By Steven Weiss
THIS COMMUNITY IS GROWING.
Someone recently said this to me in passing regarding Shop!. The comment wasn’t about overall growth or size, but more an acknowledgement of how Shop! continues to become more diverse, global, and relevant with each day.
Our member diversity gives us a unique position in the retail environments and experiences industry, enabling us to see opportunities and challenges from many perspectives.
For example, in just the past few months, we held our Shop!X annual meeting in San Antonio, which continues to draw an increasing number of global attendees. During that meeting, we expanded our annual member recognition program to include a new Women of Distinction award.
A week prior to Shop!X, our members in Greater China celebrated an extremely successful awards competition, which drew global attention. In October, we held our annual West Coast POP Show, recognizing 25 amazing POP projects.
And in December, we showcased our visual merchandising community at the Retail Design Collective in New York City, which culminated in the PAVE Gala that supports the crucial community of students.
An average day in the life at Shop! also includes communication with our members worldwide through Member Connect, our online member-to-member network.
This community truly is growing. Our industry is important and relevant in cities and countries around the world, each with their own distinct needs but supportive of the common goal to enhance the retail experience. We have the opportunity to truly connect businesses and people through information sharing, networking, and education from region to region.
Our focus at Shop! is to bring members together from around the world so that through these connections, true global collaboration and advancement can occur and be sustained.
Our participation in GlobalShop each March provides yet another opportunity to come together to learn from one another and forge new business relationships.
“You won’t understand the unabashed power of community until you’re a part of one.” This anonymous quote strikes me as true and is illustrative of what Shop! is becoming.
As a global entity with a stellar history, this association has power. Join us. This community is growing.
Steven Weiss is CEO of Shop!.