Companies are constantly fighting and angling to be on the cutting edge of new technology as they battle for ecommerce, retail, and wholesale market share. This can lead to a disjointed strategy where businesses are always chasing the next best idea versus focusing on solutions that will have the biggest impact on success.
Come hear our most talked about emerging designers discuss how they launched their line, what it takes to stand out in today’s market, how they work with celebrities to widen their brand, and where they find design inspiration. Plus, they'll be telling us what trends they're bringing to the market for Spring 2017.
- Christian Allaire, Associate Fashion Editor, High-End Men's, Footwear News
A must-attend kick-off event at FN PLATFORM with Beth Goldstein of The NPD Group! In this time of unprecedented change in the retail environment, join The NPD Group for a discussion about how consumer preferences are shaping our industry. You’ll come away from this presentation with a unique view of the market. Beth will detail the bright spots from the first half of 2016 and reveal how the back half is likely to fare. Learn what you should look for at the show and what to keep your eye on for 2017 and beyond.
Robert Stevenson’s program will address the many facets of successfully operating a retail shoe store. He will address the Essential Habits for Success when it comes to leadership, handling change, sales and customer service, along with establishing the right corporate culture. He will break down the Art and Science of Selling into a no-nonsense set of guidelines that will make even the most novice salesperson a success.
Far more than a seminar in accounting, this session connects strategy, decision making, and financial results in a very memorable way. Learn how to understand and communicate the economic importance of every decision made by store owners, managers, and employees. Turn great ideas into great business ideas with practical tools and techniques that enhance customer loyalty, motivate employees, and deliver financial returns. Specifically, attendees will learn about:
• How your store’s profitability compares to its NSRA peers’ latest results
Looking ahead to Fall ’17 and beyond, David Wolfe examines two major forces creating a newly blurred lifestyle driving fashion forward today. Augmented Reality means improving Real Life with advanced access to ever-emerging technology in all aspects of life in the 21st century.
- David Wolfe, Creative Director, THE DONEGER GROUP
With the uncertainty about the election, the industry's increase in promotional activity and off-price malls, and consumers shifting their spending from ‘things’ to ‘experiences,’ today’s shopper is more driven by price and style than brand loyalty. How do you develop a brand or keep a customer in this conservative purchasing climate? Our panel of experts will be sharing their eye-opening advice and insights.
- Ilse Metchek, President, CALIFORNIA FASHION ASSOCIATION
There is no running from technology's role in our world today. In the fast paced footwear industry, there has been a tremendous boom in recent years with the role that technology has had in everything from production to marketing and even the consumer experience. Join us as we discuss these new involvements with some of the industry's leaders in implementation of tech in footwear.
- Eddie Hertzman, Editor, VAMP
Join the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) and Impactiva as they explore global footwear sourcing trends and the best way to enhance factory efficiencies and innovations in an ever-changing landscape. Walk away with vital trade policy, costing, and production information that will help you effectively utilize and leverage the entire global footwear supply chain.
- Matt Priest, President, FDRA
- Opala Avdiu, President of the Americas, Impactiva
- Thomas Crockett, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, FDRA
Planning, understanding and executing the implementation of footwear into your retail business. From coordinating the best practices to some key ideas that are critical to understanding this growing industry.
- Len Pesko, Principal, MODERN PULSE CONSULTING GROUP