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NRF Expands Its World-Wide Presence As Retailing Becomes An Increasingly Global Business

Mr. Wang Shupei, Director General for the China General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC) (center) and Mr. Shen Shi, Section Director for CGCC, meet with NRF staff, from left, Tatiana Tolentino, Tracy Mullin, and Karen Knobloch.

NRF President Tracy Mullin chats with HiroshiTsuruzono and Hiroko Isaka of the Japan Retailers Association.

China General Chamber of Commerce — China General Chamber of Commerce (CGCC) is a national social organization under direct administration of the State Economic & Trade Commission P.R.C. The CGCC manages about 500 members.

NRF spokespeople represent the U.S. retail industry in international forums. NRF President and CEO Tracy Mullin (above) at a German retail industry event.

The International Retail Forum (IRF) promotes information sharing among retail trade associations around the world, and identifies opportunities for cooperation in research and education. The IRF has members in Asia, Europe, South America and North America; membership is open to all national retail associations outside of the United States. NRF welcomes the newest IRF members — China, Thailand and Switzerland.


Jose Maria Castellano Rios, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Inditex (right), receives the International Retailer of the Year Award from then NRF Board of Directors Chairman Richard L. Sharp.

Clockwise from left: NRF’s Denise Brassé meets with Mr. Nelson Barrizzelli of Confederação Nacional de Dirigentes Lojistas (CNDL), and Mr. Sebastião Mauro Figueiredo Silva, President of CNDL, NRF’s Tatiana Tolentino and Daryl Everett.

For most retailers, doing business is an international affair. Merchandise on the store shelves comes from the four corners of the globe. Many retailers have expanded their selling-reach across geographic boundaries and operate stores in multiple countries. NRF helps retailers navigate the complicated issues that are inherent in doing business around the world.

NRF’s Board is geographically diverse, including, for example, Cem Boyner, Boyner Holdings, Turkey (center).

Thai Retailers Association — The Thai Retailers Association first came into existence about 20 years ago. Their goal is to strengthen unity, cooperation, and coordination among members to improve the retail industry. The Thai Retailers Association has 126 members (70 retailers and 56 associate members). Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS) — The Intercontinental Group of Department Stores (IGDS) was founded in 1946 in Switzerland. The IGDS organizes more than 20 conferences per year and provides significant opportunities for networking and information exchange.

NRF Annual Report 2002  

2002 National Retail Federation Annual Report