|[January 23, 2013]
University of Arizona Conference to Help Retailers Accelerate Their Brands and Stay Ahead of Shoppers
TUCSON, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
The Global Retailing Conference (GRC) of the University of Arizona's
Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing today announced its 2013 lineup
of presenters. They will focus on new ways that leading retail and
fashion brands are engaging customers and encouraging advocacy. Among
the speakers are senior executives from Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Clarins,
Costco, Facebook (News - Alert), The Hudson's Bay Company, Iconix Brands,
SonyPlaystation, Tory Burch and Walmart.
The conference will be held April 11-12 at Loews Ventana Canyon in
Tucson, AZ. The annual event serves as a forum and think tank for
emerging ideas in a setting that fuses business and academia.
Presentations in 2013 will include discussion of retail innovation,
digital advancement, marketing strategies and consumer behavior.
Speakers for the event include:
Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President & CEO, Macy's, Inc.
Ira Kalish, Director of Global Economics, Deloitte (News - Alert) Consulting
Jonathan Zrihen, President & CEO, Clarins Groupe North America
Bonnie Brooks, President, The Hudson's Bay Company
Matthew Shay, President & CEO, National Retail Federation
Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder and Former CEO, Costco
Neil Cole, President & CEO, ICONIX Brand Group, Inc.
Doug Mack, CEO, One Kings Lane
Kevin Sterneckert, Vice President, Research, Gartner
Rob Garf, Vice President, Product and Solutions Marketing, Demandware
Anita D. Bhappu, PetSmart Associate Professor of Retailing and
Consumer Sciences, The University of Arizona
Tony Spring, President & CO, Bloomingdale's
Gary Talarico, President & CEO, Gordon Brothers
Scott Hardy, President & CEO, Polaroid
Joe Bona, President, Branded Environments, CBX
Wanda Young, Vice President, Media and Digital Marketing, Walmart
Kerry Lakin, Senior Account Manager, Facebook
Jack Tretton, CEO, SonyPlaystation
Tory Burch, Fashion Designer & CEO, Tory Burch LLC.
Details on the conference, including a complete agenda, are posted on www.globalretailingconference.org,
with pages on Facebook.com (keyword Global Retailing Conference) and
Twitter (News - Alert).com/globalretailcon.
"Retailing continues to evolve rapidly, with new techniques, processes
and technologies emerging virtually every day - all being driven by our
customer's changing habits and preferences. We all must be diligent in
understanding what our customers want today, and what they will want
tomorrow," said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief
executive officer of Macy's, Inc., who will deliver opening remarks.
"That's what makes the University of Arizona's Global Retailing
Conference so valuable. We will have the opportunity to see and hear the
latest thinking from some of the best minds available on a wide range of
topics that relate directly to our industry - all within a day and a
half. It is a very efficient way to stay abreast of what's new, and to
do so within the collaborative context of an academic institution that
is educating the next generation of our industry's leaders."
Registrations for a limited number of attendees are currently being
The GRC is presented through the support of sponsors that include
Macy's, Airwatch, Deloitte, Demandware, ICONIX Brand Group, The Parker
Avery Group, Predictix, Revionics, Supima Cotton, American Express (News - Alert),
Avnet, CBX, Dick's Sporting Goods, Green Mountain Consulting, The Home
Depot, Hudson River Group, Monetate, PetSmart, Point Inside, Saban
Brands, SAP (News - Alert), Acento, Bridgestone/Firestone, Defero and Walmart.
For more information on attending the event, visit www.globalretailingconference.org
and follow to the registration page. Or email Martha Van Gelder,
director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the University of
Arizona's John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.
It brings together the resources and expertise of academia and the
retail industry, with a shared goal of developing strong future retail
professionals. It is considered one of the top retail business programs
in the country. About 500 students currently are enrolled in classes and
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