Retail’s BIG Show 2017 Highlights: Tech and Trade
Nearly 35,000 retailers and industry partners were in New York last week for #NRF17. Here’s a roundup of the events from Monday and early Tuesday at NRF’s 106th Annual Convention.
Innovation and leadership
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote showed retailers how data and technology are transforming the industry.
Kate Ancketill of GDR Creative Intelligence urged retailers to adapt to the imminent “Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
A panel of innovators explained how artificial intelligence, robotics and wearables are already changing the ways we live and work.
Sir Richard Branson sat down with Container Store Chairman Kip Tindell for a fireside chat about entrepreneurship.
Innovation on the Expo floor
Trade and taxes
An important topic being discussed at this year’s show was the proposed ‘border adjustment tax’, which will subsidize exports and tax imports. At a Q&A session after his keynote, New York Fed CEO William Dudley (pictured at top with Macy’s Chairman and CEO Terry Lundgren) spoke to NRF about ‘unintended consequences’ of a border tax. The story was shared by CNBC and Reuters.