Danks Gears Up For 150th

Danks invited more than 200 of its major retail and trade suppliers to the River Room at Crown Casino in late April 2008 to enjoy dinner, celebrate the financial year, and share plans for next year’s spectacular 150th anniversary celebrations.

The big news of the night was the unveiling of plans for the Danks National Trade Show and Conference, to be held in April 2009 in Melbourne. The event, which is tipped to attract more than 2000 people, will cover a two day trade show followed by a one day conference. “It will be the biggest and most impressive trade show and conference for the Australian independent hardware market and provide the opportunity for our suppliers and retailers to come together under the one roof and communicate face-to-face,” said Marketing Manager, Con Dekazos.

Danks Managing Director Graeme Danks kicked off the evening’s formalities with a recap of progress to date in 2007/2008. He confirmed an impressive eight percent net profit after tax for the first half of the 2008 financial year, and he outlined some of the impressive initiatives that shaped performance, including structural changes in retail operations, ongoing and active commitment to store development, continuing growth in trade sales, and industry first innovative approaches to ERP and point of sale systems. He also confirmed that the new distribution centre in Welshpool, Perth is fully operational.