Shoptalk 2019: 5 Things You Must Do

Tim Denman
Editor in Chief
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Shoptalk is less than a week away. The annual trendsetting retail event will once again be held in Las Vegas, March 3-6, at the Venetian and will feature the who’s who of the industry both on the educational stage and the show floor.

The organizers are expecting more than 8,000 attendees this year representing every segment of the industry. The agenda is once again filled to capacity with cutting-edge educational content, curated meetings, and networking opportunities.

With so much to see and do the tradeshow can be overwhelming to newcomers and event veterans alike. To help attendees get the most out of the event Forbes released its “The 10 Must-Do Activities At The Best Trade Show In Retail - Shoptalk 2019.” Click here to read the full article. Below is a quick look at the 5 activities that top the list.

1. Familiarize Yourself with Shoptalk’s Mission

Since the disruptive retail trade event formed four years ago, Shoptalk’s mission hasn’t changed. Check out its CEO and founder’s Anal Aggarwal’s look back on the foundation of the event and its place in the crowded event market.

2. Check Out the 75 Ways Retail Will Change

Shoptalk is committed to staying relevant and the organizers have their ear to the street searching for new and emerging trends to ensure attendees get the most out of their time at the event. Be sure to read Shoptalk’s chief content officer Daniell Wigder’s take on the 75 Ways Retail Will Change in the Next Decade.

3. Plan Your Agenda

Like any trade show/industry conference it is best to plan before you go. Make sure you study the Shoptalk agenda long before you make it to the show floor, to ensure you make it to the sessions and events that best align with your interests.

4. Don’t Miss The Macy’s Keynote

Jill Ramsey, Macy’s chief product and digital revenue officer, and Rachel Shechtman, Macy’s brand experience officer and founder of Story will discuss the retailer’s latest tech initiatives designed to drive the customer experience during their Reinvigorating Macy’s Customer Experience URL / IRL” keynote address on Sunday evening.

5. See NRF CEO Matthew Shay on the Main Stage

While Shoptalk has undoubtedly stolen some of the NRF Big Show’s thunder and helped lay to rest the trade organization’s event, NRF CEO Matthew Shay has agreed to sit down for one-on-one interview with Stephen Sadove, founding partner at JW Levin Management Partners. You don’t want to miss this.

For post event coverage be sure to check out RIS’ editorial director Joe Skorupa’s annual take on the highlights from the event. Here is a look at last year’s takeaways to whet your appetite.  

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