About Shop!

Our Purpose:

Empowering our members to innovate at retail.

Our Mission:

Shop! will provide our broad spectrum of members with the most comprehensive education, networking connections and insights into the evolving world of retail.

Our Vision:

Shop’s members will shape the evolution of retail.

In October 2015, the Association for Retail Environments (A.R.E.) merged with Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI) to become Shop Environments Association.

Established in 1936, POPAI was a not-for-profit association for the in-store marketing industry. International in scope, its membership was made up of leading retailers, CPGs, brand agencies, producers and educators committed to relevant shopper marketing research and education.

A.R.E. was established in 1956 as the National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers. The association merged with the National Association of Display Industries (NADI) in 2001 and assumed administration of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) in 2006.

Based in Hollywood, Fla., Shop! association provides research, education and networking to more than 1,400 member companies and affiliates globally.

Shop! History

Established in 1956 with 38 charter members, the organization began as the National Association of Store Fixture Manufacturers. Membership grew slowly in the early years, but exploded in the 1990s following the implementation of the association’s first strategic plan. Originally restricted to manufacturers of wood store fixtures, the association gradually came to encompass industry suppliers, other types of fixture providers, and retail designers. This evolution prompted a name change in 2007 to the Association for Retail Environments.

The association has moved its headquarters to various locations throughout its history, including Hollywood, FL, where its office was largely furnished and installed by members. During this time, its reach extended internationally, with members in more than 30 countries all over the world. Run by members for members, the association has seen 31 presidents, as the volunteer leadership is designed to rotate. Staffing has been headed by a succession of four executive directors over the years. The association merged with the National Association of Display Industries (NADI) in 2001 and assumed administration of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) in 2006.

On Oct. 2, 2015 A.R.E. merged with Point of Purchase Advertising International (POPAI). The combined new association provides expanded services, including research, education and networking to approximately 2,000 member companies on six continents.

PAVE
stands for Planning and Visual Education

The association’s mission is to connect students, educators, and professionals who support the retail industry in a vibrant, meaningful, and mentoring format.

PAVE Mission

  • Provide students with financial support and industry exposure
  • Connect educators and industry professionals ~ enriching curricula and
    encouraging industry dialogue
  • Provide retail industry businesses with new, qualified talent and encouraging reciprocal investment in PAVE
  • Ensure the future viability of retail industry by investing in the next generation of leaders

PAVE Vision
PAVE is a vital and effective organization that enables young talent to build successful careers in all aspects of the retail industry. Our vision is to cultivate students and educators through financial assistance, top industry thinking, inspiration and mentorship.

For more information and to get involved, go to paveglobal.org

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