2014 NRF BIG SHOW
The NRF BIG Show is here again. It hardly seems possible that a year has gone by since the last NRF show in New York. As in years past, this is retail’s one chance to see all of the latest solutions, meet with all of the solutions providers, and demo all of the cool new offerings under one roof. The show runs from January 12th to 15th, 2014, and is poised to be even bigger than last year’s show.
Retailers will have the opportunity to meet with each other, sit in on discussions, attend educational sessions, exchange ideas, and listen to the keynote speakers, not to mention all of the networking opportunities before and after the show. Hundreds of vendors will be available to discuss use cases, product specifications, and how their products are impacting retail today and into the future. Don’t forget to follow Integrated Solutions For Retailers while we are there as we bring you the latest news and events taking place at NRF through Twitter @retailmag.
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Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and founder of Square, spoke on the final morning of Retail’s BIG Show and EXPO, hosted by the National Retail Federation (NRF). The event, billed as the world's leading retail event, was held Jan. 12-15 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Members of his audience, tweeting from the event on the morning of January 15, 2014, share favorite quotes, takeaways, and actionable ideas from Dorsey, aka @jack.
From Super Saturday: The Changing Landscape Of Retail
Capping a full day of retail-focused education at RetailROI’s Super Saturday event in New York City was a retail executive panel titled “The Changing Landscape of the Retail Environment.” Featured panelists were Mark Kirschner, CMO, eBay; Amy Stanberry, CIO, Gap Inc.; and Kathy Doyle Thomas, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer, Half-Price Books.
HSN CIO Talks “Boundaryless Retail,” Customer Experience
At RetailROI’s Super Saturday, HSN CIO Karen Etzkorn talked about omni-channel, cross-channel, and her phrase of “boundaryless retail.” Etzkorn said HSN is driving an interactive experience between TV, tablets, mobile devices, and the desktop. The retailer has seen significant growth in online and mobile sales. Etzkorn said mobility is now 12 percent of HSN’s overall business, a 57 percent increase vs. a year ago. Additionally, nearly a quarter of the mobile customers are new to HSN.
SOLUTION PROVIDERS TO SEE AT NRF 2014
RETAIL INDUSTRY NEWS
DICK'S Sporting Goods Announces Grand Opening Celebration In Burlington, WA
DICK'S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS), the largest U.S. based full-line omni-channel sporting goods retailer, will be opening its 5th store in Washington and 582nd store nationwide on Friday, September 26th at 200 S. Burlington Blvd.
RETAIL INDUSTRY MULTIMEDIA
Key Considerations For Warehouse Automation
In this interesting podcast, ISR's Executive Editor, Erin Harris talks to Jeff Hedges, president, material handling at OPEX Corporation about the vital role automation plays for retailers. Hedges paints a realistic picture about the hidden costs of automation, especially for retailers considering their first-time investment. "[E-Retailers] need to appreciate the on-going costs of running automation after the investment," explains Hedges. "I don't see that as a reason or an excuse or justification for not investing in automation, but we've realized that we need to convey to companies that are investing in automation for the first time that there is an expected cost associated with maintaining your automation; there is an expected change in your energy draw; and there is specialized training required for your maintenance staff." Listen in as Hedges delivers thoughtful insight for any retailer considering automation inside the warehouse.