Author Archives: Ana Van Engelen, Director, Communications

In the most recent Shop.org “Talking with,” NRF’s Ellen Davis caught up with Mitch Joel,  president of Twist Image and a well-regarded social media expert. During the interview Joel shared  a list of retailers he thinks are managing social media well, the motivation behind his recently-published book, how to create content people want to read, […]

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With Black Friday behind us, and Cyber Monday in full force, retailers are seeing more shoppers out and about. For the first time in months, Americans seem to be opening their wallets for discretionary items, even though they’re spending a tad less this year. Listen as NRF’s Scott Krugman and Ellen Davis address Black Friday […]

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I am sure I’m not alone when I say the holiday season is my favorite time of year. Any excuse to shop, well, I can’t pass it up. The deals this year are said to be better than ever, and they’re saying that this is the year to shop early. Black Friday and Cyber Monday […]

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This week, NRF’s Ellen Davis had the opportunity to interview Matt Rubel, the Chairman, CEO and President of Collective Brands. Collective Brands is the empire of such iconic companies as Payless, Stride Rite, Keds, and Sperry Top-Sider, to name a few. During the interview, Matt shares his take on how the economy has affected customers’ […]

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It’s not often that Washington DC, the home of NRF and everything political, is graced with the presence of who some believe “pioneered fashion photography in blog form”. The Sartorialist, aka Scott Schuman, descended on Washington last night to sign his recently released book and to celebrate the first anniversary of  Washington Post’s fashion glossy, […]

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NRF released its holiday forecast, projecting holiday retail sales to decline one percent. For more details about historical sales, employment info and shopping tips, check out NRF’s Holiday Survival Kit. NRF’s Ellen Davis spoke to CNBC about the outlook for the holiday season and what this means for both retailers and consumers. Davis said “retailers […]

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NRF’s Vice President and Tax Counsel Rachelle Bernstein testified before the House Small Business Committee this morning. In her testimony, Bernstein said “If struggling retailers cannot finance inventories for the 2009 holiday season – their greatest opportunity for revenue for the year – they could go out of business. Extension of the NOL carryback period […]

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Many Americans will be making costumes, putting up last year’s decorations and handing out less candy, according to NRF’s Halloween survey released this morning. The research shows spending will drop an average of $10 per person. NRF’s Ellen Davis spoke to CNBC about the spooky spending numbers.

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NRF’s SVP of Government Relations, Steve Pfister talks to CNBC’s David Faber about the latest on health care reform legislation.

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I have to be honest, I am a little bit jealous of the recent Shop.org “Talking With…” interview. Not only was the interview with Susan Lyne, CEO of Gilt Groupe, a fascinating online shopping club (kind of like an online sample sale), but it was conducted in person at Shop.org’s Annual Summit in Las Vegas. […]

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