The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) completes integration of SPREE Canada

Specialty retail conference to be held at major shopping center convention Oct. 5-7 in Toronto

NEW YORK, 2015-9-7 — /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is excited to announce the complete integration of SPREE Canada, the only Canadian show for the cart, kiosk and specialty retail industry, into the Canadian Convention to be held Oct. 5-7 in Toronto.

SPREE Canada will commence with an opening night reception on Oct. 5 followed by two full days of educational sessions, engaging roundtables and myriad networking opportunities. The educational sessions will cover a series of hot button topics ranging from “The Power of Pop-up Stores” to digital marketing and “Award Winning Visual Merchandising.” Specialty leasing managers are invited to learn best practices and current and future trends at the “Global Specialty Leasing Trends” program.

SPREE Canada’s crossover with the Canadian Convention’s more than 3,000 expected attendees and exhibitors will provide an enhanced opportunity for specialty retail professionals to meet wholesalers, manufacturers, shopping center developers and service providers to buy products, lease space, learn about the industry and network.

“We are excited to again offer SPREE Canada, especially as part of the Canadian Convention,” said Patricia Norins, ICSC vice president of specialty programs. “We expect the conference to experience record success this year and to continue to grow with the rising strength of Canada’s specialty retail industry.”

Since its inception approximately thirty years ago, specialty retail has grown into an $8 billion dollar market and a staple of the shopping center industry. The industry has expanded to include retail merchandising units (RMUs), kiosks, temporary in-line stores, seasonal concepts and other non-traditional retail concepts like coin-operated rides and automated retail vending.

SPREE Canada will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Toronto Convention Center in Toronto. The conference is free for specialty retailers to attend and value-priced for specialty leasing professionals. To register, please visit SPREE’s website. Media registration is complimentary and can be completed through ICSC’s Communications Department.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) integrated SPREE Meetup into its annual Western Conference

Specialty retail program to be integrated into highly attended Western Conference in San Diego on Sept. 17 

NEW YORK, 2015-8-26— /EPR Retail News/ — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has integrated SPREE Meetup, a dynamic program dedicated to the cart, kiosk and specialty retail industry, into its annual Western Conference, providing regional specialty retailers and shopping center professionals the opportunity to collaborate, expand their networks and make deals.

SPREE Meetup agenda highlights include speed networking, specialty leasing roundtable discussions, and a one-hour educational session led by social media guru and expert Crystal Vilkaitis, “Leveraging the Power of Social Media to Grow Your Specialty Retail Business,” which will provide counsel about the best social media tools to invest in and how to use these tools to gain a sales and marketing edge.

“We launched SPREE Meetup in response to strong demand in the regional marketplace. We are excited to facilitate a more personal environment where industry professionals can really build relationships,” said Patricia Norins, ICSC vice president of specialty programs. “The more opportunities we provide specialty retail professionals, the more deals get done. The mission of SPREE Meetup aligns with our overall mission to grow the specialty retail industry’s bottom line.”

The concentrated program will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the San Diego Convention Center – a fitting location, as California is the number one market for the $8 billion specialty retail industry. The event is certain to receive crossover from one of ICSC’s largest conferences, the Western Conference, which is expected to attract more than 4,000 attendees.

SPREE Meetup is free to attend and advanced registration is encouraged via SPREE’s online registration portal that can be accessed here.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.

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