STORES 2014 BIG Show Daily - January 12, 2014 - (Page 1)
Sunday Convention Daily
January 12, 2014
Assembly is well underway in advance of Monday's opening of the EXPO Hall.
Fact-finding at the BIG Show
oday, NRF will be hosting a delegation
of congressional personnel that
includes Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) at
Retail's BIG Show to highlight and demonstrate
many of the technologies retailers are
using to enhance the customer experience.
This educational program, called "The
Intersection of Retail Technologies and
Consumer Involvement," will showcase
the exciting ways retailers are using digital
and mobile applications to meet their
customers' needs, more efficiently run
their businesses and strengthen the overall
"Congress will be working on a wide
variety of issues this year that could affect
how retailers use technology, and we want
them to understand all aspects of what's
involved," said NRF president and CEO
Matthew Shay. "There's no better place
for congressional leaders and staff to see
retail in action than at Retail's BIG Show."
Delegates will attend Monday morn-
ing's keynote sessions before touring the
EXPO Hall to learn about the latest retailfocused
technologies and products. Following
a lunch with small business retailers,
they will attend retail technology-related
breakout sessions before concluding with
a case study on how one leading-edge
retailer is using heat map technology and
data analytics in its store.
elcome to NRF's 103rd Annual
Convention & EXPO -
Retail's BIG Show. You are
among the 29,000 industry professionals
we expect to join us for three-plus days
of insights from and
interaction with some of
the biggest and brightest
names in retailing.
We are going to hear
from some great speakers
- Blake Nordstrom,
Ginni Rometty from
IBM and Square's Jack
Dorsey, to name but a
few - highlighted by a
conversation with former
President George W.
Bush tomorrow morning.
The BIG Show also
Retail Industry Rising
skill, high-wage jobs: Retail has more finance
jobs than Wall Street and employs
more engineers than Silicon Valley.
While you're on the economic
frontlines, NRF is working for you in
Washington. In my address
I'll highlight a number
of our key wins from
2013 and outline the issues
that top this year's
agenda - primarily, tax
reform and its related
issue, sales tax fairness,
trade and immigration
I believe you can
NRF president & CEO
Matthew R. Shay
provides great opportunities to network
- to discover new clients and customers,
and perhaps even some competitors you
didn't know existed.
We also have more than 550 industry
partners represented in our EXPO
Hall. In fact, the BIG Show has gotten
so big that, for the first time ever, we've
commandeered the entire Javits Center!
How have we gotten to this point?
Because as an industry, retail generates
20 percent of the nation's GDP, is responsible
for more than 42 million U.S.
jobs and pays one-sixth of all domestic
wages. And increasingly those are high-
tell a great deal about an
industry by the people
it attracts. Many of the
most talented college graduates want to
be part of a dynamic, growing industry,
one that does big and important things.
And if the caliber of the young people
I met yesterday at Retail's BIG Show
Student Program is any indication, more
and more of them are choosing retail -
in large part because of innovators and
trailblazers like you!
On behalf of NRF I invite you to
take advantage of all the resources and
opportunities Retail's BIG Show has
to offer. It promises to set the tone for
what we believe will be a terrific year
for our industry.
Building Retail's Future
he second annual Retail's BIG Show Student Program,
produced by the NRF Foundation, was held
yesterday at the Marriott Marquis Times Square.
Approximately 300 students from more than 30
colleges and universities heard from a lineup of young
professionals making an impact on the retail industry, as
well as a panel in which Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSNi
The Bon-Ton Stores' Brendan Hoffman (r) and Destination
Maternity's Edward Krell (l) participate in the CEO panel.
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and NRF Foundation chairwoman; Birchbox co-founder
Katia Beauchamp; Brendan Hoffman, president and
CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores; and Destination Maternity
CEO Edward Krell discussed their paths to the C-suite
and the future of the industry and offered career advice.
"There is an expression I stole from another executive
some time ago and I think it applies here: 'Agile
is the new smart,'" Grossman said. "It's incumbent
See "Future" on page 10
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