We have Pam Flora, Director of Retail Research at CushWake talking about how the retail Armageddon is exaggerated and Chuck Dietz and Mike McClure talking about trends in retail architecture and signage. Hoping to get a couple of the Seritage re-developers and someone on sustainability. I would love to have a supermarket represented since that is an industry that is always in transition and dealing with new forms of competition.
ICSC has done such a poor job of making Wednesday compelling that I wanted to take a stab at it myself. 30 years ago when I first started attending, the third day of the show was almost as busy as the first two. I understand that the economics have changed and technology has obviated some of the need, but since exhibitors are compelled to stay until the end, I want to find a way to make the most of it."
A bunch of the folks I have contacted have told me that although they would love to, they can't speak because they are leaving on Tuesday or early Wednesday. Can you imagine making it to the finals of March Madness, but not playing because you booked a ticket home after the Semi's? This is our Big Dance. An industry with billions if not trillions in assets can't stretch its biggest event of the year into a third day? That is pathetic. Kudos to Pam Flora, Director of Retail Research at Cushman & Wakefield for agreeing to modify her travel schedule to participate.