Starbucks, VMSD’s Retailer of the Year, to Discuss the Use of Design to Forge Deeper Customer Connections at 2013 International Retail Design Conference in Vancouver

The 13th annual International Retail Design Conference (IRDC)—the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising community—will be held September 17-19 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

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Starbucks is a testament to the power of design to engage customers and foster brand loyalty.

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) August 15, 2013

Today, VMSD magazine announced that Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) was named its Peter Glen Retailer of the Year Award winner, and will be the focus of a special session at the 2013 International Retail Design Conference in Vancouver, B.C., September 17-19 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

Bill Sleeth, Starbucks vice president of design for the Americas, will accept the award on Thursday, September 19, and discuss the role of design in driving innovative, locally relevant store experiences.

“Starbucks is a testament to the power of design to engage customers and foster brand loyalty,” said VMSD Editor in Chief Patricia Sheehan. “Their willingness to experiment with new formats and materials, their dedication to sustainability and their pioneering focus on localization have spawned innovation throughout the retail design industry. Starbucks is truly a brand to watch.”

The Peter Glen Retailer of the Year Award honors VMSD’s former columnist, Peter Glen, who died in 2001 following a career in retail as a designer, consultant, industry critic and motivational speaker.

The award goes annually to the company that best exemplifies his demanding criteria for smart retailing: market awareness, innovation and an intuitive understanding of who its customers are and what they want, need and expect. Recent winners include Macy’s (2012), Whole Foods (2011), Forever 21 (2010) and Urban Outfitters (2009).

Other highlights of the 2013 program include keynote presentations by Toronto-based retail futurist and business advisor Doug Stephens; Sephora senior VP of store design, Paul Loux; and senior partner & creative director, Prophet Brand Strategy, Peter Dixon. The 35+ speaker lineup also includes sessions on retail expansion to Canada and China, the changing role of visual merchandising in the age of showrooming, technology-rich experiences in retail, the staying power of pop-up retail formats and more.

Registration is underway at irdconline.com. Attendees who register by August 15 will receive a $200 discount.

ABOUT VMSD
Cincinnati-based VMSD (Visual Merchandising + Store Design) is the leading magazine for retail designers and store display professionals, serving the retail industry since 1922. Every month, VMSD showcases the latest store designs and visual displays, presents merchandising strategies and new products, and reports on industry news and events. Learn more at vmsd.com.

ABOUT IRDC
Now in its 13th year, the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) is the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising community. Presented by VMSD magazine, IRDC combines inspirational sessions, expert Q&A, roundtable discussions, case studies and networking events into three productive days, drawing as many as 400 attendees from the U.S. and abroad. Learn more at irdconline.com.