The Most Important Retail Conferences and Trade Shows Summer 2019

Each year there are hundreds of huge retail conferences, conventions, and trade shows around the country, and thousands more around the world. They’re a great way for B2B vendors and retailers alike to meet, learn, network, and grow their businesses. But for many retailers, it’s difficult to find time to attend, and even harder to narrow down the shows that are truly worthwhile. Here, we’ve featured several of the top 2019 summer retail conferences from around the U.S. that you still have time to attend. Check them out and see which would be a great fit for your retail business. Sign up today and maybe we’ll see you there!

NRFtech NRFtech show logo and dates

Where: Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St., San Francisco, CA

When: May 19-21 (Sun-Tues)

Price: Varies ($0-$1,695)

Featured Speaker(s): Edmond Mesrobian, Nordstrom CTO; Brit Morin, Brit + Co Founder and CEO

What It Is: A more targeted event than its larger counterpart, NRF Show (every January in NYC), this two-and-a-half day event is geared toward various executives in the retail world, Fortune 500s, and start-ups alike. The content will focus on how technology impacts the retail world and, more importantly, the customer experience. NRFtech brings together some of the brightest minds in retail all in the center of the tech world. They promise valuable content that encourages collaboration toward innovation rather than simple sales pitches.

ICX Summit

Where: Omni Frisco Hotel, 11 Cowboys Way, Frisco, TX

When: June 4-6 (Tues-Thurs)

Price: $695-$795

Featured Speaker(s): Michael O. Browning Jr., Urban Air Co-Founder and CEO; Ryan Carver, Commerce Canal CEO; Sherif Mityas, TGI Friday’s CEO

What It Is: The Interactive Customer Experience (ICX) Summit provides retailers with new ways to enhance the customer experience. The three days also feature CONNECT, a branch of the summit that focuses exclusively on mobile technology. The conference is geared towards business-to-customer businesses that are looking to expand their in-store, online, and mobile experiences with more interactive technologies. Guests will hear from many executive-level speakers, while also having plenty of time to tour the floor and see the technology firsthand.

Future Stores Future Stores Logo

Where: The Sheraton Seattle, 1400 6th Ave., Seattle, WA

When: June 4-7 (Tues-Fri)

Price: $1,799-$1,999

Featured Speaker(s): Andy Adams, Starbucks SVP; Natalie Mackey, Glow Concept CEO

What It Is: The Future Stores conference prepares retail executives to get their companies ready for the future. The conference features presentations and conversation panels with some of the brightest and most successful retail leaders in the country. It’s a great opportunity for medium-sized retail businesses that are trying to elevate to the next level of technology and in-store experience. Most attendees are in operations and marketing in a senior role.

NFC PROTECT 2019 retail conference NRF PROTECT

Where: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA

When: June 11-13 (Tues-Thurs)

Price: $950-$1,300

Featured Speaker(s): Sherri Davidoff, BrightWise Founder & CEO

What It Is: As the name suggests, NRF PROTECT offers retailers the opportunity to learn more about loss prevention, retail theft, cybersecurity, risk management, and asset protection. Like other NRF conferences, PROTECT focused on educational forums, peer-to-peer networking, and executive leadership training. In hands-on demonstrations, presenters will walk attendees through ways that most retailers are at risk from both internal and external threats. The end goal of the 2.5 days is for retailers to leave feeling more confident about the security of their business, staff, and assets.

Retail X Retail X Show Logo

Where: McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Dr., Chicago, IL

When: June 25-28 (Tues-Fri)

Price: $129-$2,400

Featured Speaker(s): Doug Stevens, Founder Retail Prophet

What It Is: Retail X is more of a trade show than any of the other conferences on our list. Attended by over 20,000 guests, the show features cutting-edge technology of in-store design, floor planning, and digital merchandising. It allows business owners and managers to interact directly with the products, network with other retailers and potential partners, and learn through various educational sessions over three days. Each year, representatives from some of the biggest retailers in the world attend Retail X, including Google, Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Warby Parker, Verizon, and many others.

NRF NXT NRF NXT 2019 retail show

Where: The Venetian, 3355 S, Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV

When: July 22-24 (Mon-Wed)

Price: $695 (NRF members) $795 (non-members)

Featured Speaker(s): Mike Earl, Timbuk2 Head of Omni Channel

What It Is: NRF NXT is the newest addition of NRF conferences, replacing the long-running The goal is to provide retailers with a glimpse into modern digital marketing, data, and shopping analytics. It features various executive-level speakers, small-group opportunities, and intimate networking. Each session follows the same structure seen below. They are meant to provide attendees with the tools necessary to make immediate changes at their place of business.

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Michael Chalberg

Michael has long focused his writing on the world of retail and small businesses. He''s been a part of the KORONA POS team since 2018 and loves helping entrepreneurs find ways to adapt and succeed. In his spare time, you'll likely find him hiking somewhere in the Southwest.

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