The visit of around 3,000 Tupperware delegates from Indonesia has impacted on our market this week. We were informed by one participant that the trip to Melbourne was free for and this made it easier for delegates to find money for shopping while they were here.
Traders reported that many delegates struck a hard bargain on price but were big consumers on T-shirts and confectionary. Other categories also received a boost with at least one higher end leather goods trader having to organise extra staff at the last minute to handle demand. Many traders reported a buzz around the market while the delegates were here and said they felt that helped with sales to their traditional customers.
Our photos might provide tips for other traders when the next conference comes around. We particularly refer to signs targeting conference delegates in their own language and monogrammed carry bags promoting individual traders.