December 14, 2016 by Ashwini Murthy

If you are a retail industry insider or someone who sells technology, services and products to the retail and e-commerce industry, here are some of the industry events and retail conferences in 2017 that you need to watch out for.

The list is based on available information as of October 2016 and is in no particular order.


Date: January 15 – 17, 2017

City: New York City, USA

Without any arguments, this is retail’s flagship event and is hosted by NRF.  Expect 33,000 attendees, 300+ speakers and meet over 500 exhibitors in an action-packed 3-day expo and convention. If you are a data junkie or a consumer behaviour geek, you will enjoy this year’s convention. NRF has packed two of the three days with data and consumer behaviour themed topics.


Date: April 20 – 21, 2017

City: Tucson, Arizona, USA

If you are interested in practical ideas as a retail industry operator or an academician tracking the industry or a student eager to participate in the industry, this would be an ideal place for you spend your two days. The event is organised by Terry J.Lundgren Center for Retailing and the University of Arizona.

Macy’s CEO, Terry J.Lundgren will be moderating discussions among the global retail industry luminaries.

Speaker slots are open. So if you want to throw your hat, now would be the right time.


Date: 10 March 2017

City: Auckland, New Zealand

Date: 26-27 July 2017

City: Sydney

Looking for an event that focuses only on the tech that drives Retail and Ecommerce? You’ve to fly down under. Across New Zealand and Australia, between March and July, a series of events focusing on digital innovation for retail are being conducted by Online Retailer.


Date: February 12 – 15, 2017

City: Orlando, Florida, USA

A dedicated four days event for supply chain professionals in the retail industry. Organised by RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association), the conference is a must attend if you work in supply chain functions or sell to retail/e-commerce companies. 70% of the attendees are directors or senior leaders. All top 10 retail companies in the US attend this event.

New York NOW

Date: February 4  – 8, 2017

City: New York City, New York, USA

Where else can you find 25,000 retailers in one physical location who all are looking to buy?

NY NOW is produced twice annually and is open to the trade only. The market hosts 2,800 exhibiting companies. This event is not where you come to learn and network but to negotiate and buy.

2017 National Grocers Association’s Show

Date: February 12 – 15, 2017

City: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

If you are representing independent supermarkets, family-run regional chains and other retailer-owned and voluntary wholesalers, this annual event is a must-attend. Discuss, Share and Learn from industry’s best and your peers over 3 days.

GlobalShop 2017

Date: March 28-30, 2017

City: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

GlobalShop is celebrating its 25th year. Billed as the largest store design and at-retail marketing show in the United States, GlobalShop brings more than 10,000 products and 900 suppliers in one location. Also, GlobalShop claims to be the only trade show that combines retail design, merchandising, shopper-facing technology & marketing.  GlobalShop brings together the retail world’s top influencers under one roof.

Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference 2017

Date: April 22-25, 2017

City: La Jolla, California, USA

Sponsored by the World Alliance for Retail Excellence & Standards (formerly NARMS), the conference features presentations and workshops from leading retail and marketing experts.


Details pending.

Please click here for full details.

Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition 2017 – IRCE

Date: June 6-9, 2017

City: McCormick Place West, Chicago, Illinois

IRCE offers retail attendees the largest display of e-retailing technology under one roof. The Exhibit Hall at IRCE has become a must attend, as evidenced by the fact that over 1,500 of last years’ attendees purchased passes solely for the exhibit hall experience.


Online registration pending.

Please click here for full details.

NRF PROTECT: National Retail Federation Loss Prevention Conference & Expo

Date: June 26–28, 2017

City: Gaylord National Harbor, Washington, DC

The nation’s leading retail-specific loss prevention conference, this event focuses on key issues: organised retail crime, online fraud, e-fencing, interviewing, investigating, pandemic preparedness and more.


Details pending.

Please click here for full details.

Retail Innovation: Digital Transformation. CX Disruption.

Date: May 09-10, 2017

City: New York City

Brands that are willing to disrupt the norm are the ones getting noticed by shoppers tapping data-based segmentation to personalise the customer experience. But it’s not just entrepreneurial startups and pure plays that are disrupting the norm. Larger companies also are dipping their toes in the waters of disruption.

Disruptive brands are raising the bar for all retail companies. Hear from brands like these and much more when you join 200+ retail leaders at #RIC17!

World Retail Congress

Date: April 04-06, 2017

City: Dubai, UAE

The World Retail Congress will be held for the second year out of Europe. The Congress has attracted over 700 international speakers and 10,500 attendees from 125 countries over its 10-year history.  65% of those that attend are senior retailers, with half of that number at board level. This year’s keynote speakers include the Chairman and CEO of Macy’s, CEO of American Apparel, President of the Elizabeth Arden brand and a host of other glittering stars from the world of retail.

Etail West 2017

Date: February 27 – March 02, 2017

City: Palm Springs, CA

Etail born in 1999 is where the top minds of most America’s top retailers meet, from the billion dollar clubs to start-ups. The conference is attended by Coca-Cola, Disney, Macy’s, Samsung, Sears Holdings, Walmart, Walgreens and thousands of other attendees.

Retail Conference

Date: May 17, 2017

City: Nottingham, United Kingdom

Awaiting details of keynote speakers.

ASD Las Vegas

Date: March 19 – March 22, 2017

City: Las Vegas, USA

ASD Market Week is the most comprehensive B2B trade show that brings the world’s widest variety of retail merchandise together in one efficient shopping experience. The ASD Market Week show floor is filled with quality choices at every wholesale price point buyers could want to find. ASD Market Week is held twice per year in Las Vegas and is truly the wholesale buying event that can’t be missed for any small to large sized retail, distribution, or importing business.  

Dx3 Canada

Date: March 8 – March 9, 2017

City: Toronto, Canada

Canada’s leading technology, digital marketing and Retail Event. Past speakers include professionals from Airbnb, BuzzFeed, Google, Indigo, MasterCard, Microsoft and Shopify.

Retail Business Technology Expo

Date: May 8 – May 9, 2017

City: London, United Kingdom

RBTE, Retail Design Expo and Retail Digital Signage Expo are hugely successful events, with 15,452 visitors attending all three exhibitions in 2016 – a 28% uplift on the 2015 event – and 2,156 attended from overseas. Speakers for the 2017 event include professionals from Sainsbury, Boots, Morrisons, Marks & Spencers, Tesco etc.

Retail Design Expo

Date: May 8 – May 9, 2017

City: London, United Kingdom

Co-located with RBTE is the Retail Design Expo, which brings together over 100 exhibitors from all branches of retail design, marketing and visual merchandising. Experience new innovations, ideas, materials, structures, fixtures and fittings. Speakers for the 2017 event include professionals from H&M, Kessler International, Etsy, JD Sports, Harrods, Camelot etc.

Retail Week Live

Date: March 8 – March 9, 2017

City: London, United Kingdom

Retail Week Live 2017 is set to be the most progressive yet, bringing together retail’s brightest minds to connect, inspire and advance the retail industry. The conference is expected to attract 1200+ attendees, 300+ unique companies and 80+ sponsors. Speakers include the Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens, Managing Director of Snapchat, UK Country Manager of Amazon, EVP of Unilever, General Manager of AirBnB etc.

Retail Technology Show Asia

Date: April 20 – April 21, 2017

City: Singapore

Retail Technology Show Asia brings together exhibitors offering the newest and most innovative retail solutions across payments, e-commerce and retail that you can adopt in your business. The conference is expected to include 250+ speakers, 1000+ attendees, 200+ exhibitors and 8000+ visitors

NG Retail

Date: May 15 – May 17, 2017

City: Royal Turnberry Resort, Scotland

The key themes for the summit include Digital Innovation, Analytics & Attribution relating to omni-channel success and Building Connected Relationships. Attendees include professionals from Carrefour, Swarovski, Levi’s, Sainsbury

Internet Retailing Expo

Date: April 5 – April 6, 2017

City: Birmingham, United Kingdom

This conference is all about multichannel education. A massive number of companies from the multichannel industry meet here. IRX is for CEO’s, Directors, Senior Managers and Executives who are responsible for delivering multichannel strategies.

RECon The Global Retail Real Estate Convention

Date: May 21 – May 24, 2017

City: Las Vegas, NV, United States

Global convention for the shopping centre industry and provides networking, deal making and educational opportunities for retail real estate professionals from around the world.

Retail Asia Expo 2017

Date: June 13, 2017 – June 15, 2017

City: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

This caters to APAC retailers. The three focus areas of this expo include Retail tech, retail design & in-store marketing, internet retailing. This trade show is open for all visitors and has a strict dress-code.

Online Retailer

New Zealand

Date: 10 March 2017

City: Grand Millennium Hotel, Auckland


Date: 26 July – 27 July 2017

City: ICC Sydney

This event highlights disruptive and innovative retail models and the technologies that support these. This event is a perfect networking platform for companies based out of Australia.

International Retail Design Conference (IRDC)

Date: September 6, 2017 – September 8, 2017

City: New Orleans

IRDC is all about creativity. The fact that it happens in New Orleans speaks volumes about the amount of energy and creativity that this conference exudes. Meet new people and share insights on exceptional store design.

Independent Retailer Conference

Multiple dates and locations. Check out their website for more information.

The Independent Retailer Conference is a “pop up conference” within a trade show experience dedicated entirely to the unique lifestyle and responsibilities of indie store owners with a focus on delivering in-store and e-commerce operational insight and expertise that can help independent merchants further succeed in their retail goals.

Ashwini Murthy

Content marketer @ PipeCandy

A writer by day. Illustrator by night. Currently trying to conquer the B2B marketing world one baby step at a time. Loves everything outside her comfort zone.