By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
Eight years, or 96 issues ago, Chuck Edmonds had a plan. Little did he or anyone else know what would come of it. But it was his turn to relax and watch somebody else run around like a madman in this industry of retail, design and construction.
I figure even now he is watching with a smile on his face as the team here at The Retail Observer try to match what he and Lee Boucher were able to accomplish within their means years ago. With a digital camera in hand (although they still printed the pictures for scanning), a notebook and a computer (only for typing, as nothing was ever saved) these two men started something big and had no idea where it was going or would end up.
Thanks for the exercise guys, we are now running at a full stride with no finish line in site. Since July of 2007, we have brought The Retail Observer into a new era of being. It has grown from a 32-page regional news rag (as it has been lovingly called for years) of 6,000 subscribers to a truly international (37 countries) industry standard B2B publication with well over 23,000 followers.
I’d like to take the time to publicly and personally thank Eliana Barriga (Publisher), Terry Price (Art Director), Market Digitally with Michelle (Website), Vmags Media Solutions (Digital Issue), Walsworth (Printing) and of course all of our advertisers, writers, buying groups, trade associations, trade shows and others who have helped make The Retail Observer what it is today. But especially to you—our loyal readers—without whom we would have no reason to keep running year after year, issue after issue.