NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show

NRF’s Kleinhenz sees consumers still spending

NEW YORK — National Retail Federation chief economist Jack Kleinhenz sees a challenging economy ahead in the coming year, but he’s not convinced it will qualify as a recession. “I do expect a meaningful slowdown,” he said, but he added that he was still confident about consumer spending, which has mostly held up despite interest

Cornell: Female leadership is Target’s ‘culture in action’

NEW YORK — Brian Cornell, Target Corp.’s chairman and chief executive officer, led a discussion of the company’s culture in a marquee session at NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show earlier this month. Joining Cornell on stage were four of the company’s leaders: Christina Hennington, executive vice president and chief growth officer; Kiera Fernandez, senior vice

Buechel: Whole Foods loyalists aren’t going away

NEW YORK — In pioneering the natural and organic food movement in the United States, Whole Foods Market has probably done as much as any retailer to unite shoppers around the idea of a purpose-driven business. But in today’s uncertain economic environment, can consumers be expected to remain committed to notions of sustainability and purpose?

Retailing is still at its core about people

The exhibit floor at NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show was a cornucopia of technological innovation, packed with exhibitors showing off the latest robots, kiosks and mobile point-of-sale solutions, as well as scads of artificial intelligence applications designed to help retailers do everything from addressing theft within their stores to better forecasting their inventory needs. There

New Consumer Product Showcase to debut at Retail’s Big Show

New Consumer Product Showcase to debut at Retail’s Big Show

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation announced it will introduce a new Consumer Product Showcase at NRF 2023: Retail’s Big Show. The program provides a forum for small businesses to feature their consumer-facing products for national merchandisers. The majority (84%) of products showcased will be from minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned, disability-owned or LGBTQ+-owned companies. “Retailers are continuously looking to