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GameStop Educates and Excites Their Managers at Conference

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?

 


Shop.org 2008 Las Vegas is getting prepared

Shop.org registration booth being setupI’m in Las Vegas for the Shop.org 2008 conference. It looks like it’s going to be a great conference with the keynotes and sessions that are lined up this year. The CEO & President of Borders is kicking off the first keynote, followed by the author of Wikinomics, Don Tapscott. The first session of the day after the keynotes has four sessions I would like to attend; Emerging Retail Technologies, Natural Search Tactics for the Retailer, Selecting the Right Solution Provider for your Retail Operations: eCommerce Platform Selection Case-Study, and Social Media And The Reluctant Retailer. I’m not sure what I’ll end up with.

One thing I’ve noticed that I’m not excited about it the number of sessions led by vendors. Shop.org has been very good in the past about focusing on retailers giving the presentations and this year seems like they’ve taken a 90 degree turn. There are still quite a few retailers presenting and lets hope they keep a tight hold on the vendors from pitching their wares for the hour.

The show kicks off Monday night. If you are at the show, drop me a note and I’d love to meet up with you.


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