NRF ‘BIG Show’ gets underway

New York -- The National Retail Federation's 102nd Annual Convention & Expo, also referred to as Retail's BIG Show, opened on Sunday, with more than 27,000 attendees from more than 70 countries around the globe. The event, taking place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, runs through Jan. 15.

The lineup of speakers for the show ranges from designer Donna Karan to Starbucks Coffee Co. founder and CEO Howard Schultz to Walmart U.S. CEO Bill Simon. On Monday, Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan will deliver the keynote address, focusing on how retailers can contribute to world peace by helping nations build economic prosperity.

On Tuesday, Amazon's founder and CEO Jeff Bezos will accept the NRF's prestigious Gold Award, and Christine Day, CEO of Lululemon, will accept the International Retailer of the Year Award.