PAVE Student Scholarship Program
The Planning and Visual Education Partnership’s
Student Scholarship Program is now accepting
applications from college students who are working
toward a career in the retail environments industry. Now in its fifth year, the scholarship fund has
granted more than $54,000 in aid for 35 students
who faced financial hardship and needed assistance
with basic expenses such as tuition, books, housing,
food, and transportation.
“Design and visual education is vital for our retail
industry so that we can continue to inspire customers
with exciting concepts,” explains Denny Gerdeman,
president of PAVE and CEO of Chute Gerdeman.
“Receiving a scholarship from PAVE affirmed to
me that there are people in this world who desire
to inspire students and invest in their futures,” said
recipient Meridyth Johnson.
The program owes its existence to scholarships
funded by the following companies in the retail
environments industry: B+N Industries, Crown Metal,
DAVACO, Dillmeier Glass Co., Elevations Inc., EMI
Industries, TJ Hale, High Country Millwork, Impressions
Marketing Group, Leggett & Platt, Lifestyle/Trimco,
Mondo Mannequins, OCTANORM® USA, Reeve Store
Equipment Co., Showbest, and Stylmark.
The deadline for applications is October 1, 2013.
Guidelines, requirements, and scholarship applications
are available online at www.paveinfo.org.
PAVE Rising Star Call for Nominations
Retailers, designers, and industry suppliers are invited to
nominate young professionals in the retail environments
industry for this year’s PAVE Rising Star award.
Nominations, which will be reviewed by a panel
of industry professionals, are free and can motivate
a nominee to do more great things. Finalists will
be recognized and the winner presented with the
award during the PAVE Gala, December 4, at Cipriani
Wall Street in New York.
The deadline for nominations is October 9, 2013.
The nomination form and more details are available
online at www.paveinfo.org. Contact PAVE at
954-241-4834 with questions.
PAVE Offers Helping Hand to Schools
PAVE Helping Hand Fund provides grant funds to
accredited two- and four-year educational institutions to enhance the quality of programs and
services to students entering into careers in the retail
design and planning, industrial design, and visual
merchandising industries. Grant amounts are based
on the size and scope of the program for which the
applicant requests funding, up to a combined total
of $15,000 in 2013. Educators can download the
grant eligibility criteria and application from the
PAVE website, www.paveinfo.org. The deadline
for applications is October 31.
PAVE Student Design Competition,
Real-world Design Challenges for Students
The Planning and Visual Education Partnership
(PAVE) continues to develop real-world skills
for tomorrow’s retail designers and visual
merchandisers with the launch of its 19th annual Student Design Competition, sponsored this year by Sephora. Open to undergraduate college students in retail planning, merchandising, and branding programs, the competition’s design challenges
are incorporated into the curriculum of many schools due to the hands-on experience
“Sephora is pleased to sponsor the PAVE Student Design Competition for the sec-
ond time. An ever-strengthened connection between the student and professional
communities benefits the entire industry,” said Paul Loux, senior vice president of
store design and property development for Sephora. “As a brand, it was invigorating
to see the fresh perspective the students brought to our retail experience in 2011.
We have also enjoyed watching the winners’ careers begin to bloom. We are excited
to see the work of a new group of entrants in 2013.”
International in scope, this year’s competition features a store design challenge
to design a pop-up shop and a visual merchandising challenge to design a window
display and an entryway display area.
The deadline for entries is October 29. Judging will take place in November
at Sephora’s corporate offices in San Francisco. Awards for this competition total
$27,000 to students and schools. Details about the competition, including the design
challenges, how to enter, and entry forms are available at www.paveinfo.org.
Student winners from PAVE’s 2012 Student Design Competition, and their schools,
received grants totalling $27,000.
Auto parts chains will expand rapidly
this year with AutoZone, Advance Auto
Parts, and O’Reilly Auto Parts all opening around 200 stores and likely more
in 2014. The auto parts retailers are
seizing on a longer life cycle for cars, as
customers are holding off on buying new
cars and relying on self-maintenance.
The retailers also mirror each other by
maintaining a hub-and-spoke model
for growth, with “Hub” stores being
larger, with more SKUs, which can serve
as mini-distribution centers. The Pep
Boys will add 31 Service & Tire Centers
locations, plus seven Supercenter stores
this year. The company will follow with
another 45 total new locations in 2014.
(Source: This article is excerpted from the
July 22, 2013, Crittenden Retail Space newsletter. The newsletter is provided to A.R.E.
member companies as part of their membership, and is available to others on a subscription basis. For more information on this
and other Crittenden Research publications,
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