Top companies tapping technology and other innovations will be featured at The Global Retailing Conference of the University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, April 12 to 13 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, Ariz.

Chief executive officers on the roster of speakers include Terry J. Lundgren of Macy’s Inc., Frank Blake of The Home Depot Inc., David L. Calhoun of The Nielsen Co., Sandeep Mathrani of General Growth Properties Inc., Robert F. Moran of PetSmart Inc., Gwen Dixon Morrison of WPP Group’s The Store in the Americas and Australasia, and Poppy King of Poppy Industries.

“Our industry is changing quickly, with new practices and technologies emerging at every turn to help us win with customers,” said Lundgren. “This conference is designed to provide an in-depth look at some of the leading companies that are changing the face of retailing, and the ideas that continue to drive their success.”

Others scheduled to speak are Barry Calpino, vice president-innovation, Kraft Foods Inc.; Steve Church, senior vice president, Avnet Inc.; Rick Darling, president, LF USA Inc.; Michelle Gloeckler, senior vice president, general merchandising manager for home at Wal-Mart Stores Inc.; Kasey M. Lobaugh, omnichannel retail leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Debra A. Pruent, member of the management board, GfK Group; Paula Rosenblum, managing partner, Retail Systems Research, and Peter Sachse, chief stores officer for Macy’s. For more information, visit or e-mail Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at

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