Bill Clinton

Joe Keenan is the executive editor of Total Retail. Joe has more than 10 years experience covering the retail industry, and enjoys profiling innovative companies and people in the space.

The National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo (aka Retail's BIG Show) in New York City wrapped up this past Wednesday. Here are some random conclusions I've drawn after roaming the cavernous Jacob Javits Convention Center for three days covering the event:

The staff at Retail Online Integration has compiled a collection of the best tweets from the BIG Show. From tips to trends to breaking news and opinions, enjoy the best of the best from the Twitterverse and the NRF show attendees and speakers.

New York City -- Wal-Mart Stores on Friday will appoint Sylvia Mathews Burwell, a former senior executive of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to head its corporate foundation, according to the New York Times. She also will oversee the retail giant’s social, environmental and economic development programs in Africa. Burwell replaces Margaret A. McKenna, who became the company foundation’s president in 2007. Burwell joined the Gates foundation in 2001 after working in the Clinton administration as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, deputy chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and chief of staff to

Kohl’s, Supervalu and Walgreens were among dozens of companies that joined President Obama and former President Bill Clinton this week announcing nearly $4 billion in federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years.

Gap announced that its Personal Advancement and Career Enhancement program was recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative, held in New York City. Bob Fisher accepted the honor on behalf of the company.

On the issue of taxes applied to internet retailers, former President Bill Clinton appeared to more fully shift away from the laissez-faire stance he struck while in office, arguing that a "consumption tax" should be placed on e-commerce. Clinton spoke at the 40th public meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the body that oveersees the Domain Name System (DNS) at the heart of the internet.

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