Day 2 of BIG Show kicks off with goodwill headliners
New York -- Monday launched with heavily attended keynote addresses at the National Retail Federation’s 102nd BIG Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
Former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan shared his views about the state of world politics, joined by moderator and Macy’s CEO Terry Lundgren, who also is the outgoing chairman of the NRF.
The CEOs of Starbucks, Whole Foods Market and The Container Store followed with a presentation entitled “Conscious Leadership: A Call to Action for the Retail Industry and Beyond.” Howard Schultz, Walter Robb and Kip Tindell – all known for their good works and strong stands on the environment – were united in their proposal that today’s business leaders broaden their areas of responsibility.
On tap for Tuesday are keynote sessions by Wal-Mart U.S. CEO Bill Simon, discussing retail’s role in an American renewal process, and a keynote focus on the digital arena, handled by Thomas Belk, CEO of Belk, Susan Jurevics, SVP for Sony and Deloitte’s Alison Paul.