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Richard Glikes is chairman and president of buying group Azione Unlimited.

This first-ever conference, hosted by Dealerscope and Ryan Retail Consulting, was held Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 in Northern California wine country at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. It drew top-level vendors and the industry’s most influential retail executives, who networked with and witnessed presentations from the nation’s technology visionaries. Be sure to see our related-story links for detailed reports on the speakers and the program’s content. (Photos: Nancy Klosek)

Last night’s opening cocktail party marked the inception of the first-ever FutureVision Conference, where the industry’s drivers  – technology visionaries, leading vendors and solutions providers and executives from consumer electronics’ most influential retailers – are meeting to network and share their business stratagems for the days and months ahead. The three-day conference, hosted by Dealerscope and Ryan Retail Consulting, is being held at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in the heart of Northern California wine country.  Here are snapshots of some of those who attended the reception, which was sponsored by the retail solutions company MarketSource. Stay tuned to our web site in these next days for reports on the Conference agenda.  (Photos: Nancy Klosek)

(Richard Glikes, founder of the Azione Unlimited buying group, issued this open letter Monday with some of his thoughts on labor costs. Here we republish the letter, with his permission:) 

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