Retail’s BIG Show

More than 33,000 industry leaders from around the world will convene in New York City for the National Retail Federation’s 106th annual Retail’s BIG Show.

Retail’s BIG Show, the retail industry’s premier event by the National Retail Federation, will take place Jan. 15 to 17, 2017, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. This three-day show will see more than 33,000 attendees from 94 countries and more than 500 exhibitors.

The show offers unparalleled education in more than 100 sessions from 300 industry-leading speakers, along with an enormous, 235,000-square foot expo hall full of technologies and solutions. After more than a century – 106 years to be exact – Retail’s BIG Show is still the only place where you can see and experience all things retail.

Retail’s BIG Show is a celebration of retail in every format. Attendees will walk away inspired, exhilarated and proud of the industry of which they’re a part. They can take part listening to series of speakers and attend breakout sessions, networking events and walk the exhibit floor showcasing cutting-edge retail technology. Hear from the industry’s revolutionary and intriguing leaders who are shattering the status quo and driving innovation and achieving success. The conference also brings together hundreds of talented young people in a student program to learn about retail careers.

The most exciting session at next year’s show will be one of the keynotes with Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Starting as a retailer in the early 1979s with a mail-order record business that evolved into Virgin Record Stores, Branson has built a business empire that today comprises nearly 400 companies. At the show, Branson will address “Undying Brand Engagement in an Age of Continuous Disruption and Reinvention” on the second day of the conference.

The Virgin Group is a leading international investment organization that has grown successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephone, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment, and health and wellness. Virgin has created more than 400 branded companies worldwide and employs more than 60,000 people, in 50-plus countries, with global branded revenues of $24 billion. Branson was knighted in 2000 for his services to entrepreneurship.

“We are thrilled to welcome Sir Richard as our keynote speaker for Retail’s BIG Show,” NRF CEO and President Matthew Shay said. “He is an inspiring entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, social change and growing the business sector. His leadership as an entrepreneur and investor in the business world will give our members a fresh perspective on how to continue growing their companies both, large or small.”

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