July 2019 Update

A lot has happened since the last quarterly update with several initiatives underway or planned that I believe will allow us to make a profound change to the sporting goods industry and our community.

Head office
We are pleased to inform you that with effect from 1 July 2019, ASGA has relocated to a new office, the main telephone number has also changed.  The new office space allows ASGA to be more flexible with its rental agreement while gaining a significant saving, to be used towards membership services.

Our new office location at:
552 Victoria Street
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051

Phone number: 1300 467 106 

Sustainability Committee
Held in Melbourne on March 28th, the event centred around a keynote discussion – lead by sustainability expert Nick Harford – that focused on national waste policy and the subsequent obligations of businesses in the sector. The robust dialogue between participants ranged from packaging to the treatment of soft plastics and responsible product stewardship.

Emerging from the unanimous desire to aim towards an environmentally-conscious industry, the conversation culminated with an agreement to form a specialised sustainability committee to lead the charge. This group will be responsible for providing advice and assistance to the Australian Sporting Goods Industry with regards to setting, promoting and achieving sustainability outcomes.

If you are interested in joining the committee or require more information, please do not hesitate in contacting me on 1300 467 106 or  [email protected].  

Parallel Imports
Over the last few months, members have expressed some concern over parallel imports coming into Australia.  Parallel importation pits the policy interests of promoting competition and protecting intellectual property rights against each other.  

The Australian Sporting Goods Association is exploring the issues associated with parallel imports by forming a working group. This is your opportunity to voice your concerns with Government Policy associated with parallel imports. To register your interest, please email me at [email protected].

New Blog
We have now launched an online blog with a focus on content specific to the sporting goods industry. This month we focus on Australian sports participation you can find the blog at this link.

Data Committee
We have focused on continuously improving our market intelligence services by forming data improvement committees. Our first committee looked at the Footwear report, in particular, updating the categories classification. We will see several changes implemented to the footwear report over the coming months.  

We will also be forming groups to improve the Apparel, Golf and Retail report these groups will be held in August if you are interested in participating, please contact me on 1300 467 106  or [email protected]

Report Dashboard
Our online market intelligence dashboard will soon be completed allowing members to quickly read market trends through snapshots, in addition to the existing detailed information. Over the next month, we will be in contact with members to arrange training on the new dashboard.

Between now and the end of this year, we will continue to develop the dashboard platform, further enabling us to streamline our market intelligence reports. I believe that our ongoing efforts to continuously improve the reports will keep our members on the forefront of the industry. 

 

Shaun Bajada
Executive Director

February 2019 Update

It’s been a pleasure to get to know our valued members over my first 6 months as Executive Director, and it’s my aim to reflect your concerns, needs and interests in the initiatives we undertake on your behalf. The beginning of 2019 has already presented exciting opportunities and sweeping changes to both ASGA and the broader industry, and I eagerly look forward to working closely with members and industry partners moving forward.

ASGA REBRANDING Following over 6 months of work, we’re proud to launch the completely revamped branding of ASGA. From the updated logo design, to the full redevelopment of the ASGA website, we’re excited to bring in the new year with a fresh perspective for our members. We invite you to explore the ASGA branding changes at ​www.asga.com.au.

SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS Another new focus for 2019, we’re keenly working on numerous projects to address the immediate and important waste-management challenges within the sector. With the aim of developing an effective industry-led approach, we’ll be holding a series of forums on sustainability issues over the coming months.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT As part our renewed commitment in developing industry professionals, ASGA has partnered with team performance specialist, ​ Paul Farina, to deliver a series of educational Masterclasses. These bespoke short-courses cover a range of topics including Leadership, Strategy and Team Performance; learn more at ​asga.com.au/masterclasses​.

HAVE YOUR SAY It’s our mission to advocate for the interests of our membership base, and we invite you to share your thoughts regarding positive changes to be made to the Sporting Goods Industry.  Please feel free to reach out via ​phone​ or ​email​, and I will also endeavour to conduct face-to-face conversations with many of our members in the coming year.