Everyone knows attending conferences is important.

In the retail industry specifically, conferences offer a myriad of benefits to both startups and retailers-  from extensive networking opportunities to discovery of new technologies.

Attending conferences is also a great way to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to industry trends, with relevant speakers and sessions about trending topics.

However, with so many options, it can be hard to pick which conference is most relevant for your company.

Luckily for you, we have prepared a handy list of this year’s top 10 retail tech conferences- with a brief overview of the benefits of each event.

Shall we?

FUTR Summit

Apr 24-25, 2019 | London, Uk

FUTR Summit is the annual gathering of brands and retailers that want to stay at the cutting-edge of insights, technologies, and solutions across retail and marketing. A watering hole for the future-focused leaders who want to see “what’s next”, understand how to bridge “the gap between now and next”, while carrying forward authentic values with no baggage.

Interested in attending the event? Get 20% off your all-access ticket using the discount code RE:TECH20 at checkout.

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FUTR, Image Source: The CEO Magazine

RetailEXPO 2019

May 1 – 2, 2019 | London, UK

RetailEXPO is Europe’s leading event for retail technology, design and digital signage. Providing innovation, stimulation, thought leadership and relevancy in today’s omnichannel market. It is the must-visit event for retail and hospitality organizations looking for the right tools, solutions and advice on how to best run their business.

VivaTechnology

May 16-18 2019 | Paris, France

VivaTech is an annual technology conference, dedicated to innovation and startups, held in Paris, France.  Though it isn’t a classic retail tech conference, many influential retailers like LVMH, L’Oréal take part in VivaTech, making it a great opportunity to meet with world’s leading digital transformation players, including thousands of startups and dozens of international groups.

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Image Source: iim.fr

World Retail Congress

May 14-16, 2019 | Rai Amsterdam, Netherlands

The World Retail Congress brings together the leaders of today’s global retail industry – from domestic and international powerhouses to game-changing start-ups and disruptors.

The Congress provides an unrivaled high-level forum for senior retailers to learn, share insight, form powerful connections and shape the retail future.

IRCE

June 25-28 | Chicago, Illinois

Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) provides you with a conference full of industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an exhibit hall filled with the latest and greatest solution providers, and a community made for networking with thousands of like-minded industry peers.

eTail East

Aug 19-22 | Boston

eTail is where the top minds in retail meet, collaborate and learn about what’s disrupting the industry today and what’ll change tomorrow. Etail brings together over 100 speakers representing the best from America’s largest retailers, innovative start ups, and eCommerce disruptors.

Grocery Shop

Sep 15-18, 2019 | Venetian, Las Vegas

GrocerysSately became the leading event for innovation in grocery and CPG. GroceryShop was founded by the team that created the world’s largest retail conference, Shoptalk, and is a one-of-a-kind, three-day innovation Event on Disruptive Trends, Technologies & Business Models in Grocery & CPG. This is only the 2nd time it is happening but is already one of the most promising events of the year.

Tech.

Oct 2-3, 2019 | Printworks, London

Tech. is the most important two-day festival of digital retailing and the technology driving it in 2019. Bringing together more than 2,500 people and 180+ speakers from 800+ companies across the globe, Tech. provides the biggest and boldest platform for digital leaders in commerce and the smartest minds in technology to shape the future of the industry.

ShopTalk

March 22-25, 2020 | Las Vegas

ShopTalk is a retail conference like no other. The world’s largest retail and e-commerce conference which brings together 8,000+ people, Shoptalk covers the ongoing transformation of retail and the evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy in a digital age. Established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, real estate operators, media, Wall Street analysts and others attend Shoptalk to learn, collaborate and evolve.

Although ShopTalk 2019 ended not too long ago, registration to next year’s event has already begun. Following the success of the Israeli tech pavilion, Re:Tech is planning an even larger delegation for next year.

Interested in exhibiting in ShopTalk 2020 and join the Israeli Tech Pavilion? contact us at inbal@re-tech.io

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Israeli retail tech Pavilion, ShopTalk 2019

Retail Disrupt

TBD | Tel Aviv, Israel

A first of its kind conference in Israel about retail and innovation, Retail Disrupt creates a unique meeting place where the biggest retailers in the world interact with the brightest retail technology & e-commerce startups and tech companies. Retail Disrupt brings together all the latest trends, technologies and startups revolutionizing the retail industry, online and offline.

The date of the event is TBD – however if you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, contact us at inbal@re-tech.io.

RETAIL DISRUPT

Image Source: Tomer Foltyn

Final Thoughts

With spring approaching, the conference season is just around the corner, bringing with it some great opportunities to network, develop new ideas, raise visibility, and most importantly- get inspired.

Now that you also have a handy overview of this year’s top retail conferences, all that’s left to do is book your ticket.

Enjoy!

Inbal Perlman

Inbal is the community and hub manager of the Re:Tech hub, a co-workingspace for retail and e-commerce startups based in the heart of Tel Aviv. The Hub offers its members industry focused events, access to global partners and various opportunities in the global and local retail tech ecosystem.

If you are in retail and would like to learn what new technologies can help push your business forward, get in touch.