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Retail’s BIG Show 2013 to Bring Together Top CEOs, Industry Executives

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Retail’s BIG Show 2013 to Bring Together Top CEOs, Industry Executives
-CEOs from Starbucks, The Container Store, Walmart and Whole Foods to Address 27,000 Attendees-

Washington, January 10, 2013 – Bringing together the world’s leading retailers and their business partners, Retail’s BIG Show is set to commence next week, offering a speaker lineup never seen before. The four-day convention, held January 13-16, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, will feature topics ranging from digital and mobile retailing to corporate and social responsibility to  economic and consumer trends in the new year. NRF’s 2013 BIG Show is expected be the biggest and best yet – welcoming CEOs from Starbucks, The Container Store, Walmart and Whole Foods, and drawing more than 27,000 retail professionals. The event will also host more than 490 exhibiting companies.

Retail’s BIG Show 2013 will place a special emphasis on the next generation of retail leaders, as well as the impact of retail on careers, communities, and innovation.

Shop.org, NRF’s digital division, will host their second annual First Look during the show. Educational content will include a look back and ahead at e-commerce trends, social media, social commerce, and mobile retailing.  

Scheduled Super Sessions at Retail’s BIG Show include:

What Will It Take to Thrive in the Global Arena?
Sunday, 1/13/13, 3:15 p.m.
Speakers: Mango Senior Vice President, Business Development Jose Gomez; Delhaize Senior Vice President, Affiliated Retail and New Markets Denis Knoops; and McMillanDoolittle Senior Partner Neil Stern

This session will be live streamed. Register here to view the session.

NRF Update and Retail’s BIG Picture
Monday, 1/14/13, 8:30 a.m.

NRF’s President and CEO Matthew Shay will provide a look back at 2012 and some of NRF’s biggest accomplishments, as well as provide insight into what is top of mind for retailers as we enter a new year.

Building Strong Nations: The Three Pillars to a Prosperous Society
Monday, 1/14, 8:45 a.m.
Speakers: Macy’s Chairman, President and CEO and outgoing Chairman of NRF, Terry Lundgren; Former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan

Conscious Leadership: A Call to Action for the Retail Industry and Beyond
Monday, 1/14, 10:15 a.m.
Speakers: Whole Foods Co-CEO Walter Robb; Starbucks Chairman, President and CEO Howard Schultz; and The Container Store Chairman and CEO Kip Tindell

This session will be live streamed. Register here to view the session.

Annual Retail Industry Luncheon (ARIL) Awards and Special Presentation:
Fashioning Retail's Global Lifestyle and Innovation with Donna Karan

Monday, 1/14, 12:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Donna Karan New York Chief Designer and Founder, Urban Zen, Donna Karan
(Media and analysts may cover this session though lunch will not be provided.)

The Annual Retail Industry Luncheon will recognize NRF’s Award Winners for their outstanding accomplishments and achievements:

•    Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will accept the Gold Award
•    lululemon athletica Executive Vice President of Retail Operations Delaney Schweitzer will accept the International Retailer of the Year Award on behalf of CEO Christine Day
•    Crocs Inc., President and CEO John McCarvel will accept the Retail Innovator of the Year Award

A Job to Do: Retail’s Role in an American Renewal
Tuesday, 1/15, 8:30 a.m.
Speakers: Walmart U.S. President and CEO Bill S. Simon; Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions President and CEO Steven D. Ladwig

This session will be live streamed. Register here to view the session.

The Great Convergence
Tuesday, 1/15, 10:00 a.m.
Speakers: Belk, Inc. Chairman and CEO Thomas Belk Jr.; Sony Corporation of America Senior Vice President, Global Retail CRM and Brand Marketing Susan Jurevics; and Deloitte LLP Vice Chairman and U.S. Retail and Distribution Leader Alison Paul

Doing Well by Doing Good
Wednesday, 1/16, 11:00 a.m.
Speakers: ANN, INC. Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility, Jeannette Ferran Astorga; Good360 Board Chair Carly Fiorina; and The Home Depot Foundation COO Fred Wacker

In addition to the featured keynotes and super sessions, Retail’s BIG Show will present a series of breakout sessions, receptions, luncheons and a one-of-a-kind EXPO floor, showcasing hundreds of supplier and associate exhibitors.

Retail’s BIG Show is the world's leading retail event, bringing 27,000 retail professionals and vendors from more than 80 countries together for educational and networking opportunities. NRF’s EXPO floor, open on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday of the Convention, hosts more than 490 exhibiting companies and features special sessions produced by NRF covering a wide range of topics such as sustainability, visual merchandising and the global economy. NRF's Convention has frequently been ranked as one of the Top 200 events in North America, as well as one of the 50 fastest-growing trade events.

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 82 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. www.nrf.com.


NRF is pleased to provide complimentary registration to members of the press, as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. Click here to register or contact Kara Goehring, 202-783-7971.