As a museum store professional you find yourself doing a balancing act every day, performing a variety of functions and responsibilities. You balance inventory control, staff and volunteer management, merchandising, displays, financial management and even event planning. At the same time you must stay apprised of all that’s happening at your institution - exhibitions, educational programming, the collection and the needs and desires of your executive director and trustees.
The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo is designed to help nonprofit retail professionals succeed at this balancing act by offering four days of dynamic learning sessions and opportunities to connect with select MSA vendors who offer products matched with the museum store industry. Learning sessions are presented by the leading thinkers in nonprofit retailing who share the knowledge you need to run your store, meet the needs of management, make the most out of challenges, be a leader and through retailing contribute to your institution’s brand and extend the experience of your visitors.
How do you manage your balancing act?
The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo is designed to help nonprofit retail professional succeed at this balancing act by offering four days of dynamic learning sessions presented by the leading thinkers in nonprofit retailing - sessions that present the knowledge you need. You’ll gain knowledge to run your store, meet the needs of management, make the most out of challenges, be a leader and through retailing contribute to your institution’s brand and extend the experience of your visitors.
Direct from the UK for the opening keynote is Roderick Buchanan, director of buying and retail at British Museum Company. Read about how Roderick took the Museum Company by storm in this 2009 Retail Week article.
Learning Session Highlights
MSA Retail Boot Camp
Open to Buy Workshop
7 Habits of Highly Effective Retailers
Leadership is a Choice, Not a Position
Turning Your Gift Shop Into a Museum Store
Perspectives on Fair Trade
What’s Your Customer Value Proposition?
The MSA Expo is your one-stop shop for annual buying. The Expo Hall will be filled with over 200 select vendors whose products are a distinct fit for nonprofit retailers. It’s the largest gathering of expert nonprofit retail vendors who can consult and lend their expertise to your strategy development and retail challenges.
MSA vendors are wholesalers that feature a wide array of products, from apparel, books, food, jewelry, home and garden, toys and games to custom products, Fair Trade, Made in America, recycled/green, promotional items, store supplies and POS systems. You’ll find displays brimming with the latest and most creative museum-quality merchandise.
Nothing replaces face-to-face time with your prospects and customers. The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo presents a variety of environments to foster networking: from chance meetings in the elevator to mixing and mingling at multiple receptions, meal functions and sessions.
Here’s who attends the 2015 Conference & Expo:
Store Managers and Buyers
Retail Operations Personnel
Directors of Product Development
Merchandising Directors Museum Retail Staff & Directors
Here’s why they won’t miss the 2015 Retail Conference & Expo:
They find solutions to issues they currently have in their store.
They shop an expo with vendors who know their visitors and their merchandising needs.
They share best practices with others in the nonprofit retail community.
Here’s what you have to gain at the 2015 Conference & Expo:
The Expo gives you the opportunity to meet new prospects and establish new relationships. It also is where you will enhance and grow the relationships you already have. The MSA Expo allows you to reconnect with your current clients and customers, gain insight into what your competitors and colleagues are up to, and it is where you will have fun and learn from the best in the business.
The 2015 Buyer’s Choice Award recognizes MSA vendors whose products represent originality, relevance to the industry, value and quality. Vendors submit products in six categories: books and multimedia, education and games, eco-friendly, custom design, fashion and paper products. MSA members then select finalists and winners are selected through voting at the annual conference. MSA members watch for the finalist selection survey!
MSA serves as your best business partner by facilitating opportunities to network, growing the community of nonprofit retailers, providing the most relevant educational products and services, and enabling the most beneficial business partnerships for members.