FDFA announces virtual summit in November and sets date for 2022 event

By Charlotte Turner |

Barbara Barrett, FDFA Executive Director.

Barbara Barrett, FDFA Executive Director

The Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA), representing the interests of Canada’s land border duty free shop operators, announced it will be holding a virtual summit in place of its traditional in-person convention for its members on 15-18 November.


The association has also announced a date for the 2022 convention, which will take place on on 14-17 November next year. The location and other details are yet to be determined.


The virtual event will include working sessions designed to help get stores back to business with a number of operations areas to be covered, including working with some suppliers who have seen major supply-chain disruptions.


The goal of the 3-day virtual event will be to ‘help stores revitalise innovation, facilitate inventory management and supplier connections’, said FDFA.


Barrett spoke to TRBusiness in an exclusive video interview for the September e-zine.

Barrett spoke to TRBusiness in an exclusive video interview for the September e-zine.


“Land border duty free stores have been essentially closed since March 2020 and during that time, there have been changes in the supply chain and inventories have been depleted,” said Barbara Barrett, FDFA Executive Director. “Operators need to acquire up-to-date products and innovations.”


In previous years, the FDFA convention has brought together duty free store owners, suppliers, distributors, and major sponsors from across Canada, providing a space for ‘like-minded professionals to collaborate, innovate, and celebrate the duty free industry’, said the association.


“With the border partially open, it is time to get them ready for being back to a regular business flow,” said Barrett.


“We are excited to be able to connect again, even if only virtually, and certainly excited to be able to talk about getting back to business.”


Additionally, the association will be introducing a new ‘Brand Discovery Program’ coming in the new year to facilitate sourcing new competitive products globally for Canadian land border duty free stores. Details will follow in the coming months.


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