated quirk.’ 

Having launched at the National Gallery of Australia’s Vivienne Westwood retrospective, a mixture of creativity and business savvy has come to define Alpha60. Continuing to expand and experiment, the label now operates 10 boutiques across Australia in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and New Zealand—having opened the 400sqm Chapter House concept store and exhibition space on Flinders Lane in late 2016. 

Fiercely independent, Alpha60 remains close to its roots, continuing to drive creativity from a small creative studio in Collingwood and ensuring its direct-to-consumer sales mean high quality yet still attainable.

Save your spot!

You’re in for an insightful conversation between folks who truly understand — and love — retail. We’re positive you’ll pick up some action steps that you can use in your business. 

Don’t miss your chance to attend. Register today. 

About Francesca Nicasio

Francesca Nicasio is Vend's Retail Expert and Content Strategist. She writes about trends, tips, and other cool things that enable retailers to increase sales, serve customers better, and be more awesome overall. She's also the author of Retail Survival of the Fittest, a free eBook to help retailers future-proof their stores. Connect with her on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Google+.