Industry leaders/innovators to share formula success at U of Arizona conference

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The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing Global Retailing Conference comes to Tucson April 12-13, 2012

Tucson, Ariz.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Global Retailing Conference (GRC) of the University of Arizona’s Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing today announced that some of the industry’s leading forces for innovation will present at its 16th annual two-day conference. Among the speakers are senior executives from Macy’s, The Home Depot, Walmart, PetSmart, General Growth Partners, Kraft, Nielsen and Li and Fung.

The conference will be held April 12-13 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass in Tucson, AZ. The event serves as a forum and think tank for emerging ideas in a setting that fuses business and academia. Presentations will focus on strategies and techniques for engaging customers in an increasingly sophisticated landscape for retailing and related industries.

Speakers for the event include:

  • Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President & CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
  • Frank Blake, CEO, The Home Depot
  • David L. Calhoun, CEO, Nielsen
  • Barry Calpino, VP-Innovation, Kraft Foods
  • Steve Church, SVP, Avnet, Inc.
  • Rick Darling, President, LF USA Inc. (Li & Fung Limited)
  • Michelle Gloeckler, SVP-General Merchandising Manager for Home, Walmart
  • Poppy King, Innovation Business Leader
  • Kasey M. Lobaugh, Omnichannel Retail Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Sandeep Mathrani, CEO, General Growth Properties
  • Robert F. Moran, Chairman & CEO, PetSmart
  • Gwen Dixon Morrison, CEO-Americas & Australasia, The Store (WPP)
  • Debra A. Pruent, Member of the Management Board, GfK Group
  • Paula Rosenblum, Managing Partner, Retail Systems Research
  • Peter Sachse, Chief Stores Officer, Macy’s

Details on the conference, including a complete agenda, are posted on, with pages on (keyword Global Retailing Conference),, and

“Our industry is changing quickly, with new practices and technologies emerging at every turn to help us win with customers. This conference is designed to provide an in-depth look at some of the leading companies that are changing the face of retailing, and the ideas that continue to drive their success,” said Terry J. Lundgren, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc., who will deliver opening remarks. “As one of the nation’s largest and most accomplished centers for retailing education, the University of Arizona provides a unique setting to see and hear the thinking of our industry’s leading executives within the collaborative context of an academic institution that is brimming with ideas for engaging our customers in the future.”

“Our Global Retailing Conference has grown over its 14 years to be one of the most compelling forums for presenting and sharing ideas that drive success in our very competitive business – both in North America and overseas,” said Terry Lundgren in a statement. “The conference offers a unique opportunity to fuse the experiences of established retailing/fashion leaders with the energy of new ideas and perspectives that are being formed at the University of Arizona, one of the nation’s leading collegiate business retailing programs. This conference is a place where retailing executives, faculty, students, consultants and technology innovators learn from each other in an open and collaborative setting.”

Registrations for a limited number of attendees are currently being accepted.

The GRC is presented through the support of sponsors Macy’s, Deloitte, J.G. Boswell Consulting, Hudson River Group, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Acento, Bridgestone/Firestone, Defero, SAP, E&J Gallo Winery, Verizon Wireless and Avnet.

For more information on attending the event, visit and follow to the registration page. Or e-mail Martha Van Gelder, director of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing, at

The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing is part of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. It brings together the resources and expertise of academia and the retail industry, with a shared goal of developing strong future retail professionals. It is considered one of the top retail business programs in the country. About 500 students currently are enrolled in classes and degree programs.


University of Arizona
Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing
Kimberley A. Brooke, 520-626-7952

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