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NRF BIG Show lights up stage with Super Sessions
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Nov '08
The National Retail Federation has lined up a stellar list of guest speakers to enlighten, educate and entertain attendees during its 98th Annual Convention and EXPO, which includes a one-of-a-kind DESiGN STUDiO, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City January 11-14, 2009.

During the three-day event, guests will hear from retail executives, world-renowned authors and retailers' corporate partners about the issues retailers are currently facing in this economy, what it takes to be “green,” and global market trends. Scheduled Super Sessions and highlighted panels include:

Embrace Global Mega Trends and Turn Shoppers Into Advocates
Sunday, January 11, 1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Speaker: Martin Lindstrom, Author
The opening Super Session on Sunday will be renowned author Martin Lindstrom. Lindstrom's presentation will feature highlights from his latest book Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy. Lindstrom will also discuss the new rules for creating customer value, the need to deliver a superior customer experience and the demand for corporate social responsibility

Global Strategies for Multi-Channel Success
Sunday, January 11, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Speakers: Laura Wade-Gery, CEO, Tesco.com and Direct; Tony Stockil, CEO, Javelin Group, Ltd.
This presentation will explore how Tesco has pioneered its ecommerce and direct channels to benefit from customers' appetite for multi-channel convenience and how ecommerce is evolving differently throughout the world

The Company of the Future
Monday, January 12, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: H. Lee Scott, Jr., President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
In his keynote address, Scott will discuss the company's commitment to being more sustainable, to building a more ethical and environmentally-friendly supply chain, and to staying true to its mission of "helping people save money so they can live better”

Weathering Retail's Storms: How to Navigate a Turbulent Economy
Monday, January 12, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Speakers: Carl Steidtmann, Chief Economist, Consumer Business, Deloitte Research; Stacy Janiak, Vice Chairman, National Sector Leader, Retail, Deloitte
Deloitte retail experts will discuss the slowdown in consumer spending and what retailers can do to ensure success and better respond to an economic downturn. They will also discuss insights in purchase behaviors and an outlook for spending in 2009

Center of the Universe: Understand and Connect With Your Customer
Tuesday, January 13, 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Speakers to date: Karen Etzkorn, SVP and CIO, Tween Brands; Anne Marie Thomas, VP, Marketing, Tween Brands
Attendees will learn from retailers who have made their core customer the center of their universe in order to successfully navigate shifts in loyalty and ensure a unified message across in-store and online experiences

So the Sky Has Fallen: Now What?
Tuesday, January 13, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

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