Hollywood, FL--Members of the Association for Retail Environments will learn how to take advantage of the "real recovery" at the 55th Annual A.R.E. Convention, Nov. 10-13, 2010, in Rancho Mirage, California.

For the fourth straight year, Alan Beaulieu, President and Principle of the Institute for Trend Research (ITR), returns to the Convention as the Keynote speaker.

Beaulieu will provide short-term and long-term economic forecasts and how those forecasts will impact member's organizations. Beaulieu will detail ITR's predictions on how the economy will grow with emphasis on the retail environments industry and its future prospects.

Members also get to hear first-hand of new opportunities for growth as the retail panel cite examples of how their vendors have responded to the turns in the economy. The panel will detail ways to get the attention of retailers, what defines a preferred vendor, and what should be done to establish a long-term, profitable relationship.

The panel gives attendees the chance to hear directly from major retailers about their decision criteria for selecting vendors and their forecasts for upcoming new store construction and renovation for 2010 and beyond. Panelists that have committed to date include Larry Parnell, Vice President of Restaurant Development, Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. and Bob Waddell, Vice President, Construction/Purchasing Operations, Limited Brands Inc.

Other features include breakout sessions highlighting trends in retail design as well as the evolution in healthcare. Networking events include the annual Golf Tournament and Hole-in-One contest, three separate receptions, and a dinner at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

About A.R.E.
The Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) is a Hollywood, Fla.-based non-profit trade association representing the retail environments industry. More than 600 member companies include store fixture suppliers, retail design firms, suppliers of visual merchandising products, and suppliers of materials and equipment for the retail environments industry. Member capabilities include importing, exporting, consolidating, installing, project management, engineering, design, and more.

Source: Assn. for Retail Environments

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