Visual Merchandising Trends

Welcome

to the"Visual Merchandising Trends" WIKI.


In this first Visual Merchandising Wiki you will experience the new Visual Merchandising trends and latest products being developed and installed in retail environments in the US.You will travel with us to Toronto, New York and Los Angeles.

  • The first event we will experience is attending and participating in the International Retail Design Conference 2010 in Toronto Canada.


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2010 Attending Companies

Designers and Visual Merchandisers from the following companies have registered to attend the 2010 International Retail Design Conference in Toronto

ARC WORLDWIDE
ARCHITECTURAL GROUP INTL
ARCHITECTURAL IDENTITY MANAGEMENT
ASSOCIATION FOR RETAIL ENVIRONMENTS
ATLANTIS CASINO RESORT SPA
BENJAMIN MOORE & CO
BERGMEYER ASSOCIATES INC
BEST BUY CORPORATE
BEST BUY EUROPE
BHDP ARCHITECTURE
BMR
BROWNS SHOES
BURDIFILEK
CALLISON
CARLSON RESTAURANTS WORLDWIDE
CBX NEW YORK
CHUTE GERDEMAN
DANIER
DESOURCE
DESTINATION MATERNITY
DON PENN CONSULTING ENGINEER
EHI RETAIL INSTITUTE
ENVIROSELL
EQ3 LTD
ESTEE LAUDER
FAMILY CHRISTIAN STORES
FITCH
FOREVER 21
FRITO LAY
FRCH DESIGN WORLDWIDE
GENSLER
GHA DESIGN STUDIOS
GREC
GUESS
HARLEY-DAVIDSON MOTOR CO.
HEKMAN BADHWAR LLC
HERSCHMAN ARCHITECTURE
HOLT RENFREW
HUDSON'S BAY COMPANY
IKEA- US
IMMEDIA DESIGN GROUP
INTERBRAND DESIGN FORUM
JEFFREY HUTCHISON & ASSOC.
JGA
JUMBO

KROGER
KUUDES KERROS
LA MAISON SIMONS
LAND OF NOD
LAURA CANADA
LE CHATEAU INC
LEVINE DESIGN GROUP
LIMITED BRANDS INC
LIPPINCOTT
LITTLE
LOBLAW COMPANIES LIMITED
LORD & TAYLOR
LOWE'S
LUXOTTICA
MACY'S INC
MARKETECT
MBH ARCHITECTS
MILLER ZELL INC
MSA PLANNING + DESIGN
MULVANNYG2 ARCHITECTURE
NATIONWIDE
NAUTICA
NORDSTROM
OAKLEY
PERENNIAL INC
PROCTER & GAMBLE
PUBLIX SUPER MARKETS

RED MARKET INC
RETAIL DISPLAY SECRETS LTD
RGA CONSULTING
RICKIS A DIVISION OF COMARK
SCHOTT NORTH AMERICA INC
SENECA COLLEGE
SEPHORA
SHAWMUT DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
SJDC
SPENCER'S RETAIL LTD
STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY
SUPERVALU

TAFE NSW - SYDNEY INSTITUTE
TARGET
THE SHOPPING CHANNEL
THE ZANDL GROUP
THREAD COLLABORATIVE
TITAN INDUSTRIES LTD
TJX
TOM BEEBE
TOUCHPOINT RETAIL
WATT INTERNATIONAL
WD PARTNERS
WHEELHOUSE
YABU PUSHELBERG
ZENGENIUS



Registration for the conference kicks off on Tuesday evening 12th October with the following event

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Wednesday 13th October is the start of the conference and the topics we will be participating in are
Wednesday, October 13th
8:00 AM - 9:00 AMNetworking Continental Breakfast
9:30 AM - 10:30 AMOPENING KEYNOTE: Reinvention of an Icon
The Hudson’s Bay Co.—founded in 1670—knows a little something about longevity. Its department store The Bay is a Canadian icon; its leader, retail veteran Bonnie Brooks, has made some bold moves to keep the brand riding high despite the global recession. A dynamic speaker, Brooks will talk about how the brand has evolved throughout its extraordinary history, including the key role its award-winning store design and visual merchandising continues to play in its strategy.
Speaker(s): Bonnie Brooks
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMThe Light at the End of the Tunnel: Be Prepared
Explore the ways in which designers and retailers can be prepared--and properly positioned--for the eventual industry upturn. This session offers concrete insights into management techniques that will help you poise your business for growth.
Speaker(s): Les Hiscoe
12:15 PM - 2:00 PMNetworking Roundtable LunchBring your questions, ideas and insights to the Networking Roundtable Lunches on Wednesday and Thursday, 10/13 & 14. Hosted by VMSD Advisory Board members, editorial staff and conference sponsors, these lively discussions present a unique opportunity to connect with and learn from some of the most creative minds in retail design. Choose your top four topics when you register for the conference, and get your table assignments for each day when you arrive. Requests are filled in the order they’re received, so register early to secure your choice of topics.
  • Windows and Displays: Saying creative throughout the year
  • Designing retail for the 20-and-under crowd
  • Questions to ask before hiring a design firm
  • Different disciplines, similar challenges: What can retail and hospitality designers learn from each other?
  • Tapping the local community for design inspiration
  • Color Trends: The role of color in shopper behavior
  • Little Budget, Big Impact: Visual merchandising on a dime
  • Visual merchandising trends and ideas
  • Social media and store design: How to integrate?
  • Lighting design trends
  • Signage and Graphics: Updating branding on a budget
  • Fixtures: Design trends
  • Digital Media: What resonates with customers and why
  • Mannequins: Trends and merchandising ideas
  • Materials and Flooring: Trends and ideas
  • A beginners guide to green design (terms, trends and more)
  • The Green Design Movement: Where are we now?
  • Innovations in green materials
  • Store Renovations: Making your budget and your deadline
  • International Markets: How to translate your brand
  • Urban Retailing: Challenges and opportunities
  • Better design =better sales: Proving ROI
  • Corralling creativity: Getting from brainstorm to bricks-and-mortar
  • Favorite/least favorite trends in retail design
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Iron Merchant Challenge
Teams of IRDC attendees compete in a fun, lively visual merchandising contest to create a unique display in one hour’s time. Attendee votes determine the best of show, and the winning team gets a moment to shine on stage the last morning of the conference—and bragging rights for a full year.
Now in its fifth year, the Iron Merchant Challenge is a can’t-miss, hands-on opportunity to apply your creativity alongside high-level peers from across all retail sectors. If you’d like to participate, check the appropriate box when you register, and we’ll contact you prior to the conference with your team assignment.
Speaker(s): Joe Baer

3:45 PM - 4:45 PMVisual Merchandising SymposiumGet a look at what the most innovative and creative minds in visual merchandising are doing (and seeing) on the retail scene today, and learn the strategies and trends behind the displays. Bring your questions: This group is ready to talk shop and share ideas.
Moderator(s): Eric Feigenbaum
Panelist(s): Paul Olszewski, James Damian, Tom Beebe.


Thursday, October 14

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Case Study Breakfast
Participating sponsors and their clients walk you through recent projects, show the finished solutions and field your questions—all in 20-minute segments over breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:20 AMNRF Retail Industry Briefing
Hear highlights from the NRF 2010 Holiday Forecast. We will also examine the retail industry outlook for 2011 and reveal where retailers are investing capital expenditures over the year. Understanding these spending priorities will help you put your projects in perspective for your retail clients.
Speaker(s): Daniel Butler
8:40 AM - 9:00 AMCASE STUDY - Delivering World-Class In-Store Solutions Abroad
The challenge for Chicago-based GFX was international in-store execution for the launch of a new big box retailer in the Dominican Republic. With the store design team in Spain, architects in Argentina and the retailer in the Dominican Republic, GFX acted as the international hub bringing value engineered options and custom solutions to a truly global team.
GFX delivered complete program execution, outfitting the 166,000 square foot hypermarket with grand format graphics and 3-dimensional form factors. The result was the brilliant debut of a new retail space that was every bit of its design team’s vision.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AMGENERAL SESSION: Tech-Enabled Store Design: Do's and Don'ts
The tools and technologies springing up to enhance the shopping experience are phenomenal. But very few retailers have figured out how to use these tools effectively. Jim Crawford, our breakout star speaker at IRDC 2009, returns with a tour of the cutting-edge tech capabilities hitting retail around the world today, while also taking the topic to the next level: How to approach tech-enabled design from a shopper-centric perspective. Learn which retailers are doing it right—and which ones aren’t—to build your own tech-driven success stories in the coming years.
Speaker(s): Jim Crawford
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMThe Full Spectrum of Green Design Today
Green retailing continues to flourish. Join our expert panel as they discuss the strategies behind award-winning sustainable store designs and the latest eco-friendly materials and products, as well as ideas for greening the decorative end of retail through window and visual displays.
Speaker(s): Kevin O'Donnell Lori Kolthoff Jo Rossman
12:15 PM - 2:00 PMNetworking Roundtable Lunch
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMThe 17-Year Itch: The New Shape of Retailing for Gen X and Y
There are indications that following this recession, a prolonged spending slump may be on the horizon. But retailers that take advantage of Gen Y shopping behavior, as well as the new cultural demands of Gen X, will be best prepared to succeed. Take a look at some of the trends shaping up to serve this changing consumer and hear from retailers working to adapt to a new polarized shopping landscape.
Moderator(s):Randy Sauer
Panelist(s): Brett Horton Robert Fernandez David Milne
3:45 PM - 6:00 PMSelf-Guided Architecture & Design Tours
Spend Thursday afternoon exploring Toronto's retail and architectural gems. We'll provide maps and directions for three self-guided walking tours, each with its own inspirational flavor.
Tours include: Queen Street West Retail Bloor Street/Yorkville Retail Museum/Architecture

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EKO in the Queen West District
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Bloor Street
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Royal Ontario Museum
Spend Thursday afternoon exploring Toronto’s retail and architectural gems. We’ll provide maps and directions for three self-guided walking tours, each with its own inspirational flavor.
QUEEN STREET WEST RETAIL
This indie-lined street begins in the Financial District and spans the Entertainment District and the Art & Design District, so the challenge is deciding where to begin. Whatever your entry point, you’ll find a plethora of boutiques—primarily fashion and housewares—with some familiar brands in the mix. At the end of the stretch are two boutique hotels renowned for their eclectic design: the Drake (site of the IRDC Party) and the Gladstone.
BLOOR STREET/YORKVILLE RETAIL
Toronto’s highest concentration of luxury brands and international designer boutiques can be found along Bloor Street, in a stretch known as the Mink Mile. In addition to Gucci, Chanel, Cartier, Tiffany and the like, you’ll find several Canada-based retailers: the Holt Renfrew department store; a five-level flagship for men’s clothier Harry Rosen; and fine jewelers Birks among them. North of Bloor is Yorkville, an enclave of high-end boutiques, specialty stores and gourmet restaurants.
MUSEUMS/ARCHITECTURE
Toronto is home to some jaw-dropping architecture, as exhibited by two of the museums on this tour: the enormous Art Gallery of Ontario, recently redesigned by native son Frank Gehry; and the Royal Ontario Museum, whose Crystal addition by Daniel Libeskind caused considerable controversy. Other stops include the Will Alsop-designed Sharpe Centre for Design, which looks like a checkerboard box supported by giant pencils, and the Raymond Moriyama-designed Bata Shoe Museum, which resembles a shoebox.


Friday, October 15

8:00 AM - 9:00 AMContinental Breakfast with Open Mic Session NEW FOR 2010On the last morning of the conference, we’ll assemble a panel of speakers—experts in retail design, visual merchandising, planning and construction—to field questions from the audience and discuss topics submitted by attendees in advance. Have a burning question you’d like them to address?
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
GENERAL SESSION: VMSD Awards
Toast the winners of VMSD’s International Visual Competition and Renovation Competition, then find out which team wins the coveted Iron Merchant title for 2010. The finale is the presentation of the Peter Glen Retailer of the Year Award, created in 2001 in honor of the late retail observer, motivational speaker and longtime VMSD columnist. The award is given to the retailer who best exemplifies Glen’s standards of retail excellence: innovation, service and intelligence.

9:30 AM - 10:30 AMGENERAL SESSION: Peter Glen Retailer of the Year
Forever 21's fast-fashion approach to getting trendy goods into its 500 stores is a blueprint for how to succeed in a challenging environment. At a time when most other specialty retailers are retrenching, Forever 21 is planting new flags in malls and on main streets throughout the world. The company's executive vp Larry Meyer and frequent design partner J.T. Nakaoka will be on hand to discuss their success and accept the award.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PMCLOSING KEYNOTE: Glocalization: The changes brewing at Starbucks Coffee Company
There is a change in current these days at Starbucks. With stirring new store designs, some “de-branded” locations and a commitment to have all new company owned stores LEED certified starting end of 2010—all within standard store construction budgets—Starbucks is definitely a company on the move. Closing out the conference, Tim Pfeiffer will talk about these efforts and more during his keynote address—infusing just the right jolt of inspiration to send you back home refreshed.
Speaker(s): Tim Pfeiffer

THIS WIKI WAS PRODUCED BY KERRY LITTLE VISUAL MERCHANDISING SECTION SYDNEY INSTITUTE TAFE-ULTIMO CAMPUS. A RECIPIENT OF A TAFENSW PREMIER'S SCHOLARSHIP 2010.