Technology Record - Issue 23: Winter 21/22

32 www. t e c h n o l o g y r e c o r d . c om MAR K E TWATCH National Retail Federation (NRF) invited attendees to network in-person again at Retail’s Big Show on 15-18 January. The event, which covered a variety of retail-focused topics such as operations, team investment, business models and growth, looked towards the future of retail by reviewing recent technology and transformation. Keynote speakers included Corrie Barry, CEO of Best Buy and Matthew Shay, president and CEO of NRF, who discussed how to stay ahead of the curve. Meanwhile, Javier Quiñones, CEO and chief sustainability officer at IKEA US, and Jennifer Steinmann, global environmental, social and governance marketplace leader at Deloitte, spoke about climate issues as business imperatives and Brian Cornell, the board chairman and CEO of Target Corporation, shared his strategies for driving Target’s continued growth. Other sessions looked at best practices from consumer packaged goods in accelerating growth for future success, how to reshape retail with technology and embracing the power of heritage and reimagination. Other speakers included: Jessica Alba, actress and founder of The Honest Company; Brian Aoaeh, general partner at REFASHIOND Ventures; Tom Arigi, director of asset protection and safety at The Kroger Co.; Shelley Bransten, corporate vice president of retail and consumer goods at Microsoft; Tory Brunker, director of commerce at Adobe; and Stephanie Young, president of Disney consumer products, games and publishing at The Walt Disney Company. The event also featured over 700 exhibitors including Microsoft Stores, Old Navy Clothing Co., Mars Retail Group, Swarovski and Verizon. National Retail Federation: Retail’s Big Show Retail and technology professionals from around the world were invited to network and share ideas about the industry EVENT REPORT 15-18 January 2022 | New York City, USA