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12/10/2015

10 Can't Miss Sessions at NRF 2016

The NRF Big Show is always overflowing with top-notch educational sessions, and this year's iteration is no exception. To help you navigate the lengthy agenda RIS News picked 10 sessions that are clear-cut must-attend events.
 
Below is a quick look at the best of the best.
 
For a deeper dive into the agenda be sure to check out our free preview guide here.
 
Session Title: Exhibitor BIG !deas: Reach In-store Shoppers on #1 Device: Mobile. Retail and Brand Panel.
Day and Time: Sunday 1:00 –1:45 pm
Location: Level 3 EXPO Hall, BIG !deas Room 4
Speakers: Steve McGowan, Dir., Shopper Marketing, Mondelez International; Charlie Larkin,
Sr. Dir., GameStop Technology, GameStop, Inc.; Tim Burke, Dir., Category Leadership, Kraft Heinz Company, Brian Pugh, Dir., Marketing Technology, Meijer, Inc.
 
Session Title: 2016 ARTS Roadmap and RIS/IHL Store Systems Study Results
Day and Time: Monday, 1:30-2:00 pm
Location: Room 1E7-9
Speakers: Joe Skorupa, Editorial Director, RIS News and Greg Buzek, President at IHL Consulting Group
 
Session Title:Connected Stores: How to Serve the Digital Customer
Day and Time: Tuesday 10:15–10:45 am
Location: Special Events Hall (1DMR)
Speakers: Bernardine C. Wu, CEO, FitForCommerce; Healey Cypher, CEO and Founder, Oak Labs, Inc.; Fred Argir, VP, Chief Digital Officer, Barnes & Noble, Inc.
 
Session Title:Why Your Mobile Campaign Needs to Pack a Location-Based Punch
Day and Time: Tuesday 11:00–11:30 am
Location: Hall A, 1A 06
Speakers: Jeff Russakow, Chief Executive Officer, Gimbal, Inc. and Brian Sobecks, Senior Digital Innovator and Evangelist, Kraft Heinz Company
 
Session Title:Exhibitor BIG !deas: Creating Meaningful Customer Experiences: The Store as the Digital Magnet
Day and Time: Tuesday 11:00–11:45 am
Location: Level 3 EXPO Hall, BIG !deas Room 4
Speakers: Hari Shetty, Global Head of Retail, Wipro Technologies; Savio Thattil, CIO, Sephora; Ratnakar Lavu, EVP, Digital Technology, Kohl's Department Stores
 
Session Title:Punching Above Your Weight: Technology Innovation
Day and Time: Sunday 11:15–11:45 am
Location: Level 1 EXPO Hall, EXPO Stage
Speakers: Nikki Baird, Industry Analyst, RSR Research
 
Session Title:Adopting Customer-Centric Commerce: State of the Industry
Day and Time: Tuesday 10:15–10:45 am
Location: Hall E, 1E 14
Speakers: Hemang Gadhia, CEO, Revmetrix; Andrea Weiss, Founder, The O'Alliance; Mark Friedman, President, Steven Madden Ltd.
 
Session Title: Physical or Digital? The Choice is BOTH!
Day and Time: Tuesday 2:45–4:00pm
Location: North Hall
Speakers: Kevin A. Plank, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Under Armour; Courtney Reagan, NBC Retail Reporter, CNBC; Steven Lowy, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Westfield Corporation;
Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
 
Session Title:Storming Silicon Valley: The Leading Edge of Retail Tech Labs
Day and Time: Sunday 3:15–4:00 pm
Location: Hall A, 1A 06
Speakers: Douglas Weich, CEO, Sophelle; Scot Wingo, Executive Chairman, Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder, ChannelAdvisor Corporation; Jeff Donaldson, SVP, GameStop Technology Institute; Manolo Almagro, Sr. Managing Dir., Technology + Innovation, TPN
 
Session Title:Getting Personal Through Customer Science
Day and Time: Tuesday 10:15–10:45 am
Location: Hall E, 1E 16
Speakers: Matthew Thompson, VP, Digital Business, The Kroger Co. and Yael Cosset, CIO,
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