|NRF Foundation Launches Resource for Industry Research|
Release Date: May 01, 2013
The NRF Foundation, the careers and education division of the National Retail Federation, today announced the launch of its new Retail Insight Center, a website designed to serve as a resource for researching industry, government, economic and consumer trends within the retail industry.
| Three NRF Events Make Trade Show News Network’s Prestigious Top 250 Trade Show List|
Release Date: April 24, 2013
| NRF Announces Industry Perception Campaign - This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation|
Release Date: April 11, 2013
The National Retail Federation will announce today a new initiative to broaden and enhance perceptions of the industry beyond providing consumers with great products. NRF’s This is Retail: Careers, Community, Innovation campaign, will highlight the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities at home and abroad, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation.
| Shop.org Brings Together Think Tank of Industry Leaders|
Release Date: April 04, 2013
Shop.org, the National Retail Federation’s digital division, is bringing together thought leading digital retail executives and solution providers to tackle some of the industry’s top challenges. The Shop.org Think Tank collaborates to identify and develop points of view on trends, business models, technologies and strategies that will shape the future of online retail and the role of digital in retail.
|St. Patrick’s Day to Draw More Than 133 Million Celebrants, According to NRF|
Release Date: March 05, 2013
he year’s biggest Irish holiday falls on a Sunday this year, but that won’t stop millions of Americans from celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in fun fashion. According to NRF’s St. Patrick’s Day Spending Survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person will spend $35.27 on green attire, decor for their home and office, and festive food and drinks. Total spending is expected to grow to $4.7 billion.
|Seven in 10 Americans Adjusting Spending Plans to Cope with Recent Payroll Tax Changes, According to NRF|
Release Date: February 21, 2013
A change in federal tax law that decreased the take-home pay of many working Americans is impacting household budgets. According to NRF’s 2013 Tax Returns Survey conducted by BIGinsight, nearly three-quarters (73.3%) of those polled say their spending plans are taking a hit.
| Americans Still Splurging on Small Luxuries, According to STORES Magazine|
Release Date: February 11, 2013
| Cautious Consumers Keep Cupid at Bay This Year, According to NRF|
Release Date: January 31, 2013
Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day but consumers aren’t quite ready to shell out the big bucks for their loved ones as much as they were last year. The 2013 Valentine’s Day spending survey conducted by BIGinsight shows only a slight increase in expected sales this year with the average person planning to spend $130.97 on candy, cards, gifts and more, up from $126.03 last year. Total spending will reach $18.6 billion.*
|Shop.org/Okamura Consulting Examine Where Digital Fits in Today’s Retail Organization|
Release Date: January 15, 2013
Shop.org is launching today a multi-part initiative to engage the industry in examining how retailers are integrating all things “digital” into their business structures.
|Saks CEO Stephen Sadove Elected Chairman of the NRF Board|
Release Date: January 14, 2013
The National Retail Federation today announced that Saks Incorporated Chairman and CEO Stephen I. Sadove has been elected chairman of the NRF Board of Directors and chairman of its Executive Committee. He succeeds NRF’s immediate past chairman, Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. Sadove was elected at the Board of Directors meeting held Sunday during NRF’s 102nd Annual Convention and EXPO – Retail’s BIG Show.
|ARTS Unveils Standards Updates, Payments Integration White Paper at Retail’s BIG Show 2013|
Release Date: January 14, 2013
The Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS), the National Retail Federation’s technology standards division, today announced the release of three diverse standards for the retail technology community, all of which will be available for review in the ARTS Pavilion, booth 2253, at Retail’s BIG Show.
|Retail’s BIG Show 2013 to Bring Together Top CEOs, Industry Executives|
Release Date: January 10, 2013
Bringing together the world’s leading retailers and their business partners, Retail’s BIG Show is set to commence next week, offering a speaker lineup never seen before. The four-day convention, held January 13-16, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, will feature topics ranging from digital and mobile retailing to corporate and social responsibility to economic and consumer trends in the new year.
| To Highlight Career Paths in Retail, NRF and University of Phoenix Announce “Dream BIG” Scholarship|
Release Date: January 08, 2013
The Dream BIG scholarship will award 10 current retail employees with full tuition at any University of Phoenix program, providing them the opportunity to pair education with work experience and ambitions to pursue a wide-array of career opportunities within the retail industry.
|Americans Making Good Progress on Holiday Shopping Lists|
Release Date: December 13, 2012
According to NRF’s latest holiday survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average person has completed 56.5 percent of their shopping, up from the 46.5 percent this time last year and the highest percentage in the survey’s 10-year history.
|Return Fraud to Cost Retailers $2.9 Billion This Holiday Season, According to NRF Survey|
Release Date: December 04, 2012
|NRF Foundation Awards $178,000 in Scholarships to Next Generation of Retail Leaders|
Release Date: December 03, 2012
Christmas came early for 24 college students when they learned they were recipients of a $5,000 scholarship through the NRF Foundation’s Ray M. Greenly Scholarship fund. Each student, nominated by educators at their schools based on their high scholastic achievements and passion for retail, will receive a $5,000 scholarship to cover educational costs and a stipend to attend Retail’s BIG Show in January.
|NRF CEO: “Thanksgiving Shopping Quickly Becoming Holiday Tradition for Millions of Americans”|
Release Date: November 23, 2012
Even the post-turkey coma couldn’t keep a good shopper down last night as millions of people across the country lined the sidewalks late Thursday night and by midnight on Black Friday to stock up on discounted toys, laptops, tablets, apparel, and more.
|Gift Cards: The Season’s Hottest Gift, According to NRF|
Release Date: November 14, 2012
With retailers providing increasingly creative ways for gift cards to be personalized and delivered, NRF’s 2012 holiday consumer spending survey conducted by BIGinsight shows that 81.1 percent of shoppers will purchase at least one gift card and will spend an average of $156.86 on gift cards, the highest amount in the survey’s 10-year history.
|NRF to Welcome Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon as Keynote at Retail’s BIG Show 2013|
Release Date: October 25, 2012
The National Retail Federation announced today that Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S. will keynote Retail’s BIG Show, January 13-16, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.
|Shoppers to Remain Conservative With Holiday Gift Budgets This Year, According to NRF|
Release Date: October 17, 2012
Consumers are prepared for a holly, jolly holiday season, though it’s evident most will take a conservative approach with their gift-giving budgets. According to NRF’s holiday consumer spending survey conducted by BIGinsight, the average holiday shopper will spend $749.51 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more, up slightly from the $740.57 they actually spent last year.