Shoptalk 2015: More chances to participate!
Our 2015 Shoptalk series has launched a new format, and with six more planned for the year,
there’s still time for you to participate. Retailers and designers are invited for an educational
afternoon, culminating in an evening cocktail reception. Interactive workshops led by industry
experts will enlighten you and get your creative juices flowing. Each Shoptalk will cover the
integration of technology into the retail space and ROI on store design.
Suppliers are invited to sponsor the events.
For information, visit www.retaillenvironments.org/shoptalks.
A.R.E. launches The Creative Collaborative
A.R.E. has launched The Creative Collaborative, a designer platform
that will harness the creative assets of our design firm members. Its
mission: to inform, inspire, and connect the creative community that
shapes retail experiences.
“The A.R.E. board of directors
recognizes the importance of the
design segment and the critical
role it plays in the retail environ-
ments value chain,” said Todd
Dittman, executive director of A.R.E. “The launch of A.R.E.’s Creative
Collaborative will enable the association to leverage the full power of
our design firm member resources to benefit the industry.”
The Creative Collaborative is the result of six months of work by a
group of A.R.E. members Bruce Barteldt, Little; Denny Gerdeman,
Chute Gerdeman; Kevin Hogan, Stylmark; Brian Dyches, Open Eye
Global; Paul Biondolillo, MulvannyG2; Bob Rosean, TJ Hale; Joe
Nevin, Bergmeyer; and Charles Sparks, Charles Sparks & Co. Also
working with the group was Dash Nagel, managing director of PAVE.
“As the name signifies, The Creative Collaborative will foster a
spirit of collaboration among A.R.E. design firm members,” Barteldt
said. “We have ambitious goals in place and will be relying on mem-
bers for their contributions and input to deepen A.R.E.’s cross-industry
The Creative Collaborative will leverage the power of A.R.E. to:
• Create training/education programs that will broaden the
knowledge base of designers and affiliated professionals.
• Provide networking opportunities that will give designers
opportunities to network, increase awareness, and share
ideas with colleagues.
• Become a center for mentoring, recognized by designers
as a source for receiving and providing mentorship, leadership,
Among the organization’s first initiatives is its contributing role in
the new quarterly A.R.E. Trend Report. The Trend Report compiles
information from A.R.E.’s trends partners, along with contributions
from design firm members. The resulting report, available to A.R.E.
members only, is the retail environments industry’s only multisource,
data-driven trends resource.
A.R.E., POPAI boards
agree to pursue merger
The boards of directors
of A.R.E. and POPAI
have voted to enter a
due diligence phase and
work in good faith toward
a definitive agreement to merge the two associations. Both
not-for-profit groups agreed to a preliminary framework that
will allow them to better serve their members and advance the
industry as a combined organization.
“The memberships of both organizations have much
in common. The entire industry will benefit greatly from
our combining forces,” said Michelle Adams of Marketing
Brainology, the current elected chairman of POPAI.
Added A.R.E.’s elected president, Bob Rosean of TJ Hale,
“This is a true unification of equals. These two venerable asso-
ciations bring complementary strengths to the table. Together,
it will be a case of one plus one equals three.”
The Point of Purchase Advertising International, estab-
lished in 1936, is the leading nonprofit global association for
the in-store marketing industry. International in scope, its
membership consists of leading retailers, CPGs, brand agen-
cies, producers, and educators who are committed to relevant
shopper marketing research and education.
Established in 1956 as the National Association of Store
Fixture Manufacturers, the Association for Retail Environments
is the nonprofit trade association representing the retail environments industry. A.R.E. member companies include retail
design firms and suppliers of store fixtures, visual merchandising products, materials, equipment, and services.
San Francisco ..... May 7
New York ........ May 14 (date change)
Montreal . . . . . . . . September 17
Cincinnati ........ October 1
Seattle .......... October 15
Dallas ........... October 22