Mega-retailer Target will be the featured dealer at The Toy Association’s Annual Business Conference, scheduled for June 18 and 19 in Target’s hometown of Minneapolis. According to the Toy Association, producer of the annual North American International Toy Fair in New York City, the Conference will offer attendees insights about today’s evolving retail landscape, touching on topics like the growth of e-commerce sites and shifting consumer trends.
“The Annual Business Conference will tackle the most important issues facing the toy industry today,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association. “A roster of expert speakers of diverse business backgrounds together with keynotes and presentations from Target leadership will provide attendees with information they can put to work immediately in an evolving and competitive marketplace.”
Speakers from Target will include Mark Tritton, executive VP and chief merchandising officer; Christina Hennington, senior VP and general merchandise manager, essentials, beauty, hardlines and services; Melissa Millo, VP of toys; and Amanda Nusz, VP of Target Sourcing Services; among others. They will share their unique perspectives on what’s in store for the future of retail, the role of licensing in toys, sustainability, the benefits of Roundel (Target’s reimagined media company), and the role of play and leisure as it relates to the guest experience. Target is a member of The Toy Association and the eighth largest retailer in the United States.
Other speakers from a range of businesses will cover topics such as counterfeits and brand protection, toy regulations, new e-commerce sales tax laws, business strategies for a changing toy market, how to reduce compliance costs, and the financial health of key retailers. Additional information, is available at www.toyassociation.org/abc.