Retail Update: NRFTech 2013 conference & the "Name-Brand Bandit"
Wendy’s CIO @ Retail Tech conference
Don Zimmerman, chief information officer at Dublin-based Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) , was a panelist this week at the National Retail Federation’s 2013 Technology Leadership Summit. The annual retail and technology conference was held July 28-30 in La Jolla, CA.
Zimmerman was a panelist in a discussion on “Capitalizing on the Digital Enterprise.” Zimmerman sat on the panel with Bill Tucker, Nordstrom Inc’s (NYSE:JWN) VP of technology and Gary Penn, director of global ecommerce for True Religion Brand Jeans (NASDAQ: TRLG)
The panel discussed “digital strategies, corresponding IT implementations, and the philosophical changes in IT that have become necessary to succeed.”
In other Columbus retail news, city officials warned retailers to be on the lookout this week for a shoplifter and convicted felon with a penchant for high-end merchandise.
In his regular “Fugitive of the Week” email, City Attorney Rick Pfeiffer asked clothing stores to watch for 42-year-old Frank Reymer, who’s been dubbed the “Polo Pilferer” and “Name-Brand Bandit” in the prosecutor’s office. The suspect was seen on surveillance tape lifting jeans and a $245 Polo shirt from Von Maur.
The Name-Brand Bandit’s theft of $1,020 in merchandise from the Lane Avenue Everest Gear and $2,609 from a Delaware County Meijer store landed him concurrent sentence of nearly two years in 2010. He’s been charged with multiple non-felony thefts from Easton Town Center and Polaris Fashion Place.
“National experts estimate that over $13 billion worth of goods are stolen from U.S. retailers each year,” said City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr. in the press release. “We are constantly working with local merchants to combat retail crime as much as possible.”
Retailers are asked to contact city attorney Bill Hedrick (614-645-8874) if they have further information.