International Retail Design Conference Next Month in Austin

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On September 9 to September 11, VMSD Magazine is holding its 15th annual International Retail Design Conference  at the Hilton Austin in beautiful Austin, Texas. Retail Insider readers are invited to attend and if you use promo-code RETAIL2015 when registering, you will get a $200 discount

The conference is a great way to network as well as learn more about industry trends. Session topics include how design impacts ROI and drives growth, what makes a retail brand resonate with shoppers, what it takes to forge long-lasting relationships with customers, what to look for when buying or specifying the latest LED or OLED lighting, how to approach the design of cannabis retail spaces, and more. Seats are filling up fast, and the conference team is anticipating potentially record-breaking attendance numbers. The opening reception is on Tuesday evening, September 8, followed by three days of inspirational sessions, thought-provoking dialogue, roundtable discussions, and an on-site competition entitled the ‘Iron Merchant Challenge’. 

Speakers include design leaders from Toronto-based Cineplex Entertainment, Charlotte Russe, Chute Gerdeman, Dhamani, Kilwin’s Chocolates, Landmark Group, Little, Luxottica, Macy’s, MGM Resorts International, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Shikatani Lacroix Design, Target, Tempur Sealy International, Vera Bradley and more.

Austin, itself, is an attraction worth visiting. The progressive, young, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial and creative city is also one of America’s fastest-growing. As a result, Austin features many innovative independent retailers, and retail designers are excited to explore Austin’s unconventional retail and entertainment spaces, and to experience its ‘quirky’ culture firsthand. Given its progressiveness, many see Austin as providing a futuristic look at consumer trends, values, and preferences. 

Complete details about speakers, sessions, networking events, sponsors and the conference hotel are available at
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

Now in its 15th 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 educational sessions, roundtable discussions, case studies and networking events into three productive days, drawing 350+ attendees from the U.S. and abroad. Learn more at



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