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08.05.11


HOTEL & TRAVEL

Room block near sellout at the Parc 55 Wyndham

Parc 55 Wyndham

Good news and bad news. Registration numbers for IRDC are strong this year—so strong that our discounted room block at the Parc 55 Wyndham is very near sellout.

If you're planning to attend but haven't yet booked your room, we encourage you to do so ASAP.

> BOOK YOUR ROOM AT THE PARC 55


IRDC SESSION PREVIEW

Iron Merchant VI gets a new twist for 2011

Joe Baer

When IRDC last visited San Francisco in 2006, we debuted the Iron Merchant Challenge, a sometimes frenzied visual merchandising competition in which teams of attendees conceive and build themed displays in one hour's time.

Orchestrated and emceed by Joe Baer of ZenGenius Visual Merchants, Iron Merchant became an annual component of IRDC, with a fresh theme and "secret ingredient" each year. For 2011, Joe is teaming with Timberland's Bevan Bloemendaal—a three-time Iron Merchant winner—to create a unique challenge for attendees.

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IRDC GIVEAWAY

Like us on Facebook for a chance at a FREE registration

Facebook Giveaway

Like IRDC? Make it official on our new Facebook page and you'll be entered to win a free, full-conference registration for IRDC 2011 in San Francisco. (If you've already registered, you can pass your prize on to a colleague. Who will, in turn, like you.)

To qualify, just "Like IRDC" here by Monday, August 15. We'll draw and notify the winner on August 16 so you can book travel ASAP. The conference is just five weeks away!

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IRDC SESSION PREVIEW

Q&A with Cal State design professor Wesley Woelfel

Wesley Woelfel

When you think about mass customization in retail, which brands spring to mind? Build-A-Bear Workshop? Sure, but many other retailers are getting into the customization game, feeding a growing consumer demand.

For the past three years Wesley Woelfel, a professor at California State University, Long Beach's Department of Design, has studied different methodologies for successfully integrating mass customization into retail spaces. He'll present his findings—along with case studies of retailers getting it right—in his IRDC session Designing Stores for Mass-Customization Experiences on Wednesday, September 7.

> READ THE Q&A


SF RETAIL HOTSPOTS

Big Daddy's Antiques

Big Daddy's Antiques

Looking to reclaim a unique, architectural piece for a retail design project? Something unusual, vintage, custom, one-of-a-kind? Plan to stay the weekend after IRDC and pay a visit to Big Daddy's Antiques in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood.

Recommended to us by Gensler's Michael Bodziner, who calls the visual merchandising "top notch," Big Daddy's counts retail designers from Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren, Levi Strauss, J. Crew and many others among its clients.

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WHO'S ATTENDING

A sampling of companies already registered for IRDC 2011 in San Francisco:

Buffalo Wild Wings

Callison

Chute Gerdeman

Family Christian Stores

Envirosell

Fiction

Fitch

FRCH

Gamestop

Gap

Gensler

Hallmark Cards

Harley-Davidson

Healthy Living Market

HMSHost

Kroger

Laura Canada

Limited Brands

Lippincott

Little

Lowe's

Luxottica

Macy's

McDonald's

Meijer

Michaels

Microsoft

Oakley

Old Navy

Procter & Gamble

Prophet

Sears

Specialized Bicycle Components

SuperValu

Target

TJX Companies

Vera Bradley

Walmart

WD Partners

Whole Foods Market

Yankee Candle

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