What does SPECS stand for?
Store Planning, Equipment, Construction and Facilities Services Seminar. But that’s the 1965 definition. Really, we are The Forefront of Physical Retail.

How old is SPECS?
SPECS Show 2020 marks our 56th annual show.

Who produces SPECS?
SPECS is exclusively produced by Chain Store Age magazine.
What is included in the registration fee?
The registration fee includes admittance to all workshop sessions, keynote and general addresses, Exhibit Hall floor, all meal functions and evening receptions. All registrants must be employees of the same company to qualify for any discounts.
Why can't I bring my suppliers to SPECS?
Product manufacturers and service companies can attend SPECS only if they exhibit. This goal is to maintain an intimate, educational event that maximizes peer-networking opportunities and allows retailers time to engage in meaningful dialogue with suppliers. Retailers are encouraged to suggest to their suppliers that SPECS is a beneficial event that will help them grow their business.

Can I bring my architect or contractor to SPECS?
Your architect and contractor may attend SPECS, but they will pay a higher registration rate and receive a separate registration form. They will pay a higher rate because they are able to meet new customers as a result of attending SPECS.

What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be in writing. Cancellations for the conference postmarked on or before Friday, January 24, 2020 are subject to a service fee. No refunds will be provided after January 24th. Send your request to [email protected]

What is Face2Face Information Exchange?
Our annual Face2Face Information Exchange is designed to help develop working relationships with your peers and business associates. It will provide an opportunity for both retailer and exhibitor to make quick introductions and determine if a working relationship is possible. Here’s how it works:
  • Retail companies each have a designated meeting table, and exhibitors move from table-to-table in a musical-chair, speed-dating style format
  • Provides uninterrupted time (1 hour and 40 minutes on Monday, and 1 hour and 40 minutes on Tuesday) for retailers and vendors to determine if a working relationship is practical for both
  • Offers an opportunity to make quick introductions and exchange contact information as desired for future follow‑up
Retailers who participate earn one complimentary hotel night at the Gaylord Texan for each morning of Face2Face participation, up to two nights total. Limited capacity, first come-first served. Sign up here.
MONDAY, MARCH 16, 9:15AM-10:55AM
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 9:45AM-11:25AM