Against a backdrop of international flare-ups, presidential politics and questions over the longevity of America’s robust economy, thousands of retailers, tech experts, suppliers, consultants and media will converge on Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Jan. 11 to 14 for the National Retail Federation’s Vision 2020 “Big Show” annual convention and trade expo.
It’s the biggest retail industry conclave of the year, with an expected attendance of about 40,000, or roughly 2,000 more than last year’s event. Regarding the number of chief executive officers keynoting or in panel discussions, the level of participation is as wide as it’s ever been.
“We work so hard to communicate to the administration the need to get U.S., Canada, Mexico and China trade agreements done,” Shay said. “Last year, we did get some clarity on the U.S., Canada and Mexico agreement. Hopefully it will be finally wrapped up soon.” That, plus the U.S. and China last month agreeing on a “phase one” trade deal reducing U.S. tariffs while increasing Chinese purchases of American goods and addressing issues over China’s intellectual property practices “are very positive things for the economy,” Shay said.