After a meeting of the combined brainstrust of mass-IT-retailers last Friday (See ARN Page 1 Sept 22), the consensus was to meet again within a month and under a more formal structure.
With the meeting arranged by and held at Harvey Normans, there were representatives of almost all the major retailers involved in IT equipment including Retrovision, Bing Lee, Dick Smith Electronics, Harris Technology, Myer/Grace Bros, David Jones, Vox Group and NARTA, HN's John Slack-Smith described the group as "a good cross section of the mass-merchants in IT".
Rather than just a reaction to the involvement of vendors in the retail space, Slack-Smith claimed that the major common issues aired were the opportunities and challenges to retailers of the Internet as well as Government concerns such as the retrospective elements of the GST.
While one attendee, who did not wish to be named, said the meeting was useful, he felt it would most likely become a special interest group under the banner of an organisation such as the Australian Retailers' Association.
Slack-Smith observed that it was interesting that, while they are sworn mortal enemies day-to-day, the casual nature of the get-together emphasised the common issues they are all facing. He said there was a "genuine commitment to meet again", and he expects the next more formal meeting to occur in early October.