The 2013 Retailing Summit is underway at the Westin Galleria Hotel in Dallas, bringing together hundreds of the top national and international retailers, along with experts in academia, to share best practices in areas such as marketing, management and financial planning, and provide networking opportunities.
The two-day summit is held each year by the Center for Retailing Studies (CRS) at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and provides “a neutral ground for retailers to come together to learn, network and leave inspired,” according to CRS officials.
The summit, which attracted 300 national and international retailers, is widely regarded as the best conference for continuing education for retail executives, say conference organizers.
“I attend many workshops and think tanks, even speaking at a few, and I believe that Texas A&M’s Retailing Summit is the best,” says John Goodman, president of Pareto Marketing, Inc. “The caliber of speakers is superb. Since the summit is tied to an academic host, the event’s tone is highly authentic. Attendees can directly interact with top-level CEOs who participate in the summit not for commercial reasons, but so they too can participate in the learning process. Even with tight travel budgets, the Retailing Summit is a ‘must-do’ event because the topics encourage fresh thinking.”
The summit offers practical solutions for business success, engaging with customers and employees, understanding changing trends, marketing strategy, financial planning and more, say organizers.
The summit is geared toward seasoned professionals and organization leaders and is known for a high level of presentation content and high-value networking opportunities.
The speaker line-up at this annual summit is “a great balance of public, private and academic,” says Lyn Lewars of Deloitte Consulting.
Proceeds from the summit fund scholarships and educational programs for students pursuing retail studies at Texas A&M.
The Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M readies students for a professional career in retailing through coursework, internships, leadership development, mentoring and experiential learning. The center hosts a variety of conferences, career fairs and guest speakers, and fosters research that has led to innovative marketing ideas and strategies. The center’s research team works on current market trends to analyze deviations and attribute growth to the retailing domain.