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12 | From the Show Director
Your must-sees for
prospective attendee called me the other day to get information on GlobalShop 2013. She’s from a fast-growing specialty
retailer and had not been to the show before, but she had read
about it in DDI and wondered if it would be worth her while to attend.
As you might imagine, I answered in the affirmative.
She then asked me to suggest a basic itinerary. Not wanting to
overwhelm her, I suggested a few highlights. You might find these
beneficial as well.
First off, arrive early and explore Chicago. Shop the Magnificent
Mile or visit State Street. Get a cup of coffee at Intelligentsia. Check
out Reckless Records on Madison. Go see the Cloud Gate (The Bean)
at Millennium Park. Visit the Planetarium or the Shedd Aquarium.
Have a steak at Rosebud or try the vodka rigatoni at Café Bianda.
Have a cocktail at the Big Bar at the downtown Hyatt.
POPAI’s pre-conference starts on Monday, April 15. So does
GlobalShop Exchange, our exclusive invitation-only, speed-sourcing
event. DDI’s Reader Appreciation Party (RAP) kicks off the week’s
social events on Monday night at EPIC. Connect with industry acquaintances or start your own tweet-up. Try to get to bed kind of
early, because tomorrow’s going to be a big day.
If you’re a runner, you won’t find many better cities for a morning
workout—just bring warm clothes. Alternately, grab breakfast at the
Wildberry Café on Randolph. But be sure to arrive at McCormick
Place in time to attend Herb Sorensen’s keynote address on Tuesday morning, April 16 (don’t forget to pre-register online!). For the
first time, our keynote, along with select conference sessions, will
be translated into Portuguese and Spanish. Definitely consider attending some of the conference sessions, as they’re full of actionable
ideas you can take home and put to use.
Now, it’s time for the expo floor. You have a few days, so take your
time! There are more than 600 exhibitors, and each has something
unique to offer. Make sure to visit our feature areas, like the Retail
Design Collective Showcase at the front of the hall, or the Design
Inspiration Showcase, Best of GlobalShop and Innovation Theater
located centrally in the Hub area under the restaurant.
Day one concludes with the A.R.E. Design Awards at the Hard
Rock, followed by the the industry’s biggest party, the GlobalShop
Opening Night Party at Enclave, sponsored by United Displaycraft.
Day two, April 17, starts with the Retail Roundtable, sponsored
by Reeve Store Equipment Co. This is a very popular event exclusively for retailers and brand marketers, and allows you to connect
and network with a huge gathering of your peers. A few hours later,
make sure you attend the Power Lunch, another great opportunity
to mix and mingle while experiencing a presentation on Retail Hot
Buttons by Nielsen’s Todd Hale.
Day two wraps up with POPAI’s OMA Awards gala in the evening
at McCormick Place’s Skyline Ballroom.
The new Brand Breakfast takes place on Thursday morning, April
18, and features a panel from top brands discussing their views on
the industry. Here’s one final chance to learn from your peers and
meet new people in your industry.
I could have gone on, but I think she was already sold—and she
told me she’d see me in Chicago. I hope to see you, too!
GlobalShop Show Director
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Table of Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
Tiffany & Co.
Paris Kids Department
Technology & Customer Engagement Section
Big Data Column
Design Leaders 2013
Shopping with Paco
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