Shop.org announces new and enhanced programs at this year’s Retail’s Digital Summit

WASHINGTON, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (September 26, 2016) Shop.org announced new and enhanced special programs at this year’s Retail’s Digital Summit, to be held Monday, Sept. 26, through Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Dallas. More than 5,000 professionals will discover new ideas, get actionable takeaways and build strong relationships with the brightest and most innovative players in the digital retail world.

The Digital Summit agenda is packed with 30+ keynotes, breakout sessions and presentations on the EXPO stage — covering topics and themes like cross-border e-commerce, customer experience, cutting-edge digital, mobile,marketing and omnichannel retail.

“We strive to offer new and unique programming at Retail’s Digital Summit each year, and are proud to offer attendees valuable learning and networking opportunities,” NRF Vice President of Digital Retail Artemis Berry said.

Outside of sessions, attendees will learn about best practices and next-level innovations during newly added networking events, EXPO breaks and other enhanced special programs to drive attendee experience, including:

  • Persona Meet-ups: There will be organized networking meet-ups for FOUR different personas at the show on the EXPO floor. These meet-ups are retail only and will allow attendees to connect with their peers that are responsible for specific functions including marketing, omnichannel and design/usability/experience.
  • Analyst Breakfast: The Digital Summit will host its first Analyst Breakfast with Forrester Research. The event has secured speakers from Google, Facebook and Pinterest and expects 100 retailers to attend this new program created to enhance the education and networking value of the show.
  • Women’s Luncheon: This lunch will bring together women working in the retail industry for exclusive content and networking at the show. Mindy Grossman will be the featured speaker at the luncheon.
  • Jason & Scot E-commerce Show: This year two top e-commerce executives — Jason Goldberg and Scot Wingo — will record live podcasts at the Digital Summit from the NRF Clubhouse on the EXPO floor.
  • Meet the Speaker: On the EXPO floor this year, attendees will have access to connect with a handful of our speakers at the show. This new program encourages networking at the show and making this large show feel personalized and all about the attendee experience. Meet the Speaker time slots are listed on the agenda and will take place in the NRF Clubhouse.
  • Pre-party, Block party and the Great Prize Giveaway
  • Post-session Chat Rooms: These intimate, free-form conversations are designed to go in depth on challenges, ideas and solutions right after our breakout sessions. Designed around peer learning, Chat Rooms are small group roundtables that actively encourage participation from each attendee. Chat rooms will be led by dozens of volunteer moderators and take place in the breakout session rooms.

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

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

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 that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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NRF announces Shop.org conference speakers on September 26-28 in Dallas

WASHINGTON, 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Executives from Google, J.C. Penney, Sephora, Shinola and Houzz will headline the list of speakers next month at Retail’s Digital Summit, the industry’s top networking event for premier technologists, retail executives and 21st Century thought leaders. More than 5,000 retail, e-commerce and multichannel executives will gather to hear from experts in digital retail at the Shop.org conference, which will be held September 26-28 in Dallas.

“We are thrilled to have industry leaders and executives from such innovative brands speak on our stage,” Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell said. “These are pioneers who have consistently revolutionized the ever-changing retail and digital environment and are part of a stellar lineup of speakers who will give our attendees new ways to impact their businesses and enhance the customer experience.”

This year’s Digital Retail Fast Track Program, hosted by digital visionary Mitch Joel, will feature Google Daydream team business developer Sophie Miller and Sephora Innovation Lab Senior Director Johnna Marcus. The program will explore how augmented reality and virtual reality can transform the way retailers and brands reach consumers digitally. The program will be held at 9:15 a.m. September 27.

J.C. Penney Executive Vice President of Omnichannel Mike Amend will address how the company is pioneering new approaches to the traditional ways of its past, what it is doing today and how it is thinking about tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. September 27.

Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis, who started Fossil in 1984 and served as its chairman until launching Shinola in 2011, will speak at 8:20 a.m. September 28 along with Shinola President Jacques Panis.

Technology expert and inventor Shelly Palmer will share insights from advising C-suite leaders of top digital media, content, broadcasting and technology firms in a fireside chat with Alon Cohen, co-founder of home remodeling and design company Houzz, at 8:50 a.m. September 28.

Other keynote speakers include futurist Michio Kaku, comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron, and Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani.

Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. To register, visit the Digital Summit media registration page.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

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 that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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Shop.org announces the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop.org today announced the addition of five new members to two-year terms on its Board of Directors and welcomed back seven members who currently serve on the board. The group will meet in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. during Shop.org’s Digital Experience Workshop in July and again in Dallas at its annual Retail’s Digital Summit in September.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new board members,” Shop.org Executive Director and NRF Senior Vice President Vicki Cantrell said. “They are all established digital leaders with unique expertise who will continue to elevate NRF’s commitment to and influence in the digital community.”

Of the board’s outgoing members, Cantrell said: “It goes without saying how fortunate we have been to have such strong leadership over the past several years from Scot Wingo, Peter Cobb, Michael Burgess, Bernardine Wu and Deepika Pandey. We look forward to their continued engagement as long-time ambassadors for the retail digital community.”

New Shop.org board members, include:

  • Meyar Sheik, CEO & co-founder, Certona
  • April Anderson, managing director for branded apparel and durables, Google
  • Josh Friedman, vice president of digital commerce, J.C. Penney
  • Alex Miller, senior vice president for digital commerce, QVC
  • Sarah Veit Wallis, general manager for lifestyle, Walmart.com

Returning members serving another two-year term, include:

  • Billy May, senior vice president for digital, e-commerce and corporate development, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Bryon Colby, senior vice president for digital commerce, Cornerstone Brands/HSNi
  • Nicolas Franchet, director of global vertical strategy, Facebook
  • Sucharita Mulpuru, vice president and principal analyst, Forrester Research
  • David Brussin, founder, chairman and chief product officer, Monetate Inc.
  • Brad Brown, senior vice president for digital retail, Recreational Equipment Inc.
  • Kevin Ertell, senior vice president for digital, Sur La Table Inc.

View the current Shop.org Board of Directors.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

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 that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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Futurist Michio Kaku and Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani among the keynote speakers at the Retail’s Digital Summit

WASHINGTON, 2016-Apr-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — A groundbreaking physicist and the founder of an organization that encourages young women to pursue careers in technology will be among the keynote speakers as more than 5,000 retail, e-commerce and multichannel executives gather in Dallas this September when Shop.org hosts Retail’s Digital Summit.

Futurist Michio Kaku, a City College of New York professor of Theoretical Physics and New York Times best-selling author, will be interviewed by comedian and WTF podcast host Marc Maron on September 27, the second day of the three-day conference. The two will examine advancements in science and the impact on the daily lives of consumers and businesses during a session titled “The Future of Tech and Commerce with Marc Maron and Dr. Michio Kaku” at 8:15 a.m. at the Hutchinson Convention Center.

Girls Who Code Founder and CEO Reshma Saujani will speak at 11:10 a.m. on September 27 in a session titled “Girls Who Code Creates a New Model for Computer Science Education.” She will discuss her organization’s mission to expose girls to computer science at a young age and how the retail industry can tap into that resource pool.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome such provocative and forward thinking thought leaders,” Shop.org Executive Director Vicki Cantrell said. “The digital community is known for infusing innovative ideas and opportunities into retail, and these experts will give the audience new ways to impact their business and ultimately enhance the customer experience.”

Complimentary registration is available to editorial staff members of the press, as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. To register, contact Ana Serafin Smith at smitha@nrf.com.

Shop.org, a division of the National Retail Federation, is the world’s leading community for digital retail, offering thought leadership through original research and gold standard events. The community is made up of exclusive networking groups and committees that lead the global conversation surrounding innovative e-commerce trends and digital retail.

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 that retail plays in driving innovation. nrf.com

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