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UA Global Retailing Conference Announces 2013 Presenters

By Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, January 29, 2013

The UA's annual Global Retailing Conference comes to Tucson April 11-12.

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing has announced its 2013 lineup of presenters – including Macy's CEO Terry J. Lundgren and fashion designer Tory Burch. The presenters will focus on new ways that leading retail and fashion brands are engaging customers and encouraging advocacy.

Among the speakers are senior executives from Bloomingdale’s, Clarins, Costco, Facebook, The Hudson’s Bay Company, Iconix Brands, SonyPlaystation and Walmart.

The conference will be held April 11-12 at Loews Ventana Canyon in Tucson. The annual event serves as a forum and think tank for emerging ideas in a setting that fuses business and academia.

Presentations in 2013 will include discussion of retail innovation, digital advancement, marketing strategies and consumer behavior.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and CEO, Macy’s, Inc.

    UA alumnus Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., will give opening remarks at the annual Global Retailing Conference.UA alumnus Terry Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., will give opening remarks at the annual Global Retailing Conference.

    Tory Burch, fashion designer and CEO of Tory Burch LLC, is among the presenters at the UA's 2013 Global Retailing Conference.Tory Burch, fashion designer and CEO of Tory Burch LLC, is among the presenters at the UA's 2013 Global Retailing Conference.

  • Tory Burch, fashion designer and CEO, Tory Burch LLC
  • Ira Kalish, director of global economics, Deloitte Consulting
  • Jonathan Zrihen, president and CEO, Clarins Groupe North America
  • Bonnie Brooks, president, The Hudson’s Bay Company
  • Matthew Shay, president and CEO, National RetailFederation
  • Jim Sinegal, co-founder and former CEO, Costco
  • Neil Cole, president and CEO, ICONIX Brand Group, Inc.
  • Doug Mack, CEO, One Kings Lane
  • Kevin Sterneckert, vice president, research, Gartner
  • Rob Garf, vice president, product and solutions marketing, Demandware
  • Anita D. Bhappu, PetSmart Associate Professor of Retailing and Consumer Sciences, UA
  • Tony Spring, president and COO, Bloomingdale’s
  • Gary Talarico, president and CEO, Gordon Brothers
  • Scott Hardy, president and CEO, Polaroid
  • Joe Bona, president, branded environments, CBX
  • Wanda Young, vice president, media and digital marketing, Walmart
  • Kerry Lakin, senior account manager, Facebook
  • Jack Tretton, CEO, SonyPlaystation

Details on the conference, including a complete agenda, are posted on  the conference website, with pages on Facebook (keyword Global Retailing Conference) and Twitter (Twitter.com/globalretailcon).

“Retailing continues to evolve rapidly, with new techniques, processes and technologies emerging virtually every day – all being driven by our customer’s changing habits and preferences. We all must be diligent in understanding what our customers want today, and what they will want tomorrow,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., who will deliver opening remarks at the conference.

“That’s what makes the University of Arizona’s Global Retailing Conference so valuable. We will have the opportunity to see and hear the latest thinking from some of the best minds available on a wide range of topics that relate directly to our industry – all within a day and a half. It is a very efficient way to stay abreast of what’s new, and to do so within the collaborative context of an academic institution that is educating the next generation of our industry’s leaders,” said Lundgren, who is a UA alumnus. 

The GRC is presented through the support of sponsors that include Macy’s, Airwatch, Deloitte, Demandware, ICONIX Brand Group, The Parker Avery Group, Predictix, Revionics, Supima Cotton, American Express, Avnet, CBX, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Green Mountain Consulting, The Home Depot, Hudson River Group, Monetate, PetSmart, Point Inside, Saban Brands, SAP, Acento, Bridgestone/Firestone, Defero and Walmart.

For more information on attending the event, visit www.globalretailingconference.org and follow to the registration page. Or email Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at mvangelder@email.arizona.edu.

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the UA’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. It brings together the resources and expertise of academia and the retail industry, with a shared goal of developing strong future retail professionals. The school’s retailing and consumer sciences undergraduate degree program is considered one of the top retail business programs in the country. About 500 students currently are enrolled in classes.

Contacts

Kimberley Brooke

Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing

520-626-7952

kbrooke@email.arizona.edu