SPECS SHOW 2018
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SPECS SHOW • MARCH 18-20, 2018

Full Agenda

SPECS 2018 SESSION DESCRIPTIONS


Monday

8:00-9:00am

Keynote Address:
Speaker to be unveiled in September


9:15-10:30am

Main Stage
Creating Culture and Building a Team
Every company faces change; how you deal with it can make or break you in your role as a leader.  Presented by former EVP and President of North America Buffalo Wild Wings, Judith Shoulak, and her millennial daughter/communication specialist Sarah Shoulak, this presentation provides a multi-generational approach to building corporate culture, fostering teamwork, enhancing employee engagement, and learning to innovate without jeopardizing the integrity of your brand.     


2:10-3:00pm

Big Ideas:
TreeHouse: The Future of Energy is Here
Eco-friendly home improvement newcomer TreeHouse has done what no veteran retailer yet has – created the world’s first energy-positive big-box store. What’s next for this forward-thinking company? Hear from its VP of Creative & Design Aaron Moulton about how it created a hub for smart, thoughtful building, and find out what TreeHouse has on the boards for the future.

Personal Growth & Talent:
Leadership Workshop: How to Navigate Conflict
Even All-Star teams have conflict.  And being an effective leader means learning to practice the art of understanding toward resolving that conflict.   Recently retired EVP and President of North America Buffalo Wild Wings, Judith Shoulak, and her millennial daughter/communication specialist Sarah Shoulak show session attendees how to identify and navigate conflicts in a variety of situations — presented in an engaging and interactive workshop format.   

Nuts and Bolts: 
Closing the Collaboration Loop Between Construction, Facilities and Operations
Successful collaboration is the key to brick-and-mortar success, as multiple departments and functions must have a voice in how a space is designed, how it works for operations, and what will be required for maintenance.  Effective collaboration also occurs externally – between construction and operations, which then interfaces with vendors and contractors to make sure everything is running smoothly from construction to post-open.  Learn tips toward optimum collaboration, and pitfalls to avoid.

Product Bytes: 
Virtual Reality – Impact on Construction, Remodels, Facilities Management
This rapid-fire session – at 25 minutes – provides quick hits on VR technology that’s being used in the retail space, including tips for use in construction, remodels and facilities management.   

Lighting Tech Highlights:
This session offers up a 25-minute highlights-reel of the latest in lighting technology, presented by Amy Laughead-Riese, president and principal lighting designer of 37 Volts Lighting Studio and Chairperson of the Illuminating Engineering Society’s Retail Lighting Committee.


3:10-4:00PM

Big Ideas: 
Next-Gen Wal-Mart: Re-imagined Retail Space
As Wal-Mart rolls out its next-generation of superstores, it has fully reimagined its space – and has improved the shopping experience and flow.  The retailer discusses the components and perspectives of the next-gen executions, including fixturing, technology, sales and merchandising, shopping efficiencies, and how e-commerce and the app tie it all together.  This session shows that the world’s largest retailer is also one of the most forward-thinking and progressive.

Personal Growth & Talent: 
The CEO of Tomorrow: What You Need to Know
Is tomorrow’s chief executive a CIO, a CMO, or a merchant?  One thing is for certain, no longer can you count on a merchandising orientation at the helm.  And, as the CEO definition changes, what does that mean for our industry?

Nuts and Bolts:
Small-Format Retail: Impact on Design, Construction and Facilities
Smaller footprints affect design and construction, as well as facilities management.  A panel of retailers discusses the challenge of doing business in a smaller footprint, miniaturized options such as pop-ups, the impact on store opening costs, ways to save operating costs, how to increase efficiencies in layouts for stock replenishment, storage, maintenance and more.

Product Bytes: 
Risky Business: Keeping Stores Safe and Secure 
This rapid-fire session – at 25 minutes – provides quick hits on security and risk-reduction tools and solutions, such as barricades and bollards, glazed storefronts, and more.

Energy Efficiencies Exchange: 
This session offers up a 25-minute look at energy technology and solutions that are reducing cost and raising efficiencies.


4:10-5:00pm

Big Ideas:  
The Shopping Centers of Tomorrow 
A panel of shopping center owners, moderated by Lou Allevato, AIA, associated principal, HFA, discusses the big ideas for the future of the shopping center, including urban infill, how to transform dark spaces, tenant recruitment, landlord-tenant partnerships and opportunities, and how tomorrow’s center will appeal to the generational shoppers. What’s in it for retailers?

Personal Growth & Talent: 
Women at the Top: Breaking Barriers
A panel of top female retail executives from store design and construction and facilities discusses battles, and triumphs, as they marched their way to the top.  The session segues into the Glass Ceiling Awards, presented during the annual Women in Retail reception.

Nuts and Bolts: 
Maintaining Dark Stores
How do you maintain shuttered buildings?  Whether new and unoccupied, or dark and closed, how do you bring these buildings back to life?  This panel explores the management and maintenance procedures, as well as the challenges and opportunities for maintaining dark spaces.

Product Bytes:  
What’s Popping in Pop-Ups
With pop-ups popping up everywhere, what are some of the newest, and most innovative, versions?  This session examines kiosks, temporary stores, food trucks, shop-in-shops, mobile retail, and container pop-ups that are overtaking metro areas.


Tuesday—

8:45-9:30am

Keynote Address: 
Speaker to be unveiled in September


9:15-10:30am

Main Stage
Brick-and-Mortar Myth Busters:  The Power of Physical Retail
Leading retail analyst Deborah Weinswig dispels retail’s biggest myth – that brick-and-mortar stores are dying.  Listen as this think-tank guru uses real research to support the ongoing strength of physical retail.  Are there challenges now and in the future?  Certainly.  But retail analyst Deborah Weinswig, managing director of global think tank Fung Global Retail & Technology, provides real-time tips to demonstrate how retailers can and should adapt their prototypes and experiences for maximum appeal, value and longevity.


2:10-3:00pm

What’s Trending: 
Breakout Retailer Award-Winners 
Chain Store Age’s newly announced Breakout Retailer award-winners share their secrets for success.  Moderated by Marianne Wilson, editor-in-chief, Chain Store Age.

Personal Growth & Talent: 
The Changing Faces of Facilities Management 
The face (literally) of Facilities Management is changing, as the average FM worker ages out and will ultimately need to be replaced by a younger, more diverse pool of successors.  And, because the FM job is no longer about just maintaining buildings, tomorrow’s facilities executives will need to know how to work collaboratively to create better, smarter store environments.

Retail Design: 
Retail and the ADA: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Target Corp. Senior Code Compliance Manager Tom Phillips and ADA expert Brad Gaskins of The McIntosh Group team up to share real-life examples of ADA compliance issues and resolutions and discuss how rising lawsuits are affecting retailers. This presentation will be an open discussion format where all attendees are encouraged to participate..

Top 10: 
Top 10 Remodel Trends
Focusing on what retailers do most – remodel stores – this session counts down the top 10 trends in remodeling, from pre-fab solutions to bathroom-in-a-box, cashwrap set-and-go, refinishing versus replacement options, and more.


3:10-4:00pm

What’s Trending: 
Trailblazers: A panel of trend-setting retailers
Trailblazers = hot brands, hot companies, retail banners that are blazing a fiery trail.  What’s their secret?  Trademark Property Co. CEO Terry Montesi – an innovator in his own right – talks with a panel of retail executives whose innovative brands are setting the path for the future of retail. Together they examine the current landscape and discuss what it takes to survive and thrive in the years ahead.

Personal Growth & Talent: 
How to Present: Tips from the Toastmasters
Learn new technologies for effective presentations from a Toastmaster expert, as well as the tips and tools for presenting to large groups.

Retail Design:  
The Future of Store Design
This session reveals the future state of design and what technologies – such as Revit, BIM, 3D Modeling, MatterPort -- will play an integral part. Plus, how will facilities and procurement partners leverage the new technologies?

Top 10: 
Top 10 Construction Tech
This rapid-fire, 25-minute session counts down the top 10 technologies in construction -- both in use now and on the boards.

Top 10 Facilities Tech
This session offers up a 25-minute look at the latest in facilities management technology, counting down the top 10 to watch.


 4:10-5:00pm

Main Stage
Shark Tank Retail Challenge
, and introducing the 10 under 40 awards
SPECS hosts its own Shark Tank idea challenge, featuring presentations of on-the-drawing-boards retail construction and maintenance tools and solutions by real retailers. A panel of judges will select one winner. The audience will vote as well!