“The retail industry is going through a transformation, and that’s the theme you will hear from all of our speakers at this year’s show."Cristina Ceresoli
NRF Senior Vice President for Retail Strategy
WASHINGTON – Executives from Walmart, CVS Health and Tommy Hilfiger will address the latest trends, innovations and strategies for transformation in the digital age as more than 35,000 retailers from nearly 100 countries convene in New York City January 14-16 at the National Retail Federation’s 107th annual convention.
Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon will take the stage at 3 p.m. on the first day of NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show with NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. The two will discuss key strategies for retailers to survive in today’s dynamic environment in a session on “the changing face of retail.”
Helena Foulkes, executive vice president of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy, will speak on “empowering customers to make everyday health care better” at 9:30 a.m. on January 15. Foulkes will provide insight into the purpose-driven culture at CVS Health that informed the company’s recent acquisition of Aetna.
Tommy Hilfiger, founder and principal designer at Tommy Hilfiger, will close out the conference in a session titled “The Power of Disruption” beginning at 4:15 p.m. on January 16. The world-renowned fashion icon will share how he has kept his brand at the forefront of the industry by embracing technology and driving innovation.
“The retail industry is going through a transformation, and that’s the theme you will hear from all of our speakers at this year’s show,” NRF Senior Vice President for Retail Strategy Cristina Ceresoli said. “These are strong industry leaders with expertise and insights that will inspire, challenge and encourage others to enhance their brands through customer service, technology and constantly embracing the change driven by the consumer.”
Previously announced speakers include Martin Barthel, head of global retail and ecommerce strategy at Facebook; Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and founder and CEO of Thrive Global; Marne Levine, chief operating officer at Instagram; and Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and CEO of Chobani.
Additional speakers are executives from Alibaba Group, Apple, b8ta, Bain Capital Ventures, BARK, Beauty Pie and Soaper Duper, Best Buy, Boxed Wholesale, Brandable, Brandless, Calzedonia Group, Capsule Pharmacy, Chalhoub Group, charity: water, The Clorox Company, The Conference Board, Cosabella, Deloitte, Detroit Denim Co., eBay, FabFitFun, Fitlogic, Fung Global Retail and Technology, Fung Group, Gallery Furniture, GDR Creative Intelligence, The Girls’ Lounge, GS&MD Group, Handy, Hearst Magazines, IBM, J.C. Penney, JGA, The Lego Group, Levi’s, Li & Fung, Macy’s, Mastercard, Maveron, Mogul, Museum of Ice Cream, Oppenheimer & Co., Optoro, Orangetheory Fitness, Outdoor Voices, Panera Bread, PwC, QVC Inc., Retail Dive, Retail Institute Italy, Revolution, Shinola, Shoppers Stop Limited, Singularity University, Sonae, STORY, Techish.com, Thrive Global, TrendWatching, Varese Retail, Via Varejo, Visa, Wayfair, WD Partners, Whole Foods Market, World Retail Congress, Zola.com, &pizza and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM.
The National Retail Federation is the world’s largest retail trade association. Based in Washington, D.C., NRF represents discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com