January 04, 2016 | Randy Kish

The Fab-Five Attractions Outside of NRF 2016


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The NRF “Big Show” extends well beyond the walls of Jacob Javits. Several events outside of the show attract the brightest minds in retail.  Some are well established traditions, while others are new.  If you’re headed to NRF, you might want to plan for the following:

  • Retail Orphans Initiative SuperSaturday 2016 | Retail’s Top Analysts and C-level executives converge at this fast paced IT conference that “sets the tone for the week” on trends in retail innovation | Must book ahead
  • Retail Innovation & Shopper Expertise Symposium (RISE) | Saturday 8:00am-5:15pm | New this year, but packed with high profile speakers. Keynote by Sallie L. Krawcheck , Chair of Ellevate (formerly 85 Broads) | Registration required
  • NRF’s Opening Night Reception | Sunday 5:00-6:30PM | This is retail’s biggest party. It is the place to see and be seen and of course, enjoy great munchies and drinks | Open to all registration pass types.
  • Retail Insiders Party | Sunday 9:00-11:30PM | This is a highly secretive and well attended cocktail party for Sr. Director level & above | RSVP required to cathy@cathyhotka.com or 1-202-549-3954
  • ForeSee’s Executive Networking Dinners | Monday and Tuesday nights 6:00-9:00PM | Exclusive dining venues with no sales pitch for Sr. Director level & above | RSVP required to ashleigh.culler@foresee.com

Also, when you’re on the town, the following are a few favorites: Don’t Tell MamaThe View at the Marriott Marquis (it spins), Coyote Ugly Saloon, & the old stand-by….Rosie O’Grady’s.

See you soon in NYC!

Categories: Events,Retail

About the Author

Randy Kish is a Customer Experience Specialist and Retail Innovation Advocate at ForeSee. He joined the company in 2011, bringing over 20 years of retail experience that started on the selling floor at Nordstrom. Randy crossed over to the software side of the retail industry in 1993 with a primary focus on store operations and retail analytics. A native San Diegan, Randy earned his BA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and MBA in Finance from San Diego State University.

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