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Retail Safari® Post-Summit Store Tours
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When: 9/28-29/2010
Where: The Westin Charlotte
601 South College Street
Charlotte, North Carolina  28202
United States
Contact: Lauren H. Martinez

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Unleash the power of shopability at the NEW Retail Safari®


Following the Summit - Climb aboard the Network's Retail Safari® tour bus September 29 and discover how shopability — the art of helping consumers shop easier — can help you power your sales. You'll get a guided tour of five innovative stores in the Charlotte area, gathering new insights, strategies and tactics at each one. You'll get inspiration and intelligence on retail merchandising, displays, planogramming and more. The NEW Retail Safari® is presented by WSL Strategic Retail, the experts in How America Shops.®

Bring a group from your company to explore Innovation in Retail and see the Future of Shopping and how it impacts your business. A Retail Safari® is a smart tool to gain new insights, build strategies, and tactics.

  • Real-time in-depth immersion into innovative retail environments that will shape your business
  • New insights that help solve specific issues, challenges and identify opportunities for your brand
  • Stay ahead of trends that are changing shopper expectations
  • A team brainstorming translates the most powerful ideas into new opportunities for your business
  • Includes a planning meeting, customized retail guidebook, and debriefing

Safari fact sheet
Summit Planner

Attendee List

Safari schedule

Tuesday, September 28

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Check in and mixer

Wednesday, September 29

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast and briefing
8:30 am – 3:30 pm Store tours

Box lunch provided

Safari itinerary

At this "different kind of grocery store” you'll find unique solutions to problem categories, innovative signage, information kiosks that dispense recipes and ideas, smart produce scales and personal, handheld scanners that let you bag as you go.

Family Dollar
See how Family Dollar has made shopping quick and easy by cleverly categorizing merchandise and learn why the Charlotte-based chain has quickly grown into one of the nation's biggest retailers by promoting convenience and value.

IKEA designs and manufactures its own home furnishings, selling them at huge self-service superstores around the world. Distinctive presentation and unique products make IKEA a master of merchandising in a difficult category.

Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's combines aw-shucks shopability with competitive pricing, storebranded products and a reputation for caring about customers, employees and the environment.


Preview Walmart's bold new store design at this recently remodeled supercenter. The new layout features products arranged by price, wider aisles, better lighting, low-profile shelving, easy-to-read signage — all designed to make shopping a breeze.

Registration fee
$299 per NEW member - Online registration closes September 13, 2010

Group discounts

Register five or more and save 10% off our $299 fee
Register ten or more and save 15% off our $299 fee

Every company that registers five or more attendees will receive a free 90-minute debriefing session after the Safari. The debrief will capture ideas from executives who attended the Safari and facilitate sharing and brainstorming with other employees in your company. The debriefing will be held at your company and will be moderated by an expert from WSL Strategic Retail. The debriefing is free; you pay only for the moderator's travel expenses.  Please contact Lauren Martinez for promotional discount prior to registration.

Who should attend

Emerging leaders, executives, men and women professionals.



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Cancellation and Refund policy

No refunds or transfers within 10 business days before the event. If you are part of the group discount registration, transfers are only available.  Please make all cancellation and transfer requests via e-mail to by Friday, September 10.

Anti-trust policy

At any gathering, whether it is an informalorformal program, national or regional event, participants must abide by the Network of Executive Women's anti-trust policy.


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