GS Keynote: Organization with Heart

GS Keynote: Organization with Heart

keynote picHow do you build a business that thrives? During the GlobalShop keynote session on Tuesday, March 18, Kip Tindell, chairman and CEO of The Container Store, said that the key to being a thriving business is to be a conscious business built on quality people and communication.

As Tindell shared the story of The Container Store’s humble beginnings, he detailed the seven founding principles—also known as the tenants of conscious capitalism—on which the company was founded and on which it continues to build its business. “They guide every decision we make,” he said. “They aren’t just on the wall of the home office.”

The Container Store prides itself on its people, training its first-time employees for about 265 hours (the average retailer does just eight!) “If you focus on the shareholders, the magic is lost,” he said. Continue reading →

GlobalShop 2014 Is Here!

GlobalShop 2014 Is Here!

1599px-Las_Vegas_63GlobalShop 2014 is finally here, running today through March 20 in Las Vegas! The Diva and her friends at design:retail will be roaming the show floor in search of the latest and greatest products, plus we’ll be checking out the conference sessions, parties and more. Check back throughout the show for live updates here and even more on Twitter (@designretailmag).

And don’t forget to visit the design:retail booth (1421) for some photo booth fun! Get your photo on the cover of the newly rebranded design:retail magazine, and take a copy home as a show keepsake. There will be options for “Designer of the Year” and “Supplier of the Year,” so start practicing that pose! Continue reading →

GS 2014: Last Chance to Register!

GS 2014: Last Chance to Register!

GS14_DRKStacked.jpgThe Diva is getting so excited for GlobalShop 2014! Taking place next week, March 18-20 in Sin City, the show promises to be the most exciting one yet, chock full of innovative products, inspiring conference sessions and plenty of parties. Diva already registered for the show months ago, but just in case it slipped your mind during a busy first quarter (Diva completely understands), she thought she’d send out a quick reminder to all her retail design pals. So, don’t forget to register for the show at Globalshop.org and use promo code “LAST5OFF” to score $5 off expo passes. Pre-Registration closes on March 15. Continue reading →

Celebrate St. Paddy’s at Our GS Party!

Celebrate St. Paddy's at Our GS Party!

dr_fleetwood_partylogo.jpgBust out your green garb (and yes, even that green bow tie or those crazy green stilettos stashed in the back of your closet) for the design:retail party, presented by Fleetwood, on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Taking place from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at The miX Lounge at the top of THEhotel in Las Vegas, the pre-show party will offer up cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, in addition to stunning views of The Strip and plenty of networking with fellow designers and retail friends. Better yet: the party is free to attend with an RSVP at designretailonline.com/fleetwood (vendors and manufacturers outside of our sponsor company are not permitted to attend). Continue reading →

A New Retail Read

A New Retail Read

RetailSchmetail_Front Cover.jpgHere’s a little message that caught our attention recently: It’s a book: “Retail Schmetail.” Born Feb. 4, a 33.8-ounce, 7.5-in.-by-9-in.-by-1-in. tome. Book and author doing fine; publisher in treatment. Available at Beaver’s Pond Press, Amazon, B&N and great indie bookstores near you. Follow on Twitter @schmetail

Well, the note is from indie retail design vet and RDI member Sandy Stein (Stein LLC, Minneapolis), announcing the arrival of his 328-page history of retail. While another book tracing retail history is always of interest, Stein added a memoir. The subtitle of his book, “ONE Hundred Years, TWO Immigrants, THREE Generations, FOUR Hundred Projects,” tells you exactly what’s between the covers. Continue reading →