The countdown to retail’s big show begins! Roughly one month from now, the minds behind the biggest brands, up & coming disruptors, and industry powerhouses gather under one massive roof to talk shop. We’re also going to be lucky enough to hear speakers like Tommy Hilfiger, Arianna Huffington, Hamdi Ulukaya, and James Curleigh.
To give you a little more insight into this year’s attendees, here’s a snapshot courtesy of NRF themselves:
If you’ve attended before, you know to expect truly amazing speaking sessions and insights into what the top retailers are doing in the ever-changing retail market. If you’ve never attended, you’re in for a real treat and expect to be inspired.
Whether you’ve been before or not, we’ve researched the hundreds of sessions and pulled together a list of top 5 sessions worth lining up for.
#1. Learn from Levi's: How the 150-year-old startup continues to transform its iconic brand
Speaker: James Curleigh - President @ Levi's
Sunday, January 14 9:00 - 9:30am MAIN STAGE HALL E, LEVEL 1
In a constantly shifting retail environment, traditional brands must push the envelope to stay relevant. Join James Curleigh, President of Levi’s, as he proves brands can inject innovation and creativity all while staying true to their heritage.
#2. The future of retailing: How tech is changing the game
Speakers: Marne Levine - COO @ Instagram Linda Kirkpatrick - EVP, Market Development @ Mastercard
Sunday, January 14 3:30 - 4:00pm MAIN STAGE HALL E, LEVEL 1
What once was a brick and mortar-driven business has shifted to an industry thriving in a digital space driven by technology. Reshaping the way a brand is built, how an audience is attained and influenced, tech is revolutionizing the retail game. Learn how to play (and win) with Instagram COO Marne Levine.
#3. How to bring customers back to the store: 5 success stories
Speaker: Glenn Shoosmith - CEO @ BookingBug
Monday, January 15 12:45 - 1:15pm EXPO HALL BIG IDEAS ROOM 2, LEVEL 1
We’ve just concluded another year of our popular Modern Consumer research and are eager to share the results. You’ll also learn how retailers like Babies R Us and Adidas are bringing customers back to the store through appointment scheduling while increasing staff efficiencies and creating a positive customer experience.
#4. Delivering the modern shopping experience
Speaker: Jennifer Bailey - Vice President, Internet Services, Apple Pay @ Apple
Monday, January 15 3:30 - 4:15pm MAIN STAGE HALL E, LEVEL 1
There is a transformation happening in the way people shop today and how retailers are using innovative mobile technologies to empower their employees and create more engaging customer experiences in stores, apps and on the web.
The customer experience is at the center of new everyday purchase habits that are rapidly changing and becoming increasingly mobile. People’s days begin and end on mobile and all the daily activities in-between are faster and easier on the go, including grabbing a coffee, getting groceries, going shopping and getting around town. This keynote will explore how Apple and other retailers are creating more connected, curated and delightful experiences with real business value — from giving customers fast, simple and more secure checkout options, to providing entirely new ways to interact with merchandise and the retail environment, and much more.
#5. Tommy Hilfiger: The power of disruption
Speaker: Tommy Hilfiger - Founder & Principal Designer @ Tommy Hilfiger
Tuesday, January 16 4:15 - 4:45pm MAIN STAGE HALL E, LEVEL 1
Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s leading designer lifestyle brands with a presence in over 100 countries across the globe. For over 30 years, Tommy Hilfiger has led the industry with groundbreaking collaborations, immersive fashion shows and cutting-edge innovation. In a discussion with IBM’s Michelle Peluso, founder and principal designer Tommy Hilfiger shares how disruption, embracing technology and driving innovation have kept his brand at the forefront of the industry.
These 5 sessions just scratch the surface of all of the insights we’ll get this year. The other inspiring presenters, revolutionary exhibitors, and retail experts are who will really make this year’s Big Show one to remember.
We’re happy to announce that BookingBug will be a Bronze Sponsor at this year’s NRF. Make sure to swing by Glenn’s talk on Monday, January 15th from 12:45-1:15pm. Afterwards, we’ll be giving away $250 Visa Gift Cards at Booth 848, but you’ll need to go to the session to pick up a code to win!