Retail Space Planning Community



Following the 2022 annual CMA | SIMA Conference in Orlando, ARC brought together 9 founding retailers to explore the need for an industry group focused on Space. This Charter group was passionate about elevating Space Planning to the same professional level as Category Management, Shopper Insights, Supply Chain, and other recognized retail functions. The retailers met monthly through 2022 and into 2023 laying the foundation for an industry group focused on networking, best practice sharing, training, and more. Click through the timeline of our journey to Space Planning Community.


September 2023

Building the Optimal Space Scorecard Whitepaper released

Board member Tom Test featured on ARCast

August 2023

Technology Comparison Grid is completed and released to Community members

First webinars hosted with guests Deloitte and Ace Hardware

June 2023
Space Planning Fundamentals
First training courses launched:

Key Elements of Space Planning Parts 1 and 2

May 2023
Space Planning community welcomes new members
Charter group expands to Community and welcomes additional members
May 2023
Manage the Fleet whitepaper thumbnail
Resources Completed:

Creating the Annual Planogram Calendar/Schedule
Space Metrics and Insights: Manage the Fleet (Whitepaper)
Original Charter members form the official Advisory Board

April 2023
Space Planning Job Templates
Space Planner Job Templates Completed
February/March 2023
Space Planning at the 2023 CMA|SIMA Annual Conference
Space Planning Track & Workshop at 2023 Annual Conference
October Through December
In Planning.
September 2022
Space Planning Training Evaluation Launch
  • Roundtable Discussion: (All Members) Planned for 9/15
  • Sub-work group meeting: Scorecards & Metrics
  • Sub-work group meeting: Training and Telent
  • Industry space planning training evaluation/assessment launch
August 2022
On-going Recruitment
  • Roundtable Discussion (All Members) Topic: Training and Talent
  • Sub-workgroup Created: Training & Talent
  • On-going recruitment for new Retailers to enter the group
July 2022
Roundtable Discussions
  • Roundtable Discussion (All Members) Topic: Scorecards & Metrics
  • Sub-Work Group Created: Scorecards & Metrics
  • Founding Members nominate additional charter members
  • Invited new co-attendees with founding members
June 2022
Founding Members and Priorities
  • Kick-off Founding Member Roundtable Discussion
  • Themes and Topics Identified
  • Group Prioritization
    • Scorecards & Metrics
    • Training & Skill/Talent Development
    • Technology & Evaluation
May 2022
  • Founding Member Interviews
  • Industry Survey & Results Analysis
March 2022
Space Planning Charter is founded by ARC
  • New Charter Framework Developed by ARC
  • Flora Delaney named as Group Liaison
  • Founding Member Recruitment & Discussions