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How to succeed in an unpredictable marketplace: U of M College of Design convenes top minds in retail and consumer trends on Oct. 21

What: “Retail Connect: Succeeding in an unpredictable marketplace”
When: 6:30-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21
Where: University Hall, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis

Contacts: Laura Weber, College of Design,, (612) 625-6566
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

October 18, 2010

What are the top consumer trends that retailers will need to address to successfully navigate the marketplace in 2012 and beyond, and what are Minnesota retailers doing now to prepare?

The University of Minnesota College of Design is convening a special forum entitled “Retail Connect: Succeeding in an unpredictable marketplace,” where leading retail and consumer trend experts will share their insights, foresights and strategies.

"The Midwest and the Twin Cities are home to some of the world's leading retailers, including Target, Best Buy and Christopher and Banks, and we want to provide an opportunity to share and learn from each other innovative ideas concerning how to successfully navigate the current challenges facing the industry," says Kim Johnson, professor and chair of the retail merchandising program in the college's Department of Housing, Design, and Apparel.   

Presenters include Mike Dervos, senior vice president and regional director of stores, Macy's North Region; Roberta Bonoff, CEO and president, Creative Kidstuff; and Vickie Abrahamson, Panoramix Global.

The event is open to the public but space is limited. The cost of attendance is $20 and registrations are required at    

Presented by the college’s Retail Merchandising Program, Retail Merchandising Advisory Board and the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel.

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