NEW TOUR, NEW CITIES
Make the World Your Classroom
When did we go?
May 8th to 24th 2013
Where did we go?
The most dynamic city in the world’s fastest- changing nation, Shanghai is an exhilarating, ever-morphing metropolis that isn’t just living China’s dream, but is setting the pace for the rest of the world. Shanghai is the largest city by population in in the world. Shanghai is the commercial and financial centre of mainland China and the busiest container port in the world. With its stunning flagship stores including Uniqlo, Apple, and Adidas, the glamorous IFC mall; you’ll also take in the latest in supply chain management, an understanding of the Chinese market, walk Nanjing Road and Huaihai Road, and see the Chinese brands that will become global.
We love LA for the remarkable diversity of retail, from the funky fashion stores on hip Robertson Boulevard,to the pure glitz of Rodeo Drive, to the slick, state-of-the-art shopping mall that is Westfield Century City. Your hotel is the historic Beverly Wilshire,famous for the film Pretty Woman and literally steps from Rodeo Drive and some of Los Angeles’ most famous restaurants like Spago. In three hectic days here,you’ll cover the length and breadth of LA including the charming 3rdStreet Promenade strip in Santa Monica. And we know you’ll come away with some great ideas.
New York is buzzing with inspiring retail right now and you’ll take it all in from your base at the Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan. You’ll experience the full range of retail experiences, from the funky, edgy stores in the Meat Packing District and nearby SoHo, home of Top Shop and Uniqlo flagship stores, to high-end merchants like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks on Fifth Avenue. You’ll seethe world’s most stunning Apple Store, Ralph Lauren and Hollister’s Flagship and Tiffany’s iconic 5th Avenue store. You’ll get a chance to visit Ground Zero where Westfield is developing a new iconic mall and visit the best food retailer on the planet Eataly. We’ll also take you out of town to our exciting new stores at Westfield Garden State Plaza. You’ll be exposed to customer focused technology, sparking a sense of possibility, stir your thinking and broaden your understanding of your customers and how they interact with your business.
In London you’ll see some of the most imaginative retail concepts in the world – from Dover Street market to Harvey Nichols. You’ll stay at the Langham Hotel, right on Regent Street and Oxford, which in itself has an array of incredible retail, including Burberry’s brand new flagship; the store of the future. Oxford Street is now bookended by two of the most high volume stores in the world, Primark. The new Tottenham Court Road store is even more impressive to their Oxford Street Store. Naturally you’ll get VIP guided tours of Westfield London and Westfield Stratford now in the top 10 shopping destinations in the UK. While in London, you’ll also enjoy guided tours to some of the best high street shopping in the world, including Old and New Bond Street, Borough Market and Covent Garden.
Brand new for 2013!
Istanbul has been the capital to many civilizations but modern day Istanbul has a lot more to offer beside the traditional attraction like Topkapi palace, Blue Mosque, Ayasofy, Dolmabahce Palace, and the Grand Bazaar. The country has a long standing retail culture and a considerable number of local retail brands. At the crossroads of two continents you’ll visit developing retail powerhouses. From the innovative mall Kanyon to one of the leading European malls, Istinye Park in addition to visiting the first shopping mall in the world the ‘Grand Bazaar’. Turkish retail is developing from a strong manufacturing base where manufacturers are moving into retail, a trend we see right around the globe. One of Istanbul’s oldest neighbourhoods Galata, home to many fashion and jewellery designers,boutiques and galleries is located just off one of the busiest streets in the world Istiklal St, where three million people walk it each day.
What is the format?
You’ll travel with over 40 like-minded retail passionates, and:
• Attend 50+ presentations and workshops – it’s like a mini MBA in retail
• Meet some of the world’s best retailers and learn their strategies and secrets first-hand
• Go behind the scenes at retailers’ head offices
• Get ahead on new technology in retail
• Visit hundreds of stores – from flagships to one-offs
• Take guided tours of malls and high streets
• Network with other senior execs and form lasting business relationships
You’ll ‘go hard’ from early mornings to early evenings 7 days a week and come back buzzing with ideas to reinvent and revitalise your retail business.