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Retail and eCommerce conferences and trade shows are effective places for retailers to meet new people, gain insights into industry trends and discover new strategies to prepare themselves for the future. But with many conference options out there, choosing the right retail conferences to attend can be a challenge. We’ve narrowed it down to nine must-attend 2019 retail conferences and retail events you should be at.

Here’s the rundown:

NRF: Retail’s Big Show 2019

Date: January 13 - 15, 2019

Location: NYC

Speakers: Chip & Joanna Gaines, Warby Parker, Allbirds, Brandless and many more

Why attend:

Located in the Big Apple, NRF: Retail’s Big Show is one of the largest retail conferences of the year. It’s a marketplace for ideas and relationships, a chance to forge new partnerships, try out best-in-class experiences and learn from some of the biggest players transforming retail today. Last year, over 37,000 attendees from 99 countries walked the floors. This year’s topics are focused on perfecting models, disrupting models and creating new models.

Register for NRF: Retail’s Big Show here.

eTail West

Date: February 19 - 22, 2019

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Speakers: West Elm, Kohl’s, Poshmark, Bombas, Nordstrom and many more

Why attend:

ETail West brings together top minds at successful retailers to plan retail strategies for growth in 2019 and beyond. Learn from hundreds of speakers to get insights and strategic takeaways. 2019 topics include future technology, AI, immersive media and revolutionizing retail experiences. Go as an attendee, leave as part of the eTail community.

Register for eTail West here.


Date: March 3 - 6, 2019

Location: Venetian, Las Vegas

Speakers: 7-Eleven, Stitch Fix, Amazon, Canada Goose, DSW and many more

Why attend:

Named the best retail trade show of 2018, ShopTalk is where the entire retail ecosystem comes together to create the future of retail based on the latest trends, technologies and business models. You’ll learn in both small and large groups, including sessions, roundtables, dinners and one-on-one meetings. Next generation retail experiences, personalization and AI are just some of the topics covered in the agenda. If you’re a retailer or brand, you may qualify for complimentary Shoptalk tickets plus up to $750 ($1,000 if you stay onsite at the Venetian/Palazzo) in hotel/travel reimbursement.

Email us to meet up at the show. Register for ShopTalk here.

Digiday Retail Summit

Date: April 29 - May 1, 2019

Location: Austin, TX

Past attendees include: Adidas, Asos, Reebok, Target, Macy’s and many more

Why attend:

At the Digiday Retail Summit, you’ll hear from industry executives who are using customer data and technology to drive innovation and improve experiences across the board. Join retail executives and get insight on how physical stores work hand-in-hand to boost e-commerce, direct mail moves the needle, and word-of-mouth drives sales. You don’t want to miss this retail event.

Contact us to meet up at the show. Register for Digiday Retail Summit here.

Retail Innovation Conference

Date: May 6 - 8, 2019

Location: Convene, NYC

Speakers: Shinola, The Home Depot, Rebecca Minkoff, Wayfair and many more

Why attend:

Hosted by Retail TouchPoints, the Retail Innovation Conference is a smaller, more intimate conference compared to some of the other retail events listed. The conference provides actionable takeaways from industry disruptors on how stay up to speed with the game changing technologies and tactics being applied at all levels of retail. In addition, the conference offers hands-on workshops, strategy-focused panels, business insights from top analysts and networking opportunities.

Register for Retail Innovation Conference here.


Date: May 19 - 21, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA

Speakers: Walmart, Uber, Grabango and many more to come

Why attend:

A sister show to NRF: Retail’s Big Show, NRFtech focuses on leveraging technology to drive innovation. NRFtech is a 2.5-day event that offers retail CIOs, CDOs and senior IT executives a unique opportunity to discover and explore the latest retail technology while networking with peers in the industry. NRFtech aims to extend the conversation to all organizational areas responsible for technologies that impact consumers. View the full agenda here.

Contact us to meet up at the show to discover how you can leverage location technology & insights. Register for NRFtech here.

Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Summit & Connect: The Mobile CX Summit

Date: June 4 - 6, 2019

Location: Dallas, TX

Speakers: Shinola, The Home Depot, Rebecca Minkoff, Wayfair and many more

Why attend:

ICX Summit and Connect: The Mobile CX Summit are co-located to give brands one place at one time where they can discover a full range of technologies and strategies to create engaging and meaningful customer experiences. You’ll learn from leading CX innovators about what’s working, what’s not, and how to elevate the experience for customers. This exclusive event is reserved for B2C businesses who are interested in utilizing interactive technologies to enhance the customer experience.

Register for ICX Summit and Connect: The Mobile CX Summit here.

Future Stores

Date: June 5 - 7, 2019

Location: Seattle, WA

Speakers: Starbucks, Walgreens, Sephora, Walmart, Macy’s and many more

Why attend:

Future Stores focuses on improving in-store experience and prepares senior retail executives in operations, marketing, digital, and technology to lead their companies into the future of retail. Topics this year range from reinventing retail operations to bridging the online to offline experience. Download the full agenda on their website.

Register for Future Stores here.

Shopper Insights & Retail Activation

Date: July, 2019

Location: Seattle, WA

Speakers: Warby Parker, Boxed, Walgreen Co, Neiman Marcus Group and many more

Why attend:

The Shopper Insights & Retail Activation Conference was designed to help you navigate the changing landscape of online and offline retail, giving you unedited access to the people, the strategies and the insights you need to know, now. This is the go-to event for shopper insights, shopper marketing, category management and retail executives. You’ll learn how brands and retailers must reinvent their in-store experience while continuing to strengthen their online channel to engage with shoppers who are using different channels to meet different needs.

Register for Shopper Insights & Retail Activation here.

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