Preview: Retail's BIG Show will be even bigger in 2016
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 25, 2015
With brands like Disney, Fossil, IKEA and Under Armour on the keynote stage, 530 vendors in the exhibit hall, new retailer-only networking events, a small business program and more new features, 2016 will be the best BIG Show yet. Read the preview and register.
Beyond lobsters and lighthouses: Retailers deliver an "authentic" Maine experience
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 24, 2015
The Retail Association of Maine's Curtis Picard acts as chief tour guide for NRF's Retail Across America road trip in Vacationland, where retailers large and small deliver the "authentic Maine experience." Picard introduces NRF's newest video series and looks at how companies like L.L. Bean, Kittery Trading Post, Renys and Sea Bags contribute to the culture and economy of his state. Read more.
36 retail insiders share tactical tips and big ideas
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 23, 2015
It's not easy to plan ahead for big changes in technology -- from drones to virtual reality to the Internet of Things -- when you're just trying to make it through the holiday season. The Summit 2015 Playbook offers a 12-page mix of big-picture ideas and "quick wins" from experts at companies like Facebook, GoPro, Pinterest, Lowe's, Warby Parker and BCBG Max Azria. Download this free resource.
Infographic: How U.S. tax reform would impact consumers
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 20, 2015
The United States has the highest corporate tax rate in the world, putting the nation at a competitive disadvantage. A new report from Ernst & Young examines the potential impact of inaction over the past several decades and the benefits -- for consumers and the overall economy -- of reforming the U.S. tax system. Download the report and infographic.
Register by Friday and save up to $500 on Retail's BIG Show
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 19, 2015
Retailers can save up to $500 on a Retail's BIG Show full conference pass when they register this week. Choose from more than 300 speakers, more than 50 sessions and 10 keynote presentations over four days in New York, Jan. 17 to 20. Register today.
From Cyber Monday to Snapchat: The evolution of online holiday shopping
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 18, 2015
The phrase "Cyber Monday" was coined in 2005, and a lot has changed in the past decade. NRF's Artemis Berry marks this milestone anniversary of Cyber Monday with a look at the incredible evolution of online holiday shopping, from the remarkable rise of Singles' Day to mobile's game-changing impact to trends in social engagement and digital gifting. Check out these trends.
How IKEA blends content and commerce
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 17, 2015
With leading retailers looking at every social channel as a potential purchase platform, the lines between media and retail are blurring. In a session at Retail’s BIG Show in January, hear how retailers like IKEA deliver content and experiences that connect with purchases. Experts will share how to enhance the physical store with digital content and explore a future where wearables and other new technologies become shopping portals for tomorrow’s consumers. Learn more.
Holiday shoppers already making dents in their lists
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 16, 2015
American consumers are wasting no time jumping on holiday offerings from retailers. NRF's latest consumer spending survey finds that nearly 57% of those celebrating the holidays had already started shopping by early November, up from 54% last year and 49% in 2008. Check out these survey highlights.
Mega trends rising: How to future-proof your brand
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 13, 2015
What are the societal shifts -- or mega trends -- that will change your business over the next few years? At Retail's BIG Show in January, the Future Laboratory will define the most pressing forces shaping consumer behavior and take you one step closer to tomorrow's consumer. Learn more.
6 holiday trends to watch
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 12, 2015
November is here, Starbucks' red cups are back and the holiday season is officially underway. NRF's Kathy Grannis digs into the results of the season's first consumer spending survey to get an early glimpse of trends, from self-gifting and omnichannel fulfillment to hot toys and same-day delivery. Keep an eye on these trends.
NRFtech 2015 Playbook: Creating a culture of innovation
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 11, 2015
What does it take to create a culture of innovation in retail? At NRFtech 2015, retail executives explored how innovation takes shape at the individual and team levels, within organizations and across the broader retail community, creating a system for customer-centric problem solving. Download the post-event Playbook for a look at top takeaways.
Retailers gear up for Singles' Day
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 10, 2015
The first Singles' Day was held Nov. 11, 2009, as a celebration of China's bachelors. Alibaba, the retailer that created the shopping holiday, achieved $9 billion in sales on Singles' Day last year, up from $5.8 billion in 2013. And now a growing number of retailers around the globe are looking to get in on the action. Read more from STORES Magazine.
NRF CEO: What most open-office debates get wrong
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 09, 2015
Debates around open office spaces are often focused on individual concerns about personal preferences, privacy and productivity. NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay looks at the bigger picture and explains how transitioning to an open office layout provides "opportunities for creative collision and uninhibited collaboration" that help the association execute its core mission of serving the retail industry. Read more on LinkedIn.
The unstoppable power of the online marketplace
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 06, 2015
Online marketplaces aren't just a rival to direct commerce. They're setting new customer service standards that retailers are striving to match. In a session at Retail's BIG Show in January, leaders from some of the world's most successful online platforms -- Amazon, Rakuten and MercadoLibre -- will outline why and how retailers should embrace e-commerce marketplaces as part of their global growth strategy. Learn more.
An inside look at J.C. Penney's global supply chain
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 05, 2015
From testing and certification to ensuring the safety of workers and factories, retailers face incredible complexities when sourcing abroad. Earlier this year, NRF's Jon Gold visited factories, testing labs and ports in Hong Kong, China, Vietnam and Bangladesh to get a firsthand look at J.C. Penney's global supply chain. Check out this recap.
How does China's economy affect US retail?
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 04, 2015
China's economic slowdown has been in the news. How does this superpower's economy affect retail in the United States? In the short term, the effects won't be very noticeable -- the cost of holiday merchandise was negotiated long before China's currency devaluation and abrupt economic slowdown this summer. Read more in this month’s issue of STORES.
Ireland's Primark enters US market
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 03, 2015
British-owned, Dublin-based Primark is best known as a supplier of fast fashion with an unyielding focus on volume and a tight rein on operating margins. The $7.5 billion company just opened its first US store in Boston, with another set to debut later this month in suburban Philadelphia. Get the full story in this month's issue of STORES Magazine.
All of NRF's holiday resources in 1 place
NRF Global SmartBrief | Nov 02, 2015
NRF expects US retail sales in November and December to increase a solid 3.7% to $630.5 billion, higher than the 10-year average of 2.5%. Find the latest updates -- including consumer survey results, holiday hiring estimates and historical data -- at NRF’s Holiday Headquarters. View online resources.
The beautiful side of Big Data
NRF Global SmartBrief | Oct 30, 2015
Glamour magazine's Lipstick Index sifts through 3 million blog and social media posts to rank the top 25 hottest hairstyles, makeup trends and celebrity looks. The algorithm-driven rankings, updated every hour, offer real-time data insights to marketers in the beauty industry. Read more.
White paper: "Micro-moments" and the shopper journey
NRF Global SmartBrief | Oct 29, 2015
The influence of digital and mobile on in-store purchasing is growing by double digits, spurring nearly $2.7 trillion in sales in 2014. A Google white paper in the NRF Retail Library explores the shift in consumer behavior with the rise of mobile and how retailers like Target, Macy's and Rebecca Minkoff are responding to the growing influence of digital. Download the white paper.
Last call: Omnichannel webinar with Crocs and Saks
NRF Global SmartBrief | Oct 28, 2015
The NRF-FitForCommerce Omnichannel Retail Index provides retailers with important benchmarks for evaluating omnichannel initiatives. Review key findings from the report and discuss best practices with executives from Crocs and Saks Fifth Avenue in today’s members-only webinar. Learn more and register.
Tommy Hilfiger, Nate Berkus, Iman among NRF Foundation Gala hosts
NRF Global SmartBrief | Oct 27, 2015
The NRF Foundation announced the names of several industry insiders, retail CEOs and business partners who will serve as host committee members for its second annual Gala, to be held Jan. 17 in New York City. The hosts include executives and founders from Brit + Co, STORY and DreamWorks. Meet the host committee.
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