autumn 2019 Seminars

Sensational Seminars

Take home more than just the latest trends.

Seminars are located in the Seminar Lounge in Hall 5

Genevieve Flynn

Maximising Your Visual Displays

Sunday 3rd March 10.00 AM
Genevieve Flynn | Robert Mark Gifts & Homeware

Learn about all the key points in creating an effective display for your store. From product placement, use of colour, lighting, themes, stories and the basics of styling to signage and promotion. Genevieve will demonstrate what it takes to catch your customer’s eye through setting up a range of unique and inspirational visual displays.

This interactive seminar will include training on identifying your market position, customer base and targeting your product and visual displays strategically.  Genevieve will discuss forward planning and having a merchandising promotional plan.  How to identify and utilise customer behaviour and traffic flow within your premises, and provide tips on having an effective floor plan using fittings and fixtures to their full advantage.

You will learn about a range of different styling options to suit your store so be sure not to miss this amazing presentation!

Genevieve Flynn was trained as a window display artist over twenty years ago and has been involved in all aspects of visual displays ever since. From a hard-working shop assistant to managing entire shop make-overs, Genevieve has worked in all aspects of the retail and wholesale giftware/homeware. She is currently involved in creating fabulous visual displays for various companies and in Australasian Gift Fair set-ups.



Ric Horsfall

Online 101: How to expand your business beyond your shop

Sunday 3rd March 2.00 PM
Ric Horsfall | Web Ninja


Ric Horsfall - Director of Web Ninja NZ gives his advice on how small business can find their feet in the digital era.  Learn how to adapt and evolve in the digital age with useful tips in plain language that we all can understand.

Ric has established a reputation for exceeding customer expectations, developing long-standing effective relationships with clients and leading multi-million dollar business units within companies such as NZME, Fisher & Paykel Finance and MYOB

He has a depth of expertise in a wide range of industry sectors including IT/Software Development, Retail, Franchising, and Call Centre Management and now is Director of success eCommerce company Web Ninja Limited

In this seminar you will learn:

1) How to grow your business online whilst still attracting customers to the store

2) how to optimise your website for more sales

3) What online platforms are available to you to help grow your business 

Glenys Hoskins

Insights & Ideas

Monday 4th March 10.00 AM
Glenys Hoskins-Hill | Le Forge

Get some tips from one of the best in the industry and listen to how Glenys Hoskins-Hill grew her business from small beginnings to Le Forge today.

You’ll hear how Glenys started with her first container and the buying philosophy she lives by.  Glenys will be sharing her first-hand tips on how to keep it fresh, get through the tough times, keep up with trends and most of all - how to have a bloody good time doing it!

Glenys has over 21 years in furniture and homewares wholesaling and can bring a wealth of experience through her role as key buyer and merchandiser for her company. Her philosophy of keeping it fresh, new and innovative will help tell your individual story to your customer.


Alex Fulton

Confused by Colour

Monday 4th March 2.00 PM
Alex Fulton | Alex Fulton Design

Alex Fulton, stylist, designer and colour ambassador will give you an inside to her world of colour and how you too can create a palette for your own spaces without getting blindsided by trends.  She will take you through the process of choosing colours for your space and how to navigate the world of colour choices.  She has a clever eye for not just form but the function of colour and the most effective way to use it spatially.  A practical and a colourful seminar that will let you walk away with some tips and tricks which will get you closer to specifying colour like a pro!

There’s no doubt that New Zealand Interior Designer, Alex Fulton isn’t afraid of colour. Alex describes her style as "original, non-conformist, challenging, amusing, and cheeky, but functional". Her homes have graced many magazines and her Marlborough home was a finalist in the 2017 NZ Best Awards.  She writes, she styles, she designs, but mostly Alex is an advocate for design and colour and uses her online presence to showcase both to New Zealand and the world.  She is now based in Christchurch with plans in the pipeline to start work on her latest home and well as running her AFD studio and store with new and exciting products and projects. Watch this space!


Wendy Thompson

Social Media – Getting the basics right for your business

Tuesday 4th March 10.00 AM
Wendy Thompson | Socialites

What does excellent social media look like for a Gift & Homeware Retailer in 2019? See how you stack up and get time-saving tips you can apply today. In this session you will learn about:

  • Which social media platforms you should be on
  • How often, what and when should you post
  • How much you should spend on social media advertising
  • Time-saving tips and tricks to keep your social media activity on track

Presented by marketer and entrepreneur Wendy Thompson, the founder and CEO of Socialites - 2018 Australasian Social Media Agency of the Year. Socialites helps small and large businesses use social media to connect with their communities through award-winning campaigns, managed service packages, an online academy and executive coaching.

Wendy was a finalist in the 2018 Women of the Year Awards, has been the Lead Marketing Judge for the Westpac Business Awards for the last 4 years, was awarded the Ernst & Young Winning Women Scholarship in 2015, as well as picking up a place for Socialites on the Deloitte Fast 50. She also sits on the board of the Entrepreneur Organisation NZ Chapter.

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