Privacy and Terms of Use

Privacy Statement

Retail Design Institute strives to be completely transparent with how we collect and use information we gather about you on this site. Your privacy is important to us and we respect your preferences.

This Privacy Statement (“Privacy Statement”) explains how Retail Design Institute, (“Retail Design Institute”) uses personal information (“Personal Information”) and applies to all users (“users”) who access, view, visit, download, or otherwise interact with this website (the “Site”). By visiting the Site, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree to the Retail Design Institute practices, do not access, view, visit, download, or otherwise interact with the Site. If you have any questions or comments concerning Retail Design Institute’s Privacy Statement, please contact the webmaster by sending an email to Lohre and Associates, Inc. via chuck (at) lohre.com. You can also contact Retail Design Institute via postal mail at: Retail Design Institute • 126A West 14th Street, Second floor • Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Our Privacy Statement is organized as follows:

  1. Personal Information Retail Design Institute gathers
  2. How Retail Design Institute Collects Personal Information
  3. How Retail Design Institute Uses Personal Information
  4. When and Why Retail Design Institute Discloses Personal Information
  5. Tracking Technologies
  6. Choice and Control
  7. Security of Personal Information
  8. Privacy Practices of Third Parties
  9. Notice to Residents of Countries outside the United States of America
  10. Retail Design Institute Blog
  11. Changes to this Privacy Statement

1) Personal Information Retail Design Institute gathers

“Personal Information” is information that can be used to identify, locate, or contact an individual. Retail Design Institute collects the following types of Personal Information:

Contact Information. Contact Information allows Retail Design Institute to communicate with you. Examples of Contact Information include, but are not limited to, your name, accurate postal addresses, valid email address, or other addresses at which you receive communications from or on behalf of Retail Design Institute.

Transaction Information. Retail Design Institute automatically receives and records some information from your browser when you visit the site, such as your IP address, cookies and data about which pages you visit on the site through the use of log files provided by our third-party tracking-utility partners. This information helps us analyze and understand how the site works for users. Information that is gathered includes, but is not limited to, information about how you interact with Retail Design Institute, information about how you use Retail Design Institute’s Sites, email, other communications, and applications, and how you interact with other users and Retail Design Institute business partners.

Mobile Location Information. If you have permitted your mobile or other location-aware device to transmit location data, Retail Design Institute collects Mobile Location.

Posted Information. If you chose to post a comment on our blog, we may collect information regarding your name and the content of your post. It is important to note that any content you post on the blog is publicly displayed and will be seen by other users of the Site.

2) How Retail Design Institute Collects Personal Information

Retail Design Institute prompts you to provide Personal Information (including Contact Information) when you use Retail Design Institute, make a purchase, sign up for membership, or otherwise interact with the Site or contact Retail Design Institute.

Retail Design Institute collects Transaction Information when you use the Site. For example, Retail Design Institute may track the pages you view, the methods of communication that may be offered on or through the Site from time to time. Retail Design Institute uses cookies and related technologies to collect information about your computer and your interaction with the Site and our partner websites.

Retail Design Institute also collects Transaction Information if and when you contact Retail Design Institute via telephone, email, or other methods of communication.

3) How Retail Design Institute Uses Personal Information

We may use Personal Information to enhance to enhance your user experience, to help us better understand you, to help us customize offers, blog topics, or posts that may be of interest to you, to fulfill purchase orders, to manage memberships, and to help us otherwise enhance the Site.

Retail Design Institute uses Personal Information to:

  • Identify and authenticate users;
  • Facilitate transactions;
  • Operate and improve the Site;
  • Connect with you on social media (such as Facebook, Leadin, or Twitter);
  • Contact you by phone or email;
  • Personalize and continually improve users’ Retail Design Institute experience;
  • Provide you with suggested information based on variables such as stated preferences, interests, business activities, and/or location;
  • Send you technical notices, updates, alerts and support and administrative messages service bulletins, or marketing;
  • Evaluate additional services, items, or offerings that may be of interest to users;
  • Track transactions and perform other analytics;
  • Communicate and provide additional information that may be of interest to you about Retail Design Institute partners or third parties; and
  • Manage Retail Design Institute everyday business needs such as Site administration, communication management, analytics, fraud prevention, enforcement of our corporate reporting obligations, Terms of Use or to comply with the law.

4) When and Why Retail Design Institute Discloses Personal Information

Retail Design Institute will not disclose your Personal Information to third parties without your explicit consent, except as specified in this Privacy statement. Retail Design Institute will disclose your Personal Information when:

  • Working with companies and service providers (i.e. HubSpot, Membershipworks, Leadin, Lohre and Associates, Inc., or other companies that process billing, website hosting, or analytics performance in furtherance of the purposes described in Section 3 (“How Retail Design Institute Uses Personal Information”) above.
  • Retail Design Institute employs other companies to perform tasks on Retail Design Institute’s behalf and therefore Retail Design Institute must share your Personal Information with these companies to provide services to you. Examples include but are not limited to processing payments, handling billing disputes and collections, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance and providing customer service. Retail Design Institute may partner with third-party services for fraud prevention and/or identity verification.
  • Enforcing Retail Design Institute’s rights or protect Retail Design Institute property and intellectual property;
  • Protecting the rights, property or safety of others, investigate fraud, respond to a government request.
  • Retail Design Institute believes in good faith that it must disclose such information to prevent imminent physical harm or financial loss.
  • Retail Design Institute believes in good faith that it must disclose such information to commence an investigation or take action regarding illegal activities or suspected fraud.
  • Retail Design Institute believes in good faith that it must disclose such information per auditing, compliance, and corporate governance functions.
  • Retail Design Institute believes in good faith that it must disclose such information to defend Retail Design Institute in litigation or a regulatory action.
  • Retail Design Institute believes in good faith that it must disclose such information, or advised to do so by law, such as in response to a subpoena, or similar legal process, including to law enforcement agencies, regulators, and courts in the United States and other countries where we operate.

Retail Design Institute will not sell your Personal Information to third parties unless Retail Design Institute is in the process of entering into a merger with another business, acquisition of another business, or the sale of all or a portion of Retail Design Institute’s assets and the information is needed to support the sale or transfer of business assets. If Retail Design Institute is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or prominent notice on our Site of any change in ownership or uses of your Personal Information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your Personal Information before it becomes subject to a new privacy statement.

This Privacy statement only governs when and why Retail Design Institute discloses Personal Information. This Privacy statement does not apply to the practices of third parties that Retail Design Institute does not own or control, or individuals that Retail Design Institute does not employ or manage. The use of your Personal Information by third parties that you access through the Site is governed by the privacy policies of such parties and is not subject to Retail Design Institute’s control. Retail Design Institute is not responsible for the privacy or security practices of other websites on the Internet, even those linked to or from the Retail Design Institute Site. We encourage you to ask questions before you disclose your personal information to others.

Please note, if you subscribe to Retail Design Institute’s blog, or complete a form, your information may be shared with Hubspot.com via Leadin or directly. Please familiarize yourself with Hubspot’s Privacy Policy.

Retail Design Institute may disclose information about you that is not personally identifiable. For example, Retail Design Institute may provide our partners, (such as Hubspot or Lohre and Associates, inc.), or other third parties with reports that contain aggregated and statistical data about Retail Design Institute users.

5) Tracking Technologies

Retail Design Institute implements cookies to store user information and track user activities. User’s web browser places cookies on their hard drive for record-keeping purposes and sometimes to track information. Cookies enable Retail Design Institute to monitor your activity across sessions of interaction between your device and the Site. Please see #6, Choice and Control, for information on how to refuse cookies.

6) Choice and Control

While Retail Design Institute does need to collect certain information to make your Retail Design Institute experience personalized and to conduct transactions for you, Retail Design Institute wants to give you the ability to control how your information is provided and shared.

  • Email Preferences. For various reasons, Retail Design Institute may contact you about our services or your activity. If you no longer wish to receive emails from Retail Design Institute you may opt out of the email as indicated on each and every email correspondence.
  • Cookies and Tracking Devices. You manage how your browser handles cookies and other tracking devices by adjusting the privacy and security settings on your browser. If accessing Retail Design Institute by a mobile device, you may manage the information your mobile device shares, such as cookies, tracking technologies, and location information, by adjusting your moible device privacy and security settings.

7) Security of Personal Information

Retail Design Institute strives to use commercially acceptable means to protect your personal information, however, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure and therefore Retail Design Institute cannot guarantee absolute security of your personal information. Retail Design Institute strives to maintain a system that reasonably safeguards Personal Information.

8) Privacy Practices of Third Parties.

This Privacy Statement describes the collection, use, and disclosure of information by Retail Design Institute through the Site. Retail Design Institute utilizes third parties to provide services to users and also provides links from the Site to other websites. These third parties may have their own privacy policies and may collect, use, and distribute information differently than Retail Design Institute. Retail Design Institute encourages all users to read the privacy policies of all third parties.

9) Retail Design Institute Blog

Retail Design Institute contains a blog and other areas where users may publicly post information, communicate with other users, and submit content they deem relevant for discussion. Retail Design Institute strongly encourages you to read the Retail Design Institute Terms of Use carefully prior to posting or engaging in the blog. All the information you post will be accessible to anyone, at any time, with Internet access. Furthermore, Retail Design Institute strongly advises you to NOT post any personal or identifiable information about yourself or contact information, including address, email, phone numbers, or other means of communicating outside of the blog. Any information you post may be read, collected, and used by others.

10) Changes to this Privacy Statement

Retail Design Institute may, from time to time, in Retail Design Institute’s sole, absolute, and unfettered discretion, update this Privacy Statement to clarify our practices or to reflect new or different privacy practices. We encourage all users to periodically review the Privacy Statement.

11) Contact Retail Design Institute

If you have questions or suggestions, you may contact Retail Design Institute by sending an email to Lohre and Associates, Inc. via chuck (at) lohre.com.