NRF’s second-annual State of Retail and the Consumer virtual event explored the health of the American consumer and key behavior trends during and after the pandemic. Watch the video on demand and hear from industry experts including NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay, NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., retail CEOs from major brands and market researchers.
Annual Sales Forecast
NRF’s 2022 annual retail sales forecast was also announced. NRF is forecasting that retail sales will grow between 6 percent and 8 percent to more than $4.86 trillion in 2022.
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State of Retail and the Consumer 2021
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I. Welcome to the State of Retail and the Consumer
Matthew Shay, president and CEO, NRF
II. Panel 1 | Independent and in control: The shoppers shaping the 2022 retail and policy landscape
Bill Knapp, partner, SKDK
Sucharita Kodali, vice president and principal analyst for retail, Forrester
Hope King, business reporter, Axios (moderator)
III. Retail sales forecast 2022
Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., chief economist, NRF
IV. Panel 2 | The endemic economy: What's next for consumers and retail
Ellen Zentner, chief U.S. economist, Morgan Stanley
Joel Prakken, chief U.S. economist and co-head of U.S. economics, IHS Markit
Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., chief economist, NRF (moderator)
V. Panel 3 | The path forward: How retailers are recasting customer centricity
John Furner, president and CEO, Walmart U.S.
Sharon Leite, CEO, The Vitamin Shoppe
Matthew Shay, president and CEO, NRF (moderator)