of the Curve
merchandising) is also focused on what’s next.
in their first virtual roundtable, our retail design
and branding think tank discussed emerging industry trends on technology. make sure
you read the article on their roundtable in
the 2011 Industry Performance Report is in,
and for the second year in a row, it’s good news.
industry sales were up 9.4 percent and pre-tax
profits improved from 0.5 percent to 2. 7 percent.
Let the good times roll!
a.R.e.’s three new apps are receiving a lot of
attention. together, the supplier|connect desktop search app, mobile supplier|connect app,
While a.R.e. member activities slow down a little during
our (hopefully) busy summer, we have an action-packed fourth
quarter coming up with the 56th convention and industry
summit in Palm Beach, fla., in november, followed by the
Retail Design collective and PaVe Gala in new York in December.
make sure you put these events on your calendar.
Well, it’s time to go. make sure you are ahead of the curve
and constantly looking for what’s next. By the way, would anyone like a black Brooks Bros. sport coat size 42R with wide lapels
circa 1995? The style is coming back—i can feel it.
When it comes to fashion, i have never
been accused of being ahead of the curve. While
the fashionistas buy Gucci crocodile lace-ups,
i repair my 9-year-old Johnston murphy tassel
loafers. i still like pleated, cuffed slacks, while
the trend is flat front without cuffs. But when it
comes to business, keeping ahead of the curve
is critical in order to survive and grow.
in 2006, my company started developing
LeD technology for illuminating our lightboxes.
The first year, LeD product sales accounted for
less than 2 percent of our business. so far this year, they account
for almost 50 percent of our sales. at Globalshop we introduced
a full line of digital media players, anticipating that they will
address “what’s next” in visual merchandising.
What’s next in your business? are you taking into account
the increasing presence of technology in retail environments?
Whether you are designing store interiors and the store experience or you are manufacturing fixtures and components, you
need to know what’s next to stay ahead of the competition.
speaking of what’s next, the first a.R.e. University event took
place in april. This is the first time that a.R.e. brought together
in one location three different tracks—project management,
manufacturing. total attendance was 90, and the feedback was very
positive. our DReam team (Designers of Retail environments and
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