With mall traffic and consumer spending tepid, stores and brands must“ignite the customer experience.” That’s the theme of the next GlobalRetailing Conference of the University of Arizona’s Terry J. LundgrenCenter for Retailing, April 10 to 11 at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson,Ariz.
It’s a forum for retail, brand and technology executivesas well as academics and students to generate insights and discuss bestpractices and innovation.
“The pace of change has never been asrapid as it is today. Leading retailers and brand marketers are lookingdifferently at how they attract and retain customers and how theydevelop the talent needed for the future,” said Terry J. Lundgren,chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., who willdeliver opening remarks.
Also scheduled to speak: Bobbi Brown,founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; Ken Langone, founder/ceo of InvemedAssociates and cofounder of Home Depot; Walter Robb, co-ceo, WholeFoods; Jeanne Jackson, Nike’s president of product and merchandising;Brian David Johnson, futurist with Intel Corp.; Harvey Kanter, presidentand ceo of Blue Nile; Michael P. Kercheval, president and ceo of theInternational Council of Shopping Centers; Blake Irving, ceo, GoDaddy;Tom Litchford, vice president of retail strategies, National RetailFederation; Richard McDonald, senior vice president of global marketing,Fender Guitars; Nadia Shouraboura, founder and ceo of Hointer; RomanTsunder, ceo of PTTOW; Ashlee Aldridge, senior vice president, chiefinformation officer and chief integration officer, GolfsmithInternational; Rob Garf, vice president for industry strategy,Demandware, and Greg Girard, program director, merchandise strategies,IDC Retail Insights.
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