2016 Store Location Conference

May 4-6, 2016
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Clearwater Beach, Florida


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What: This conference is an annual collection of (mostly) supermarket location professionals, including those people working for chains, wholesalers, cooperatives, developers, consultants, and other industries. This is the largest gathering of this kind in the world!

Agenda:  Here are a few highlights of the agenda.

SITESPLUS 2015.1 Formal Release (Jim Puffer, Gravitec Development).  After nearly four years of development and testing, the new release of SITESPLUS was released.  We described the important changes and enhancements and provided insight for upgrading your department.

Aldi:  A Study in Evolution and Growth (David Rogers, DSR Marketing Systems).  Dr. Rogers has spent years researching the Aldi growth in the U.S. and has prepared a report after extensive field and desktop research on Aldi over the past few years.  David shared a summary of the most important findings detailed in the report.

Beacon Technology (John Tippetts, MTN Retail Advisors). Beacon Technology is rapidly finding its way into retailing in a way that will change much for shoppers

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Where: The 2016 International Store Location Conference was held at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort near Clearwater Beach, Florida.

When: The conference was held Wednesday May 4th through Friday May 6th, 2016. This is a very family-oriented conference, so we encouraged people to bring their entire family and have them all take a break from the colder weather!

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Wednesday, May 4       6:00-7:30    Cocktail reception
Thursday, May 5           8:30-4:00    Store Location Conference
…………………………..      6:30-8:30    Conference Dinner
Friday, May 6                8:30-noon  Store Location Conference

Rooms: The hotel rooms all had balconies with spectacular views! Room rates were discounted to $189 per night for our group. This rate included free wireless Internet, self-parking, use of the fitness center, beach trolley, and more.


 Cost:  The registration fee was $825 per person.  The fees include registration, conference materials, most meals, and the cocktail reception.  The fee does not include hotel rooms.

For more information:

Gravitec Development (218) 547-4973
Sheraton Sand Key Resort (727) 595-1611
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Attractions: The Sheraton and the Sand Key area have a wide variety of family-oriented attractions nearby, including:

World-class beaches
Multiple golf courses
Tennis Courts
Great shopping
Fishing charters
Dinner cruises
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