Shop! Member Benefits


Industry News

Shop! produces a bimonthly magazine called Retail Environments. This flagship association publication is the pre-eminent business magazine within the retail environments and experiences industry, focused on in-depth editorial coverage of the ever-changing retail landscape.

As a Shop! member, not only will you receive our award-winning industry magazine, you also have the opportunity to share news, products, and projects from your company, advertise at discounted rates, and contribute as a thought-leader in editorial content and on the Retail Environments magazine website.

With a distribution of approximately 25,000 retailers, brands, and industry suppliers, our magazine helps you connect with the $18B retail experiences market. We are very proud of our magazine, and the publishing staff is dedicated to providing content that is relevant to the readers.

If you want to dive more deeply into the details about our magazine, take a look at past issues of our magazine on our website.

Education

MaRC certification is the industry’s only globally recognized credential in the retail environments and experiences industry. This established program certifies individuals who have demonstrated their job knowledge of the activities that drive shopper purchases at retail. The MaRC exam content is based on the five phases of the Shop! Value Cycle: Research, Design, Build, Execute, and Evaluate.

Professional certification demonstrates that you have a foundational knowledge of the way our industry works, which is essential to a best-in-class performance. Companies can use the certification to train employees and promote their continued professional development.

MaRC certification relies on third-party evaluation to distinguish candidates who meet the criteria established by their field. The designation has a cycle of three years and may be renewed only by satisfying the requirements for recertification.

I invite you to learn more about the MaRC certification and the discounts Shop! members enjoy at shopassociation.org/marc/. Feel free to reach out to Shop! Education Manager Melissa Campbell if you have specific questions about the certification program.

Supplier Connect

Shop! offers our members many ways to market their companies and generate leads. One such tool is our online and print sourcing guide, Supplier Connect. Members of Shop! automatically receive a free listing, which includes a company overview and contact information, at minimum.

The website alone receives an average of 1,250 searches a month. Our annual print Buyers’ Guide is sent to our full magazine audience of 25,000-plus retailers, brands and industry suppliers, and features the products, services and capabilities of more than 850 member companies.

A listing on Supplier Connect provides opportunities for business development based on the services you provide. Anyone searching for a supplier can look up your business by category or name to get immediate contact information.

Both are year-round reference tools that the industry has come to rely on. In our annual magazine readership survey, Supplier Connect always tracks as the top industry search tool.

GlobalShop

Shop! members receive a 25% discount off the cost of booth space at GlobalShop. As a result, some 80% of the exhibitors showing are members. We are proud not only to have such strong member participation at GlobalShop but to host six educational conference sessions, produce the industry’s largest awards celebration, and provide networking opportunities for our members.

To kick off GlobalShop, each year we hold a private party for members and their guests the night before the show opens. It’s a great way for members who are exhibiting or visiting the show to mingle, see old industry friends, or make new ones.

We also host a Women’s League reception and presentation and hold volunteer Council meetings. Learn more about all of our scheduled events on our website.

I invite you to visit our website to learn more about Shop! (shopassociation.org).