NRF 2018: Retail's Big Show highlights: Gala and Student Program

For more from NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show on January 14 – 16 in New York City, visit the official recap.

For more from NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show on January 14 – 16 in New York City, visit the official recap.

NRF 2018: Retails Big Show is just getting started at the Javits Center in New York City. The event began on Friday and Saturday with the NRF Foundation’s Student Program and the fourth annual NRF Foundation Gala on Sunday, and continues with NRF’s annual convention and EXPO through Tuesday. Here are the highlights so far.


NBA champion Shaquille ONeal presented President and CEO of Walmart Doug McMillon with NRF’s “The Visionary” award. View the recap.

Student program

Students heard from entrepreneurs who revolutionized established retail concepts by starting businesses from simple ideas they were passionate about.

Fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff shared advice with students at her flagship store in SoHo, Manhattan.

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Levi's president James J.C. Curleigh discussed how Levis keeps one foot rooted in the heritage of the brand, with the other foot driving it forward. He also highlighted the brand’s recent trucker jacket collaboration with Google.

CDR Creative Intelligence CEO Kate Antcketill talked about three ways the boundaries of retail are expanding.

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon chatted about technology and digital commerce.

Independent Retailer highlighted the top sessions on Day 1 of NRF 2018.

NRF’s Cristina Ceresoli shared insight on technologies most likely to affect retailers in 2018.


Attendees had a blast on the first day of NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show.

Marne Levine, Instagram’s COO, caught up with Tyler Haney from Outdoor Voices and technology reporter Jennifer Jolly. 

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Michael Lastoria from &pizza snapped a picture with his fellow presenters.

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Attendees got face-to-face with new retail technologies.

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For more stories from NRF 2018: Retail’s Big Show, visit the official recap page. Follow @NRFBigShow on Twitter and @NRF on Instagram for live coverage of the show Jan 14-16.