Artisan running Good, Bad and Ugly GlobalShop review

April 6, 2011 by Dave Haynes

This is interesting and quite clever.

The Toronto merchandising and design firm Artisan Complete is doing a Globalshop Review on Friday, over lunch, at its studio at 331 Amber Street in Markham.

We will walk you through a summary of this years Outstanding Merchandising Achievement Awards, highlighting the best design (and some bad) work from this global competition.

Last years review was a great success and there has already been a lot of interest in this years edition. It won’t replace the real journey to Las Vegas, but be assured your wallet and liver will leave our review happier for it.

If you’re interested in attending, please take a moment to send an RSVP email to kris.m {at} Space is limited. We’ll be bringing in some lunch so let us know if you have any food allergies to consider.

Artisan won some awards, as it does every year it enters, but Kris Matheson will undoubtedly share a broader point of view. I also hope (and would imagine) a version of the review will find its ways to the nice, picture-heavy blog Matheson has started that looks at merchandising and retailing, and is worth a regular visit.

Going to Markham is like driving to Buffalo for me, expect 10X traffic, so you won’t see me.

I heard mixed opinions on the show from the narrow lens of digital at retail. Some say good, others “Meh.” That’s been my experience when I have attended, however next year GlobalShop is the week ahead of DSE 2012, so it will make a fair amount of sense to travel to Lost Wages early, check that out (or exhibit/co-exhibit), destroy remaining brain cells on the weekend,  and then get set for DSE.


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