What’s NEXT?

July 27, 2016  |  Jenny Heinzen York, Editorial Director

And who’s next? Is the future what we think it’s going to be? Is the home furnishings industry too mature to embrace disruptive, entrepreneurial ideas?

These are just a few of the questions that we will seek to answer at the NEXT Conference, set for Sept. 14-15 in Savannah, Ga. This event is the newest incarnation of the Future Leadership Conference, and with a fresh rebranding and completely unique content strategy, promises to be one of the most exciting events on the (admittedly crowded) industry calendar.

I know it can feel impossible to set aside a few days to be away from your business, but carve out some time for this one. Why? Because we all know that retail is changing at a rapid pace, and there are a lot of dinosaurs around that are going extinct (but maybe who aren’t able to admit it).[/four_fifth_last]We are going to talk about technology and its impact on retail, as well as the home of the future and how that’s going to affect the products that we buy and sell for the home.

We will examine content and curation, and how those two components must combine in marketing and merchandising as we move ahead. We will also explore the future of retail through an interactive team exercise, complete with a Shark Tank-inspired competition that will entertain some of the best new concepts developed at the event.

We promise engaging topics and speakers, more interaction, a fresh format and fun – all in a great city at a beautiful hotel. How can you say no to that?

I consider NEXT to be an evolution of the traditional conference format. Because evolution is vital for every industry. As one retail attendee told me last year, post-conference, “No matter how long you’ve been in the business, there is always so much to learn because the industry changes all the time. I’ve realized no matter what we have going on at the time of next year’s (event), we have to come. It must be a No. 1 priority. Sometimes just keeping your head down and working crazy hard isn’t as productive as taking a few days off to learn how to work smarter.”

Can’t wait to see you in Savannah.

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