Dream it, Design it, Make it.

Hobby-X Jo'burg

2 - 5 March 2017
Ticketpro Dome,
Northgate, Johannesburg
Thu & Fri 10am to 6pm
Sat 9am to 6pm
Sun 9am to 5pm

Hobby-X Pretoria

31 Aug - 3 September 2017
Heartfelt Arena, Pretoria

Hobby-X Durban

29 Sep - 1 October 2017
Expo Centre Precinct, Durban

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Best Trade & Consumer Show 2011
EXSA category award winner

The Independent Retailer Educational

An event not to be missed

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Hobby-X introduces The Independent Retailer Educational - a seminar dedicated to the unique challenges and opportunities of the independent store owner in South and Southern Africa. The Independent Retailer Educational will focus on operational insight and expertise that can help independent merchants further succeed in their retail goals.

In an incredibly challenging retail environment, Hobby-X offers you a training session with retail specialist Rob Sadler as he shares his knowledge, experience and expertise in a 2 hour seminar covering the Three Key Rules of Retailing.

  • What
    Making Money When You Think It's Impossible. An educational seminar for Independent Retailers.
  • Who
    Store owners, managers and senior staff in the retail environment.
  • When & Where
    Thursday 2 March,
    from 09:00 to 11:00.
    Ticketpro Dome,

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Introducing Rob Sadler

Rob Sadler's vast experience in retailing started with Marks & Spencer - from unloading lorries as a Saturday boy to managing the busiest store in the world, eventually leading him to South Africa and our iconic Woolworths. His profound knowledge of and passion for retail culminated in him opening a Retail Consultancy Practice, and he'll be sharing some of the insights he has learnt along the way with our Hobby-X Trade Visitors.

"Our training is practical and produces immediate results, not only commercially but in terms of motivation, relationships and proactive approaches" says Sadler. And the 1000+ retailers who have been through his training have shown on average a turnover increase of 34%!

  • Rule #1: Get more people into your store
    • The importance of windows
    • 5 key components of the store experience
    • World class shops
  • Rule #2: Sell more to the people who come in
    • Average customer purchase and how to increase it
    • Trigger items
    • Retail therapy
    • Female and male shopping habits
    • Loyalty cards
    • Promotions
  • Rule #3: Turn browsers into buyers
    • Getting the right people
    • Meeting and greeting
    • Timing the approach
    • Product knowledge

One lucky Independent Retailer will win a one-on-one with retail expert Rob Sadler!

Attendees will automatically be pre-registered as VIP Trade Visitors for Hobby-X - South Africa's premier exhibition for the hobby, craft and stationery industries.