Countdown to NRF's Big Show, Part 3
By David Dorf-Oracle on Jan 06, 2009
At OpenWorld, Oracle Retail tried holding Birds-of-a-Feather breakfast meetings where customers could sit down with other customers to discuss specific topics (and get a free breakfast to boot) in an informal setting. A table-moderator handled the introductions and kept the conversations going. Based on the success of those breakfasts, we're doing something similar at NRF this year, although the program has been renamed to Affinity Group Discussions (I like BOFs better, but maybe that's because I'm a JavaOne Alumni).
If you're a retailer that doesn't already have plans for breakfast or lunch on Tuesday, you'll probably want to sign-up to attend these networking opportunities. The topics are:
--Hosted Deployment Models for Major Retail Projects
--Unleash the Value of Your Oracle Merchandising Applications
--Green Retailing in the Real World
--Where Phones and People Meet: Delivering the Perfect Retail Experience in Telecommunications
--Emerging Challenges within Retail Loss Prevention
--Why Settle for Tracking your Inventory When you Can Manage It?
--Bundle Store Applications, Hardware and Services to Decrease Cost and Optimize Store Operations
--Worst of Times, Best of Times: Retail Real Estate Management in 2009
--The People Factor: Managing Talent In Today’s Retail Market
Oracle is also sponsoring this year's Members-Only lunch on Monday. You'll want to arrive early because space is limited. Michael Gates Gill, author of the bestseller How Starbucks Saved My Life, will be speaking followed by a book-signing. Get your copy of his book signed before its turned into a movie (starring Tom Hanks, no less).