Six Quality Sessions You Need to See at NRF 2019

nrf-blog-bannerThe holiday season is finally winding down. As retail businesses start wrapping up the final quarter, many of you will begin prepping for the new year ahead. What better way than by kicking it off with the biggest industry event of the year?

Every year NRF’s Retail Big Show brings together over 18,000 retailers from 95 countries, with over 600 exhibitors and 35,000 attendees to discuss the latest trends, technologies, and solutions rattling the retail industry. While last year’s theme was all about retail transformation, this year’s event is all making an impact — across every facet of retail. From perfecting models to disrupting models to creating new models, the biggest indicator for success as we move into the new year will be about refining and challenging industry standards.

If you’ve been to the show before, you know how overwhelming the event can be without some semblance of a plan. In fact, let me remind you. Here’s a quick two-minute recap of last year’s event: 

Between the keynote speakers, the Exhibitor Big Idea sessions, the Innovation Lab, and the mass of vendors — there’s a lot going on within a short, three-day window. To help out, we highlighted six ‘must-see’ sessions you don’t want to miss at NRF 2019:

1. Kroger and a Focus on the Customer

Hear Kroger’s Chairman and CEO, Rodney McMullen, discuss the series of strategic moves he sees fueling Kroger’s growth plans and the company’s relentless focus on the customer. When? Sunday, January 13th from 9:45am –10:15am. 

2. Nordstrom's President of Stores and Consumer Consciousness

Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom Stores, will take the Main stage Sunday morning to discuss how Nordstrom’s focus on consumer consciousness comes to life, expressing the full extent of its brand in local markets and ramping up its industry-leading innovations to serve customers no matter how they choose to shop. When? Sunday, January 13th from 8:45am to 9:15am.

3. Lucky Brand COO's Experience with Advanced Analytics

Take a look behind the scenes and hear directly from Michael Relich, the Chief Operating Officer at Lucky Brand, discuss how his team is using advanced analytics to predict localized demand for optimized store allocations and fulfillment. When? Monday, January 14th from 4:00pm to 4:30pm.

4. Target's CEO Talk on Reimagining it's Stores

In a Main Stage fireside chat, Target CEO Brian Cornell will discuss how his organization is reimagining its stores, reinventing its brands and reinvesting in its workforce, while successfully navigating one of the most profound periods of change the industry’s ever seen. When? Monday, January 14th from 9:00am to 9:30am.

5. Walmart Discusses Data and Analytics to Drive Omni-Channel

Today’s hyper-connected, technology-driven environment has blurred the line between online and offline, prompting retailers to refine their businesses to keep up. What are the keys to success in this environment? Join Mastercard and Walmart's VP of Merchandising Operations and Business Analytics discuss how leading retailers are using data and analytics to drive omni-channel innovation. When? Tuesday, January 15th from 11:30am to 12:30pm.

6. Scott Galloway's Take on the State of Retail in 2019

Lastly, hear Scott Galloway — founder of L2 Gartner and Professor at the NYU Stern School of Business— close Monday's program with a birds-eye preview of the state of retail and e-commerce in 2019, and what the growing supremacy of Big Tech's power players means for everyone else. When? Tuesday, January 15th from 4:00pm to 4:45pm.

What Do You Want to Get Out NRF 2019?

Everyone’s goals for 2019 will vary, but the big themes around industry disruption, change, and innovation are always top-of-mind. Take advantage of the opportunity hear various retailer leaders, industry luminaries, and technology experts discuss how they're making an impact within their business come 2019. We can’t wait to see everyone there.

P.S: Don’t hesitate to swing by BOOTH #1125 to meet the team and learn more about the predictive analytics solution for retail. Feel free to set a dedicated time with us here. 

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