RILA announces Kohl’s COO Sona Chawla as the keynote speaker at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Annual Event Brings Together Top Retail Supply Chain Execs

Arlington , VA, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — ​Today ( 12/4/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced Sona Chawla, Kohl’s chief operating officer, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference. The conference serves as the premier event for retail supply chain executives to network, learn, and share new and creative solutions for the industry’s most complex challenges, including logistics, transportation, and international trade.

In her role, Chawla is responsible for Kohl’s full omnichannel operations, overseeing all store operations, logistics and supply chain network, information and digital technology, and e-commerce, strategy, planning and operations. Conference attendees will have the opportunity to hear firsthand insights from the industry veteran on becoming a best-in-class omnichannel retailer, navigating today’s fulfillment landscape, and the future of the supply chain.

Featured speakers at the event include:

  • Kohl’s Chief Operating Officer, Sona Chawla
  • Walgreens SVP of Supply Chain and Logistics, Reuben Slone
  • The Home Depot’s EVP of Supply Chain and Product Development, Mark Holifield
  • eCom Advisory Co-founder and Managing Director, Aaron Conant
  • Retail Prophet and Futurist Doug Stephens
  • Team Rubicon Co-founder and President Jake Wood
  • Forbes Publisher, Editor-at-Large, and Global Futurist Rich Karlgaard
  • Author & Advocate Elizabeth Smart

“Each year, we bring together the industry’s top supply chain executives for best-in-class educational programming and unmatched networking opportunities with their peers,” said Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations for RILA. “Our speakers are a huge part of what makes the event such a success, and this year’s lineup certainly raises the bar. We look forward to kicking off a great three days in Phoenix.”

The theme of the event, held February 25-28 in Phoenix, Arizona, is Reinventing the Retail Supply Chain: Accelerating What’s Possible. To learn more about the 2018 Retail Supply Chain Conference, visit the conference website.

Media interested in covering the event can register by emailing Caroline Stec.

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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

Source: RILA

Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced as keynote speaker at NRF’s 106th annual Retail’s BIG Show 2017

WASHINGTON, 2016-Oct-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Virgin Group founder Richard Branson will be among the keynote speakers as more than 33,000 industry leaders from around the world convene in New York City next year for the National Retail Federation’s 106th annual Retail’s BIG Show.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sir Richard as our keynote speaker for Retail’s BIG Show,” NRF CEO and President Matthew Shay said. “He is an inspiring entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, social change, and growing the business sector. His leadership as an entrepreneur and investor in the business world will give our members a fresh perspective on how to continue growing their companies both, large or small.”

Starting as a retailer in the early 70’s with a mail-order record business that evolved into Virgin Record Stores, Branson has built a business empire that today comprises nearly 400 companies. At the show, Branson will address “Undying Brand Engagement in an Age of Continuous Disruption and Reinvention” on the second day of the conference, January 16, 2017, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The Virgin Group is a leading international investment organization that has grown successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephone, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment, and health and wellness. Virgin has created more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employs more than 60,000 people, in over 50 countries, with global branded revenues of $24 billion. Branson was knighted in 2000 for his services to entrepreneurship.

Along with the keynotes, Retail’s BIG show will present a series of speakers and breakout sessions, networking events and an exhibit floor showcasing cutting-edge retail technology. The conference also brings together hundreds of talented young people in a student program to learn about retail careers.

NRF is pleased to grant complimentary registration to members of the press, as well as accredited retail analysts. Click here to register online for the NRF’s 2017 Annual Retail’s BIG Show, or call or email 855-NRF-PRESS,

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. NRF’s  This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities, and the critical role retail plays in driving innovation.

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

Source: NRF

National Grocers Association announces former speaker of the House John Boehner as the keynote speaker for 2017 NGA Show

ARLINGTON, VA, 2016-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced today that former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner will deliver the opening keynote address, sponsored by The Kraft Heinz Company, during the 2017 NGA Show held February 12 – 15 at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A former small businessman, Boehner served for nearly five years as the 53rd Speaker of the House, where he led efforts for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Boehner grew up mopping floors at his family tavern and playing football at Moeller High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Xavier University while he working to pay his tuition and later started his own small business. Boehner got involved in state and local government after experiencing firsthand the impact high taxes and red tape had on entrepreneurs. In 1990, he was elected to Congress, where he quickly gained the reputation as a reformer and fought to reduce government spending and balance the budget. He left Congress in October of 2015, after nearly 25 years of serving the people of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District and the nation.

“We are excited to have former Speaker Boehner join us as the keynote speaker for our 2017 Show,” said NGA president and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “Given his wealth of knowledge, along with his small business background, and of course his candor, I can’t think of anyone better suited to stimulate dialogue and provide insight about the current political and economic issues and how they will impact independent grocers.”

Along with revealing the 2017 keynote speaker, NGA also announced that online registration has now opened. The 2017 NGA Show will feature a number of new elements including, a revamped, less formal networking Tuesday night event, and seven educational tracks titled “Farm to Store,” “In the Aisles,” “People Development,” “Attracting Shoppers,” “Executing for Excellence,” “Payments and Profitability,” and “Connected Commerce.”

“Whether you own one store or operate a multi-store chain, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to being successful in the supermarket industry. Staying ahead of the curve in a variety of areas is vitally important. We believe these enhanced aspects of the Show, specifically the newly focused workshop tracks, will ensure that attendees will leave Las Vegas with the necessary resources, tools and solutions to address shifting demands and marketplace challenges, and ultimately help them grow their bottom line,” Larkin commented.

For over 30 years, The NGA Show has been the place where independents gather, connecting grocery retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world to share innovative solutions and best practices that support and strengthen the independent supermarket channel. Online registration for The NGA Show can be found at


Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: National Grocers Association