Beauty Store Business magazine - January, 2020

Walmart Executive to Keynote Retail’s BIG Show 2013 in January

Walmart Executive to Keynote Retail’s BIG Show 2013 in January

Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., will keynote Retail’s BIG Show on Jan. 13-16, 2013, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“A Job to Do: Retail’s Role in an American Renewal” is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, at 8:30 a.m.

Since becoming CEO of Walmart U.S. in 2010, Simon has reinvigorated Walmart’s core business model—lowering costs to offer customers lower prices—and demonstrated how retailers today can and must lead on the big issues that matter to customers and communities.

In his address, Simon will make the case that leadership from within the retail industry is needed now more than ever when it comes to issues such as the economy and job creation.

“As the head of America’s largest retailer, there’s no doubt Bill Simon will enlighten and inspire the thousands of retailers and business partners attending this year’s BIG Show,” says National Retail Federation president and CEO Matthew Shay. “NRF is honored to welcome such a distinguished thought leader and visionary to our stage this year. Retail is the engine for this country’s economic recovery, and we’re eager to hear about how Walmart is fulfilling that role and how other retailers can play their part in America’s renewal.”

Walmart U.S. serves more than 140 million customers each week. It had revenue of $264 billion in fiscal year 2012. At the end of fiscal year 2012, Walmart and its subsidiaries employed about 2.2 million associates worldwide—with about 1.4 million associates in the United States.

Retail’s BIG Show and EXPO serve as the world's leading retail event, bringing together 25,500 retail executives—including those from larger beauty retailers—and vendors from more than 75 countries for educational and networking opportunities.

The NRF annual convention has been ranked as one of the top 200 events in North America as well as one of the 50 fastest-growing ones.

Other speakers at Retail’s BIG Show 2013 include executives from Coca Cola, Belk, Sony and Deloitte.

[Image courtesy of National Retail Federation]