Just before the Shop.org conference is beginning, GameStop has hosted it’s Manager Conference at the Mandalay Bay conference center two years in a row.  After researching this a bit, I found that it’s a pretty interesting way of getting their store managers knowledgable in the latest products, human resources management, theft prevention and other topics.  GameStop brings’s in about 5,000 employees for the event, which is mostly paid for by the game production companies. 

To educate their employees, they have sessions created and presented by GameStop, as well as vendor specific sessions that are presented by the various game and hardware manufacturers.    The expo’s presentations are created by publishers directly for an audience of store managers, who will return to their GameStop stores and promote the upcoming titles.   The exclusive access these store managers receive is a perk that few other retail employees receive. 

Beyond the educational benefits, attendees are given swag including full versions of games, signed autographs from celebrities in the industry and other cool toys. 

Anyone know of other retailers that do this?