STORES Convention Daily Preview Issue - 1
2018 BIG SHOW PREVIEW
11/12/17 4:54 PM
Where Big Things Happen
RF's Annual Convention
and EXPO is almost here.
NRF 2018: Retail's Big Show,
January 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits
Convention Center in New York City,
stays true to its reputation of big names
and big themes. Walmart President
and CEO Doug McMillon gets things
started Sunday afternoon, taking the
stage with NRF President and CEO
Matthew Shay. The two will have a
conversation about key strategies for
retailers to survive in today's dynamic
environment in a session on "the changing face of retail."
Monday morning, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post
and Thrive Global founder and CEO,
will discuss the importance of changing
the way we work and live, exploring the
direct correlation between well-being and
Also on Monday, CVS Health Executive Vice President and CVS Pharmacy
President Helena Foulkes will talk about
"empowering customers to make everyday
health care better." Foulkes will provide
insight into the purpose-driven culture at
CVS Health that informed the company's
recent acquisition of Aetna.
Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO
of Chobani, will share the stage Tuesday
morning with Macy's Inc. Executive
Chairman Terry J. Lundgren, speaking
about the growth of the country's most
popular yogurt brand through leadership,
culture and the "Chobani way."
The conference's closing session on
Tuesday afternoon will feature Tommy
Hilfiger, founder and principal designer at
Tommy Hilfiger, speaking on "the power
of disruption." The world-renowned fashion designer and icon will share how he
has kept his brand at the forefront of the
industry by embracing technology and
"The retail industry is going through
a transformation, and that's the theme
you will hear from all of our speakers at
this year's show," said NRF Senior Vice
President for Retail Strategy Cristina
Ceresoli. "These are strong industry
leaders with expertise and insights that
will inspire, challenge and encourage
others to embrace their brands through
customer service, technology and constantly embracing the change driven
by the consumer."
Other speakers at the event include
Martin Barthel, head of global retail
and ecommerce strategy at Facebook;
James Curleigh, president of Levi's;
and Marne Levine, chief operating officer at Instagram.
The EXPO floor will feature more
than 500 exhibitors, along with the
NRF Innovation Lab, showcasing the
futuristic technologies that are transforming the shopping experience. For
a complete agenda and list of speakers
and exhibitors - or to register if you
haven't already done so - click here.
10 Stores to Visit
ow many stores have opened in
New York City over the past year?
We've lost count, but hundreds
would be a safe bet. It's difficult to carve
out time to see the latest and greatest, so
we've pared down the pile to an even 10.
Stop by some, most - maybe even all - of
the shops listed below for a taste of what
was new in New York in 2017.
80 Wooster Street
The RealReal is a secondhand luxury
shopping retailer that has leveraged digital
and physical retail to buy and sell premium
products from jewelry to handbags to art.
The luxury resale business is a $1.5 trillion
industry, and The RealReal likes to say it's
revolutionizing it one consignment at a
time. In the market for a luxury watch? The
perfect investment piece awaits.
Innisfree is the No. 1 beauty brand
in Korea, combining Korean heritage and
fast-paced innovation processes to offer
reasonably priced, customized solutions
to help preserve skin's youthful glow. The
New York flagship offers beauty solutions
for every skin concern from hydration and
troubled skin to lines and wrinkles; all
products are derived from the finest natural ingredients responsibly sourced from
Korea's Jeju Island.
184 East 86th Street
Located on the Upper East Side,
Ulta Beauty's first-ever Manhattan store
showcases well-established and emerging
beauty brands along with a full-service
salon. Though slightly larger than most
stores, this location has the same look, feel
and broad product assortment that Ulta
Beauty devotees have come to know and
love. The store also offers brow services
by Benefit, skin services by Dermalogica,
the Skin Laundry 15-minute Laser & Light
The Madison Reed color bar promises salon-quality hair in short order.
Facial and MAC makeup artistry services
28 Prince Street
The San Francisco-based brand known
for selling ethically made, sustainable
clothing basics with transparent pricing
opened its very first store on Prince Street
in early December. Awash in natural light
and painted brilliant white, the merchandise
pops, begging to be touched and tried on.
The store doesn't carry all of Everlane's inventory, instead stocking only a selection of
its best-selling products. Customers can try
on selections from a wall of jeans and have
See "Stores to Visit" on page 8