There are too many duty free retailers here fighting over a pie that on the one hand is rising but on the other has a base that could crumble at any time.
And so it was this morning that I heard the most welcome five words in the English language. “Mr Moodie, you’ve been upgraded.”
David Hope was a fine man and in the purest sense of a sometimes overused term, a pioneer of our industry. I and many others shall miss him.
There is much food for thought and for now the Duty Free & Travel Retail Summit of the Americas remains very much a work in progress.
Could that be my business partner Dermot Davitt’s no doubt historic post-match hangover in Galway drifting across the Atlantic?
It’s not just about what Andreas, through Kraft and then Mondelez, has achieved in travel retail. It’s also about the way he has done it.
One gets the impression that if he’d brought some cheese, crackers, ham and olives in his hand luggage, he may have taken time to set out a table cloth and dine in style on the security counter.
Torben is not retiring (heck, he’s not even shy) but he is handing over responsibility for the Americas to focus on other markets, notably Asia Pacific.
These are early days for the new travel retail triumvirate. Watching what they do on this collective grand stage promises to be one of the most interesting travel retail stories of the year.
I hate this disease. So does everyone who marched today. And yet the overwhelming sentiment on display was not hate but love, the prevailing mood not of despair but of optimism.
“You’ve seen Henry Steiner’s work. It stares at you from billboards, banks and other buildings – it’s even lurking in your pocket.”
Could this GWP unleash a whole new shopper dynamic? And should the Year of the Dog Tito’s Handmade Vodka be sold in PET?
You might say that walking 5k is not very far. But believe me, if I had thought back in those dark days of 2010 that I would be doing it eight years on while in robust health, I would have been euphoric.