Friday 29 January 2016

Traders Wanted For Important Sub-committees

At this week’s QVMAC Meeting a number of sub-committees were proposed to deal with important issues around our market. Trader input is vital to successful consideration of many issues. Traders who have particular interest in the following matters or who would simply like to get involved in trader/management discussions are invited to take part.

Trader Assessment Criteria Sub-committee – this committee will examine the way traders are assessed for stall allocations, new stalls, stall renewals etc. The old system based purely on years of service is under scrutiny and a new format is being proposed that will examine a wider range of trader standards and stall presentation.
Some of the factors being considered are –
Visual Merchandising                   Stall Upkeep and Appearance               
Signage/ticketing Standards         Self Marketing
Customer Service                        Uniqueness
Locally Made                               Self Designed
Theatre & Interaction                   Days of Trading
Best Practice Retailing                 Infringement Record
Years of Service                          Health & Safety

What do you think of these criteria? Should others be added? What importance would you give each factor and should they be weighted?
QVMAC Trader Representatives Ivano, Jenny Pyke, Stephen McLennan and management representative Brendan Devine are involved in this sub-committee. Talk to one of the Trader representatives involved or email if you would like to be involved.

Stall Spreading Sub-committee – this committee will examine a streamlined way of administering stall spreads including daily procedure, merchandising standards (a spread that looks professional), and other ways of filling gaps and making our market look better. QVMAC Trader Representative Greg Smith, and Market Officer Peter Shepheard, will start the ball rolling on this issue and seek traders to give advice. Let Peter or Greg know if you are interested, or email

Trading Ideas – Marketing Workshop -  this sub-committee will be looking at ways to spend QVM’s marketing budget. The 2016/17 budget is being compiled right now so the time is ripe for trader input.
Would you like to see live kangaroos bounding up Queen Street, perhaps an electronic billboard promotion like the market did with its re-branding, or a special promotion for your particular product category?
This is your opportunity to get creative and we can assure you that all ideas will receive a good hearing. A meeting is being held next Tuesday, 2nd February, from 3:30 pm at the Engagement Hub, 452 Queen St.
You can join this group by emailing

Participation in each of these sub-committees is very flexible. You may want to simply come along to the first meeting (or at any stage of the meetings) to find out what it is all about before committing yourself. The meetings will generally be held at 3:30 pm after the market on a Tuesday or Thursday.

31/01/2016 11:21:11 Trading Ideas, Marketing Workshop "Hi everyone, looking forward to seeing as many traders as possible at the Trading Ideas marketing workshop. This session is for you the Traders! Come along and share your ideas of how we can better market our fantastic market! - thanks Mark and the marketing team" Mark Smith