SPECS reveals opening keynote speakers
SPECS 2017, the “Retail Event for Store Innovation,” announced that three of the nation’s top financial experts will open the program at the 53rd annual SPECS conference, which will be held March 12-14 at the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee (Orlando), Florida.
Headlining the “SPECS Economic Summit: The U.S. Economy in 2017” are Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media; Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody Analytics; and moderator Ron Insana, CNBC and MSNBC commentator and nationally acclaimed business journalist. The presentation, scheduled for Monday, March 13, at 8 am, will provide a balanced, 360-degree view of the economic challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
The keynoter for the Tuesday program will be announced next week.
SPECS 2017, exclusively produced by Chain Store Age, is a diverse, dynamic and engaging window into the world of retail, offering an annual opportunity for education and networking. A lineup of more than 30 workshops and sessions will cover topics and issues that impact store design, construction and maintenance.
To review the preliminary agenda and to register for SPECS 2017, click here.
Report: Target to test vertical farming — in its stores
Target Corp. is planning to test an agricultural process that involves growing plants indoors in precisely programmed conditions.
The discounter plans to test vertical farms within select U.S. stores, according Business Insider. The idea grew out of the Food + Future CoLab, a collaboration between Target, Ideo and the MIT Media Lab.
“The idea is that by next spring, we’ll have in-store growing environments,” Casey Carl, Target’s chief strategy and innovation officer, told Business Insider.
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Registration now open for SPECS/2017
SPECS, the “Retail Event for Store Innovation,” has officially opened registration for its 53rd annual conference, to be held next March.
SPECS/2017, exclusively produced by Chain Store Age, is a diverse, dy-namic and engaging window into the world of retail, offering an annual opportunity for education and networking. A lineup of more than 30 workshops and sessions will cover topics and issues that impact store de-sign, construction and maintenance.
Highlighted sessions at SPECS/2017 include:
· Click ‘n Mortar: Hear from pure-play retailers who are making the leap (some in a big way) into brick-and-mortar.
· The Next Great Thing: A must-attend for forward-thinking retailers! Discussion topics include hot new technologies, retail incubators and journey maps.
· ADA Super Session: A two-hour, in-depth workshop on the Americans with Disabilities Act is led by the nation’s foremost ADA expert.
SPECS/2017 dates are March 12-14, and the conference location is the Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee (Orlando), Florida.
To qualify for early-bird pricing, register here.