Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant joins the list of speakers at NRF’s Shop.org conference

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Celebrities Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant will join executives from Disney, TechStyle, theSkimm, DSW, Ashley Stewart, Affirm and Peloton to headline the list of speakers this fall at the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org conference, NRF announced today (June 8, 2017). The conference, which is the digital retail industry’s top networking event for technologists, executives and thought leaders, will be held September 25-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“We are excited to have industry leaders and executives from brands that continue to reinvent,” NRF Senior Vice President for Conferences Susan Newman said. “These pioneers continue to transform the ever-changing retail and digital environment and will give our attendees new ways to reinvent their businesses during this crucial time in the industry.”

“These powerful speakers are just one element of the experience retailers and attendees will have at the show. We will also be offering curated one-on-one meetings for retailers, roundtable lunches and exclusive outings for those who want access to a unique LA experience,” said Newman.

On September 26, more than 4,000 retail, e-commerce and multichannel executives will gather to hear remarkable stories of reinvention. Opening the show, supermodel-turned-entrepreneur and CEO Tyra Banks will speak on mastering the art of “pivoting” and discuss the transformation from modeling career to entertainment and business mogul, as well as share tips on how to stand out in today’s extremely competitive market.

Following Banks, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Michael White will address how the division is preparing its technology workforce to succeed in the digital commerce space, with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Also on September 26, TechStyle Fashion Group co-founder and co-CEO Adam Goldenberg will address how his company has changed the way consumers shop online with its growing fashion and technology brands including Fabletics, ShoeDazzle and JustFab. Goldenberg will also cover how the company continues to evolve personalization tools and its membership model to succeed in the fast-paced e-commerce world.

That afternoon, the keynote stage will highlight female entrepreneurs including Beautycounter founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew, Minted founder and CEO Mariam Naficy and theSkimm co-founders and co-CEOs Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin.

To kick off the last day of the show on September 27, L2 founder and New York University Stern Business School professor Scott Galloway will discuss the biggest winners and losers in digital and their impact on society.

Later that morning,  former CEO of HSNi Mindy Grossman will host a fireside chat with Wharton School of Business professor and author Adam Grant after he presents insights from this bestselling book “Originals.” Grant and Grossman will explore how to recognize and champion new ideas, overcome fear and doubt and build cultures that welcome diverse perspectives and honest feedback.

In the afternoon of September 27, the keynote stage will focus on the art of reinvention and customer loyalty, starting with Ashley Stewart CEO James Rhee and DSW CEO Roger Rawlins. The topic will be explored further in a session moderated by Affirm founder and CEO Max Levchin featuring Tradesy founder and CEO Tracy DiNunzio and Peloton co-founder Graham Stanton.

Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star professional basketball player who won five NBA championships while playing with the Los Angeles Lakers, will close out the show as he discusses the evolution of his personal brand, directing his own NIKE and BodyArmor commercials, establishing his Kobe Inc. content creation studio and forming his own media, technology and data venture fund after retiring from the NBA.

To learn more about the conference, visit www.shop.org. Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. To register, visit the Shop.org 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.

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Source: NRF

eBay partners with theSkimm to offer new ways to sell and give to charity

eBay partners with theSkimm to offer new ways to sell and give to charity


eBay offers new incentives to sell items for charity – providing a positive solution for the millions of people who don’t know what to do with their “unwanted” holiday gifts.

San Jose, California, 2017-Jan-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — New research reveals that nearly half of Americans received a holiday gift they did not want or will not use, and name friends (30%), co-workers (20%) and in-laws (19%) as the ones who didn’t quite hit the mark.*  Since most recipients don’t want to seem outwardly ungrateful by asking for a gift receipt, eBay has partnered with theSkimm to offer new ways to sell and give to charity.

In cities across the country – New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston – eBay and theSkimm will host events on January 12 to encourage people to give back by selling on eBay. With a global community of 165 million active buyers, there is always an eBay shopper in search of new designer fashion, the latest tech, home décor, and everything in between. For those who want to participate virtually to hear more about the partnership and how to use eBay’s cutting edge selling platform, join theSkimm’s Facebook Live at 12 noon Eastern on January 12.

“Every year, people receive gifts that aren’t quite right for them and then struggle with what to do,” said Suzy Deering, Chief Marketing Officer of eBay North America. “The tendency is to hold onto these new items but eBay offers a better option that allows you to simplify your life. Our selling solutions make it easy and fun to put these things back into play. It might not be the right gift for you, but it could be a perfect purchase for someone else. We partnered with theSkimm because of their expansive and highly engaged network, to reach a new audience and inspire them to start selling – either to make extra money or to benefit charity.”

Selling for Good

To coincide with the local events on January 12 and National Mentoring Month, eBay will make a $10 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of America for every person who lists an item with at least 10% of proceeds benefitting the organization from January 12 to 16. Sellers everywhere will also have the option to participate by donating a portion of the proceeds from their listings to Boys & Girls Clubs of America through eBay for Charity.

“theSkimm has always been about making it easier for our audience to be smarter – about the world around them and the ways they spend their time. Part of our DNA as founders is being resourceful, and creating opportunities for our readers and Skimm’bassadors to actively engage in a great cause,” said Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin, co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm. “As we kick off a New Year, our partnership with eBay is a great way for theSkimm community to start fresh and sell items they may not need and give back to a worthwhile organization, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, that enables boys and girls to reach their full potential at the same time.”

“Boys & Girls Clubs of America provides life-changing programs and opportunities for millions of America’s kids and teens, and we’re incredibly grateful for the support of both eBay and theSkimm to enable more great futures for youth around the country,” said Chad Royal-Pascoe, National Vice President, Corporate & Cause Partnerships for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “eBay makes it easy to give back and make a difference, by donating all or part of your sale with their Charity platform.”

Selling with Ease

eBay lets you sell the way you want with simple and stress-free options:

  • Sell it yourself. List an item on eBay yourself using a tablet, computer or any mobile device. Simply snap and upload a few pictures and choose the selling format that’s right for you. eBay will suggest a selling price to help you get the most for your item. Once your item has sold, you can print a shipping label on eBay and drop it in the mail.
  • Use eBay Valet. Let professionals handle everything from estimating the price of products to capturing images, and the quick and safe shipment of items to buyers. These experts will showcase items in the best light and in front of the largest shopping audience. Send your items for free to eBay Valet or drop them off at a participating FedEx Office location.

For additional selling information, visit the Seller Center or check out these product selling guides.

* The eBay Survey was conducted by Survey Monkey among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 18-55, between December 25th and December 26th, 2016.

About eBay for Charity
eBay for Charity is a platform that enables members of the eBay community to donate to causes in the U.S. and abroad. Sellers can donate anywhere between 10-100 percent of the proceeds and buyers can add a donation to their purchase during checkout. At the end of 2015, more than $650 million dollars have been raised on eBay for Charity.


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Source: eBay