Some of the best and brightest from Bloomingdale’s, Costco, Wal-Mart, Facebook and other companies will participate at The Global Retailing Conference of the University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing.

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The conference — a forum bringing business leaders and academia together — will be held April 11 and 12 at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Ariz.

“Retailing continues to evolve rapidly, with new techniques, processes and technologies emerging virtually every day — all being driven by our customer’s changing habits and preferences. We all must be diligent in understanding what our customers want today and what they will want tomorrow,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., who will deliver opening remarks. Others will address retail innovation, digital advancement, marketing strategies and consumer behavior.

Set to speak: Tory Burch; retail presidents Bonnie Brooks of The Hudson’s Bay Co. and Tony Spring of Bloomingdale’s, as well as Jonathan Zrihen of the Clarins Groupe North America, Neil Cole of Iconix, Gary Talarico of Gordon Brothers, Scott Hardy of Polaroid, and Matthew Shay of the National Retail Federation, who all hold the titles of president and ceo.

Also on the speaker roster: Jim Sinegal, Costco’s cofounder; Ira Kalish, director of global economics, Deloitte Consulting; Doug Mack, ceo of One Kings Lane; Kevin Sterneckert, vice president of research, Gartner; Rob Garf, vice president, Demandware; Anita D. Bhappu, PetSmart Associate Professor of Retailing and Consumer Sciences, The University of Arizona; Joe Bona, president, Branded Environments, CBX; Wanda Young, Wal-Mart’s vice president of media and digital marketing; Kerry Lakin, senior account manager at Facebook; and Jack Tretton, ceo of Sony Playstation.

For information and registration, visit or e-mail Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at

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