Reinventing Physical Retail

Dan Hodges, CEO of CIM Tours and Founder of Fashion Week Store Tours will moderate a discussion on “Reinventing Physical Retail” at the premiere of REMODE. REMODE is an event that brings the entire industry’s brightest and boldest minds together to change fashion for the better. In a world where the fashion industry is the second largest polluter and the consumer is the new channel, the industry must evolve with clear purpose and transparency. From the yarn to the final consumer, design to manufacturing, and financing to marketing, the industry’s entire value chain must move towards a more sustainable and omni-channel business.

The panel will discuss that brands, retailers, and mall owners alike are increasingly testing new concepts in physical retail. New formats such as popups are gaining popularity among both online-only and traditional brands, who are using them to increase customer engagement, launch limited edition products, or test new markets. In addition, retailers and mall owners are adding experiences, events, and services to attract foot traffic. In this session, industry experts will discuss which concepts are proving successful and how in-person fashion retail is likely to evolve in the future.

The panelist include Liza Cantu, Digitally-Native and Emerging Brands, Westfield

Richard Found, Director, Founder Associates, Krista Boyer, President and Founder, Retail for the People and Ross Bailey, CEO, Appear Here on Wednesday, Nov 14 at 2:40 PM PST

The Future of Retail at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show Features Top CEOs on The Future of Retail

NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show will take place in New York from January 13-15, 2019.

The event is host to 37,000 of the top retailers in the world.

This year NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show feature the top CEOs and leaders who are driving the pace of change today.

The CEOs include:

I am looking forward to joining this group of distinguished leaders. The year I will be highlighting the biggest and most important trend to retailer which is retail in the experience economy.

Retail Store Tours to Launch Five New Retail Tours at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show & EXPO

New York, New York – Retail Store Tours in partnership with the National Retail Federation is offering an expanded retail store tour program from January 12 to January 18. See how savvy retailers are using their understanding of changing behaviors and technology to enhance their customers’ journey. Participants can sign-up for experiential tours of retail stores to see, touch, and learn about current innovations. Hear from administrators during the multi-store stop on the features, innovations, store design experience, customer service enhancements, and brand stories.


Oculus: A Tour for the Senses

Experience the newest and largest shopping mall in Manhattan, the Westfield World Trade Center is transforming downtown shopping. Occupying over 365,000 square feet (33,900 m2) of retail space, the Oculus features more than one hundred stores, including premier retail brands, experience centers, and imaginative restaurants, all of which attract a diversified audience of international and local visitors. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


Madison Avenue: The Evolution of Luxury

As the epicenter of luxury, Madison Avenue provides the best location for exploring how two concepts, the timeless and the trendy, continue to push the boundaries of taste across product categories. From highly visible treasure troves along the avenue, you’ll have an opportunity to experience design innovation in fashion and beyond while taking a break from the marathon of shows, relax, and enjoy some needed “creative” time. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


Time Warner Center: An Urban Shopping Oasis

The Shops at Columbus Circle is an urban shopping mall in the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. An iconic indoor destination attracting more than 16 million visitors annually, it is the place to shop, dine, live, work and be entertained. The soaring 2.8-million-square-foot landmark with stunning views of Central Park has transformed Columbus Circle into a cultural portal to Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


SoHo: Innovation & Reinvention

SoHo is one of New York City’s prime shopping destinations and the preferred location for launching a new business concept or reinventing an old one. Throw a stone down any street in the area and you’ll hit a number of exquisite retail destinations. Cobblestoned streets and loft-like spaces make the neighborhood a pleasant spot for shopping and inspiration. Our tour will concentrate on exposing our guests to visionary business innovators and savvy re-inventors. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


Iconic Retailers

This tour of New York’s iconic retailers offers insight into the latest innovations in store design with the ideas, influencers and thought process behind their conception. We will visit stores such as SaksFifth Avenue, Tiffany and Bergdorf Goodman. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.

For more information contact Dan Hodges, CEO, CIM Tours at



EXPO Tours By CIM Tours Delivers Knowledge, Insights and Know-How For Retailers at

Las Vegas, Nevada- In its third year, the EXPO Tours, created by Consumers in Motion Tours/CIM Tours in partnership with the National Retail Federation and has gained momentum in the marketplace. This year over 300+ retailers from over 80+ companies from around the signed up for the program. The companies include Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Ace Hardware Corporation,, American Eagle Outfitters, Chanel, Disney Retail Divisions, El Corte Inglés, S.A., J. Crew Group Inc., L Brands, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co, Nike Inc., Tommy Hilfiger North America, Walmart Labs, Williams-Sonoma Inc. and many more. The program was sold out well before the conference began. The EXPO Tour topics (below) were created based on feedback from attendees. The program was two-hours in duration and the exhibitors provided expert insights, case studies on these topics. Retailers commented, “this really helped me navigate the event,” “I would not have found these companies on my own.” “This improved the overall enjoyment of the event.”

  • Seamless customer experience, Omnichannel and beyond
  • AI, conventional commerce and voice technology
  • Personalization, site design and usability marketing
  • Awareness, acquisition and analytics
  • Future tech: Blockchain, AR/VR and more

The companies for EXPO Tours were selected for their unique ability to support the narrative of the tour theme.

Certona on EXPO Tours at








For more information contact Dan Hodges, CEO, CIM Tours ( at

The 2019 EXPO TOURS by CIM Tours at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show

Taking your business to the next level, starts by taking the floor. Created by CIM Tours.

The NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show with over 700+ exhibitors convening at the world’s largest retail conference and expo, you’ll be sure to find products that best fit your business needs.

To help you navigate over 240,000 square feet of the EXPO floor, NRF, in partnership with Consumers in Motion/CIM Tours, is providing four unique EXPO tour experiences — each two-hour tour will offer an in-depth study of retail technology across multiple business disciplines.

Future Tech + Innovative New Products:Learn about the newest technology trends and breakthrough products from the companies that are driving the pace of change. Attendees will visit companies focused on retail technology and get a peek at some of the start-ups powering the future.

Future Tech

Digital Commerce, Acquisition & Blockchain: It’s imperative to connect with consumers wherever they are in the purchase funnel. This tour will introduce attendees to marketplace leaders in these areas, visiting companies focused digital commerce, customer acquisition and blockchain.

Digital Commerce, Acquisition & Blockchain

Logistics, Supply Chain & Fulfillment: Fine-tuned logistics and precise management of supply chain and fulfillment are the linchpin to delivering the right product to the right place at the right time. During this tour, attendees will be exposed to updated solutions for merchandising, operations, supply chain, fulfillment and storage and distribution.

Logistics, Supply Chain & Fulfillment

In Store & Customer Experience Tech: Shoppers are rewriting the rules of engagement. Chat bots, smartphones, shopping apps and social are now integral components of a shopper’s path to purchase. This tour will visit companies focused on everything from retail analytics to digital and mobile tech to new solutions for associate training.

In Store & Customer Experience Tech

For more information please reach out to Dan Hodges at

Corporate Custom Curated Experience by CIM Tours Launches at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show

Custom Curated Experience is a tailor-made program designed to suit your business needs and to ensure you get the most out of the NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show. CIM Tours created Custom Curated Experience with the NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show and are proven innovation guides for global organizations. Custom Curated Experience are experts at navigating the NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show.

The focus is on you and your organization. Together we identify your objectives, key areas of interest, potential business partners, relevant technologies to guide you to reach your company goals.

We utilize our proprietary process which results in a unique experience aimed at improving your bottom-line. CIM Tours takes care of business preparation saving time so you can maximize your time at the NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show

NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show options to choose from:

  • The Big Experience: 2–4 days
  • The Focused Experience: 1–2-day experience
  • The Immersive Experience: 2–4-hour experience

The Custom Curated Experience program began in 2014 when Dan Hodges founded Consumers in Motion (CIM), after his astounding success using mobile technology to support and educate the US State Department to reach civilians when the infrastructure went down in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. As word of Dan’s success with the State Department at Mobile World Congress spread, he began to be flooded with offers from Fortune 100 companies to do the same for them. CIM has since worked with thousands of executives to improve their companies’ strategic performance and innovation strategy.

For information about Custom Curated Experience at the NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show, please contact

Important Conferences and Events to Attend in 2018: June – December 2018

2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. After 50 years is Hal finally here with Artificial Intelligence and Big Data? Who can forget that computerized voice saying, “I’m sorry, I’m afraid I can’t do that Dave”? The movie fiction is not far from the facts regarding Artificial Intelligence and its dangers being written about and discussed at conferences today. Consumers in Motion Group attended major industry events around the world in 2016 and 2017 to learn about the technologies and consumer trends that are shaping our future. We have curated these events based on the quality of their content, exhibitors and attendees and have listed the top events to attend in 2018. A word on our methodology: We ranked the events by three key criteria: 1) Distinct, value-added programming that highlights the direction our industry is going; 2) A diverse, high-caliber attendee list of marketing leaders, and 3) An environment and format that supports learning, networking and community building.  

2018 Top Event Preview


CeBit: Hanover, Germany, June 11–15

CeBIT is the largest and most internationally represented computer expo. The event is held in Hanover, Germany. It is considered a barometer of current trends and a measure of the state of information technology. The conferences provide a 360-degree overview of the digital industry’s four core markets: IT, Telecommunications, Digital Media and IOT.

Highlights: The event will focus on the following business areas: Big Data and Business Intelligence, Business Electronics and Equipment, Business Security, Communication Networks, Data Center Infrastructure, ECM, Input/output Solutions, ERP and HR Solutions, IOT, Marketing and Sales Solutions, POS and Banking Solutions, Research and Innovation, Unmanned Systems and Solutions, VR and AR.


Cannes Lions, France, June 15–24

Cannes Lions is an eight-day program of creative inspiration, celebration, education and networking held in June. Over 15,000 delegates from around 100 countries attend the Festival, making it the only truly global meeting place for branded communications professionals to connect, share and discover.

Highlights: The Cannes Lions Festival features Health, Entertainment and Innovation as three distinct conferences within Cannes Lions. Lions Health challenges the industry’s norms and motivates it to change the course of healthcare communications – and explores the ways talent and storytelling can elevate content into the cultural mainstream. Lions Innovation is an exploration of data and tech as catalysts for creativity. Over two days it showcases the new and kick-started collaboration. It brings together the start-ups with game-changing products and services, the investors who back them, the brands who work with them and the storytellers who can bring it all to life.


MWC: Shanghai, China, June 27-30

The Conference at MWC Shanghai (The Human Element) features thought-provoking presentations from some of the mobile industry’s most influential executives, who will share their visions of the mobile industry while providing essential insights on current and future trends.

Highlights: MWC Shanghai focuses on how mobile technology – from connected cars and wearable tech to IOT and smarter cities – is revolutionizing every aspect of individuals’ lives and creating a personalized experience. The three-day conference is the largest in the Asian marketplace and attracts the key players in the mobile ecosystem held in July.


MWCA: Los Angeles, September 12–14

The GSMA and CTIA created a new mobile industry event in the United States. CTIA and the GSMA are equal partners in the joint event with the GSMA leading the event’s production and management.

Highlights: MWC Americas showcases how mobile is creating the connected life, transforming how individuals, businesses and entire industries communicate, interact and innovate. Mobile World Congress Americas is set to become the leading mobile industry event in the Americas.


dMexco: Cologne, Germany, September 12–13

dMexco is the world’s leading exhibition and conference for the digital industry and stands for innovative and future-oriented developments and trends in the center of a new digital economy: The digiconomy. Within the two days of dMexco, a top-notch lineup of speakers and a unique presentation of diverse themes will put the crucial trends and business potential in the limelight.

Highlights: The program for 2018 will include more than 550 speakers from all over the world who will hold presentations on 15 different stages. The speakers will include digital stars, top executives, newcomers and trendsetters, who will hold outstanding keynote speeches, engage in exciting discussions and present visionary demonstrations.


IOT Solutions World Congress: Barcelona, Spain, October 2-4

The world’s leading Industry IoT congress, where over 250 of the most innovative and influential Industry IoT thinkers will gather together to share knowledge, present visions and explain how IoT is affecting many industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, energy and utilities, connected transport, buildings and infrastructure, retail, agriculture, mining, hospitality and more.

Custom Curated Experience at NRF 2019

Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle

An iconic indoor destination offering a diverse selection of over 50 retail shops and boutiques, a collection of the largest Michelin-starred restaurants under one roof, and a five-star luxury hotel, attracting more than 16 million visitors annually.


Oculus Westfield World Trade Center

The newest and largest shopping mall in Manhattan, the Westfield World Trade Center is transforming downtown shopping. Occupying over 365,000 square feet (33,900 m2) of retail space, the Oculus features more than 100 stores that includes premier retail brands, experience centers, and imaginative restaurants, attracting a diversified audience of international & local visitors.

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The Venetian

The Venetian features cobblestone walkways, sky-like ceilings, and a quarter-mile-long Grand Canal. The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, isn’t just a mere Las Vegas shopping mall, but a true shoppers paradise. With serenading gondoliers gliding down the Grand Canal, and the larger-than-life LOVE installation dominating the Waterfall Atrium of The Palazzo, your catered Retail Store Tour of world class retail stores, will provide our guests an experience beyond simple browsing.

Caesars Palace

The legendary and grand, Caesars Palace which is the home to beautiful villas, gourmet dining, superstar shows, and The Forum Shops. Known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World,” The Forum Shops are a must-see, all-encompassing experience at Caesars Palace. Las Vegas’ definitive luxury shopping destination.

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