Traditional, brick-and-mortar retail is undergoing rapid changes as today’s consumer becomes increasingly mobile. To keep up with the latest retail industry news and forge the connections you need to succeed in 2019, here’s a look at the top 10 retail trade shows you should attend:
NRF’s Big Show (NYC)
When: Jan 13-15, 2019
Cost: Early bird starts at $1,075
The gold standard of retail trade shows, the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in Manhattan’s Javits Center is one of the industry’s largest, with an attendance of over 35K expected over the course of three days. Billed as “a marketplace for ideas and relationships,” the Big Show is THE place to learn from (and meet!) the biggest players transforming retail today, with executives from Target to Neiman Marcus.
NRFtech (San Francisco)
When: July or August 2019
Cost: FREE – $1,695
Another great event from the National Retail Federation, NRFtech is for retail CIOs, CDOs and senior IT executives that are driving in-store tech innovation. Attend to discover the latest retail technologies (like phone charging stations!) and how technology can be leveraged to deliver marketing messages and personalized communications to the modern, mobile-first consumer.
Shop.org (Las Vegas)
When: September 2019
Cost: $1,875 for a Non-Member Individual Pass
Shop.org is the National Retail Federation’s star-studded, digital-focused conference. Get inspired by best-in-class retail business leaders specializing in strategic planning, e-commerce, marketing, IT and analytics so you can drive revenue and ROI for your store, Blending content with panel discussions and networking opportunities, Shop.org has featured executives from the biggest retailers as well as celebrity moguls like Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant. At Shop.org, you can mingle with stars, discover the latest in retail and network in a fun atmosphere that won’t feel like work. What’s not to love?
Shoptalk (Las Vegas)
When: March 3-6, 2019
Despite its fairly new entrance into the market, Shoptalk has quickly become one of the world’s largest retail conferences, with over 8K attendees from 3K companies. In addition to its diverse audience composition of established and younger companies, retail brands and VCs, Shoptalk sets itself apart with what it calls its “Core Curriculum.” An on-site education initiative launching in 2019, the Core Curriculum will consist of a standardized set of agenda sessions. Those who complete at least 10 credits of approved continuing education courses at Shoptalk will receive a special Certificate designed to empower professionals to continue their retail education.
GlobalShop at RetailX (Chicago)
When: June 25-27, 2019
GlobalShop, one of the leading retail design, technology and in-store marketing events announced earlier this year that it would be co-locating with the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (the e-commerce event) and RFID Journal Live (the world’s only RFID-in-retail trade show), to form RetailX. RetailX brings together these three shows under one roof to create “an intersection of e-commerce, store design and innovation.” While the three events will be happening simultaneously in one location, there’ll be separate registration, separate websites and separate programming so each show can retain its core audience.
When: October 2019 Cost: Varies
NextPoint offers a unique experience among retail events. Instead of showcasing vendors on a trade show floor, they match retailers with solution providers for boardroom-style presentations and one-on-one meetings. Additionally, they host various talks throughout the event covering a wide range of retail topics. The conference features a smaller number of attendees, around 200 per year, including executives from Neiman Marcus, DSW, and Harris Teeter to name a few.
When: May 6-8, 2019
Cost: $395-$995 for retailers
For retail execs looking to stay in the loop of all the latest retail tech and tactics, the Retail Innovation Conference by Retail Touchpoints is the place to be! Touting a 40% growth in 2018, the RIC is quickly expanding its speaker roster, including representatives of retail heavyweights like Walmart and Dunkin’ Brands as well as newcomers like UNTUCKit and Sugarfina. The event will feature traditional keynotes but also store tours and a Retail Innovator Awards ceremony.
When: June 5-7, 2019
The Customer Relationship Management Conference (CRMC) hails itself as an event “designed for retailers by retailers.” Focusing, unsurprisingly, on CRM and marketing strategies and innovations, CRMC boasts attendees representing over 150 retail chains. Learn, network and share ideas on retail, from loyalty programs to the latest CRM tools.
Future Stores (Miami)
When: Feb 5-7, 2019
Cost: Early bird starts at $1,399
Produced by Worldwide Business Research (WBR), Future Stores is an international series of retail events spanning North America (Seattle and Miami) and Europe. With a goal of improving the in-store experience, Future Stores features 400 senior executives and innovators from leading retailers like Best Buy, IKEA and Nordstrom. In addition to hearing valuable insights from an array of speakers, attendees can also participate in “Store Tours,” experiencing in-store concepts from retailers like Starbucks and Amazon Go.
ICX Summit (Dallas)
When: June 4-6, 2019
The Interactive Customer Experience Summit (or ICX) caters to retailers (and other industry leaders) interested in learning about new trends and best practices for utilizing interactive technologies to enhance your store. From kiosks to digital signage, the ICX covers all interactive in-store technologies so you can deliver the best, personalized customer experience. In addition to the standard panels, attendees can also go on an “ICX Tour,” a personal tour of the engaging, interactive technologies at exciting and innovative spaces like the NorthPark Center and The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ world headquarters.