Day 1 Recap
Following BJ’s Wholesale Chairman and CEO Chris Baldwin’s conference kickoff, retail luminaries appeared on the stage to share their thoughts on leadership, culture, diversity and inclusion, giving back to the community and the importance of nurturing a workforce. The day ended at the NRF Foundation Gala, which raised $3.2 million to support the next generation of retail talent.
Day 2 Recap
On the second day of the world’s largest retail conference and expo, CEOs of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Levi’s and Lowe’s spoke on leading with conviction, while Janet Yellen outlined the economic factors impacting 2019. Target’s Brian Cornell outlined successes while Alibaba discussed its globalization strategy. Digital first brands shared how they went physical and speakers in the Girls’ Lounge explored how women are leading the industry through transformation.
Day 3 Recap
Across the 10 stages at the event, Tuesday featured Macy’s Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette on the Main Stage, while startups UrbanStems and Boll and Branch talked frictionless retail on the Innovation stage. The event concluded with a closing keynote from Chip and Joanna Gaines of Magnolia.