NRF’s conference will include keynotes from CEOs, startup founders and entertainment luminaries

WASHINGTON, 2017-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — CEOs, startup founders, top business school professors and entertainment luminaries will discuss the changing retail landscape and how digital commerce is transforming business to better engage consumers as more than 2,500 leading members of the ecommerce community gather in Los Angeles later this month for the National Retail Federation’s annual conference.

“This year’s conference attendees will have the opportunity to learn from an unprecedented array of the most remarkable players in retail, technology, entertainment and business overall on topics that are critical to today’s transformative and dynamic retail environment,” NRF Senior Vice President for Retail Strategy Cristina Ceresoli said. “Our goal is that they walk away inspired and informed, taking with them practical skills and knowledge that are quickly translatable in their current business practices so they can continue to grow and succeed.”

The September 25-27 conference will include keynotes from industry leaders and other experts, including:

September 26:

Tyra Banks, creator, “America’s Next Top Model,” and chairwoman and CEO, The Tyra Banks Company
Michael White, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
Marc Lore, president and CEO, Walmart eCommerce U.S.
Andrew Nusca, digital editor, Fortune
Adam Goldenberg, co-founder and co-CEO, TechStyle Fashion Group
Gregg Renfrew, founder and CEO, Beautycounter
Mariam Naficy, founder and CEO, Minted
Danielle Weisberg, co-founder and co-CEO, theSkimm
Carly Zakin, co-founder and co-CEO, theSkimm

September 27:

Scott Galloway, clinical professor of marketing, New York University Stern School of Business, and founder and chairman, L2
Adam Grant, professor, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business
Mindy Grossman, president and CEO, Weight Watchers International Inc.
Roger Rawlins, CEO, DSW Inc.
Rachel Blumenthal, founder and CEO, Rockets of Awesome
Tracy DiNunzio, founder and CEO, Tradesy
Graham Stanton, co-founder and senior vice president for performance marketing, Peloton
Max Levchin, founder and CEO, Affirm
James Rhee, executive chairman and CEO, Ashley Stewart, and founder and president, FirePine Group
Omar Miller, actor, producer and global director, Big Easy Productions
Kobe Bryant, five-time NBA champion, CEO, Kobe Inc., and general partner, Bryant Stibel

On September 26, feature stage speakers presented by Fast Company will include Contributing Editor Verena Von Pfetten, Thrive Market founder and Chief Strategy Officer Gunnar Lovelace, CVS Caremark Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer, Panera Bread Vice President for Experience Design Mark Berinato, Wayfair Next Director Mike Festa and Pinterest Head of Retail Strategy Amy Vener.

On September 27, the feature stage will include Digital Prophets Network Founder and President Elaine Rubin, Barnes & Noble, Nook Chief Digital Officer Fred Argir, Orvis Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Information and Interaction Dave Finnegan and Future Laboratory CEO Trevor Hardy.

In addition to the speakers on the main stage and feature stage, breakout sessions will provide tactical insights into ecommerce, innovation, consumer trends and more. Highlights include:

  • 7.5 Billion Bosses: Consumers are in Charge Now – Kate Ancketill, CEO and founder, GDR Creative Intelligence.
  • Going Gaga for Brands in La La Land – Nina Ojeda, columnist, Inc. Magazine; Mondy Herndon, vice president for ecommerce, TOMS; and Jane Fisher, co-founder, Harper Wilde.
  • Putting the ‘Instant’ in ‘Instant Gratification’ – Tammy Everts, chief experience officer, Speedcurve; Luke Chatelain, vice president for innovation, West Elm; and Grace Glenny, senior director for site merchandising, Target.
  • They Want It All: The Empowered Consumer – Nick Worth, chief marketing officer, Selligent; Rick Ton, director of membership and product marketing, Sam’s Club; and Benjamin Weiss, senior product manager, Walgreens.
  • Loyalty Building Strategies from Cult Brands – Rebecca Kaden, partner, Maveron; Dave Cho, co-founder and CEO, Soko Glam; Bobby Farahi, co-founder and CEO, Dolls Kill; and Joey Zwillinger, co-founder, Allbirds.
  • Not Just Mini-Millennials: What Makes Gen Z Unique – Dan Coates, president, Ypulse; Chad Kessler, global brand president, American Eagle Outfitters; and Caren Sinclair-Kay, president, Dormify.
  • Digital Sleuths: How Kohl’s is Increasing Conversion and Elevating Customer Experience – Sarah Rasmusen, vice president for digital merchandising and analytics, Kohl’s; and Jess Simpson, principal, Deloitte Consulting.
  • Viral Marketing in the YouTube Era – Shane Murphy, vice president for marketing, AdRoll; and Bryant Garvin, director of digital marketing, Purple.
  • A New Era of Retail: Advice from Venture Capitalists – James Rhee, executive chairman and CEO, Ashley Stewart, and founder and president, FirePine Group; Rebecca Kaden, partner, Maveron; Jordan Nof, head of investments, Tusk Ventures; and Hans Tung, managing partner Silicon Valley, GGV Capital.
  • Conversational Commerce and the Rise of the Robot – Healey Cypher, CEO and founder, OAK; Jennifer Tvedt, global director of project management and performance, Nike Inc.

Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. For more information, visit the media registration page.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.


Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

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Newbie to strengthen presence in more countries with opening of new stores and e-shop

  • Newbie, the baby and children’s collection made from sustainable materials, is now a separate chain that is continuing to expand with stores in Poland and the United Kingdom. E-shopping is also being introduced, starting in the United Kingdom.
  • “Newbie has grown in step with our customers’ unbelievable engagement. It is now truly exciting for us to establish Newbie Store in one of the world’s leading fashion capitals, London,” Camilla Wernlund, responsible for Newbie and New Business at KappAhl, says.

Mölndal, Sweden, 2017-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Newbie, KappAhl’s children’s collection made from sustainable materials, is the viral success that, with consumer-driven collaboration, has grown in size to become as it is today (2017-09-21), an independent chain, Newbie Store.

As of today, when Newbie Store opens at Frölunda Torg in Gothenburg it has 14 stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Poland. During October-December, Newbie Stores and e-commerce will open in the United Kingdom.

“Our goal for Newbie is to be a leading children’s fashion chain providing sustainable, good-value, children’s clothing in a continuously updated whilst timeless style,” Camilla Wernlund says.

In the United Kingdom, the e-store opens on October 20 and the first physical stores will open in Richmond and Kingston, Greater London, during November-December. More Newbie Stores are planned to open at the start of 2018.

The Newbie story starts when KappAhl’s designers, in 2010, created a baby collection based on the keywords timeless, sustainable and value-for-money as well as with the idea that the garments could be handed down from one generation to the next. Newbie came into being at the right time, and went viral. There and then, many “Newbie Lovers” took the brand to their hearts and their engagement has influenced both the design and the range, creating a widespread second-hand market for the collection – which is completely in line with Newbie’s focus on sustainability. The first Newbie Store opened in Stockholm in 2014. Today, there are Newbie Stores in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Poland and, from late autumn 2017, also in the United Kingdom.  Newbie is a brand of the leading Swedish fashion retailer, KappAhl. More information at

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Vice President New Business.
Tel +46 (0) 704-71 58 55

Charlotte Högberg
Head Corporate Communications
Tel +46 (0) 704-71 56 31

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Zebra Technologies announces strategic partnership with RILA (R)Tech Center for Innovation

Mutual Interest In Retail, Technology And Data Serve As Strong Foundation For Benefiting The Global Retail Industry

Lincolnshire , IL, 2017-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (9/20/2017), Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), the market leader in rugged mobile computers, barcode scanners and barcode printers enhanced with software and services to enable real-time visibility, announced its strategic partnership with the Retail Industry Leaders Association’s (RILA) (R)Tech Center for Innovation. The partnership will focus on identifying and harnessing emerging technologies to the benefit of the global retail industry.

“Zebra is excited to partner in this effort to co-innovate, develop and offer new offerings, working with top retail executives and operational leaders. A critical goal for retailers is building a culture of innovation which we aim to help achieve. We look forward to our continued work with RILA as we develop next-generation offerings that will fulfill industry needs and expand operational visibility to improve the overall customer experience,” said Tom Bianculli, Chief Technology Officer, Zebra Technologies.

“Zebra’s proven leadership in innovative retail technology along with its record as a committed RILA partner makes the company an ideal partner for the Center. We look forward to working together on future endeavors that benefit both retailers and consumers,” said Adam Siegel, Senior Vice President of Innovation for RILA.

RILA and Zebra are partnering to further their shared vision of bringing emerging technologies that will enhance and enable solutions to address the challenges retailers face in a dynamic environment. One area of focus will be data security and sharing. Retailers are generating vast amounts of actionable data about processes and assets that can be leveraged to transform their operations to improve business performance and outcomes. As the retail industry leverages an increasing amount of real-time data to transform operations and the customer experience, both Zebra and RILA will have a focus on data security. This area of data security is just one domain example that represents their mutual expertise and broader involvement with the entire retail community.

In addition to partnering in the (R)Tech initiative, Zebra is a sponsor and partner on RILA’s Asset Protection Leaders Council which includes senior executives in retail focused on asset protection, loss prevention and risk management.

“As a participant in its Asset Protection Leaders Council, Zebra is engaged in advancing RILA’s broader ability to support and enhance its charter to reduce shrink in retail. Our joint efforts combined with our focus on bringing innovative solutions to market will allow retailers to focus on future growth,” Ed Tonkon, President, Zebra Retail Solutions, Zebra Technologies.

About Zebra 
With the unparalleled operational visibility Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) provides, enterprises become as smart and connected as the world we live in. Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – gives organizations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world. For more information, visit or sign up for our news alerts. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook.

About the RILA (R)Tech Center for Innovation
U.S. and global consumers are driving change in retail as never before. Ubiquitous internet access, and changing consumer values, preferences, and lifestyles, have led to unprecedented disruption in virtually every industry; retail perhaps more than any other. This digital revolution continues to transform the way customers buy and interact with retailers and products. And the pace and depth of these changes is both unprecedented and accelerating. This new retail landscape brings with it many risks, but also many opportunities. To address this new reality, RILA sees an opportunity to help its members by forming a new (R)Tech Center for Innovation and an accompanying “(R)Tech” brand in the retail, innovation, and policymaking arenas. (R)Tech is a new term that describes the confluence of retail and technology; it is meant to impassion entrepreneurs for, and direct venture funding to, technologies, ideas, and startups that help the industry, and to reinvigorate retail’s reputation with innovators, the next generation of retail talent, policymakers, and the public.

ZEBRA and the stylized Zebra head are trademarks of ZIH Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  ©2017 ZIH Corp. and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

Media Contact:
Therese Van Ryne
Zebra Technologies

Industry Analyst Contact:
Caitlin DeRango
Zebra Technologies

Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039

Source: RILA

Perry Ellis International announces the election of J. David Scheiner as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

MIAMI, 2017-Sep-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (NASDAQ:PERY) (“Perry Ellis” or the “Company”) today (September 20, 2017) announced that its Board of Directors has elected J. David Scheiner (“David”) as Non-Executive Chairman. Mr. Scheiner succeeds George Feldenkreis, following the termination of Mr. Feldenkreis’ position as Executive Chairman. George Feldenkreis remains a member of the Board of Directors. These changes, which are part of a multi-year leadership succession planning process, are effective immediately.

“The Board is thankful to George for his vision and leadership over the past 50 years. Both our Board and management team have significantly benefited from George’s dedication and contributions and we wish him all the best.”

Mr. Scheiner was elected to the Perry Ellis Board in June 2014. He is a veteran retailer with more than 35 years serving in senior roles at major retailers including as President and Chief Operating Officer of Macy’s Florida/Puerto Rico, from which he retired in 2009. Mr. Scheiner serves as a consultant to retail and wholesale companies, as well as investment banks and private equity companies investing in the consumer retail industry.

“David has a proven track record and will bring invaluable insight and experience to the role of Chairman,” said Jane DeFlorio, Lead Independent Director. “We have a very strong management team in place and are confident that we are well positioned to maintain our positive momentum and create shareholder value.”

Mr. Scheiner commented, “I am pleased to serve as the Chairman of the Board. With its diverse portfolio of brands, Perry Ellis has excelled throughout the years as it has adapted to the ever-changing retail environment. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Oscar and the other Board members as the Company focuses on growing its core brands, delivers superior design, quality and value directly to our consumers, and drives domestic and international growth.”

Ms. DeFlorio added, “The Board is thankful to George for his vision and leadership over the past 50 years. Both our Board and management team have significantly benefited from George’s dedication and contributions and we wish him all the best.”

Oscar Feldenkreis will remain in his position of Chief Executive Officer.

About J. David Scheiner

J. David Scheiner has served on the Perry Ellis Board of Directors since June 2014. Mr. Scheiner is a veteran retailer with over 35 years serving in senior roles at major retailers including as President and Chief Operating Officer of Macy’s Florida/Puerto Rico, from which he retired in 2009. Mr. Scheiner serves as a consultant to retail and wholesale companies, as well as investment banks and private equity companies investing in the consumer retail industry. He is also a member of the boards of The Strategic Forum as well as the Florida chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). For over 30 years, Mr. Scheiner has been involved with the Miami Children’s Hospital where he is a lifetime trustee, the United Way of Miami-Dade and the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. He has also advised local mayors on business renewal efforts in the Miami-Dade area, and has served on statewide task forces for developing business growth strategies for past governors of Florida.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at

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Source: Perry Ellis International