Leaders in retail to speak at the RAD Expo this October
In the world of retail design Bob Phibbs is known as “The Retail Doctor” due to his ability to revitalize brick-and-mortar businesses with compelling modern designs and new business strategies to compete against in a world dominated by online sales. Phibbs has given direction to thousands of companies including Bernina, Brother, Caesars Palace, Hunter Douglas, Lego, Omega, Hearts on Fire, Husqvarna, Vera Bradley and Yamaha. As an internationally recognized business strategist, customer service expert, sales coach, marketing mentor, author of three books and motivational business speaker, Phibbs has helped countless retail professionals transition their businesses into models that engage customers and reward owners. Phibbs’ 30 years of success has made him the go-to retail expert for world-famous media companies such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, ABC, MSNBC and PBS. As a consultant Phibbs has a proven track record to increase sales between 20-50%.
Since 2013, the founder and principal of High Road Design Studio, Megan Stone has attained fame as the preeminent authority on cannabis retail design. High Road Design Studio has designed more than 30 cannabis retail stores including Gnome Grown, TruMed and Level Up. Stone’s work has been lauded publications such as Marijuana Venture, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Architectural Digest Online and Interior Design. Stone and her firm have won numerous awards for its retail designs.
After overseeing Nordstrom’s $2 billion women’s apparel department and growing its online business from $150 million to $270 million, Loretta Soffe ventured out on her own as a consultant to executives with retail businesses. As the principal of Loretta Soffe Consulting, Soffe draws on her 30 years of experience as an executive and advisor to some of the largest retail companies in the world to provide CEOs and equity investors with digital and retail strategies for their businesses.
What is RAD?
The Retail and Dispensary (RAD) Expo is the only trade show 100% dedicated to cannabis retailers and dispensary owners. The event provides cannabis retailers with free access to all the resources a retailer needs to succeed in the fast-growing cannabis industry. The third Retail and Dispensary Expo will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon on October 23-24.
Marijuana Venture hosted the first RAD Expo in 2018 after publisher Greg James saw that cannabis retail was being largely ignored by other prominent industry trade shows.
“Many retail buyers don’t even attend the major industry trade shows because the exhibitors are mostly lighting, nutrient and extraction manufacturers,” James said. “And what’s worse is that most trade shows are charging qualified buyers a lot of money to get in the door. This is unheard of a non-cannabis shows like CES and E3.”
Exhibitors will include CBD and hemp companies, interior design, food and drink, security, merchandising, technology, displays, accounting, lighting and everything in between.
Retailers and dispensary owners from around the U.S. can find everything they need to operate in one organized, professional environment. RAD invites all cannabis retailers as well as health stores, pet stores, vape shops and other retailers looking to sell CBD and hemp products. EARLY REGISTRATION IS FREE
Seminars featuring retail experts, including: Bob Phibbs, Loretta Soffe and Megan Stone, touching on topics ranging from law to design and merchandising to Q&As with successful retailers.