Mark Mathews

VP, Research Development and Industry Analysis

Mark Mathews is vice president of research development and industry analysis at the National Retail Federation. In this role, Mathews is responsible for helping develop, evaluate and direct the research initiatives for NRF.

Mathews has spent more than 20 years working in research in a variety of roles in the United States and the United Kingdom. Most recently, he headed the Market Intelligence Group (MIG) at the World Gold Council where he served as a member of the organization’s leadership team.

Prior to working for the World Gold Council, Mathews spent seven years working for a $1.4 billion AUM private equity firm based in London. As a director in the firm, Mathews ran the research team responsible for generating investment ideas and opportunities. In his time there, Mathews worked on dozens of deals in the retail sector including acquisitions in the food services, entertainment, consumer goods and Internet retail sectors. 

Earlier in his career, Mathews worked for the NASDAQ Stock Market as managing director of research and head of strategic planning for NASDAQ’s international operations. Mathews originally worked for NASDAQ in Washington, D.C., before being transferred to London to help build up the firm’s international presence.

Mathews is a Georgetown University graduate, where he was a double major in finance and international management. He was born in South Korea and has lived in Japan, India, Kenya, Samoa and the U.K. 

Authored by Mathews

Retail store numbers continue to grow
 
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Data shows more retailers are opening stores than closing them.
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BLS data does not accurately reflect the scale of retail employment
 
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BLS data does not accurately reflect the scale of retail employment, or the direction of its growth.
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Retailers ramp up investment in intelligent automation
 
IBM Automation panel at NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show
A new combination of technology in which automation is driven by AI is becoming popular with retailers today.
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No sign of the retail apocalypse
 
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IHL report shows that for every retailer closing stores in 2018, two are opening stores.
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SEC pay ratio rule: A bad deal for retailers
 
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The core of the problem rests with how the ratio is calculated.
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Corporate taxes cost American workers more than $4,000 in lower wages
 
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NRF’s most recent analysis of high corporate tax rates on wages.
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