Target Executives to Impart Key Business Insights at Annual Business Conference

April 15, 2019 | Want to hear about the future of retail through the eyes of one of the biggest retailers in the U.S.? At this year’s Annual Business Conference, taking place June 18 to 19 in Minneapolis, MN, executives from Target will enlighten attendees on top issues affecting toy businesses today.

Target executives will share their unique perspectives on a variety of topics including: the future of retail; the role of licensing; sustainable sourcing; digital marketing and the benefits of the Target Media Network; and the impact of play and leisure on guest experiences.

“Executives will share valuable insights and participate throughout the two-day conference, with the goal of having attendees better understand our business and the investments we’re making so we can all prosper together,” said Melissa Millo, vice president of toys at Target and session presenter. “The Target team and I look forward to welcoming toy professionals to our hometown and engaging with everyone this June.”

Additional session presenters from Target include:

  • Mark Tritton, chief merchandising officer;
  • Christina Hennington, senior vice president and general merchandise manager of essentials, beauty, hardlines, and services;
  • Morgan Kennedy, director of marketing;
  • John Storms, director of sales at Target Media Network; and
  • Amanda Nusz, vice president of Target Sourcing Services.

Toy industry executives and credit and logistics managers will discover key insights from NPD Group, toy industry veterans, credit and finance experts, and others during a packed roster of expert-led sessions and panels at the conference, taking place at the Minneapolis Hilton. The registration rate for the 2019 Annual Business Conference for Toy Association members is $795 per person; the investment for non-members is $1,195 per person. Included in the registration rate is lunch served on both conference days and admission to the opening night party, sponsored by Red Points, at the Mill City Museum, where attendees will have the opportunity to informally network at a historic location and enjoy an evening with colleagues.

“The outstanding presentations by our partners at Target will add to an already brilliant line-up of speakers and content at the Annual Business Conference. The level of knowledge and caliber the retailer’s team will bring to the agenda is sure to offer instrumental and actionable tips to help attendees navigate the evolving toy and retail landscapes,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Toy Association. “Join us this June for an impactful two days of learning and networking.”

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