The Asia Pacific Fuel Industry Forum is the definitive event for businesses that participate in the fuel retail and fuel wholesale markets in the Australasian Region. This year’s event is being held at the Cordis Hotel in Auckland, 4 and 6 September 2018.
Designed by the fuel industry, for the fuel industry, the APFIF provides an annual opportunity for industry participants and other stakeholders to discuss issues that are both internal and external to the fuel industry – as considered from the perspective of industry, consumers and policy makers.
The Agenda for the 2018 event has been developed around the theme of “Fuel retailing and the changing consumer dynamic”, with key sessions promoting robust discussion in the areas of:
- Changing societal trends and their likely impact on our market
- Emerging vehicle technologies and likely near-term impact on the shape of fuel demand
- Fuel price transparency and related regulatory developments
- Developments in fuel quality and fuel security legislation
- Wage underpayment, related legislation and industry experience to date
- Site safety and security in the face of increasing criminality
As fuel retailers grapple with an increasingly uncertain outlook that is being shaped by more fuel-efficient vehicle technologies and changing consumer behaviours, questions are rightly being asked about how fuel retailers might transform their business to remain future relevant.
Most retailers in our Region are betting on substantial commercial benefits being realised by a greater investment in the provision of convenience products and services, and have begun transforming their business from a fuel outlet selling ‘chips, chocolates and drinks to one that offers a broad range of food items and convenience services that are matched to the needs of their local market.
“While this strategy is on trend with similar developments in Europe and North America, the practical realisation of this potential in the less population dense markets of New Zealand and Australia will likely prove challenging”, said Mark.
Accordingly, the 2018 event seeks to expose delegates to a broad a range views from experts in the areas of community trends, retail consumer behaviours, and the likely impact of changing vehicle technologies on future fuel demand.
These sessions, together with regular annual updates on the changing face of industry regulation and societal expectations about fuel price transparency, points to a highly informative conference that will be wide reaching and thought provoking.
This year’s conference programme includes two break-out sessions that will run in parallel with the main conference plenary.
Petroleum Contractors Forum (Day 1),
This includes a series of presentations about how our industry can develop formal skills qualifications for petroleum contractors. This half-day session has been designed to address this longstanding debate and will seek to develop a blueprint for the development of skill sets that are formally recognised under the umbrella of Australian Training Standards.
AutoGas Forum (Day 2),
This session brings together a series of speakers to discuss the current state of the AutoGas market in Australia and incorporates an open forum discussion about the challenges of maintaining infrastructure in the face of declining market demand.
In addition to the conference program, the trade hall exhibition provides the opportunities for fuel retailers to connect with major industry suppliers and service providers from Australia and New Zealand.
But the 2018 APFIF is not all thought-provoking discussion and hard work. The forum also incorporates two elements that are designed to provide a break from intensive conference discussions in some of Auckland’s best venues.
The Inaugural ACAPMA Classic Golf Day
Supported by United Convenience Buyers and Coca Cola Amatil, this event will be held at the beautiful Maungakiekie Golf Course on Tuesday 4 September and brings together all sides of the petroleum industry.
APFI Forum Dinner
This year, the annual industry favourite and important networking dinner will be held in the surrounds of the stunning aviation display hall of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT). Quality New Zealand wines, combined with a delicious menu and engaging entertainment, the dinner is the social highlight of the forum.
All delegate passes include a seat at the dinner and an opportunity to participate in the ACAPMA Classic Golf Day. Space is still available, so book now to reserve your space now.
Register today at www.apfiforum.com; View the agenda and speakers, arrange meetings with exhibitors and sponsors.