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Greetings Retail Design Institute Southern California Chapter members!
Here we are, in the thick of the hot summer weather…..how are we all doing so far? Anyone get a chance to take a dip and cool off? Hope you’re all taking lots of beach days to take advantage of those long daylight hours before sunset. The Retail Design Institute is gearing up for our first virtual event of the year, see below for the link to register, and we have a very special spotlight series on a grocery retailer that is helping us become more sustainable consumers by eliminating plastic waste packaging.
Did you know the Southern California Chapter includes the regions of Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Hawaii? It’s true! If you know any innovative store experiences, retail companies, or consultants in any of these areas please let us know! We’d love to spotlight them in this series.
How do we shop sustainably? Buying local and organic food is a very good way. How about all the plastic packaging that is going straight to landfill and contaminating our water and food supply? Wouldn’t it be great to reduce all that plastic waste from our planet? Bringing your own reusable bags to shop with is a very sustainable choice. But Re_grocery takes it several steps further by stocking their entire store with refillable bulk goods and making it easy to fill your zero-waste containers and check out with their proprietary NFC tag system. It’s seamless and intuitive! By creating an entire package-free grocery store, Re_grocery is redefining our food shopping experience, both from an environmental perspective and an aesthetic one…their stores are beautiful!
We spoke to Joseph Macrino, CEO and co-founder of Re_, and learned more about this innovative new business.
Cannabis Dispensary Design…a Virtual Symposium, July 27 3:00-4:00pm PT
Explore the unique design process of building a dispensary store, from the seedlings of an idea to the flowering of a new industry.
Come join us for a special virtual-only event on the hot new retail sector sweeping the nation – Cannabis Dispensaries! We will see some great designs and hear from insiders of the industry on how it all happens. From R&D through design development to finished construction and a grand opening, we will hear from a wide array of stakeholders.
Business owners, designers, merchandisers, millworkers and facilitators will discuss what sets dispensaries apart from the rest of the retail industry and touch upon the wide variety of trends we’ve already seen in this still young market. We will hear the challenges, unique opportunities and successful solutions to how a dispensary gets built.
There will be a membership raffle sponsored by Chandler Design + Fabrication so be sure to register for a chance to win!
Retail Design Institute Southern California Chapter has a few openings on the board and are looking for a Chapter Secretary as well as a Communications Chair. The Chapter Secretary will be in charge of monthly meeting minutes and our communications and announcements through various platforms as well as being an active board member that participates in quarterly board of directors meetings with the International Office. The Communications Chair will be heading our marketing and PR, managing and maintaining our web and social media presence and collaborating with the Secretary on external/internal communications.
If you or someone you know is interested in either position, please drop us an email at [email protected].