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See Jason Goldberg present at GlobalShop 2012, Feb. 29-March 2, in Las Vegas.

Brazil Goes Retail: Unique Consumers, Unique Challenges
Featured A.R.E. session at GlobalShop 2012 

Forecasts are for Brazil’s retail sales to increase by over 30% in the next five years, driven by strong economic growth, a rapidly expanding population, and rising disposable incomes. The lifestyles of the Brazilian middle class and upper-income groups increasingly mirror those of their peers in developed countries. The opportunity to tap into this rapidly growing market is attracting retailers of all kinds, from all over the world. But Brazilian consumers and culture are unique. FRCH Design Worldwide will provide an overview of the Brazilian market and offer perspectives on Brazilian consumers from both the retailer’s and store designer’s point-of-view. What are the key market demographics? How are Brazilian consumers different from their counterparts in North America? How do these differences impact retail strategy and store design and planning? Claudio Miccieli Jr. will be on hand to answer questions from the perspective of his company, leading Brazilian retailer/restaurant chain, Giraffas.

Click here to find out how to register for this session as well as the rest of the featured A.R.E. sessions at GlobalShop 2012!

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Our expanded Retail Environments Magazine launched in November 2011. The new and improved format provides project and product coverage, updates on industry events, and in-depth business commentary on retail environments issues, challenges, trends and solutions.

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Look out for our March issue debuting at GlobalShop in Las Vegas.

GlobalShop 2012 is a month away. What better way to celebrate the final countdown than with a countdown of our own?

5.) Leap year, leap retail – Not for nothing, but the GlobalShop 2012 festivities start on February 29 in Las Vegas. We only get this lucky day every four years. With more than 300 A.R.E. members exhibiting at this year’s show, there’s nothing short of high expectations for the retail industry in the upcoming year.


4.) Design Awards goes clubbing – The XS Nightclub at the Encore Hotel is hosting the 2012 Design Awards the first night of GlobalShop. Celebrate the best in retail design – A.R.E. members qualify for a $10 online discount per ticket! – with 500 of the industry’s leading retailers, designers and suppliers. The swank XS Nightclub is just icing on the cake.

3.) A.R.E. loves the kids – It shouldn’t be a surprise how much we support the future education of the industry, which is why the PAVE the Way 3D Design Challenge winners are showing off their prototypes in Booth #4013.

PAVE has recently announced their “Student Day” at GlobalShop. The morning of March 2, students can attend free sessions tailored specifically for them, including a case study discussion along with a meet and greet.

2.) Show off – As if the teaser of GlobalShop exhibitor products wasn’t enough, more than 300 A.R.E. members are taking advantage of their discounted booth space – all for being a member! Take a sneak peak at some member products being showcased at GlobalShop.

1.) Tweetie Bird – You’re only one person, right? That’s why A.R.E. has got your back. We’ve got live-tweeting throughout the event from the show floor, sessions, networking events, the A.R.E. Design Awards, and so much more! Want to join the conversation? Follow us @A_RE or use the hashtag #GS12.

What are you most looking forward to at GlobalShop? Tell us in the comments or tweet us your responses!

Dec. 15, 2011 - Final Deadline
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The A.R.E. Design Awards is the premier retail design awards competition, providing more industrywide coverage than any other program. Prizes awarded include:

· Grand Prizes in 16 shop and store design categories
· Store of the Year
· Fixture of the Year
· Store Fixture Awards
· Visual Presentation Awards
· Flooring Award(s)
· Lighting Awards(s)
· In-Store Communications Award(s)
· Wall Treatment Award(s)
· A.R.E. Sustainability Awards - Find out more!
Awards Coverage

Awards will be presented in Las Vegas during the awards ceremony, Feb. 29, the evening of the first day of GlobalShop. In addition, winners receive recognition in A.R.E. online design awards coverage, including the annual online multi-year search, in our design awards Winners Book and other trade press, including DDI and VMSD.

23 Categories Available

Enter a store or shop online. Get special consideration of various elements like store fixtures or flooring for a small additional fee. Or add your entry into the A.R.E. Sustainability Awards for an additional $100. Category options include:

· Restaurant/Casual
· Restaurant/Fine Dining
· Convenience Store
· Supermarket/Grocery Store
· Specialty Food Retailer
· Service Retailer
· Pop-up Store
· Hardline Shop Within a Store
· Softline Shop Within a Store
· Department Store
· Discount/Mass Merchant
· Hardline Specialty Store
· Softline Specialty Store
· Specialty Store Over 25,000 sf
· Vending Machine/Kiosk (or enter in another category and add store fixture consideration)
· Window Display (or enter in another category and add visual presentation consideration)
Innovative Element Add-ons:
· store fixture
· visual presentation
· wall treatment
· in-store communications
· flooring
· lighting
A.R.E. Sustainability Awards:
· standalone
· tenant improvement

Enter or Download the Entry Kit
Entry Questions? Contact Debra Dean at A.R.E. at 954-893-7300, ext. 4800
Sponsorship Questions? Contact Susan Kimelman at 954-241-4812
Membership Questions? Contact Marcia King-Gamble at 954-241-4827

GlobalShop is turning 20 and you won’t want to miss out on the party February 29 – March 2 at the largest annual trade show and conference dedicated to retail design and shopper marketing. Click here to see the A.R.E. Exhibitor List, A.R.E.-sponsored sessions, and how to submit your exhibitor products.