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The 2015 MSA Annual Conference & Expo brings museum store buyers and vendors together in Hartford for three days of learning, shopping and fun!

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MSA vendors are the trusted business partners of hundreds of museum store buyers across the globe.

The 2015 MSA Retail Conference & Expo is designed to help nonprofit retail professionals succeed at the balancing act they perform every day with four days of dynamic learning sessions and opportunities to connect with select MSA vendors who offer products matched with the museum store industry. Learning sessions are presented by the leading thinkers in nonprofit retailing who share the knowledge you need to run your store, meet the needs of management, make the most out of challenges, be a leader and through retailing contribute to your institution’s brand and extend the experience of your visitors.

 

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  • Connect

    Network with more than 300 colleagues during receptions, member luncheon and awards, and more receptions.

  • Learn

    More than 20 educational sessions will cover inventory best practices, marketing, financial management, merchandise planning and more.
    Fantastic opening and closing keynotes will inspire your work as a nonprofit retail professional.
    A guided excursion to Hartford’s historic and fantastic museums will give you new ideas.

  • Do Business

    Connect with more than 200 vendors with merchandise aligned with the museum industry.
    Shop for three days and connect with MSA vendors. The best business relationships are born at the MSA Conference & Expo.
    The product development marketplace highlights products developed by museum stores.

WHY JOIN MSA?

The Museum Store Association Individual Membership gives you access to the knowledge, resources and community you need to create a thriving, revenue-producing store that supports the greater mission of your institution—and the greater mission of YOU! Through MSA, nonprofit retail professionals connect with a select group of vendors who support the association and whose products support your buying and branding strategies.

  • Online and in-person learning sessions throughout the year.
  • MSA Certificate Program for your continued career growth.
  • Connections with MSA vendors who supply high quality, distinctive products for the museum store space.
  • Your membership is yours—it goes wherever you go.
  • Online networking with ShopTalk, MSA’s online community.
  • Members save on popular MSA publications and the Industry Retail Report.
  • Discounts on books, events, learning sessions and at member museum stores.
  • Museum Store magazine, Weekly News Brief and quarterly member newsletter.

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    Meg Hauser

    I need some help! I’m developing provenance cards, tags and shelf talkers for our store and have some questions about how everyone else creates these items. Do you use a template? Do you print them in-house or send them out? How much customization do you do? (For instance do you edit each tag per item or do you have a standard card for the whole store, each department, category, etc.?) What quality standards do you maintain? Are these expected to be of the same quality as say exhibition/membership brochures? We’ve never used these in our museum,  but I think they are a wonderful idea! I’m meeting to discuss this project next Tuesday and would appreciate any input or suggestions you can provide! Thank you!

    Meg HauserThe National Museum of Toys/Miniatures
    Lynda Allen

    We have a couple items we have developed for our store that we think might be of interest to other historic sites. So I’m looking for advice on how best to go about reaching out to other institutions to wholesale them to. If you’ve sold items wholesale what methods did you find effective in getting the word out? Are there major potential pitfalls I should be looking out for? How did you handle the packaging? For instance, one of the items has a description of our museum included with the packaging. How did you handle the pricing? Just half of what you are retailing it for? Any advice you have would be very much appreciated.

    Lynda AllenJames Monroe Museum
    Karen McNeely

    I always attend the MSA show as well as the conference.  I  find it a very productive use of my time since the vendors there tend to be more focused on the kind of product museums carry, so I don’t have to weed  through so many that aren’t relevant. The timing always works well for me to find new things for my summer exhibition and busy season.

    Karen McNeelyMilwaukee Art Museum
    Christine Gardner

    I have been asked to meet with our CEO and Finance department to discuss how we might expand our branded offerings in the store and throughout the organization.  We have a very small store and I have to be very strategic about what gets shelf space.  Can those of you who sell branded/logo   merchandise in your stores, especially art museum stores, tell me what types of items sell best?  What items have not moved well for you?   I’ve been in position less than a year and  have not  yet  created any branded merchandise.

    Christine GardnerArtis-Naples