Charitable event is free to retailers; proceeds will help build school for orphans and fund other projects for orphan care, adoption and foster care
NASHVILLE – NRF starts a day earlier again next year with RetailROI's "Super Saturday" research event on Jan. 8, 2011. Super Saturday is a unique fundraiser for RetailROI, the Retail Orphan Initiative, bringing together retail's most prominent thinkers for a day of predictions, insight and analysis the day before NRF. The event is free to retailers and takes place at PwC Auditorium, 300 Madison Avenue from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; retailers can register here.
The fast-paced event will give attendees an exclusive look at the latest data and trends in store systems and mobile technologies, customer centricity, the demand chain, security, retail business strategies and other issues affecting retail CIOs. All proceeds from vendor sponsorships will benefit RetailROI, a charitable foundation that enables the retail industry to help provide real solutions in the areas of orphan care, adoption and foster care.
"Last year the proceeds from Super Saturday allowed RetailROI to make substantial grants to a number of charities that provide hands-on care for orphans, and this year our goals are set even higher – we intend to raise enough money to build a school for orphans in Liberia," said Greg Buzek, donor trustee for the Retail Orphan Initiative. "If 100 C-level retailers attend and learn the latest in retail technology trends, we will cover enough to build the school. Where else can you spend a day that helps your company and career while making this kind of impact?"
Speakers at Super Saturday include:
- Jon Kubo, Wet Seal
- John Mitchell, Pep Boys
- Ed Rennemann, Crate and Barrel
- Virginia Wright, Kohls
- Timothy Kasbe, Sears Holding Corporation
- Steve Bozzo, 1-800-Flowers
- Robert Fort, Guitar Center
- Vicki Cantrell, Tory Burch
- Lori Schafer, co-author of "Branded! How Retailers Engage Consumers with Social Media and Mobility"
- Deborah Weinswig, Citi Investment
- Jeff Roster and Kevin Sterneckert, Gartner
- Jim Crawford, GREC
- Joe Skorupa, RIS News
- Evan Schuman, StorefrontBacktalk
- Greg Buzek, IHL Group
A special guest at Super Saturday is 15-year-old Austin Gutwein, who founded Hoops of Hope, the biggest basketball shoot-a-thon in the world. Austin started the event when he was only nine years old, and Hoops of Hope has since raised $1.8 million for children orphaned by AIDS/HIV.
Vendor sponsorships are still available for RetailROI Super Saturday, and all proceeds directly benefit RetailROI. Current sponsors include HP, Intel, Intel, IBM, Verizon Business, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Epicor, Sprint, TekservePOS, C-Core Consulting Group, RetailConnections and IHL Group.
RetailROI is a charitable foundation under the umbrella of the Giving Back Fund, established to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children worldwide; RetailROI provides grants to charities that provide hands-on efforts in the following areas:
- Orphan Care (food, shelter, medical, clothing, education)
- Foster Care support organizations
- Adoption support organizations
- Grants and zero-interest loans for adoption
- Child rescue from human trafficking
- Life skills training for orphaned and vulnerable children