July 2017 Newsletter

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Executive Director’s Report

On 19 June over 70 guests heard from Erica Berchtold (head of sport at the Super Retail Group) and Julie Stevanja (Founder and CEO of Stylerunner) about the future of sport and active lifestyle retailing in Australia. Erica and Julie were joined by Gayle Dickerson from KPMG who provided an overview of the state of the retail sector.

Feedback from the event has been very positive and, on behalf of the Board, I’m very pleased ASGA was able to bring so many people from the sector together for this event.

It’s the first one we’ve done for a while and we are planning to do a lot more in this space.

One of the purposes of the event was to launch our first six white papers. A couple of months ago we went out to members and friends in the sector and asked, “what are the biggest issues facing your business?” The responses were many and varied, but we paid attention when you told us that, while economy-wide issues had an impact, what really concerned you were day-to-day challenges. Challenges like ensuring you’ve got the most effective supply chain possible. Or deciding, in this rapidly changing world, how to best spend your marketing dollars.

As a result, the Board has embarked on a series of changes to the way we do business. We’ll still be lobbying the government on your behalf. We’ll still be providing (in fact, expanding) our research products. But we’ll also assist you to tackle those day-to-day challenges and help reduce costs and increase profits.

We’re doing this in a systematic way. You’ve helped us identify the most common challenges faced by the sector. Now, we’re working with industry experts to develop a series of white papers, which will discuss those challenges, and potential solutions, in more detail.

Our first six white papers are all about identifying and responding to challenges in your supply chain. They look in detail at:

  1. Reducing your inbound shipping costs
  2. Shifting your product lifecycle management to the cloud
  3. Taking advantage of the Australian Trusted Trader Program
  4. Outsourcing your warehousing function
  5. How to prevent inventory issues by improving your processes
  6. How to prevent inventory issues by improving your culture and data

Those papers form the basis of a range of services around particular issues. For supply chain, we’re partnering with industry experts to provide a good deal on consulting services. ASGA will host a series of webinars about improving your supply chain with those experts. We’re looking at setting up a buying group, allowing you to take advantage of better freight deals for your business.

We’ll also be rolling out other white papers about other issues in the coming months – stay tuned for information and services about improving your global currency risks, marketing and using data effectively!



Victorian Government’s golf plan consultation

ASGA is working with our Golf members and the Australian Golf Industry Council to prepare a submission to the Victorian Government’s consultation about the future of Golf in Victoria.

Golf is one of Victoria’s most popular organised recreational activities. More than 300,000 Victorians played golf in 2015 at 374 golf courses across the state.

But, according to the Inquiry’s Discussion Paper, golf is in transition, and facing a number of challenges such as changing demographic and participation trends. Club memberships are in decline, and it is difficult for clubs to meet escalating operational costs. These challenges have seen some clubs fold, merge or relocate. 

Golf also makes an important economic contribution to Victoria. A 2016 study commissioned by Golf Victoria (2015 Australian Golf Landscape Research, Australian Golf Industry Council, 2015) found that golf contributes $883.6 million in economic and health benefits for the state each year. It generates $849.7 million in economic activity, supports 6,900 full-time jobs and generates $33.8 million of health contributions.

Victoria’s golf clubs generate $152 million through golf tourism each year, attracting domestic and international visitors. Melbourne’s famous sandbelt courses are highly regarded internationally, with four courses appearing on the list of the ‘World’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses’ compiled by Golf Digest Magazine.

Regional Victoria and Metropolitan interface municipalities also offers quality golfing destinations, from the Mornington Peninsula and Bellarine Peninsula, to the new Yarra Valley and to Australia’s most visited golf destination, the Murray River region. As Australia’s events capital, Melbourne has also hosted world-class golf events including the Presidents Cup, The Australian Masters and the Women’s Australian Open.

Golf supports local businesses and jobs. It also provides opportunities to preserve green spaces and contribute to biodiversity values.

Plan Melbourne is the Government’s 35 year strategy for a sustainable Melbourne. It includes an action to develop a state-wide golf facilities plan.

This strategy will help golf navigate the issues facing the sport, such as pressure to rezone golf course land for residential use. The strategy will support golf to be sustainable and grow into the future.

The Victorian Government is seeking feedback on the discussion paper, which will inform the final strategy. I encourage ASGA’s golf members to make a submission, or contact me to contribute to ASGA’s submission.


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Industry roundtable to discuss the Government’s proposed modern slavery legislation

The Australian Retailer’s Association (ARA) and the Australian Sporting Goods Association (ASGA) are hosting an industry round table discussion regarding the proposed establishment of a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.

On 15 February 2017, the Attorney General announced an inquiry into establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia.  Approximately 45.8 million people are in some form of modern slavery around the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index.  This includes exploitative practices including forced labour, wage exploitation and debt bondage.

A key focus of this inquiry is a proposal to improve transparency in global supply chain practices.  This includes supply chain practices of companies, businesses and organisations which operate in Australia, and the practices employed by businesses in order to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains.

The ARA and ASGA would like to explore these developments with your business at a round table discussion to be held on Monday 31st July.  This event will be run in partnership with FTI Consulting – representatives for Strategic Communications and Global Risk and Investigations practices.  The purpose of this event is to:

  • Engage with ARA and ASGA members to share intelligence on the status of the Attorney General’s Departmental review and concurrent Senate Committee enquiry into modern slavery.
  • Provide insight into the operation of the proposed Modern Slavery Act and that of similar existing legislation in other jurisdictions.
  • Identify risks to ARA and ASGA members as new legislation is developed including proposals from NGOs, impractical provisions, analogous industries and/or regulation, and international experiences.
  • Identify common areas of concern for which the ARA and ASGA can advocate.
  • Discuss challenges posed by implementation of proposed legislation and areas of opportunity.
  • Profile capabilities of FTI Consulting to assist ARA and ASGA members where appropriate.

The ARA and ASGA are committed to engaging a broad range of representatives from across the retail industry in response to this development.  This is an important first step in advocating for a best-case outcome for our membership.

We look forward to your attendance at the discussion.  For enquiries about the event, please contact ARA Member officer Chris Sav on chris.sav@retail.org.au  by email at or telephone 1300 368 041.

Date: Monday 31 July
Time: 12 Noon to 2 pm
Address: Level 16, Bourke Place
600 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Using the Census to understand your consumers

10 THOUSAND FEET (ASGA’s market research partner) invites you to an informative briefing to unpack the recently released 2016 ABS CENSUS of Population and Housing data.

The session will show you ways to combine the new 2016 Census data with interactive market research to help you better connect and engage with your customers and users. It will further demonstrate how best to unpack the Census data to ensure you are able to access insightful and bite-sized information to leverage your internal knowledge and strengthen customer or user engagement. 

Time & Date:     8.20am – 8.55am (with time for Q&A after), Wednesday 26 July 2017 (please note registration opens at 8am)
Location:            Level 11, 20 Berry Street, North Sydney
RSVP:                  miker@10thousandfeet.com or call Mike Robin on 02 8080 7544
Time & Date:     8.20am – 8.55am (with time for Q&A after), Thursday 27 July 2017 (please note registration opens at 8am)
Location:            ASGA Office – Level 1 / 492 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
RSVP:                  miker@10thousandfeet.com or call Mike Robin on 02 8080 7544

 If you deal with data this is the one session you need to attend this year. Whether you are in research/insights, planning, sales/business development, marketing, brand/category management or utilise data in your decision-making, this briefing is for you!

Information covered will include:

  • What’s new in the 2016 CENSUS
  • Is the CENSUS data good enough to use?
  • Ways in which the CENSUS data can be used by organisations
  • Insights and interesting take-aways/examples from the CENSUS
  • What does the 2016 CENSUS cover and tells us – data which impacts your organisation
  • How can the CENSUS and other data, such as market research, be used together

Listen to Bob Schwartz – Economist-Strategist and Ian Krawitz – Head of Intelligence, 10 THOUSAND FEET as they unpack the 2016 CENSUS on how it can be harnessed by your organisation.


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Victorian Forum on the National Sports Plan

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has partnered with Vicsport and the National Sports Convention to host the Victorian Forum on the proposed National Sports Plan, on Wednesday 19th July at the Pullman Albert Park, Melbourne.

On 22nd May 2017, the Federal Minister for Health, Minister for Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt launched the National Sports Plan for participation and elite sport in Australia. The National Sports Plan will be a long-term strategy for the whole of sport examining four key pillars or participation, performance, preventative health through physical activity and integrity.

The National Sports Convention has invited key sport, government, recreation, health and education bodies, planners, providers and influencers to join them to the Community Sport Think Tank on Wednesday originally to focus on how best to encourage another 2 million people to be more active.          

The Community Sport Think Tank will now evolve into the Victorian Forum to discuss the development of the National Sports Plan.

Starting at 10am, the morning will include the ASC setting the scene with the latest AusPlay research and explaining the opportunities ahead for growing participation. There will be a global expert panel Q&A session with the audience, including ASC CEO Kate Palmer; Jennie Price, CE of Sport England; Peter Miskimmin, CEO of Sport New Zealand; Cathy Jo Noble, Executive Director of Canadian Parks and Recreation Association and Jerril Rechter, CEO of VicHealth.

After lunch, the participants of the Think Tank will have the opportunity to participate in a facilitated forum to identify the audience’s views on what is needed for the National Sports Plan. The ASC has produced a fact sheet on the National Sports Plan. We would encourage all interested parties to read before they attend.

The afternoon will finish at approximately 3pm.

More information on the program is available on the National Sports Convention website, click here for details.

The Community Think Tank and National Sports Plan Forum is free, and open to all to attend. Registration also gives you access to the National Sports Convention Exhibition open on 20 – 21 July.

To register for the Community Sport Think Tank/ National Sports Plan Forum click here.


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AFL’s SportsReady Ready Foundation

There can be many reasons to start a charity, but for AFL SportsReady, ‘making a difference’ is at the top of the list.

Every day we see young trainees thrive, after being given a chance to create a better future. However, there is much work to be done in providing additional programs and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and disadvantaged young people.

The Ready Foundation, led by AFL SportsReady Chair and former Victorian Premier, the Honourable Steve Bracks AC, aims to assist in relieving poverty, suffering, distress, misfortune or helplessness experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and other disadvantaged youth. 

We believe in a fair and united Australia, and The Ready Foundation is a demonstration of our commitment toward reducing disadvantage and achieving reconciliation. 

The Ready Foundation will contribute to a better Australia by removing the barriers preventing these groups from accessing the education and employment that all young people deserve. This charity will continue to grow and assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and disadvantaged youth, while also providing financial assistance to encourage participation in traineeships alongside other forms of education. 

The Ready Foundation will help provide a brighter future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and disadvantaged young people, through gaining new skills and improved self-confidence, while creating successful career pathways through education, employment and traineeships.

To contribute to the Ready Foundation, please visit their GoFundMe page.


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News from around Australia

New South Wales

Families with school children enrolled in community sport are set to benefit from the Active Kids Rebate

Seniors and pensioners can now enjoy free entry to Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre every Tuesday

Northern Territory

New Warren Park rugby league stadium – a win for sport and jobs

South Australia

$3.5 million upgrade for Western Adelaide Clubs

$7.7m boost to Adelaide’s netball facilities


Applications Open for Sport and Recreation Major Grants Program

Speaker Officially Opens New Hockey Ground


Big Win for Women’s Footy and Netball in Woorinen

“Have A Go” in the Sporting Capital of the Nation

Kicking Goals for Grassroots Sport in Campaspe Shire

Western Australia

Grassroots sports clubs invited to take dip in funding pool

WA athletes get funding boost to support sporting goals

New Combat Sports Commission chair appointed



International News

In the latest edition of the WFSGI News Alert you’ll find articles about:

Under Armour negotiating long-term extension with Yankees’ Aaron Judge

The Baltimore Sun – Under Armour says it is negotiating a long-term extension with him as it continues to deepen its partnership with baseball. 

VF Corporation announces second quarter 2017 earnings and conference call date

VF Corporation – VF Corporation plans to release its second quarter fiscal 2017 financial results on Monday, July 24, 2017. Following the news release, VF management will host a conference call.

These are the most popular sports in China

ISPO – Sports are becoming more and more popular in China. Table tennis, badminton, and basketball are typical sports for the country. But one sport beats them all.   

Sports Landscape Report: Chinese Super League vs. Premier League

Euromonitor International – This report compares the two leagues to decide whether the CSL should be considered a threat or commercial opportunity for the Premier League.