Wednesday, May 3

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Desk Open
Grand Foyer
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Set-Up Display Area
Grand Foyer
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
WARES Board Meeting
(closed meeting – by invitation only)
Hara Meeting Room
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Shopper Marketing Town Hall
(closed meeting – by invitation only)
CANCELED
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception/Vendor Displays
Grand Foyer

Thursday, May 4

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Group Breakfast at Hotel

  • Welcome (TBD, WARES)
  • Opening Remarks, Introduction (Steve Weiss, CEO Shop!)
8:30 a.m.
Depart for OFF-SITE TOURS – transportation provided
Depart Hotel Lobby
9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  
Off-Site Tours – Participants select one (1) tour:

  • Bernhard Woodwork, LLC
  • CTL Global
  • United Displaycraft
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
  • Mercury Plastics
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Group Lunch Buffet at Hotel

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1:00 – 4:15 p.m. 
General Session
Guggenheim Ballroom
RACE TO REINVENT RETAIL
Bill Bishop, Brick Meets Click

THE EVOLVING RETAIL EXPERIENCE
Kim Helgeson, Mattel, Inc.

CREATING A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE
Jay Goltz, The Goltz Group

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Group Networking Dinner
Hofbräuhaus Chicago

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Friday, May 5

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Group Breakfast Buffet

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
WorkShop Sessions – Participants select one (1) workshop:

  • The New ROI of Retail Store Design
  • Financial Transformation for Entrepreneurs
  • Value of Certification Programs
  • Workforce Management Solutions: Using technology to effectively manage a large scale work force
  • Retail Jobs North America – Job On
10:30 – 12:30 p.m.
General Session:
Guggenheim Ballroom

  • Intergenerational Workforce, Jerry O’Brien,
    UW Madison
  • Digital Innovations in Retail, Jeremy Duimstra, MJD
  • Wrap-Up, Adjournment
Afternoon
Departures / Boxed Lunches Available / Tear-Down Display Area

Tabletop Display Area – Hours of Operation

Wednesday, May 3

5:00-7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception

Thursday, May 4

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Group Breakfast Buffet
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Group Lunch Buffet
3:00-3:15 p.m.
Refreshment Break

Friday, May 5

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Group Breakfast Buffet
10:00-10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break

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