Tucson, AZ (February 22, 2013) – The National Shoe Retailers Association has partnered with FN PLATFORM, the largest shoe show in the United States, to
provide educational programming for independent footwear retailers. The first
event will take place on Sunday, August 18, in Las Vegas, immediately preceding
the FN PLATFORM at MAGIC Market Week – August 19-21, 2013.
The new education offerings will be half-day programs, allowing
retailers to travel in the morning, network and sharpen their business skills
during the afternoon, and be ready for FN PLATFORM the next day.
"We are thrilled to
partner with FN PLATFORM and have always been impressed with their commitment
to the footwear industry and to independent retailers,” said NSRA president Chuck Schuyler, "As the largest and oldest organization in the North America
representing independent shoe retailers, NRSA is proud to bring 100 years of
tradition to this new opportunity to continue serving our industry.”
retailers are an essential and integral part of FN PLATFORM. Our partnership with NSRA reflects our
commitment to provide them with stellar opportunities, services and educational
seminars,” said Leslie Gallin,
vice president of footwear at Advanstar Global, FN PLATFORM.
Typically, NSRA education programs cover business topics and
issues that keep footwear retailers on
the cutting edge of business. Recent conferences have
addressed providing a compelling in-store
experience, educating shoppers, increasing inventory turn,
ways to combat show-rooming, employee training, strategic business planning,
and positioning the business as a multichannel operation.
has, for NSRA, always been driven by what retailers tell us they want to know
more about,” said Mark Denkler,
chairman of NSRA's Board of Directors. "As members tell us their concerns and needs, NSRA responds
by locating experts to address them. The goal is to enable retailers to take
quick action to maintain their business success. Our Board and its Education
Committee are top-notch retailers who welcome this opportunity to work with FN
PLATFORM to keep the independent sector healthy and strong.”
About NSRA: The National Shoe Retailers Association, founded in 1912,
works to provide its members exceptional educational opportunities, vital
cost-saving services and information resources, and powerful networking
opportunities, enabling independent retailers to enhance their own business
success and learn from other successful business leaders. NSRA has provided
retail education for thousands of shoe store owners and their employees since
1993, when the Association pioneered one-day programs the day before the
Western Shoe Associates Show.For more information, please visit www.nsra.org.
About FN PLATFORM: FN PLATFORM, the shoe show at MAGIC Market Week, launched in
February 2010 under the direction of Advanstar VP, Footwear Leslie Gallin, and
quickly became the largest and most comprehensive collection of branded
footwear in North America. FN PLATFORM is comprised of five unique lifestyle
environments showcasing distinctive market categories: Cosmo (women’s fashion footwear), Camp (athleisure, lifestyle casual),
Bond (men’s collections), Zen
(men’s and women’s euro-comfort), and InPlay (junior’s and children’s). FN PLATFORM takes place during MAGIC from August 19–21, 2013, at The Las Vegas Convention Center. For more
information, please visit www.fnplatform.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chuck Schuyler, email@example.com Leslie Gallin, FN PLATFORM, firstname.lastname@example.org