Welcome to what we hope will become a regular stop in your digital world tour for information and news about the efficient and sustainable design/construction and operation of retail stores, restaurants, shopping centers and related developments.
In addition to providing news and information about the industry, Retail Design & Construction Today is the official website of the Retail Design & Construction Show, which will be launched in the fall of 2012. As the show develops over the next year and a half, you’ll find information about the speakers, seminar content, exhibitors and other features here.
A few points on why we’re doing this:
Need: While there are publications and events that touch various broad aspects of retail design, construction and operations, we have learned that there is a need for specific, targeted information on efficient and sustainable design and construction of retail.
From issues such as lean construction, integrated project delivery and building information modeling to LEED certification and other green practices, we intend for the web site and the show to be tightly focused on these and other aspects of designing and constructing retail -- better, faster and more sustainably. And, everything that we cover will include the all-important return-on-investment aspect.
Industry support: We’ve been working on the development of this concept for nearly a year and the feedback from the industry – retail executives and those on the supply side – has been enthusiastic. As you read this we have a diverse, talented group of nearly two dozen professionals who have volunteered to serve on our advisory board. We will be tapping their expertise as we further refine the web site content and to begin development of the show’s educational program.
Industry knowledge: To be blunt, we know what we’re doing. Our team has a wealth of experience in the retail world. The show and website are owned by Exponation, which owns and produces Digital Signage Expo, the largest digital signage/interactive technology show in the world.
A principal owner of Exponation is the founder of Display and Design Ideas magazine and GlobalShop. Our sales team has sold several retail-oriented shows and conferences. I was the editor of Retail Operations and Construction Magazine and was the co-founder and co-owner of Retail Construction Magazine, Retail Construction Expo, The Retail People, Commercial Construction Magazine and the Commercial Construction Show.
Also, during Retail Construction Expo’s early years, Exponation helped produce and stage the event.
As we go forward, please tell us what you think of our efforts. Suggest content ideas; contribute articles; comment on what we publish; recommend us to your colleagues.
Dave Doucette is the editorial director for Retail Design & Construction Today and the Retail Design & Construction Show. He is the co-founder and former co-owner of Retail Construction Magazine and Commercial Construction Magazine, as well as the former Retail Construction Expo. He was also the editor of Retail Operations and Construction Magazine.