Registration is now open for the annual Australasian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS) Overseas Study Tour.

To take place from October 9 until October 16, the tour will travel to London and Amsterdam this year, with delegates set to see some of the most innovative and unique retail concepts in the world.

The tour will visit retailers in London including Sainsbury’s Local, Little Waitrose, Sourced Market, Wholefoods, Simple Fresh, Tesco Express, Budgens, Holborn’s, Applegreen and Londis.

In Amsterdam, tour participants will have the chance to see unique store designs such as PLUS Verhoeven in Rotterdam, COOP Today, Markthal Rotterdam, Deli by Shell in Oisterwijk and AH XL in Eindhoven.

Jeff Rogut, CEO of AACS, says the tour, which has a strong mix of retailers and suppliers, is one of the main highlights of the year. “In addition to seeing the latest retail concepts, it’s also a terrific networking opportunity.”

“London has some of the best convenience retailers and there’s lot of innovation happening in the UK convenience channel, which attendees will be able to see firsthand. In Amsterdam, we will see some really interesting retail concepts, not only convenience, but other retailing concepts that all retailers can learn from,” Mr Rogut said.

“It’s very easy for someone to visit a retail store and take pictures but understanding why the store is designed the way it is, that is what makes this tour so valuable to participants.”

Delegates will have the option to extend their tour to include the NACS Show in Atlanta, USA, which is held on October 18 until 20 for an additional cost. The ground cost of the tour, excluding the NACS Show, is $9900.00. Flights are extra – for more information or to register click here.

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