Hollywood, FL - When retailers and designers head for New York seeking new inspiration and fresh ideas at A.R.E.'s Retail Design Collective, December 8-10, they will find a conference program featuring the latest trends in visual merchandising, store design and window displays.

The daily conference, sponsored by EuroShop 2011, will provide attendees the opportunity to network with visual merchandising and store planning professionals, while experiencing dynamic discussions focusing on design trends.

The Value of Design
Wednesday, December 8
In a time where retail reinvention is crucial, stores and brands have to pull out all the stops to keep their retail environments fresh, present and relevant, and to promote value to the consumer. To communicate the value equation and connect with the core customer, effective store design and visual merchandising are needed, necessary and vital at all retail price points, in all retail categories and despite any retailer's budget. In this session, presented by DDI magazine, panelists will explore not only how budgets can impact creativity, construction and planning (aka bottom line value), but also the final effect new initiatives can have on both the customer and the ROI (aka emotional value).

Moderator: Jessie Bove, Managing Editor, DDI magazine

Panelists: Harry Cunningham, Vice President, Creative, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH and Brad Lenz, Vice President Shop-in-Shop and International Stores, Liz Claiborne Inc.

Visual Merchandising Takes Center Stage
Thursday, December 9
If there's one area of design that has boomed during the Great Recession, it's visual merchandising. Pushed to do more with less, retailers have responded with innovative, creative, exciting displays. This provocative panel discussion, presented by VMSD, brings together some big names in visual merchandising to discuss the best trends of 2010 and what we can expect in 2011. You're guaranteed to walk away with new inspiration and motivation for effective displays and windows.

Moderator: Kristin Godsey, Design Group Director, ST Media Group

Visual Merchandising Trends 2011-12
Friday, December 10
This session, presented by Stylesight in cooperation with Specialty Insider, offers a comprehensive look at the overarching design directives and consumer behaviors influencing visual merchandising trends for 2011 and into 2012. Color harmonies, materials, textures, fixtures, lighting, and more will be addressed.

Speaker: Renee Labbe, Vice President, Global Trends, Stylesight  

Retail Design Collective provides retailers with an annual opportunity to see the highest quality gathering of visual and design resources, displayed in the depth and creativity only possible in a showroom event such as this. The participating showrooms and sponsors represent many of the finest providers of visual and design resources available today, and are known for their creativity, inspired design, and fashion sense.

To register to attend Retail Design Collective conferences, visit our website.
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 800 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, www.retailenvironments.org

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