Conference Planning Hits High Gear
The conference and curriculum committees are in New Orleans for their annual Expanding Knowledge Conference planning meeting.
This is where the rubber meets the road: courses are pitched, discussed, and ultimately voted into or out of this year's curriculum. Course presenters are also selected; keynote speakers are debated; and in-the-field evaluations to determine this year's volunteer service project are also planned during this working stay at the New Orleans Marriott (the location of this year's Expanding Knowledge Conference).
NRTA Member Company Sold
Art Van Furniture announced the sale of the company to Thomas H. Lee Partners. read more
Top 5 Retail Trends to Watch in 2017
shared from RIS News
Justin Honaman writes, "2017 will be a strong and evolving year for retail as new national leadership begins to set their agenda, the job market continues to tighten, infrastructure spending increases, traditional mall-based retailers struggle with traffic, mobile is mainstream, and consumers have additional financial margin and spending capacity. Retailers will struggle to maintain traditional channel share with new same-day delivery services and channel bleed in grocery.
Let’s take a look at five (plus one!) retail trends for 2017!" read more
Retailers Expect Real Estate Trends to Continue in 2017
The Trends are Cast: Growing Retailers Will Continue to Grow, Shrinking Retailers Will Continue to Shrink
reposted via CoStar News in Real Estate Investment SmartBrief, 12/8/16
"To be continued" usually signals an exciting story twist is coming. But anyone hoping for a plot twist next year to the ongoing saga of shrinking apparel retailers won't be happy with the comments by several top retailers in this segment during quarterly earnings conference calls this past week. read more
When the Giving Gives Back
NRTA member Sue Rebelo says her recent volunteer experience with the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson can be described by one word: "AMAZING. The youth and staff of the BGCT were warm and gracious." She added, "I had every intention of going there to make a difference in their lives, yet they made a difference in mine. I can't thank the staff and their members enough!!"
Mary Ellen Belanger said,"Our time spent with the boys and girls at the club in Tucson was so enjoyable (and rewarding). Truly an amazing group of young people – they welcomed us warmly and worked right alongside us. They were very positive about “their club”. One observation that I made was regardless of the difference in ages, they treated each other with respect and worked well with each other…. It was apparent that they cared for each other a great deal.
Volunteering as we did, it takes you out of yourself…we saw how fortunate we are with our jobs and family lives and friends….it felt so good to be able to help get the painting done at the Club!" read more