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Mark Your Calendars: The World’s Best Retail Conferences to Attend in 2023

By: Catarina Santos

Want to know which retail events and conferences should be on your travel itineraries in 2023? RETHINK Retail has you covered. From the sprawling halls of NRF at the Javits Center to the curated discussions and lively atmosphere of Shoptalk Europe, we’ve mapped out the top events that will keep you in the know and offer the best networking opportunities for your team.


The National Retail Federation’s Big Show

Location: New York City
Dates: January 15th – 17th, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Tech Solution Providers & Vendors, Industry Leaders
About: NRF brings the retail industry together to hear from the biggest changemakers and, experience the latest innovations, and make lasting industry relationships.
Website: https://nrfbigshow.nrf.com/ 

The Big Show may have come and gone but you can relive the magic by checking out our RETHINK Retail NRF 202 Recap Video: 

EuroShop 

Location: Dusseldorf, Germany
Dates: February 26th – March 2nd, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers looking for the best tech solutions
About: EuroShop is the world’s leading trade show and is held every three years. 2023 exhibitors offer their products and solutions for the retail industry, and the trade fair covers the latest trends in the retail industry. The EuroShop product range features eight dimensions of topics for visitors to find solutions: Shop Fitting/Store Design/Visual Merchandising, Lighting, Materials & Surfaces, Retail Technology, Retail Marketing, Expo & Event Marketing, Food Service Equipment, Refrigeration & Energy Management. There will also be seven themed stages where experts will speak, exchange knowledge, and invite discussion surrounding the most important trends and innovation in the global retail industry. View the speaker list here and the event schedule here.

Ticket prices range from €70 for a day pass, €120 for two-day pass, and €165 for access to all days of the event. Information about WiFi access passes, transportation, and parking can be found on the website.

Website: https://www.euroshop-tradefair.com/
Register: Here
2023 Promo Video From Euroshop: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2AxEOUBa5U 

eTail West 

Location: Palm Springs, California
Dates: February 27th – March 2nd, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Brands, Solution Providers, Venture Capital Firms
About: eTail West is a four day retreat featuring some of America’s most successful retailers, providing innovative insights and strategies in the e-commerce and omnichannel spaces. The conference will host industry leading speakers including Christie Raymond (CMO: Kohl’s), Angela Hsu (CMO: Overstock), Shawn Nelson (LoveSac founder & CEO), and John Yesko (VP of Experience Design: Nordstrom). The conference offers great networking opportunities to connect, enhance relationships, strategize, and be at the forefront of the best in retail innovation. 

Ticket prices range from $1599 – $3999 depending on registration time and type of attendee.

Website: https://etailwest.wbresearch.com/ 
Register: Here.

Shoptalk U.S.

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Dates: March 26th – 29th, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Brands, Tech Solution Providers, Start-Ups, Investors, Non-Profits

Watch our Shoptalk 2022 Recap Video:


About: Shoptalk Vegas unites influential brands, rising retailers, and big brands to facilitate connections, conversations, and insights that reimagine the future of retail. Speakers include many industry leaders including Leslie Leifer (VP, Enterprise Strategy & Business Development: 1800 Flowers), Samir Desai (Chief Digital & Technology Officer: Abercrombie & Fitch), Jason Bonfig (Chief Marketing Officer: Best Buy), Christiane Pendarvis (Co-President & Chief Merchant: Savage X Fenty).

The 2023 event brings a new feature: Meetup at Shoptalk – a networking feature to meet and collaborate with industry leaders, buy and sell products, discover solutions, raise or offer capital,  or just to make new friends. Meetup at Shoptalk promises to facilitate more than 50,000 double opt-in 15-minute on-site meetings. 

Ticket pricing ranges from $0 – $4500 depending on the time of purchase & type of attendee.

Website: https://shoptalk.com/us

Register: Here

Retail Technology Show

Location: Olympia, London
Dates: April 26th & 27th, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Tech Solution Providers & Innovators

Watch our Retail Technology Show 2022 Recap Video:


About: The Retail Technology show is facilitated as an opportunity to propel the future of retail by bringing together retailers with key players in the tech industry that bring solutions and innovation to the retail space. Speakers include Daniel Gelber (CEO & Founder: Picnic), Paul Kendric (CEO: Studio Retail), Mei Chen (Senior Director International Business: Alibaba Group), and Chris Conway (E-commerce Director: Coop). 

Visitor tickets are free and include access to the exhibition, conference, and networking opportunities.

Website: https://www.retailtechnologyshow.com/
Register: Here.

World Retail Congress 

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: April 25th – 27th, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Industry Leaders

2023 YT Promo Vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pd9oMluq9Qw 

About: The World Retail Congress focuses on the resilience, risk-taking, rapid change, and creativity of the retail industry in today’s world. Acknowledging the existential challenges facing the retail industry such as the Covid-19 pandemic, today’s economic conditions, and the impacts on retail operations and global consumers, this event is focused on solutions, and industry evolution in unpredictable and extraordinary times. Speakers include Paul Marchant (CEO: Primark), Jennifer Foyle (President, Executive Creative Director: AE & Aerie), Scott Galloway (Professor of Marketing: NYU Stern School of Business, and Suzanne Long (Chief Sustainability and Transformation Officer: Albertsons). The event is centered around four key areas of retail: Resilient Retail, Transformational Retail, Purposeful Retail, and Customer-Focused Retail.

Tickets are £2995 for retailers and £7000 for non-retailers.

Website: https://www.worldretailcongress.com
Register: Here

Shoptalk Europe 

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: May 9th -11th, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Brands, Exhibitors, Investors, Start-Ups

Check out our Shoptalk Europe 2022 Recap Video:

About: Shoptalk Europe brings together more than 3500 attendees from all sectors of the retail industry to collaborate, network, learn, and evolve. On the stage, industry leaders will speak about trends and critical opportunities. Speakers include Jerome Dubreuil (Group Chief Digital Officer: Decathlon), Robert Gentz (Co-Founder & Co-CEO: Zalando), Fernando Cornago (VP, Digital Tech: Adidas), and Ekta Chopra (Chief Digital Officer: e.l.f Beauty). 

Ticket prices range from free to £3495 depending on the type of attendee and time of registration.

Website: https://shoptalkeurope.com/
Register: Here.

RCC STORE Conference

Location: Toronto, Canada
Dates: May 30th & 31st, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Industry Leaders, Analysts
About: The biggest retail conference in Canada, RCC STORE offers 2 days of discussion, conversation, and learning about the most important topics in the industry, and the newest strategies for retailer success. More than 75 speakers from across North America will take the stage, including Diane J. Brisebois (President & CEO: Retail Council of Canada), Michael E. LeBlanc (Founder & President: M.E LeBlanc & Company Inc), and Kevin Graff (President, Graff Retail). Speakers will discuss key issues facing retail leadership including global economics, the latest trends and research, and innovative technology.

Ticket prices vary based on the type of attendee and time of registration.

Website: https://storeconference.ca/
Register: Here

eTail East 

Location: Boston, Massachusetts 
Dates: August 14th – 16th, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Brands, Solution Providers
About: eTail East, much like eTail West, features some of America’s most successful retailers, providing innovative insights and strategies in the e-commerce and omnichannel spaces. The conference will host industry-leading speakers including Mike Shady (SVP, Online: Lowe’s), Kamira Ridgely (CMO & Digital Commerce Officer: Paper Source), Dan Marques, (SVP, Global Digital Commerce: Crocs), and Dhitri Saha (CTO: The Container Store). The conference offers great networking opportunities to connect, enhance relationships, strategize, and be at the forefront of the best in retail innovation. Registration will be available later this year.

Website: https://etaileast.wbresearch.com/ 

Groceryshop

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Dates: September 18th – 21st, 2023
Who Should Attend: Grocery Retailers, Tech Solution Providers

RETHINK Retail Groceryshop 2022 Recap Video:


About: Groceryshop addresses the quickly evolving retail landscape for grocery retailers – supermarkets, mass merchants, convenience stores, drug stores, club/warehouse stores, discount stores, and e-commerce players. The event will also address changes in production and distribution of consumer products such as fresh and packaged foods, beverages, beauty, household, and health products. Speakers include Nick Green (Co-Founder & CEO: Thrive Market), Kristi Argylian (SVP, Retail Media: Albertsons Companies), Fidji Simo (CEO: Instacart), and Vince Jones (Ecommerce Chief:  Pepsico). Networking opportunities and speaker topics at Groceryshop will highlight consumer shopping trends in the digital age, the latest technologies, and trending business models.

Website: https://groceryshop.com/ 
Join the waitlist for registration: Here.

NACS 

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Dates: October 3rd – 6th, 2023

Who Should Attend: Convenience Store and Fuel Retailers, Industry Professionals, Exhibitors
About: The NACS Show is the convenience and fuel retailing premiere event, providing industry professionals with four days of learning, buying and selling, networking, and fun. Retailers will discover proven ideas and strategies that enable them to increase sales, attract new customers, and build their brand. The expo will feature six categories: Fuel Equipment & Services, Food Equipment & Foodservice Programs, Candy/Snacks, Facility Development & Store Operations, and Merchandise & Technology. The NACS show is launching the Cool New Products Preview Room, which features new innovations, products, services, and growth opportunities – attendees will easily access exhibitor contact information, product details, and plan and print a custom list of the exhibitors they want to visit within the main expo.

RETHINK Retail NACS 2022 Recap Video:


Website: https://www.nacsshow.com/ 
Registration opens in Mayy. Sign up to be notified for early-bird registration: Here.

Retail Insights 

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: September 25th, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Industry Leaders, Start-Ups
About: Retail Insights 2023 will address how technological developments are contributing to rapid advancements in the retail industry. Speakers and panels will address how retailers can capture the full potential of new developments in tech, as well as how to implement strategies, take advantage of opportunities, and avoid future challenges. The event will offer keynotes and panel debates on growing a business for 2023 and creating value for consumers through operations, marketing and sales, and customer experience. Speaker list for this year’s conference TBD.

RETHINK Retail Retail Insights 2022 Recap Video:

Prices range from 1495 DKK to 7995 DKK depending on the type of attendee and time of registration.

Website: https://retailinsights.org/denmark/ 
Register: Here.

Paris Retail Week

Location: Paris, France
Dates: September 19th – 21st, 2023
Who Should Attend: Retailers, Industry Leaders
About: Paris Retail Week brings together retail professionals and features an emphasis on sharing knowledge, experiences, and best practices. At this event, you will find many experiences including conferences, workshops, pitching, awards, innovation tours, store tours. More information including a list of speakers will be available on the website in the coming months.

Website: https://en.parisretailweek.com/ Registration is available in April Here.