Waterstones executive Roger Childs to speak at HTA meeting

The theme of the next HTA Retail Development Forum (RDF) Southern meeting to be held at Cadbury Garden & Leisure, Bristol on 19 July is 'Improving profitability through ranging'.

Guest speaker Roger Childs is a senior retail executive and director who has worked for M&S and  Waterstones, where he was operations/retail director.

He has recently toured some garden centres and is set to present his first impressions of the sector. This will focus on five core areas: range proliferation, demonstrating authority, supplier/retailer relationships, proportionality and diversification.

RDF Southern facilitator John Connel said:

"Ranging is at the heart of a successful garden retail operation. It helps tell your story in the eyes of your customers and improve productivity and relevance all round. I’m delighted that Roger is able to share his experience with us especially with buying decisions just around the corner.  I’m looking forward to welcoming my group and some new faces to the forum."

Contact HTA scheme administrator Claire Hayward on 0118 9303132 or email claire.hayward@the-hta.org.uk

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