ORLANDO, FLA. -- Retailer and leading computer, communications and convergence technology company execs will come face to face this week as RetailVision Fall 2000 gets under way in a fairytale setting at Walt Disney World.
Scheduled for the Dolphin Hotel, Sept. 5-8, RetailVision will bring together the best of dominant and emerging vendor technology firms with retail companies representing over 30,000 storefronts and $60 billion in buying power.
Highlighting the week's events are vendor-retailer business sessions in prescheduled settings called Private Boardroom Appointments. During these meetings, management teams from vendor companies will introduce new products and programs in specific retail channels that include hardware, peripherals, accessories, productivity/Internet software and edutainment/ entertainment software.
About 250 vendors will additionally merchandise product and promotions to retailers in a simulated store setting after Private Boardroom Appointments have concluded. Called "What's In Store...?", this traditional RetailVision event combines gondola shelving and signage with product and promotions to make an impact on retail decision-makers who are shopping for new products, as well as looking at creative packaging concepts and evaluating merchandising strategies.
This year, RetailVision Channel Announcements will be limited to a single event carried out by MGI Software, representing the productivity/ Internet product segment. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7, where about 60 or more retailers will gather in a theater-style setting for a private unveiling designed to improve the visibility of the digital media company's existing products and technology.
Known for delivering digital media editing technology to the mass market, Richmond Hill, Ontario-based MGI Software will be featuring such products as PhotoSuite, VideoWave, PhotoVista and Zoom Server.
A variety of PowerViews -- half-hour presentations made by key retailers to vendors -- will detail what leading retailers expect and require from the vendor community, how retailers specifically conduct business, and how vendors can grow a business with them. Signed on for this week's PowerViews are Costco, Staples; Buy.com, Best Buy and CDW.
RetailVision University, presented by Dataquest/Gartner analysts and other leading product channel specialists, will offer the latest in industry trends, data and tips. The sessions are designed to assist vendors in growing their businesses in the retail channels and include Insider Marketing/Insider Creative, PC Data, Levin Consulting, Campaigners Inc. and The NPD Group.
The Best of RetailVision Awards will also be presented. All registered vendor participants are eligible for Best of RetailVision Awards. Retailers vote, based on who and/or what they see in the Private Boardroom Appointments, and in "What's In Store...?"