Countdown to NRF's Big Show, Part 1
By David Dorf on Jan 05, 2009
Here in Texas it's relatively warm. I spent Christmas and New Years day outside playing with the kids or working in the yard. But every January I dig out my winter-wear and make the trek to New York City for NRF's Big Show. This year the conference is a week earlier than normal, so I have a little less time to prepare.
With the economic downturn and the slow holiday season, I wonder if attendance will be as good as past years. Regardless, Oracle will there in full force, ready to show retailers how to make the best of a bad situation. And as always, there's the Oracle Red Hot Party Monday night. My advice: don't schedule any meetings for early on Tuesday.
Of course I'm anxious to see what the Eternal Order of AccessVia will be up to this year. Dean Sleeper, known as the Richard Branson of Retail, is always full of surprises and knows how to get your attention. Check out their short flash production, New Consumer, New Messaging. Top quality work for sure.
If you're interested in hearing viewpoints from some accomplished retailers that have written books, read this blog entry over at NRF.com. I just ordered my copy of Retail: The Art and Science. I hope it arrives in time for the plane ride.
Duncan Angove will be speaking on retail imperatives for growth and value creation on Monday 1:45 – 2:30 pm ET in room 3D04. Duncan is an engaging speaker, mixing his retail acumen with a dash of technology and large portion of English accent. Its a great combination that requires very few slides (something to which I aspire). "In this session, learn how retailers are able to scale customer intimacy and pursue fresh growth opportunities to give them unparalleled competitive advantage with the help of Oracle’s complete, open and integrated footprint for retail."
More NRF info to come...