autumn 2021 Retail Revisited Seminars

We are excited to be in collaboration with Shopify to bring you Retail Revisited, a series of workshops presented by a collection of industry partners and specialists geared to help you and your your business recover for success.


Getting your retail business online

Sunday 18 April, 11am

Julian Bartram, Community Manager from Shopify and Small Retailer


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Imagine not having to turn your lights off and your retail shop was open 24 hours a day 7 days a week! That is what it's like when you add e-commerce to your existing retail business. Julian from Shopify will take you through three quick case studies of retailers moving online and the impact it had on their businesses, then he will give you twelve actionable takeaways you can use to set up, power up, and optimise your online store now and into the future. This presentation has something for everyone no matter where you are on your ecommerce journey.

Julian Bartram| Shopify's Community Manager based in New Zealand. Julian's role is about helping small business owners get the most they can out of the Shopify platform. A typical day for Julian is meeting one on one with fellow business owners, facilitating merchant meetups, and hosting educational webinars and workshops. Julian is known for his positively blunt style of facilitation and is known to drop regular, tangible knowledge bombs that business owners can take away and utilise on their businesses. Julian is a small business owner who happens to be working for Shopify. He has been using the platform since 2011 which keeps him up to date regarding the platform.


Make shipping your ecommerce superpower!

Sunday 18 April, 2pm

Hakan Steele - Channel Partner manager from Starshipit

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Shipping is one area that is often overlooked by new merchants until it becomes a problem. If your store scales quickly, that problem will become massive and could undo all of your hard work. Hakan from Starshipit will guide you through the shipping-related things you should be thinking about and tackling in advance, to not only avoid the problems that come with fulfillment but actually make it your business's superpower.



Monday 19 April, 11 AM

Greg Harford – CEO Retail NZ

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Over lockdown, Greg and his team at Retail NZ worked tirelessly providing support to the retail industry and lobbying the government to ensure retail had a voice. Greg also provided many webinars to help keep the industry informed during a time when change was happening rapidly. Join Greg and hear from him first-hand about how far we’ve come, what we need to do to keep going and how we can all unite for recovery.

Greg Harford is the Chief Executive of Retail NZ, and was formally the GM Public Affairs there, charged with speaking up on behalf of the retail sector to affect change. Greg’s background is in advocacy, representation, communications, marketing and operations.


Technology, real time data and curiosity

Monday 19 April, 1 pm

David Bell - Director, Business Growth, Xero 









When everything from the past has been thrown out the window how do you best look forward, prepare a business plan and forecast for your business? Technology, real time data and curiosity - David Bell will talk about what he has seen through the Xero data, learnt from clients and their advisors since COVID hit.

David believes in the power of people and technology to grow the economy. He joined Xero in 2019, and is excited to continue his passion for helping small businesses thrive. David has an extensive background in financial markets working at the Bank of Scotland, National Australia Bank and Commonwealth Bank. During his eight year tenure at ASB Bank, David held roles in global transaction banking, strategy, product and business ventures. He founded Plus by ASB, now re-launched as Vonto, an innovative platform for New Zealand small business owners to help make better business decisions based on data-driven insights. In 2016, David was awarded a fellowship at the Institute of Finance Professionals (INFINZ).


Monday 19 April, 2 PM

Ric Horsfall – Director Web Ninja

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How is your e-commerce strategy coming along? Still have questions about where to start or where to go from where you are? What to focus on and what not to? Join Ric for an open discussion on the ever-changing world of websites and digital marketing and get advice from an expert on future proofing your business.

Ric 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 the director of successful e-commerce company, Web Ninja Limited.



Tuesday 20 April, 11 AM

Hayley Burrows, Account Director Socialites

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With the retail industry still feeling the effects of the lockdown, building your business in your community has never been so important. Join Melanie Spencer, Co-CEO of Socialites as she takes you through:

1. How to build your brand locally using your social media channels
2. Why joining local groups on Facebook is critical to success
3. Paying it forward to reap rewards in the future
4. Time saving tips to build your social media presence

Hayley has 10+ years of experience across public relations, social media content creation, paid advertising, and influencer marketing. Working across many industries, she is passionate about helping businesses build a community of brand advocates. She specialises in using best practice knowledge, data, and storytelling to develop comprehensive social media strategies for some of New Zealand’s largest brands.


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