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CONSIDER THIS / PRESIDENT’S PAGE No Limitations BY TRACY MULLIN The Voice of Retail Worldwide STORES is published by NRF Enterprises Inc., very month, I’m restricted to around 475 words for this column. It’s usually pretty easy to be concise enough, or focused enough, to stay within those limitations. Until now. This month I decided to write about Retail’s BIG Show, our annual convention in New York that draws more than 17,000 people. The problem? This year, there’s so much to highlight it’s nearly impossible to keep this short. For starters, the BIG Show has some really big names, like Sir Terry Leahy, the chief executive of Tesco, the world’s third-largest retailer, and “Freakonomics” co-author Stephen Dubner, who is bound to be thoughtprovoking. If you’re looking for chief executives, we’ve got Tory Burch speaking alongside Saks chairman and CEO Steve Sadove on a panel about luxury. Legendary retail CEO Allen Questrom, Howard Levine, CEO of Family Dollar, and Mark Zandi from Moody’s will discuss the global recession. Plus, Dunkin’ Brands chairman Jon Luther will participate in a panel about leadership, Diane Paccione president and CEO of Deb Shops will delve into expense management, and Life is good founder Bert Jacobs will undoubtedly make us all feel better. Additionally, president Chris McCann will discuss business analytics, Best Buy president Mark Williams will talk about engaging customers through various touch points and CIOs from McDonald’s and Wal-Mart will address innovation. Since I don’t have room to name all of the speakers from companies like Target, Old Navy, Cabela’s, WilliamsSonoma, Macy’s, Timberland and BJ’s Wholesale Club, just visit for details. We’ll also be bestowing prestigious awards on the companies selected as the very best by NRF’s board. I couldn’t be more excited for Polo Ralph Lauren’s Roger Farah to accept the Gold Medal award on behalf of the company or CEO Tony Hsieh to receive our Innovator of the Year award. And Tadashi Yanai, the chairman and CEO of Fast Retailing, will accept our International Retailer of the Year award. Our international contingent doesn’t end with Tesco and Fast Retailing. In fact, confirmed speakers will arrive from all corners of the globe, including Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Germany and Russia. In addition to education, our EXPO floor will be packed with hundreds of exhibitors and our new Innovation Station. The DESiGN STUDiO will host legendary designer Giorgio Borruso. Then there are networking opportunities, including an opening night event at the Marriott Marquis, happy hours on the EXPO floor and several receptions. I’m not the only one getting excited. While I don’t want to jinx it, I’m compelled to mention that headcount for the conference is pacing ahead of last January’s show and our 2008 record-breaker. It will be a simply incredible show. So there’s the rundown of what’s happening at NRF’s 2010 Annual Convention in a succinct 471 words. a subsidiary of National Retail Federation Inc., 325 7th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. (202) 783-7971 FAX (202) 737-2849 CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Myron E. (Mike) Ullman, III, Chairman and CEO, J.C. Penney Company, Inc. VICE CHAIRMEN Philip L. Francis, Chairman and CEO, PetSmart, Inc. Stephen I. Sadove, Chairman and CEO, Saks Incorporated PRESIDENT & CEO Tracy Mullin SENIOR VICE PRESIDENTS Denise Brassé, Industry Relations Mallory B. Duncan, General Counsel Michael G. Gatti, Communications David Hogan, Retail Operations and CIO Carleen C. Kohut, CFO Steven J. Pfister, Government Relations NRF Divisions Association for Retail Technology Standards EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Richard E. Mader (202) 744-8217 National Council of Chain Restaurants PRESIDENT John R. (Jack) Whipple (202) 626-8187 FAX: (202) 626-8185 Retail Advertising & Marketing Association EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Michael G. Gatti (202) 626-8117 FAX: (202) 737-2849 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Scott Silverman (202) 626-8132 FAX: (202) 626-8191 325 7th Street, NW Suite 1100 Washington, D.C. 20004 All articles published in this magazine represent solely the individual opinions of the writers, and not necessarily those of the National Retail Federation. 8 STORES / DECEMBER 2009 WWW.STORES.ORG http://WWW.STORES.ORG

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of STORES Magazine - December 2009

Stores - December 2009
Editor’s Page
President’s Page
Wrapped in Mystery
Hot Colors for 2010
Holding the Line on New Lines
Busting Bad Customers
10 Things You May Have Missed
JCP Teams with Olsen Twins
Retail People
Half Full–or Half Empty?
Retail Industry Buying Guide
Loeb Retail Letter
ARTS Update
NRF News
Point of View
Retail Industry Calendar
End Cap

STORES Magazine - December 2009