NRF 2018: Retail's Big Show highlights: Leadership and Innovation

For more from NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show on January 14 – 16 in New York City, visit the official recap.

For more from NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show on January 14 – 16 in New York City, visit the official recap.

Over 35,000 retailers and industry partners came to the Javits Center in New York City for NRF 2018: Retail's Big Show. Monday marked the second day of the show, with sessions highlighting innovative entrepreneurs, established brands and a range of new retail technologies. Here are some highlights.

Leadership

CEO and President Doug McMillon discussed how Walmart is bringing the digital and physical store experiences together. He was named ‘The Visionary’ at the NRF Foundation Gala on Sunday night.

Rock star entrepreneurs from &pizza, Museum of Ice Cream and Maveron shared their stories and discussed how they are disrupting the retail industry.

From hourly associate to CEO, John Furner discussed his climb up the ladder and how he is leading Sam's Club in a new direction.

Eli Manning stopped by NRF 2018!

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Innovation and Technology

Apple’s Jennifer Bailey predicted that mobile will be the largest commerce channel in 2021:

Digiday tuned into the onsite Glossy podcast, and chatted about Rent The Runway’s subscription model.

Pano Anthos from XRC Labs, Michelle Bacharach of FindMine, Joe Jensen from Intel and Bernd Schoner of DeepMagic rounded out a panel at The Innovation Lab, where they discussed the latest in retail AI and robotics. 

The future of retail was a hot topic this year, from optimism for 2018 to what shopping will look like in 2020.

Attendees dolled up with the Intelligent Mirror:

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For more stories from NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show, visit the official recap page. Follow @NRFBigShow on Twitter and @NRF on Instagram for live coverage of the show Jan 14-16.