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January 9, 2014
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Special Report Introduction 
A look ahead to Retail's BIG Show
NRF's 103rd Annual Convention & EXPO
NRF's 103rd Annual Convention & EXPO will be held Jan. 12 to 15 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Thought leaders, retailers and vendors from around the globe are preparing to learn, network and experience at Retail's BIG Show. From mobile retailing and social shopping, to personalization and global issues, this year's event is guaranteed to offer the education and opportunities you need to continue evolving your business.

This year's BIG Show highlights include keynotes from Nordstrom's Blake W. Nordstrom, Rebecca Minkoff, Square's Jack Dorsey, Macy's Terry J. Lundgren and IBM's Ginni Rometty, among others. Also be sure to check out the Breakout Sessions, the EXPO Hall and the full schedule of educational sessions.

This Special Report on the BIG Show offers a preview of the hot topics and special events attendees can expect in New York City. Whether you're new to the event or have been many times, be sure to follow these tips to navigate the BIG Show like a pro. For updates throughout the event, check out Retail's BIG Blog and follow the BIG Show on Twitter.
A Look Ahead 
  • How 3 industry leaders are re-imagining retail
    What do a property developer, pastry chef and fashion designer have in common? They're all on the leading edge of retail innovation. Prior to speaking at Retail's BIG Show next week, panelists offered insight on store experience, community engagement and Main Street innovation. In this interview, Caruso Affiliated founder Rick Caruso, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and Sprinkles Cupcakes founder Candace Nelson share their vision for 21st-century retail. Retail's BIG Blog (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 new additions to Retail's BIG Show Student Program
    The inaugural student program at the BIG Show last year was so successful that 100% of students who attended said they would recommend the program to a friend. The program is back again this year, with a few new opportunities for students including a networking lunch and career fair, executive mentor experience and a kick-off by Macy's President and CEO Terry Lundgren. Retail's BIG Blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Digital and Mobile Retail 
  • 5 tech trends to look for at Retail's BIG Show
    As retailers get ready to take on 2014, many will head to Retail's BIG Show next week to learn about industry trends, Paula Rosenblum writes. Technology trends that will be on display at the show will focus on customer experience, omnichannel fulfillment, price optimization, big data and data security, she writes. Forbes (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Jack Dorsey on Square's rise to success
    Square has grown from servicing three merchants in 2010 to processing more than $10 billion in annual transactions, boasting point-of-sale system Square Register for businesses and mobile payment service Square Wallet for consumers. Square developer and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey spoke with NRF's STORES Magazine ahead of his keynote at Retail's BIG Show, touching on Square's success and his ideal retail experience, among other things. STORES magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Download the Convention Quick Guide for an overview of conference details, education sessions and EXPO Hall maps.

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  • A look inside HSN's omnichannel efforts
    HSN is not just a television shopping network. It is an omnichannel retailer whose employees are always working to integrate different channels into the shopping experience. "We're always trying here to push the envelope and break the boundaries, and social media really embodies that for us" said Varuni Jaipershad, who works in social media integration for the retailer. This is Retail (11/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Marketing and Brand Management 
  • Indochino CEO: Don't be afraid to go your own way
    It's been a big year for Indochino. The Vancouver-based retailer has garnered more than 130,000 customers and $13 million in investment capital with its inventive approach to selling custom menswear online. Ahead of his appearance at Retail's BIG Show next week, Indochino co-founder and CEO Kyle Vucko shares the fresh ideas behind the brand's success. "I didn't set out to break the rules. I just wanted to help guys get dressed," Vucko said. Retail's BIG Blog (11/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • At Life is good, success is powered by optimism
    After starting the business out of the back of a van, Life is good has grown into a multichannel brand with a charity foundation serving children in the United States and Haiti. In advance of his keynote session at Retail's BIG Show next week, co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist Bert Jacobs talks about the company's philosophy, the power of optimism and what it's like to run a business with his brother. Retail's BIG Blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Don't see what you need covered in this Special Report? The Resource Center has all the event details.

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