By Alison Embrey Medina, Executive Editor
February 09, 2012
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
Welcome to the official GlobalShop 2012 Show Issue of DDI. Heading to you live Feb. 29-March 2 in Las Vegas, GlobalShop is upon us once again, and this time, the show and its Sin City host have nearly overwhelmed us with sights to see and things to do. We hope you’ve packed your walking shoes.
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
With more than 600 exhibitor booths to visit, 6,000 attendees to mingle with, 23 conference sessions to learn from, two major awards galas to celebrate and a Strip full of retail stores to see, it’s going to be a busy three days. Consider DDI your event curators, leading you through the must-see, must-attend highlights of the show. For a full breakdown, feel free to bring along our GlobalShop 2012 Ultimate Show Guide, starting on page 91 of this issue. In it, you’ll find the events, sessions, parties and products you’ll want to make time to see and visit during your trip to GlobalShop.
OH! THE PLACES YOU’LL GO!
You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.
This editor is trying something new this year. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of deadlines and award ceremonies and cocktail parties, I very rarely get to take the time to stop and breathe in all that is Viva and Vegas (not that you’d want to breathe in that casino air for too long). For the first time, I have booked myself a ticket to a Cirque du Soleil show, and I’m setting aside a day to explore all that Las Vegas’ hot, hot, hot retail scene has to offer (for a list of new shops, see our Vegas Retail feature on page 98).
Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.*
And guess what? Even if you aren’t able to make the trip out to Vegas this year, DDI has you covered. Our staff will be bringing you live coverage from the event, from blogs to tweets to even some straight-from-the-show-floor video. That’s right: introducing DDItv (www.ddionline.com/dditv), where your favorite magazine pretends we know how to look good on camera (we don’t!), bringing you the trends, updates and goings-on from the show floor and the retail industry at large. Stay tuned!