Whole Foods Market is constantly pushing the envelope to re-interpret what its customers would like to see in their local stores. From Wellness Centers to Tap Rooms, WFM has found that non-traditional grocery store venues bring people together, create community and positively affect the bottom line. Many of these venues within the stores have become destinations on their own, independent from the errand of grocery shopping.
Mark your calendar for September 5-7, 2012, when the 12th annual IRDC convenes in Chicago, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel.
Emcees Joe Baer of ZenGenius Visual Merchants and Bevan Bloemendaal of The Timberland Co. added some new twists to IRDC’s Iron Merchant VI: Visual Merchandising Challenge, including changing the design brief last-minute and requiring the use of an unusual secret ingredient: water.
Attendance for IRDC 2011 was up 12% over 2010, making it one of the strongest years in the event’s 11-year history. The conference was held September 7-9 at the Parc 55 Wyndham in San Francisco, steps from Union Square, the heart of the city’s retail center.
Joie de Vivre Hospitality’s Chip Conley drew high praise for his opening keynote presentation, suggesting ways to mind-read your customers to go beyond their expectations.
We no longer live in an “as seen on tv” world. The store channel is more important today and for different reasons. Retail organizations need to bring store planning, merchandising and design to the front of the line where important decisions are made and budgets are set. Mark Murray will demonstrate how Red Chariot Experience Design and the cross-discipline design charrettes let you link brand, product and shopper understanding in a way that creates the most compelling retail presentation.
Spencer Blaker, the director of global retail marketing for Burt’s Bees, partnered with Gensler SF and Fleetwood Fixtures to design and realize a refreshed global vision for the brand, transforming Burt’s from a wholesale manufacturer to a global retailer delivering earth-friendly, natural personal care products. See the sweet success of this unique collaborative partnership, and get the buzz on their secrets of going global.
Join Centiva for a concept-to-completion tour of the newly designed retail space for AllPets Emporium. This Florida-based retailer needed finishes that would create a unique environment but still stand up to the high traffic of its customers and their four-legged friends. Its prototype store in Pembroke Pines took advantage of Centiva's in-house color matching, custom design an cutting capabilities to emphasize its brand creatively.
GE Lighting is proud to present to you a collaborative case study with one of our customers, Starbucks Coffee Company. We think there's strength in numbers, so with Starbucks having over 17,000 stores globally, and GE Lighting having over 125 years of experience, reliability and innovation in lighting, we're excited to share with you our collaboration that has brought about a unique partnership and significant energy and dollar saving for Starbucks Coffee Company.
We announced in early July that Whole Foods Market is the winner of VMSD’s 2011 Peter Glen Retailer of the Year award. The official presentation happens at IRDC on Thursday, September 8, followed by an intriguing session on the role of store design and visual merchandising in the brand’s success.