Retail executives gathered in New York City for NRF 2019: Retail's Big Show agree that consumers are still in a positive mindset and that retail is poised to keep growing this year, NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay told CNBC. He also talked about the ongoing innovation and integration of new technology and how it's driving retail efficiencies.
Macy's CEO Jeff Gennette took over as chairman of the NRF Foundation on Friday, succeeding former Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz. The foundation aims to play a key role in changing the perception that retail jobs are one-dimensional, and preparing people for the diverse careers retail has to offer.
Getting a job is a step-by-step process that's like following a road map, says Scott Dobroski of Glassdoor. Start with identifying the skills to focus on for the specific job and wrap up by taking the time to decide whether the gig is the best fit.
Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly aims to build on the recovery he has spearheaded since taking the reins at the electronics retailer in 2012, with a hands-on approach and a focus on services that keeps customers happy and loyal. "He could never be on 'Undercover Boss' because every blue shirt in the country knows what he looks like," Chief Financial Officer Corie Barry said of Joly, a speaker at Retail's Big Show this week.
Sisters Adriana, Natalia, Liliana and Juliana Acevedo learned the shoe business as young girls in the family's Colombia shoe factory, and later their creation of the Kaanas brand revitalized the business. Artisans from several countries design the handcrafted shoes, which are available at retailers including Nordstrom, ASOS, Anthropologie and hundreds of boutiques.
The fifth annual NRF Foundation Gala took place Jan. 13 at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in New York City, featuring an inspiring awards program and formal dinner. The star-studded event raised more than $3.2 million to support the Foundation's programs. Learn more.
More than 1,000 excited students attended the NRF Foundation Student Program in New York City, Jan. 11-12. For two days, students specializing in every aspect of retail -- including merchandising, supply chain, information technology and fashion design -- came together to learn about how retail is a great place to start and develop a rewarding career. Read more.