Top retail events 2017
Retail isn’t just about stocking your shelves, throwing open the doors and strategically placing a “welcome” sign out the front. There’s a lot more to consider these days as retailers navigate an increasingly complex world where the internet allows for a savvier consumer than ever before.
If you’re looking for an edge in the competitive retail landscape, here are the top retail events of 2017, including the domains they specialize in and the information they offer that makes them unmissable.
The year kicks off with one of the biggest events on the retail calendar – Retail’s Big Show. Held in New York in January each year, this three-day event attracts exhibitors and experts from across the globe, featuring products, keynote speeches and a wealth of networking opportunities.
Over 30,000 industry professionals on average attend this event, with almost 3500 businesses represented including nearly all the top 100 companies.
Keynote addresses are selected to “inspire, challenge and encourage” attendees to redefine their brand, enhance the in-store experience and embrace change.
On the other side of the world and six months later, the Retail Asia Expo takes place from June 13 to 15 in Hong Kong.
Attended by over 9000 retailers with over 100 speakers and almost 200 exhibition booths from all corners of the globe, this event also focuses on providing cutting-edge retail solutions, and facilitating business opportunities.
Extending beyond technology and providing an overview of the international retail landscape is the retail Business Technology Expo on May 8 and 9 in London.
Touted as Europe’s “biggest, best, and fastest growing event”, it attracted around 15,500 visitors in 2016.
The expo provides insight into retail IT, operations, multi-channel, marketing, e-commerce, logistics, loss prevention, payments and finance from the supply chain through to the customer experience.
It also features a “dynamic seminar and conference program with 130 independent presentations and discussions, workshops, and inspirational features.
In a tech savvy world where the informed consumer is the norm not the exception, Seamless Expo is noted as “the key meeting place for this brave new world of commerce”.
Seamless is marketed at real-world retailers, online shop fronts and businesses that need dynamic payment solutions, meaning attendees range from banks to supermarket chains, government, shopping malls and even airports.
Over 200 speakers and 1000 visitors attend each event.
Hosted at locations across the globe, Retail Risk is the seminal event for retailers looking for an edge in their defenses against loss prevention.
The one-day event features talks from international security experts, legal professionals and big retailers outlining the latest in security measures, technology and trends to guard retailers against theft.
Also on display are the latest products and technology, including RFID tags, security detection systems and lockable POS stands and tablet enclosures.
With bricks and mortar retail becoming more about the consumer experience in a bid to combat online competitors, Global Shop Expo will this year celebrate 25 years of bringing the latest design technology to retailers.
The event is held in Las Vegas and runs from March 28 to 30, with a focus on retail design, merchandising, shopper-facing technology and marketing. Global Shop Expo is attended annually by over 10,000 retailers and features five pavilions of store fixturing, visual merchandising, store design, a digital store, and the at-retail marketplace.
Whether you’re looking for the latest innovations in payment technology, the greatest products in loss prevention or to take your shop front to the frontier of new-age design, there are a host of conferences all round the world to educate, inspire and encapsulate the high expectations of today’s savvy consumer.
It’s just a matter of where, and when…
Author: Rebecca Kennedy