Entering into this competition has been a thrilling whirlwind for us here at The Design Depot. I think when entering the competition we didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into! All we can say is that we are so incredibly glad that we threw ourselves into a competition such as this and urge other retailers to look to enter in future years!
Our enthusiasm to encourage likeminded retailers to take part in such a competition all stems from how beneficial we found the application process and the journey it took to craft and mould our final application.
Although we had a fair idea of what we wanted to include in our application, what we found so interesting was how our application grew and altered in style over such a short period of time. Each day our application grew as we tried to successfully highlight all aspects of our business that we deemed important.
What this application process forced us at The Design Depot do was to promote areas of the business that we excelled at but also helped us discover areas for improvement. We become more passionate day by day, and we found that the ‘application process’ soon transformed from being simply an ‘application’ into the inspiration and drive we needed. Entering this global innovation competition was the perfect way to give us that push – to get to the ball rolling with so many ideas that we have had sitting ready to implement .
For this reason, in addition to how much you learn about yourself as a business we encourage likeminded retailers to look into entering. Make sure to visit http://www.giftfairs.co.nz/news.php for more information.
We are truly blown away with the amount of support we have received throughout our gia application process. The positive reinforcement from all our amazing loyal customers is greatly appreciated – we hope to make you all when proud representing NZ in March!
A huge thank you and mention to the incredible NZ Gift Magazine as the NZ gia sponsor magazine. It has been an absolute pleasure working with you, your support and advice made this exciting & hectic experience just that much easier!