On May 5th, Crowell & Moring’s Retail Law partnered with the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to host the first webcast of a 3-part retail law series: “Recovery Opportunities for Retailers: Turning A Retail Law Department Into A Profit Center in Retail Leasing, Global Sourcing and Antitrust Litigation.” The webcast was moderated by the chair of Crowell & Moring’s Retail Law practice, Greg Call, joined by Vice President and General Counsel of Hino Motors, Sanford “Sandy” Ring, Esq., and fellow Crowell & Moring Retail Law attorneys Jen Romano, Patty Wu, John Brew, and Dan Sasse. Thank you to those of you who joined us.

At the link is the PowerPoint presentation that accompanied the webcast. We will be announcing additional webcasts on retail issues in the near future.

Based on my recent survey of retail experts, retailers are starting to feel cautious optimism about the industry and its recovery. Current trends in the industry include luxury retailers bringing their lower-priced lines and outlet stores out of the shadows and into the forefront. Retailers are focusing on inventory management to meet changes in customer demand and preferences. They are looking outside the U.S., pursuing global opportunities in more stable, less saturated markets. Retailers are also looking for effective ways to use social media and other technological tools. Another trend in shopping centers across the country is an increase in non-traditional tenants moving into vacant retail space.

At the link is a recent article I wrote on recent trends in retail.