Wednesday, June 24 2015
By Kimberly Merkel
Expansion Solutions Magazine attended the International Council of Shopping Center’s convention (ICSC RECon) in Las Vegas from May 17-20. More than 34,000 retail professionals, retailers, vendors, commercial real estate brokers, business developers, site selection consultants, economic developers and other professionals offering products and services with a focus on the retail industry gathered to bring deals together. The industry is growing exponentially as is evidenced by the more than 1,000 exhibitors and massive attendance recorded at this year’s conference.
The conference is attended by retailers and professionals from all over the county and includes world-wide participants as well. This year, the positive energy was palpable. There was a great deal of activity as communities, regions, counties and municipalities met with retailers and developers, growing business and providing more choices for thriving retail locations.
Our coverage of this show allows us to gauge firsthand the retail industry and direction companies are taking to expand and grow in the upcoming year. Our goal at Expansion Solutions Magazine is to bridge the gap between developers and retailers, providing an economic forecast as well as the most recent information and trends to our readers.
As the retail industry continues to surge, more options develop. Everything from new locations for store fronts, restaurants, hotels, super stores, shopping/entertainment centers, warehouse/distribution, transportation, and e-commerce centers to new, cutting-edge, retail-focused technologies geared at improving the customer experience were being negotiated. It is very gratifying to be a part of the commitment our clients have made to retail growth in their communities and to witness the activity and new trends surrounding this ever-changing industry.
We’ll be covering many different industry conferences as we move through the remainder of 2015 with the same goals in mind -- bringing businesses and communities together. For those communities who are already a member of the Expansion Solutions family, be on the lookout for more news to come. As for the others, we hope to include your area in our future efforts.