International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) Prepares to Host September Event in Montréal

Tommy Bahama. Photo credit: Robin Hill

Tommy Bahama. Photo credit: Robin Hill

Registration is underway for VMSD Magazine’s 2016 International Retail Design Conference (IRDC), taking place September 13-15 at Le Westin Montréal in Montréal. Retail-Insider readers receive an exclusive individual registration rate of US $1,125 by using the discount code RETAIL2016. That’s a $120 savings off the current Early Bird rate of US $1,245.

Photo credit: Qdoba Kitsap

Photo credit: Qdoba Kitsap

Speakers confirmed to date include retail design leaders from Aldo, BonLook, Bunulu, Kenneth Cole, Maison Birks, Marriott International, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Roche Bros/Brothers Marketplace, Tommy Bahama, Whole Foods Market and Wolverine Worldwide.

The conference program features sessions on such timely topics as: 

  • strategic approaches to engaging Millennials,
  • how to capture new markets, 
  • visual merchandising and luxury brands, 
  • international inspiration in retail design, 
  • designing cannabis retail spaces,  
  • getting buy-in from the C-suite, 
  • blurring the lines between the physical store and online retail, 
  • shop-in-shops and popups, 
  • virtual/augmented reality and the customer experience, and much more.

In addition, IRDC 2016 will offer Power Track sessions featuring three 25-minute segments, each jam-packed with case-study insights and unique perspectives from a variety of retail areas including digital strategies, re-designing heritage brands, and design management insight for working with creative teams.

Complete details about speakers, sessions, networking events, sponsors and the conference hotel (Le Westin Montréal) are available at

Cincinnati-based VMSD (Visual Merchandising + Store Design) is the leading magazine for retail designers and store display professionals, serving the retail industry since 1922. Every month, VMSD showcases the latest store designs and visual displays, presents merchandising strategies and new products, and reports on industry news and events. Learn more at

Now in its 16th year, the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC) is the premier educational and networking event for the store design and visual merchandising community. Presented by VMSD magazine, IRDC combines educational sessions, roundtable discussions, case studies and networking events into three productive days, drawing 350+ attendees from the U.S. and abroad. Learn more at

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