The Store is Core: Neiman Marcus Shares Design Ideas

Neiman Marcus Store Development VP Ignaz Gorischek trains spotlight on store design at RetailConnections Summit with ‘Brick and Mortar, the New Frontier’ keynote. Event is Oct. 11-13, San Diego
By: Denise Power
Ignaz Gorischek, Neiman Marcus VP, Store Development
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June 27, 2011 - PRLog -- TARRYTOWN, N.Y. —  A store’s “personality,” its power to intrigue, engage and even charm consumers, may be the one asset retailers can harness and control with any certainty.

“With countless other forces influencing the shopping mindset, it’s really the store environment that offers the richest opportunities and rewards for those who seize them,” said Marc Millstein, president of RetailConnections. With that in mind, the RetailConnections Fall Business Executive Summit will offer inspiring programming that explores trends in store design, visual merchandising, digital signage, video, audio and staffing relevant to all retail verticals.

Sharing ideas on how to make magic in the store by delighting all the senses is keynote speaker Ignaz Gorischek, Vice President of Store Development for Neiman Marcus. As the creative force behind visual presentation, he’s an advocate of simplicity, elegance and humor and believes powerful new ideas can come from anywhere. Designs created by Gorischek and his team are legend and gave rise to a community event of grand scale, drawing tens of thousands to the flagship store for the holiday windows’ unveiling.

To augment Gorischek’s presentation, titled "Brick and Mortar, the New Frontier," the Summit introduces RetailConnections Store Tours. This new addition is a guided visit of local merchants showcasing aesthetic excellence in various store formats from big box to boutique. Attendees will have several other opportunities to exchange ideas on store ambiance through roundtable discussions and social activities such as receptions, group dinners and golf.

The Summit gets under way Oct. 11-13, 2011, at Hotel del Coronado near San Diego. The program also will cover omnichannel retailing, mobile commerce, social networking, cloud computing, denial of service web attacks, profit recovery, 2012 economic outlook, emerging technology, new twists in marketing and customer engagement through general sessions, interactive workshops and various networking activities.

Solo speakers and panels confirmed to date include:
• Ignaz Gorischek, VP, Store Development, Neiman Marcus
• Mark Neutze, EVP, Stores, Men’s Wearhouse
• David Minster, COO, David Yurman
• Jeff Roster, Research VP, Industry Market Strategies, Retail, Gartner
• Gary Schwartz, Chairman, Mobile Entertainment Forum North America
• Mobile Retailing CXO Panel: Matt Stringer, SVP, Marketing, Men’s Wearhouse; Michael Becker, Managing Director, North America, Mobile Marketing Association
• Innovative Technologies CIO Panel
• New Dynamics of Retailing keynote presentation

RetailConnections Summits are designed for senior-level (VP and CXO) retail and brand executives. Seating is limited and there is no attendance fee for qualified retailers. For more information on attendance and registration, contact Denise Power, 773 573-3939 or Marc Millstein (914) 620-5947 Register at

To date, sponsors include Epson, Reflexis, TradeCard, SAF and Scopix, with additional sponsors to be announced soon. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Tia Potter, (917) 846-5185 or LuAnn Hallberg, (814) 516-4965

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RETAILCONNECTIONS serves senior retail executives by hosting events that provide exceptional learning and networking. We believe the value of establishing new business relationships in person far outweighs other forms of communication.
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