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What to See at NRF 2019?

This is an archived post from OrderDynamics, now Tecsys retail division.
What to See at NRF 2019? It’s almost like an annual celebration, isn’t it? Retail’s Big Show in January is like a retail year kickoff combined with ‘cheers’ to another close to the holiday buying season. And, this year’s show is going to be another exciting 3-day event. So here is a run-down and sneak peek on what to see at NRF 2019. Remember that all the information about the show is on the NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show site.

Thought Leadership 

Besides the networking, one of my favorite parts is hearing all about the new ideas in retail. Scanning the presentations list, some of the presentations that seem like must-see talks include:

Sunday, Jan 13

Impact Happens Together: NRF Chairman’s Welcome State of Retail Innovation 2019 The Evolution of Retail: How Tech and Women are Disrupting How we Shop What Happens When a Digital Native Brand Turn Physical? Apocalypse to Relevance: What Draws Consumers to Physical Spaces in a Digital Age Is Sustainable the New Sexy? A Long View on Logistics and the Future of Fulfillment

Monday, Jan 14 

NRF Sunrise Breakfast with IDC Retail Insights On Top of the World: Commanding Today’s International Retail Markets Why is There a Robot in my Store? Trends to Watch from the Global Powers of Retailing Retail-Shopper Disconnects: How do we Close the Divide? Beyond Buzz: State of Retail 2019

Tuesday, Jan 15

Frictionless Retail in the Age of the “Always On” Consumer Do you Need a Personal Brand? The Big Shift – Moving from Transactional to Relationship-Driven Commerce

Booths and Events

Another big part of the show is the opportunity to see all the new technology helping retail. In this respect, there are a lot of booths and events that are high on the "what to see at NRF 2019" list. So, here are a few sneak peeks at what to expect, from a few partners and exhibitors.

OrderDynamics & Tecsys

If you have not already read the press releases, OrderDynamics was recently acquired by Tecsys Inc  (TSX: TCS). As such, this will be the first opportunity to discuss the new opportunities this presents to retailers. We would love to meet in person at our booth #240 (1st level) to discuss how merchants can step into omni-channel retailing, with greater ease and confidence than ever. Tecsys brings deep expertise in warehouse management systems (WMS), demand planning, transportation management (TMS) and other systems. Together with OrderDynamics’ leading DOM (distributed order management) technology, it gives retailers more choice than ever. Stand-alone technologies mean you can leverage the systems you already have to unify your commerce. Yet, a unified commerce (converged commerce) solution of Tecsys and OrderDynamics systems can get a retailer operational in record time. Best of all, these systems are designed to connect with the broader retail ecosystem. Drop by booth 240 to learn more. If you are a retailer, join us for dinner which we are co-hosting with Episerver. Connect and network with retailers who have made the switch. Interested? Shoot us an email to join us. It is an intimate occasion, so room is limited.

Episerver: Making a Splash in Retail

You are going to hear a lot more from Episerver this year, as a Silver sponsor of the show. Episerver will be showing their impressive Episerver Digital Experience Cloud™ technology at booth #1533. If you are taking your ecommerce retailing seriously – you need to see this. But if you don’t catch them there, they will also be discussing Episerver technology partnered with Microsoft’s 5,600 square foot space, booth 3301! Whatever you do, drop by and check out the breadth of this impressive solution cloud. Still not convinced? Then check out a copy of the Forrester TEI (Total Economic Impact)™ report. It shows the astounding return of 443% for the Episerver Digital Experience Cloud deployment, over a 3-year period with a payback point of less than 6 months. Ed Kennedy, Senior Director Commerce at Episerver highlights that the “TEI study found that on average retailers see a 3% lift in conversion rates and a 5.5% increase to basket sizes by personalizing content in commerce scenarios. It’s a study that helps retailers understand the full financial aspect of investing in Episerver.” Well worth the read!

The Girls’ Lounge 

Powered by The Female Quotient, the Girl’s Lounge is a place where women connect, collaborate, and help activate change together. The lounge is on the exhibit hall 3 level. It is a forum to promote women empowerment in the industry – both retail and technology. The lounge will host speakers and panel discussions on various women related issues in retail, technology, and the workforce. At NRF the Girl’s Lounge will be open to retailers, NRF members, and the registered press. Episerver, Microsoft and Resulticks sponsor this year’s event, promoting women in technology. Included among the female keynote speakers will be special guest Jessica Fardin, from Stockholm. Jessica is the Senior Vice President, Worldwide Marketing at Episerver. She will be discussing How Women Succeed in a Male-Dominated Industry. Definitely a must-attend presentation.

Cegid: The Retail Party 2019

You will know Cegid from their world-class POS (point of sales) systems. Their retail management systems are deployed around the world in 75 countries at over 1,000 retailers and brands. Cegid is listed in Gartner’s 2018 POS Market Guide as one of the industries most powerful POS systems. With US headquarters based in Carlsbad, California, Cegid will be actively engaged with Business France at this year’s show. New to New York? Even if you are not when asked ‘what to see at NRF 2019’ the New World Trade Center is among them. In that regard, it will be exciting to do some networking and grab a cocktail with your host at 3 World Trade Center, 68th Floor. On an invitation-only basis, Cegid will host a cocktail and dinner party on Monday, January 14th to mingle, discuss the future of retail, and enjoy an hors-d'oeuvre. We can’t promise you a spot, but if you are a retailer and would like to be a guest, submit your request here to join the A-list of luxury global brands that are already on the guest list.

Bell and Howell: The Ultimate In-Store Pickup

While checking out the tradeshow, stop by to see the latest in automated in-store pickup technology. By now you have seen them at Walmart, and perhaps even at Canadian Tire. These are the latest developments in automated self-service, which customers love. Fast. Efficient. Impactful. This year, Bell and Howell will feature the Cleveron 402 – the latest release from the makers of the PackRobot. Its modular design allows retailers to deploy a customized system that can hold anywhere from 350 up to 3,500 packages for customer pickup. Best of all, you can experience the technology live on the first level of the exhibit hall, booth 1409. As Brian Irish, VP Marketing puts it, “this is the industry’s fastest and highest capacity pickup solution.”   We can’t tell you about it here… but Bell and Howell may be announcing even more revolutionary in-store technology at the show. Are you taking omni-channel retailing seriously? Is BOPIS or Click & Collect a part of your strategy? If it is, then you have to see this pickup technology live.

What to See at NRF 2019?

There is no way we could cover it all in one post. This is a quick snapshot of a few exciting events that will be taking place at Retail’s Big Show this year. Make sure to drop by the OrderDynamics, Episerver, and Bell and Howell booths. Besides the fascinating new technologies and great chachka, it will be nice to meet you in person. If you are a retailer - definitely ask us about the great evening events, too. Keep watch for our next post and sneak-peek chat with a few more industry friends and partners. Author:  Charles Dimov is VP of Marketing at OrderDynamics. Charles has 23 years experience in Marketing, Sales and Management across various IT and Technology businesses. Previous roles include Chief of Staff, Director Product Marketing, and Director Sales. Charles has held roles in brand name firms like IBM, Ericsson, HP, ADP, and OrderDynamics.
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