NRF Brings Innovative Leaders to Retail’s BIG Show 2017

More than two dozen industry leaders will be featured keynote speakers
as close to 35,000 retailers from around the world convene in New York
City beginning this weekend for the National Retail Federation’s 106th
annual Retail’s
BIG Show
.

“The level of expertise and insider insights that industry leaders and
brand executives will bring to this conference will make this year the
most impactful in the show’s history,” NRF Senior Vice President for
Research and Strategic Initiatives Ellen Davis said. “Each one of these
visionaries and pioneers was handpicked to challenge, inspire and
encourage attendees to redefine their brand, explore opportunities,
enhance customer experience both in-store and online and constantly
embrace change.”

The three-day conference opens on Sunday, when Macy’s Chairman and CEO
Terry J. Lundgren, HSNi CEO and NRF Foundation Chair Mindy Grossman,
Ashley Stewart Executive Chairman and CEO James Rhee and Walmart U.S.
President and CEO Greg Foran will participate in a session titled “Building
Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Retailers Are Attracting and Retaining Talent
.”
The session will discuss how retail employment has grown by half a
million jobs since 2012 and is expected to grow by nearly another 1
million by 2022.

Also on Sunday, Deloitte LP Wholesale and Distribution Leader Rod Sides
will moderate a session titled “From
Data to Delight: An Insight-Driven Revolution of the In-Store
Experience.”
Sides will be joined by GameStop International
Executive Vice President and President Mike Mauler and The Vitamin
Shoppe CEO and Chief Health Enthusiast Colin Watts, who will share
statistics that matter in measuring and shaping the most impactful
experiences with their customers.

At lunch on Sunday, retired Navy captain and NASA astronaut Scott Kelly
will address his record-breaking year in space and how he captivated the
world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and
exploration in a session titled “The
Sky is Not the Limit: Lessons From a Year in Space.”

Shoes of Prey co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Jodie Fox and
Indochino CEO Drew Green will close out Sunday with a session titled “Tailoring
The 21st Century Customer Experience,”
where they will
discuss the future of customization, personalization and perfecting the
customer experience.

On Monday, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay will open the show by
discussing The
State of NRF and the Retail Industry
. His remarks will be followed
by A
Fireside Chat with Sir Richard Branson
, featuring the Virgin Group
founder along with Kip Tindell, co-founder and chairman of The Container
Store and chairman of NRF.

Later on Monday, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Carrie Ask, executive vice
president and president of global retail at Levi Strauss & Co., will
speak at a session titled “Driving
Retail Transformation: How Data and Smart, Connected Technology Deliver
Amazing Customer Experiences
.” Krzanich and Ask will outline how the
industry is undergoing an unprecedented transformation, and how that
transformation translates to exciting new experiences for retailers and
consumers alike.

Wrapping up Monday, Union Square Hospitality Group Founder and CEO Danny
Meyer, Gunther T. Bright, American Express Company executive vice
president and general manager for merchant services-U.S., and Phil
Wahba, Fortune magazine senior retailer writer, will speak in a
session titled “Setting
the Table with Danny Meyer – How Focusing on Hospitality Creates Deep
Customer Connections
.” The session will focus on the success of
Meyer’s restaurant brands from fine dining destination Gramercy Tavern
to burger joint Shake Shack.

On Tuesday, the show’s final day, Macy’s Lundgren will return to the
stage with Federal Reserve Bank of New York CEO William Dudley in a
session titled “Evolving
Consumer Behavior: A View from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
.”
Dudley will discuss how consumer behavior has evolved over the last
10 years with a focus on how consumer spending has been financed.

Also on Tuesday, this year’s Retail’s
BIG Fast Track session
will be hosted by XRC Labs founder and
Managing Director Pano Anthos and Executive Director Leslie Cohen. The
session will feature Joe Beninato, founder and CEO of Banter, Strypes
CEO Alexa Fleischman, Perseus Mirrors co-founder and CEO Erik Skantze
and ShopShops founder and CEO Liyia Wu. The program will explore how the
speakers see the retail industry shifting beyond traditional approaches
to everything from customer engagement and personalization to global
markets and customer connectivity.

The last keynote session of the show, “Winning
Today’s Socially Aware Customer
,” will feature IKEA U.S. President
Lars Petersson, 500 Startups Entrepreneur in Residence and Venture
Partner Tristan Pollock and The Honest Company founder and Chief Purpose
Officer Christopher Gavigan. This session will discuss building trust
through brand authenticity and fostering genuine consumer relationships
paired with a relentless focus on product excellence.

Members of the news media and accredited retail analysts can click here
to register online for show, call 855-NRF-PRESS or email eventpress@nrf.com.

About NRF

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing
discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main
Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet
retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is
the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four
U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to
annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

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