Author Archives: Ellen Davis, Executive Director, NRF Foundation and SVP, NRF

Ellen Davis

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We’re not quite giving away something for nothing here, but as far as opportunities go, a full-tuition scholarship in exchange for three short essays and one letter, is a pretty phenomenal deal. Here are five things you need to know about the Dream BIG scholarship program: 1. The scholarship ISN’T for students. It’s for you. […]

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Do you have what it takes to get your product idea on the shelves of national retailers or sell it online? We posed this question to our NRF Student Association members through the Student Challenge, a case-competition for entrepreneurial-driven students to showcase their business acumen to retail executives. And the results were amazing. For an […]

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Retail employs more than 90,000 artists and designers. With this in mind, NRF sought up-and-coming designers who are passionate about pursuing their talents in the retail industry by launching our first-ever Holiday Card Design Contest, open to all students at the NRF Foundation’s University Partner Schools. The contest tasked NRF Student Association members with designing […]

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Recruiting and retaining their company’s next generation of leaders is a top priority of nearly every retail CEO I speak with. Recognizing that getting college students interested in retail careers is hugely important in shaping the future of our industry, NRF has launched a number of new initiatives to help students understand retail careers and […]

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We’ve all seen the news this past week: 83,000 holiday hires at Macy’s, 70,000 at Target; 55,000 at Walmart; 53,000 at Kohl’s…and the list goes on. While there has been some conversation about whether this number is higher, lower or consistent from one year to the next there’s a nugget here that most people are […]

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It was said more than once at this year’s Student Program at Retail’s BIG Show that retail is one of the few places that your last name doesn’t matter, where you grew up is almost irrelevant, you can start at any level or any position, and you can end up at the top. Two retailers […]

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“You are going to make our future,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay told the Wittenberg University graduating class last week – and he couldn’t have been more right. Of the 1.7 million college students graduating this year with a bachelor’s degree, the retail industry might find the next Mark Zuckerberg, or Terry Lundgren, or […]

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The rumors are true – many young people just don’t see retail as a viable career. Four out of five young adults aren’t considering or pursuing careers in the retail industry, and this rate is even lower among those holding a college degree. Why is this a problem? As NRF president and CEO, Matthew Shay, […]

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If you could ask a retail CEO one question about your career, what would it be? That’s the framework for which our team approached the CEO panel at our inaugural student program at Retail’s BIG Show and – happily – that strategy did not disappoint. When we started planning the event several months ago, our […]

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Retail’s BIG Show can be a whirlwind experience for the brand new attendee, but even a seasoned BIG Show attendee like myself is blown away by what I see, learn and hear every year. Now put yourself in the shoes of a college student coming to the Big Apple for retail’s flagship event. Combined with […]

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