STORES 2014 BIG Show Preview - (Page 1)
BIG Show Preview
January 12-15, 2014
George W. Bush
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - "Reimagining Main Street - How Bricks-andMortar Retail Will Thrive in the 21st
Century," a panel featuring Nordstrom
president Blake Nordstrom.
Monday, 9 a.m. - NRF chairman Stephen Sadove will engage in
a conversation with former President
George W. Bush.
Monday, 3:15 p.m. - IBM chairman,
president and CEO Ginni Rometty will
discuss how Big Data and changing expectations are intersecting with a confluence
of major technological shifts.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - Bert Jacobs and
BJ Bueno, founders of Life is Good and
The Cult Branding Company, respectively,
will present "Optimism, Compassion and
Joy: How Selling the Right Mindset Can
Grow Your Brand."
Tuesday, 10 a.m. - A session on
global expansion will feature Claire's
CEO James Fielding and TOMS Shoes
chief digital officer Zita Cassizzi.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - Square
CEO and Twitter chairman Jack Dorsey
will discuss the receipt as communications channel.
Wednesday 9:45 a.m. - The BIG
Show wraps up with a Fast Track
panel discussion featuring retail rules
The Top Retail Stories of 2013
trip to NRF's
BIG Show is a
to see some of retail's
The U.K.-based Sweaty Betty has hit the U.S. market.
newest concepts - when
you're not immersed in educational ses- Carson Street Clothiers
sions or trolling the expo floor in search of 63 Crosby Street
the latest technology, of course. In the 12
With the tag line "Menswear Redemonths since retail industry crowds from fined," Carson Street Clothiers sets the
around the globe converged on New York bar high - then vaults over the top like a
City, many new stores have opened. In the champ. The luxury retailer located in the
interest of making the task of trying to see heart of SoHo is the brainchild of Matt
the best and the brightest a tad easier, we Breen and Brian Trunzo, former law school
pared down the long catalog of new stores roommates who left behind their corporate
to a manageable list of 10 not to be missed careers as attorneys for the bright lights of
shops. Nearly all opened in 2013 - most retail. The two describe CSC as a unique
in the second half of the year. Print out the
page, circle your favorites and hit the stores.
See "New Stores" on page 6
espite the relentless dysfunction in
Washington and less than robust
economic growth, 2013 was a
pretty good year for the retail industry and
one of self-examination.
Consumer confidence was on the rise
- albeit slowly - indicating that people
believed the economic recovery was sustainable and that corporate America was
hiring once more.
But retailers were also more aware that
customers were changing in terms of both
demographics and demands. Data analytics or "big data" became buzzwords and
e-commerce rose significantly. Meanwhile,
many retailers shed their bunker mentality
and started thinking about new formats and
expansion of both bricks-and-mortar and
STORES took a look back at some
happenings that are shaping the future of
December 11: AmazonFresh grocery
delivery service rolled out in San Francisco.
The service was previously available in
Seattle and Los Angeles. The company's
bright green delivery trucks are coming
out of a one million-sq.-ft. warehouse near
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November 27: A bankruptcy
court approved the sale of 150
Fresh & Easy stores to Yucaipa
Cos. Tesco is financing the deal
with a $120 million loan, and has
the ability to buy warrants in the
company at a later date.
See "Year in Review" on page 14
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