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In the fast-paced world of retail, those who embrace innovation, growth and networking reap the rewards. Conferences are essential forums – they allow us to explore new horizons, discover the latest trends and technologies that can give us the edge, exchange disruptive ideas and make invaluable connections. 

To ensure your retail marketing campaigns have the edge in 2024, you need to visit the best retail conferences. So, here they are! Need help creating compelling campaigns? We Are Amnet can work with your in-house marketing team to deliver marketing campaigns that deliver results!

NRF: Retail’s Big Show 

January 13–16 – New York, USA

With more than 6,000 brands and 40,000 attendees from around the world, the NRF Retail’s Big Show is not one to miss. The 2024 speaker list is stacked full of top executives who give amazing insights into how the retail space will be shaped in 2024. The list this year includes executives from the likes of Walmart, Crocs, Sephora, Adidas, Target, Ikea and more. 

In 2024, the conference is set to proudly demonstrate meaningful connections within the retail space, provide fresh insights into supporting bold decisions and showcase the cutting-edge technology that will reshape the retail landscape in 2024 and beyond. It’s certainly an event not to be missed!

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StorePoint Retail 2024 

January 21 – San Diego, CA, USA

This is the perfect event for anyone looking for marketing solutions for department stores, speciality stores, shopping centres and large-scale stores and suppliers. StorePoint brings together retail and supplier executives who seek innovative solutions and partnerships. 

For the marketers among us, it is the perfect opportunity to network with leaders in large-scale retail environments and learn the ins and outs of marketing on a bigger scale. 

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The NGA Show

March 10–12 – Caesar Forum Convention Forum, Las Vegas, USA

The NGA Show is all about wholesale, with wholesale food professionals attending this important event. You’ll be able to meet food industry leaders, manufacturers, suppliers and innovators. It is a great opportunity to network and get the creative juices flowing on marketing campaigns designed to focus on wholesale retail. 

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ASD Market Week 

March 10–13 – Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

This is one of the most comprehensive retail events of the year, so for anyone in retail marketing, it is a must-attend event. It’s the largest show in the US and features an incredible amount of retail innovations designed to support your retail business. 

At the ASD Market Week, you’ll be able to see products from more than 1,800 suppliers. You’ll also be able to network with the 30,000-plus attendees, attend free seminars from some of the best minds in the industry and learn about visual merchandising, store design and consumer trends. All of which can offer insights into retail marketing. There are also seminars dedicated to retail marketing with knowledge from people who are changing the game and paving the way.

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SMX Munich

March 12-13 – Munich, Germany

SMX Munich is Europe’s leading search marketing conference. You’ll meet and network with leading professionals in SEO and learn about crucial SEO tactics that can propel your marketing efforts into the stratosphere!

With expert speakers, in-depth sessions and hands-on workshops, this event equips you with the tools and strategies you need to succeed in retail. If you’re in Europe, this is one of the best events of the year, and it’s not to be missed!

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March 17–20 – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, USA

Shoptalk is an intersection of technology, retail and innovation. It brings together more than 10,000 leaders and is known for its outstanding keynote speakers and a variety of multi-track sessions that offer deep insight into specific topics. 

This is the perfect event to get to know the retail industry even more and what makes industry leaders tick. In 2024, the keynote speakers include executives from Victoria’s Secret, Pacsun and Ulta Beauty. The floor has a live showcase with over 900 exhibitors from solution providers and tech giants. If you want to see the marketing opportunities for your retail business in the next few years and the technology that will be leading the charge, this is the event for you. 

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Franchise Expo West 

April 12-13 – Los Angeles Convention Center, CA, USA

This is the perfect opportunity for smaller businesses to learn the ins and outs of retail, retail marketing and franchising. Attend professional symposiums and free seminars and network with hundreds of company franchisors. 

If you’re looking for a new business opportunity, franchise system or businesses for sale, this is the event for you. It is also perfect to see how big companies use marketing on a global scale to get the message out there. 

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WorldFood Poland

April 16-18 – Warsaw, Poland

WorldFood is a huge exhibition that covers a lot of different topics, including: 

  • EcoFood – organic, natural and healthy products 
  • Food and drink – meat, vegetables, fruit, groceries, sweets, oils, dairy products, snacks, non-alcoholic drinks and more.
  • Wine and spirits
  • NutraFood – nutrients, food supplements and nutrient food technology used in the food industry
  • Cold chain and temperature-controlled logistics 

With so much information on offer at this event, it is ideal for getting to know the retail environment you’re in, and how to market it. 

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World Congress Retail

April 16-18 – Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, France

The World Retail Congress is set to make a comeback in 2024 and start where it left off. With more than 800 leading figures in retail being in attendance it offers valuable insights and is one of the top retail conferences in the world. It is the best retail event in Europe for networking, learning and strategising for the year ahead and beyond. 

The event takes place in Paris, a global hub for exceptional retail. The topic this year is High-Performance Retail. The event will focus on the attributes needed for true excellence in today’s retail landscape. The organisers were inspired by enthusiasm, determination and dedication this year – all the attributes it takes to become a champion in the retail world. If you’re in the retail sector in Europe and need a solid marketing/business strategy for the year ahead, this event should not be missed.

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E-commerce Italy 2024

April 18 – Milan, Italy

E-commerce Itlay brings leading professionals together in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet. This is the 18th edition of the event, and it’s sure to be bigger than ever. Get ready for cutting-edge innovations, knowledge and market trends. 

You’ll have the opportunity to dive deep into the digital marketing strategies, business models, marketing techniques, payment systems, customer relations and logistic innovations of some of the best minds in the retail world!

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ICLFS 2024

May 04-05  – Singapore

ICLFS is an international conference. This year the event will focus on: 

  • Luxury, fashion and durability 
  • The nature of sustainable development 
  • Craftsmanship, traditions and sustainability
  • Designers and Brands: Advances in Sustainable Fashion
  • Smart cities and sustainable fashion 
  • Connecting sustainability and growth for fashion companies 
  • Circular economy and the global fashion industry
  • Fashion and the Sharing Economy

If you are in the fashion, sustainability or luxury industries, this is the event for you. There are important lessons on offer for marketing teams on how to market sustainable fashion brands and a great deal more. 

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May 22-23 – NEC Birmingham, England

IRX and eDX are two excellent retail events happening in Birmingham, England at the same time. IRX is tailored towards CEOs, directors, managers and executives in UK retail who are responsible for executing complex omnichannel strategies. The event is stacked with content and invaluable learning possibilities that are sure to be rewarding, informative and shape the future of retail.

EDX looks at the operational aspect of omnichannel performance. It’s designed for the executives who oversee operations, logistics and supply chain functions. Each event offers excellent insights into the world of retail, and you’ll be sure to find great ideas for your next marketing campaign – there are also plenty of networking opportunities to build meaningful relationships at both events. 

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Retail Innovation Conference and Expo

June 4-6 – Chicago, IL, USA

The Retail Innovation Conference and Expo is a special event, and you’re in for a treat if you’ve never been before. There are 16 workshops where attendees can learn valuable and insightful information from industry experts. The event will also feature more than 300 exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge products and technologies that will pave the way and change the retail landscape in the coming years.

Immerse yourself in technology and wisdom. Some world-renowned experts are speaking this year, plus pop-ups around the event focusing on the latest trends in retail. It is the perfect event for a retail marketer to learn, network and grow their skills. 

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Future Stores

June 3-5 – JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A., USA

Future Stores has made some exceptionally important contributions to retail innovations over the years. This year, while the event will take place at a new site, the innovations promise to be just as interesting and valuable this year. 

Featuring top retail leaders with expertise in design, operations, digital and technology coming together, the workshops and speeches promise to be a golden opportunity for everyone who attends. 

This event always does a great job of bringing detail and focus that larger events often miss. A world-class networking opportunity with some of the best in the industry awaits at Future Stores 2024.

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GS1 Connect 2024

June 04-06 – Orlando, Florida, USA

The GS1 event in Florida this year promises to be a networking event like no other. With global brands and industry professionals coming together to learn about optimising supply chains for growth as well as much more. 

The keynote speakers are some of the best in the world, and there are some key exhibitors that will transform your way of thinking. From best practices to innovations that are sure to blow your mind, GS1 keeps track of evolving trends and technologies that must be seen to be believed!

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Attending these retail marketing events throughout the year ensures that you keep track of trends, technologies and innovations that are going to propel your company forward. If you’d like a partner for your new retail campaign, We Are Amnet is here to help. We are a Smartshoring® company that fills skills gaps in your in-house team and makes sure your marketing campaigns deliver the outstanding results you need.

We’re always looking to add retail marketing conferences to our list, so if you’re an organiser or you think there’s an event we’ve missed, please get in touch and we’ll update the list.

Saskia Johnson

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