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NRF Annual Convention kicks off Sunday

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New York City — The National Retail Federation’s 101st Annual Convention and EXPO kicks off Jan. 15 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The four-day event will feature topics ranging from digital and mobile retailing to the evolution of the retail store to economic trends and trends in consumer spending. Former President Bill Clinton is the featured keynote speaker on Jan. 17.

NRF’s 2012 BIG Show is expected be the biggest and best yet — drawing more than 22,000 retail professionals and hosting more than 420 exhibiting companies, with 85 different countries expected to be represented. This year’s Convention will place a special emphasis on retail’s significant role in driving the economy, offering ways for attendees to get engaged in NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign to advance innovation and growth in the retail industry.

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Target selects Retalix 10 Store Suite

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New York City — Retalix Ltd. announced that Target Corp. has selected the Retalix 10 Store Suite as its next-generation store platform for Target’s new retail operations in Canada. Retalix 10 is designed as an integrated platform that unifies and streamlines deployment and management of in-store systems to ensure a consistent and personalized shopping experience.

"I am delighted that Target selected Retalix, and am positive that our innovative solution suite, including our SaaS-based connected payments offering will deliver substantial benefits to Target,” Shuky Sheffer, CEO of Retalix. “Our focus is to provide them with the advanced technology and industry expertise to successfully support their expansion into Canada."

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Whole Foods Market named NRF’s Retail Innovator of the Year

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Washington, D.C. — The National Retail Federation announced that Whole Foods Market is the recipient of its prestigious annual Innovator of the Year award.

Walter Robb, co-CEO, will accept the award on behalf of co-CEO and founder John Mackey during the Annual Retail Industry Luncheon at NRF’s 101st Annual Convention and Expo on Jan. 17.

Additionally, Burberry has been selected by the NRF as the International Retailer of the Year, with Angela Ahrendts, Burberry CEO, accepting the award. Macy’s Richard Cohen, group VP legislative affairs, will be awarded the Silver Plaque.

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