Conference speakers will discuss the evolution of shopping and how retailers can integrate the digital and in-store shopping experience.
Conference speakers will discuss the evolution of shopping and how retailers can integrate the digital and in-store shopping experience.

Business Leaders to Discuss Evolution of Retailing

The UA's annual Global Retailing Conference is slated for April 20 and 21.
March 7, 2017
Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, is among this year's conference presenters.
Angela Ahrendts, Apple's senior vice president of retail and online stores, is among this year's conference presenters.

The University of Arizona's Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing has announced the presenters for the 21st annual Global Retailing Conference, set for April 20 and 21 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson.

Among the speakers will be senior executives from some of the world's foremost retail, technology and business brands, including Macy's, Apple, Google, Walmart, Kendra Scott, PIRCH, Bluemercury, El Palacio de Hierro and MasterCard.

The Global Retailing Conference serves as a think tank, where business leaders share insights and trend perspectives on the retail industry. Attendees include retail company executives, industry analysts and observers, faculty and students.

This year's conference will focus on "what's in store," with speakers discussing the evolution of shopping and ways retailers can best integrate the digital and in-store shopping experience, evolve their marketing tactics, create innovative store concepts and tackle the demands of personalization.

Speakers for the event include:

Thursday, April 20

  • Terry J. Lundgren, chairman and CEO, Macy's
  • Sarah Quinlan, senior vice president, Market Insights, MasterCard
  • Juan Carlos Escribano, chief executive officer, El Palacio de Hierro
  • Steve Bratspies, chief merchandising officer, Walmart
  • Brian Amkraut, executive vice president of real estate, strategy, store operations and services, PetSmart
  • Alex Komoroske, lead product manager, Google
  • Jeffery R. Sears, chief executive officer, PIRCH
  • Luke Chatelain, vice president of innovation, West Elm
  • Chris Kobus, vice president of marketing and e-commerce, Sunglass Hut
  • Gregg Throgmartin, general manager, Fabletics

Friday, April 21

  • Jeff Gennette, president, Macy's
  • Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail and online stores, Apple
  • Kendra Scott, designer, CEO and philanthropist
  • Marla Malcolm Beck, co-founder and chief executive officer, Bluemercury
  • Barry Beck, co-founder and chief operating officer, Bluemercury
  • Beck Besecker, co-founder and CEO, Marxent
  • Chris Wantlin, chief digital officer, global e-commerce, Ashley Furniture HomeStore
  • Susan Hart, global retail practice leader, Spencer Stuart

"The Global Retailing Conference truly stands out among the many conferences focused on the retailing industry," said Scott Hessell, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, housed in the John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "We routinely attract a very prestigious list of speakers in a very intimate setting, who bring amazing insights and experience in navigating one of the most dynamic industries today.

"With so much change occurring in the industry, these lessons are invaluable to all who attend. We know that everyone who attends this very special event walks away with very practical lessons that can help propel their company ahead."

Among the conference's speakers is UA alumnus and Macy's chairman and CEO Terry J. Lundgren, for whom the UA's retailing center is named.

"The retail landscape continues to evolve at a rapid pace as shoppers demand new, more personal ways to engage with businesses," said Lundgren, who will deliver opening remarks. "Innovative concepts and a faster to-market approach are the keys to success for any retailer working to adapt to omnichannel shopping. This year's Global Retailing Conference will be focused on what is next and how a variety of retailers are implementing seamless shopping experiences across mobile, in-store and online that help create more meaningful, impactful relationships with consumers."

Details on the conference, including a complete agenda, are posted on the conference website and on Facebook and Twitter. Registrations for a limited number of attendees are currently being accepted.

The Global Retailing Conference is presented through the support of sponsors that include Macy’s, SAP, MasterCard, Fung Global Retail & Technology, Citi Retail Services, Hudson River Group, Intel, Oracle Data Cloud, PetSmart, Samsung, Supima, Tyco Retail Solutions, AirWatch by VMWare, Winston Retail, Walgreens, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Bottle Breacher, CenturyLink, Defero, Gordon Brothers Group, Kenneth L. Mink, Leonisa and World Department Store Forum.