NRF BIG Show – Big Weekend for FBIC’s Weinswig, with Multiple Speeches on Retail and Tech January 16 and 17

Retail Tech’s Leading Lady to discuss trends and opportunities at Retail Orphan Initiative, new RISE Conference and National Retail Federation Panel this weekend.

Leading Lady of Retail Technology Deborah Weinswig will present her unique perspectives on the evolution of commerce – and the good that evolution can achieve –  in a trio of speeches at events centered around the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show, being held January 17th to 19th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Weinswig, the Executive Director-Head of Global Retail & Technology of Fung Business Intelligence Centre (FBIC), will kick off retail’s SuperSaturday on January 16, 2016, with an 11:30 a.m. keynote speech at the first-ever Retail Innovation & Shopper Expertise (RISE) Symposium at The Gansevoort Park Avenue, 420 Park Avenue South, followed by a 2:15 p.m. presentation on the Future of Analytics at the Retail Orphan Initiative (RetailROI) at the PwC Auditorium, 300 Madison Avenue. On Sunday, January 17th, from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Weinswig and other senior Li and Fung executives will offer comments on the opportunities and challenges posed by emerging technologies at NRF’s “Exhibitor BIG !deas: Li and Fung: Delivering Value Through Technology,” at Javits.

Deborah Weinswig“The Big Show is the most comprehensive look at the latest global trends in retail and technology, so it’s a very busy few days for us all,” Weinswig notes. “It’s an honor to be asked to participate in so many activities, and particularly with RetailROI, to be a part of an event that does so much for children in need, worldwide.”

Now in its seventh year, RetailROI brings together some of retail’s most prominent thinkers to discuss the convergence of marketing and technology, while raising funds that have helped more than 175,000 children worldwide.

RISE, a new invitation-only conference created by Toshiba Corp. to celebrate inspirational women in digital and retail technology, discusses topics and trends affecting retail today, including new research on economics and demographics. It also provides networking opportunities. FBIC is a sponsor of the daylong conference. Other speakers include Nadia Shouraboura, Founder and CEO of Hointer; Kim Feil, CEO of BizHive; Daniella Yacobovsky, Co-Founder of BaubleBar; Janie Yu, Partner of Fung Capital; and Sallie L. Krawchek, Chair of professional woman’s network Ellevate.

“Retail is undergoing a revolution of epic proportions thanks to e-commerce and other emerging technologies, and women have been at the forefront of those changes as developers, investors, executives and entrepreneurs,” Weinswig adds. “I’m delighted to be a part of RISE’s first conference recognizing this, and looking forward to this becoming an annual event.”

At the NRF panel, Weinswig will be joined by Lee Adams, Global Sales Manager, Retail Technology for Catalyst (a Li and Fung Company) and Robert Burton, Senior Executive Vice President, LF Sourcing for Li and Fung, in offering an overview of FBIC and challenges posed by emerging technologies.

Weinswig has been a pioneering advocate for innovation, creativity and the implementation of cutting-edge technologies from her career on Wall Street and beyond. She joined FBIC in 2014 to offer her unique viewpoints on the disruptive technology trends and innovations that are reshaping the global retail industry. Recent reports issued by the group include: “Tech-Enabled Holiday Shopping,” “Sizer App: The Online Fitting Technology Report,” “The Makeover of Vending Machines in the US,” and “The Disruptor Series: Robots as Store Associates.” All of the group’s reports and analyses can be found at

Prior to joining FBIC, Weinswig’s experience as an award-winning Wall Street retail analyst has given her a global perspective on retail, retail real estate and technology, covering such retailers as Walmart, Target, Costco, Macy’s, Walgreens and Home Depot. In addition, she advises startups working with retailers on digital strategies and other business and logistical issues, and is a member of the U.S. advisory board of the World Retail Congress and an Executive Board Member of the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona.

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