September 10, 2007 13:34 ET

FKM, Texas A&M Center for Retailing Studies Launch Retail Leaders Forum Podcasts

Country's Top Retailers Interviewed as Prelude to 2007 Retailing Summit, Sept. 28

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - September 10, 2007) - Some of the country's most acclaimed retail strategists will be sharing their visions of leadership and consumer insights on a new online podcast launched as a preview to the upcoming 2007 Retailing Summit, held annually by Center for Retailing Studies at Texas A&M University.

The podcasts, available via and on iTunes starting September 7, are produced by FKM, a Texas-based independent marketing communications agency, in conjunction with the Center for Retailing Studies. Leaders from FedEx, J.C. Penney, H.E.B. Grocery Stores, Payless Shoes, the Container Store and Texas A&M make up the Retail Summit's esteemed slate of speakers and are interviewed for the podcasts hosted by Larry Kelly, FKM's Chief Planning Officer.

For the past two decades, a veritable "who's who" of retailing experts has attended the annual forums to share knowledge and insights with hundreds of business executives, industry leaders, managers and other decision makers. This year's Retailing Summit, on September 27-28 in Dallas, features a vibrant lineup of retailing stars, seven of whom were interviewed for the Retail Leaders Forum podcasts:

--  Jeff Allison, executive vice president for J.C. Penney, discusses
    "Making Everyday Matter and Customer Experience."
--  Kip Tindell, CEO and co-chairman of The Container Store, provides
    insight on "Internal Ambassadors: The Key to the Retailer's Business
--  Scott McClelland, president of H-E-B Houston, declares "It All Starts
    with the Customer."  H-E-B is the 11th largest grocery chain in the United
    States with more than 60,000 employees and 325 stores in Texas and Northern
--  Raj Subramian, FedEx senior vice president of International Marketing,
    embraces "The Customer Experience."
--  Matt Rubel, CEO of Payless ShoeSource, tackles "Brand Re-invention."
--  Leonard Berry, Distinguished Professor of Marketing, Texas A&M
    University, and Lou Carbone, founder/CEO of experienceengineering, will
    discuss their book "Clued In: How We Keep Customers Coming Back Again and

Other distinguished Retailing Summit keynote speakers include Karl Sanft, vice president for Best Buy, and John Worthington, EVP of Stores for Kohl's.

Registration is still being accepted for the nearly sold-out 2007 Retail Summit, online at

Proceeds from the Summit fund Texas A&M academic programs and scholarships that develop the next generation of retail leaders. Visit to learn more about the Center for Retailing Studies at the Mays Business School, Texas A&M University.

Houston-based FKM is one of the nation's leading independent marketing communications agencies, with $260 million in annual billings and 200 team members, with additional offices in Dallas and Austin. FKM's full-service lineup includes StevensFKM public relations; TorqueFKM interactive; ConnectFKM lead generation (SEM, online/offline directories); and MittonFKM recruitment marketing. For more information, visit FKM online at

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