|[February 03, 2014]
Retailers Invited to "Ignite the Customer Experience" at University of Arizona Conference
TUCSON, Ariz. --(Business Wire)--
The Global Retailing Conference of the University of Arizona's Terry J.
Lundgren Center for Retailing today announced its 2014 lineup of
presenters. With a theme of "Ignite the Customer Experience,"
discussions will focus on how retailers engage customers in their brands
and enhance the shopping experience through innovation, technology and
techniques for meeting evolving consumer preferences. Among the speakers
are senior executives from retailing, consumer brand and technology
companies such as Macy's, Bobbi Brown, GoDaddy, NIKE, Blue Nile, Intel (News - Alert),
Fender Guitars, The Home Depot and Whole Foods.
The conference will be held April 10-11 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.
Speakers for the event include:
Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President & CEO, Macy's, Inc.
Bobbi Brown, Founder and CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
Ken Langone, Founder & CEO, Invemed Associates, and Co-Founder, The
Walter Robb, Co-CEO, Whole Foods
Jeanne Jackson, President-Product and Merchandising, NIKE
Brian David Johnson, Futurist, Intel Corporation
Harvey Kanter, President & CEO, Blue Nile
Michael P. Kercheval, President & CEO, International Council of
Blake Irving (News - Alert), CEO and Board Director, GoDaddy
Tom Litchford, Vice President-Retail Strategies, National Retail
Richard McDonald, Senior Vice President-Global Marketing, Fender
Nadia Shouraboura, Founder & CEO, Hointer
Roman Tsunder, CEO, PTTOW!
Ashlee Aldridge, SVP, CIO & Chief Integration Officer, Golfsmith
Rob Garf, Vice President-Industry Strategy, Demandware
Greg Girard, Program Director-Merchandise Strategies, IDC (News - Alert) Retail
Details on the conference, including a complete agenda, are posted on www.globalretailingconference.org,
with pages on Facebook (News - Alert).com (keyword Global Retailing Conference) and
"For 18 years, the University of Arizona's Global Retailing Conference
has been a forum to discuss new and dynamic directions of an industry
that leads consumer trends. The pace of change has never been as rapid
as it is today. Leading retailers and brand marketers are looking
differently at how they attract and retain customers, and how they
develop the talent needed for the future," said Terry J. Lundgren,
chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy's, Inc., who
will deliver opening remarks. "This year's conference will examine how
the shopping experience is evolving, as told by some of the industry's
most visionary thinkers. And significantly, this will be a forum that
includes interaction with high-potential retailing students and faculty
who have already begun to frame the insights that will carry our
Registrations for a limited number of attendees are currently being
The GRC is presented through the support of sponsors that include
Macy's, SAP (News - Alert), Airwatch, AT&T, Demandware, Supima Cotton, 360pi,
MasterCard, Walgreens, Predictix, Kenneth Mink, Avnet, Dick's Sporting
Goods, Hudson River Group, Intel, JC Penney, Yahoo!, Home Depot,
PetSmart, RetailNext, Threadstone, Atmosol, Reflexis, Acento, and Defero.
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. The school's Retailing and Consumer Sciences program
undergraduate degree is considered one of the top retail business
programs in the country. About 500 students currently are enrolled in
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