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The Association for Retail Environments
(A.R.E.) is the largest association in the
world for businesses that are leaders
(or looking to be leaders) in the retail
environments industry. Members enjoy an
endless list of benefits that help shape
their brand and connect them within the
retail industry to grow their businesses.

Industry Knowledge

The phrase ‘knowledge is power’ is certainly true in the retail industry. Keeping up with industry trends, data, and the market as a whole can be a full-time job in and of itself. At A.R.E., we make it easy for our members to stay ahead in the industry. From weekly updates on design trends and the retail market to our flagship communications tool, Retail Environments magazine, we make it our business to keep you informed. Plus, in 2014, we partnered with renowned research firm, ITR, to provide members the A.R.E. Economic Advisor, a comprehensive quarterly research report that details exactly what’s happening in the industry today…and tomorrow.

Brand and Market Exposure

When A.R.E. members succeed, we succeed. It’s that simple. To that end, we strive to provide members with the most effective and efficient tools to position their brands for optimum exposure in order to drive revenue for their businesses. Supplier Connect is a tool that not only connects retailers with our members, but also allows anyone in the industry to partner and connect with the suppliers they need. We also offer numerous advertising and sponsorship opportunities through A.R.E.-produced publications and events in addition to providing coverage through product features, business announcements and more, that help shine an even brighter light on our members’ products and services. For a full list of sponsorship and advertising opportunities, click here. Finally, we help our members shine at GlobalShop. A.R.E. members enjoy a 25% discount on their GlobalShop booth space, and our marketing team works diligently to help drive GlobalShop attendees to member booths. The Little Black Book - the guide to A.R.E. at GlobalShop is just one bonus available to help promote member exhibitors.

Networking Opportunities

The retail environments industry is a strong one. At A.R.E., it is part of our mission to help connect our members to each other as well as to retailers, brand marketers, and other industry decision makers. We have put together a series of events with our members in mind. Some prefer our smaller roundtable discussions while others prefer our larger scale events. Whatever your preference, we connect you physically—and virtually- with other industry leaders to help drive both personal and professional success.