In 2018, the AADA National Dealer Convention & Expo returns to the Gold Coast for a two-day program designed to equip Dealers with the tools and knowledge they require to deal with the shifting ground they must operate on in the age of disruption.
The Convention will be held on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The 2018 program will address the changing nature of the modern retail automotive playing field, with a series of innovative tracks designed to help Dealers adapt and prosper in the age of automotive disruption. The program will consist of a suite of workshops, round tables and plenary sessions aimed at educating and engaging Dealer Principals, management and staff.
Disruption is more than just a buzzword. It’s a business model that has reaped billions of dollars for its best practitioners. Uber disrupted taxis, Air b’n’b disrupted hotels, Bitcoin is attempting to disrupt currency, and let’s not forget one of the trendsetters, carsales.com.au disrupted the newspaper classifieds.
If there’s a product or service for sale or hire that involves a middleman buying from a manufacturer and adding a margin and showroom on the way through, you can bet there’s someone developing an app to disrupt that middleman.
The retail Automotive Industry is a middleman business. We shake hands with the makers and the users. They’re coming for us.
Alternative retail platforms such as Carvana and Drivetime are challenging traditional automotive retailers, attempting to take Dealers out of the picture completely. Giant retailers like Walmart are dipping their toes into our industry.
The new and used car franchise dealership model is under attack, both direct and tangential, from many sides. Some will change the way Dealers do business, others will aim to take that business.
An integral component of any AADA National Dealer Convention, the AADA Expo showcases new products and services designed to improve dealers’ bottom lines.
AADA prides itself on delivering an Expo every year that gives dealers access to the latest and greatest products and services designed to provide them with the cutting edge.
It’s a one-stop-shop you can stroll through at your leisure, either for a short break between sessions, or for a few hours to fully immerse yourself and upload a wealth of new knowledge and ideas.
Whether it is after-market product and services, insurance, finance, marketing, software, fuel and energy, customer retention or any other aspect of dealership operations, our friendly exhibitors are ready, willing and able to help you find solutions for every department.
Other types of exhibits include digital marketing, lubricants, and even an aviation manufacturer!
The AADA National Dealer Convention is a big event, so it is only appropriate that in 2018 we hold it in Australia’s largest regional convention centre, the $167 million Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC). Conveniently located in the heart of Broadbeach, just 500 metres from pristine white sand beaches, the GCCEC is perfectly situated for delegates to balance a working convention with the opportunity to relax and unwind amid the natural beauty of one of Australia’s premium destinations.