Wednesday 22nd September at 11.00 (EST) / 16.00 (BST)
Following a summer of business re-openings throughout the U.S., alongside a surge in Covid cases and extreme weather conditions, Springboard takes a deep dive into how bricks and mortar retail has performed and how consumer behaviors have shifted.
The webinar will be moderated by WWD’s Strategic Content Development Editor, Alexandra Pastore, who covers a diverse range of topics including fashion trends and consumer behaviors. Alexandra will be joined by Springboard’s Marketing & Insights Director, Diane Wehrle, along with industry guests, to discuss footfall and market trends, how businesses have adapted throughout the pandemic, and what’s next for U.S. retail.
About the Speakers
Alexandra Pastore – Moderator
Strategic Content Development Editor. WWD
Alexandra covers a diverse range of topics from fashion apparel trends and consumer behavior to fashion fintech and the business of beauty. Alexandra’s background involves working at W magazine as a Fashion Assistant and various consumer brands in media communications.
Marketing & Insights Director. Springboard
Diane is regarded as one of the leading experts on retail and retail destinations, with unparalleled knowledge and expertise in understanding current and emerging retail issues and consumer trends. Diane is a regular commentator on the performance of retail for national broadcast and print media, appearing regularly on BBC, ITV, Sky News and CNBC and her opinion is often quoted in the UK’s national and regional press.
Diane has 30 years’ experience in retail, and is a founding director of Springboard which was established in 2002. Diane leads all of Springboard’s insights, and authors its regular commentaries, articles, reviews, and topical reports. She specialises in delivering intelligence and insights on both current retail performance and long term retail trends to retailers, hospitality occupiers, landlords, investors and place managers.
Director of National Retail. Time Equities Inc.
Ami joined Time Equities Inc (TEI) 13 years ago and leads over 100 professionals on his national team working on retail acquisitions, dispositions, asset management and leasing of TEI’s 7.7 million sq ft portfolio of 122 properties across 25 states including shopping centers, malls and street front retail locations.
Planner / Project Manager. Downtown Boston BID
Anita joined Downtown Boston BID eight years ago as a planner/project manager and her role involves ensuring that the BID’s 34 blocks of public realm meet the needs of its members, residents, visitors and is welcoming to everyone. Anita is also responsible for the board’s public realm committee, the annual landscaping program, cultural placemaking, and planning/urban design.
Downtown Boston BID is a private, non-profit corporation created and maintained by property owners. They serve the entire downtown community — businesses, employees, residents, students, and more, with a mission to transform and engage Downtown Boston through programs and supplemental services that meet area needs.
President. Appel Associates
Michael has over 30 years of retail experience and specialises in providing performance improvement and turnaround consulting services to retail and consumer goods companies.
As an experienced retail executive, Michael has had direct supervisory responsibility for every functional area within a retail operation. Serving as CEO and Chairman of rue21 until February 2020, he led its successful turnaround with outstanding financial results in 2019. Michael is currently on the Board of Directors of Ashley Stewart, the leading fashion retailer of apparel, intimates, and accessories for women sizes 10 to 36.