Essential industry events for retail leaders to attend in 2024

This year is set to keep retail industry players busy with a wide range of exhibitions and events held across the globe.

Claire Jenns January 05 2024

The sheer breadth of the retail sector in all its forms can feel overwhelming at times.

Attending industry events to network with fellow professionals and hear first-hand accounts of shared struggles and journeys can help alleviate the pressures of navigating the retail landscape.

Retail events in the US

NRF: Retail’s Big Show (13-16 January) New York – The National Retail Federation is kicking off the new year with a star-studded line up of sessions, including Drew Barrymore, Martha Stewart, and Shay Mitchell. This is alongside a supply chain summit and a range of exhibitors.

Shoptalk US (17-20 March) Las Vegas – Attendees are some of the most senior decision-makers from the biggest retailers, brands and tech companies in the world, all exploring an expansive showroom floor of exhibitors.

Retail Innovation Conference & Expo (4-6 June) Chicago - This event is designed to speak to the new needs of retail businesses and their teams through strategic sessions, C-level panels, offsite networking events and interactive learning experiences.

Retail events in Europe

World Retail Congress (16-18 April) Paris – The theme of 2024 is High Performance Retail, highlighting stories of inspirational performance in the sector.

Shoptalk Europe (3-5 June) Barcelona – Broadening the scope of its US sister event, this edition reportedly hosts Europe’s biggest retail meetings programme.

Retail events in MENA and Asia

The Retail Summit (23-24 April) Dubai – Aimed at C-level leaders, this summit brings together industry statesman alongside entrepreneurial trailblazers.

Retail Asia Conference & Expo (8-10 May) Hong Kong – Back for the first time since the pandemic, this event aims to help industry players adapt to the new retail landscape and catch up with industry trends.

Retail events in the UK

Smart Retail Expo (27-28 February) London – This event focuses on digital innovation in the sector, inviting speakers from global giants such as TikTok, Google, and Amazon to discuss the future of retail.

Retail Week Live (12-13 March) London – With 40+ retail and FCMG organisations and over 1000 attendees expected, the speaker line up represents fashion, home & DIY, F&B, grocery, electricals, health & beauty, marketplaces, specialty retailers and more.

Retail Technology Show (24-25 April) London - 47 of the Top 50 UK retailers and brands are set to attend with diverse job titles alongside over 300 tech suppliers.

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