‘Time to run a bike shop you’d want to shop in yourself.’
“More and more local retailers are now openly admitting to buying more and more of their stock from the very companies they despised and railed against (and still outwardly do).”
No.7. Remember that the walls have ears. The amount of errant intel and useful competitor insights I’ve picked up whilst queuing in the toilets or on the shuttle bus always amazes me.
“where the backroom and bar room chatter reveals the machinations, rumours and insights circulating the global bike industry”
“And those pages in your catalogue with the tanned folk wearing white bibshorts or shorts? Tear them out before you ship them to Australia. Save yourself the freight cost.”
“So few global brands think to ask honest questions of their potential Australian partners and their realistic likelihood to gain footprint in the local retailers.”
“The brands that ignored complaints from their distributors and retailers disappeared not only in physical stores, but fairly quickly, in online stores as well.”