Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation, peak US retail industry lobby group, will visit Australia this month for two main events.
Shay will be joined by David French, senior vice president of government relations at NRF for two events, one of them being a fireside chat forum on Wednesday 21st February in Melbourne, with the second event being Telstra’s Retail Innovation Summit on 22nd February in Sydney.
The two executives will share their insights at both events into the outlook for retail from a global perspective and how this will impact the Australian Market.
“David and I look forward to sharing with and learning from retailers in Australia. The retail industry has become a true cross-border industry and insights from around the world shape its future,” says Shay.
As a guest of NORA, Shay will take the opportunity to go deeper into his thoughts on the state of the industry, current trends and the importance and role of advocacy at government level.
“Having an effective voice in government to ensure that retail interests are accounted for takes time and dedication, relationship building and the development of trust. In the last year the industry has seen some incredible success on policy issues that were years in the making.”
Shay’s passion for retail is still very centred around job creation and educating the next generation of retail employees to use and develop technologies. “Technological know-how is becoming ever critical to jobs in the industry these days. All the work that we’ve done in the area of careers I think has dramatically changed the perceptions of the industry.”
The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, which remains the US’s largest private-sector industry. Its members include e-commerce retailers, department stores, specialty, discount, catalogue and independent retailers, chain restaurants, and grocery stores. The company is most well known for hosting the largest industry retail event in the world, the NRF Retail’s Big Show held annually in New York.
NRF, through the NRF Foundation, is also focused on shaping retail’s future and the long-term development and recruitment of retail talent. “With the industry’s rapid transformation, the skills needed to propel the industry into the future are also changing. At NRF we are focused on not just making sure the right talent knows retail is a great place to work, but also creating a pipeline of that great talent, ” Shay adds.