I have been fortunate to have time yesterday and today at the Gift Fair and the Home and Giving trade shows in Sydney. It was terrific seeing many of our Point of Sale software customers: gift show owners as well as newsagents.

I enjoyed walking the halls, spotting trends and considering the implications of these for our software and hoe we serve our customers. Trade shows in the gift space provide an insight into business for the rest of the year.

The retailers I spoke with are positive about 2010, most saying that they had an excellent Christmas and first two months to this year.

We have people at the trade show for the full five days. This is an indication of our commitment to the gift and homewares retail channels. Our Point of Sale is growing in its penetration.