March 3, 2017

Marcum Retail Symposium to Debut in Los Angeles

Featured Ronald Friedman, Partner, Assurance

Marcum Retail Symposium to Debut in Los Angeles

New York City, NY – Marcum LLP, a top accounting and advisory firm with a nationally recognized Retail & Consumer Products Practice, today announced that the Marcum Retail Symposium will debut in Los Angeles on March 16, at the JW Marriott Hotel. The industry event is being presented in collaboration with the California Fashion Association.

The program is designed to provide retailers and manufacturers with a range of industry perspectives on the changing technological landscape and the new generation of retail consumers. Panelists will include Debra Gunn Downing, Executive Director, Marketing, of South Coast Plaza; Louis Mastrianni, Managing Director, JP Morgan Chase; and Andrew Rotondi, operations/information officer of Dynamic Worldwide. The keynote speaker will be Robin Lewis, author of The Robin Report, former executive editor of Women’s Wear Daily, global retail consultant, and co-author of The New Rules of Retail.

“It is well established that the retail and consumer products industry is facing tremendous challenges, with fewer and fewer brick-and-mortar stores in operation and ceaseless pressure on discounted sales, with low margins for both retailers and manufacturers,” said Ronald Friedman, national leader of Marcum’s Retail & Consumer Products Practice group. “Black Friday produced $3 billion in 2016 for brick-and-mortar retailers. That total was matched nearly dollar-for-dollar three days later on Cyber Monday, a record high for single-day online sales. We can only expect this trend to continue. Brick-and-mortar retailers are going to have to either step it up by finding new ways to fight for market share, or else shift priority to their own websites if they intend to compete online. No one doubts that mobile devices will continue to be the shopping venue of choice for Generation Y unless retailers give them a compelling reason to spend their dollars offline. The Marcum Retail Symposium will be an opportunity for retailers and manufacturers to hear from industry experts and exchange ideas about how to move forward.”

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