The 2016 NRF BIG Show may be in the rear-view mirror, but the countless data attendees gathered before, during, and after the show will help retailers improve their businesses in 2016 and beyond. I had the pleasure of attending a few pre-NRF events, including RISE (Retailer Innovation & Shopper Expertise Symposium) held The Gansevoort Park Avenue. RISE’s tagline, “to unite the most experienced, accomplished, and respected leaders in the industry … and to celebrate the future of retail, diversity, and innovation,” exceeded expectations.
Indeed, RISE’s primary purpose was to celebrate inspirational women in digital and retail technology, and to say that it succeeded in its effort is an understatement. The one-day inaugural event featured some of the retail industry’s best and brightest luminaries, who delivered actionable, impactful data on innovation in retail. The event offered something for everyone, as it featured keynote speaker, Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, as well as several panel discussions, which included the executives from female-founded and operated startups, futurists, analysts, and more.
RISE was rich with educational sessions, and here are some of the highlights.
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