The top 9 global retail conferences for 2024

27 Feb 2024 · 7
Are you a retailer looking to grow your knowledge and network this year? If you answered yes, you’re in the right place.
Retail conferences are the perfect way to gain valuable insights from retail experts and stay ahead of the curve—all while building industry connections and relationships. What’s not to like?
A retail conference presents an exciting opportunity to step away from day-to-day operations and focus on the bigger picture—your business model and strategy. Attending a retail conference could be just what you need to transform your business and processes. 
Here are our top picks on this year’s retail conference calendar.

The must-attend retail conferences in North America

  • 17th -20th March, 2024
  • Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Shoptalk is one of the leading global events for retail marketing and e-commerce professionals. The 2024 conference is a perfect event to attend if you want to learn about the latest retail technology, emerging trends and business models, and the evolving behaviors of consumers
Keynote speakers at the event include Jon Alferness, EVP & Chief Product Officer at Walmart U.S., and Lauren Morr, SVP, Digital Engineering & Architecture at Abercrombie & Fitch Co. It’s a can’t-miss conference that promises insights and perspectives on the retail industry that you won’t find in any other retail event. Sign us up.
  • 4th - 6th June, 2024
  • McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
The Retail Innovation Conference and Expo (RICE) in Chicago brings together retail leaders to explore all things retail business. It’s an event packed with inspiration and information in which get to listen to top speakers like Deborah Weinswig, the CEO & Founder of CORESIGHT RESEARCH, and Devin Nagy, Director of Emerging Technology at DIAGEO. 
Attending this event gives you the chance to learn more about customer experiences and the evolution of their buying journeys. Similarly, you’ll learn how new marketing channels and technologies are embedding commerce into everything we do, as well as the increasing popularity of buy online and pick-up in-store (BOPIS).
More than 300 exhibitors will showcase their cutting-edge technologies and products, making RICE 2024 a dynamic environment where attendees can explore new business possibilities. 
  • 16th - 18th October, 2024
  • McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA
The good news is that you won’t have to wait until next year for Shoptalk to return to the US if you miss the first installment in March 2024. For the first time ever, Shoptalk returns to the conference scene for a second event in October ‘24. Thought leaders, retail executives, startups, and other industry leaders won't have to wait another year to participate in the conversations shaping the retail landscape.
If you want another opportunity to hear from the most influential leaders and innovative brands in retail and build connections, buy your ticket today.
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Take a look at these exciting retail conferences in Europe

  • 16th - 18th April, 2024
  • Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, Paris, France
The return of the World Retail Congress in 2024 is set to bring together 800+ influential figures from the global retail industry. This retail innovation conference & expo will address the latest trends, provide collaboration and networking opportunities, and encourage you to ideate and discuss strategic plans for the future. This year’s event's theme is “High-Performance Retail", which focuses on the key traits required to achieve world-class retail performance. You’ll get the chance to learn from some of the most inspiring voices in the retail world with insights that extend beyond the ordinary retail chit-chat.
The conference presents an opportunity to connect with the global leaders actively shaping the future of retail. It’s a platform to learn from the experiences of the retail world's finest, helping position you for success in the global retail landscape.
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  • 22nd – 23rd May, 2024
  • NEC Birmingham, Birmingham, England
IRX & eDX 2024 is where commerce meets innovation. This game-changing retail event experience in Birmingham is a dynamic exploration of the digital tools and innovations reshaping the landscape of modern commerce. The event brings together digital and business leaders, e-commerce heads, retail industry experts, executives steering omnichannel strategies, and other business executives for an insightful two-day learning experience.
It’s a jam-packed retail conference and trade show with relevant content, valuable learnings, and practical insights to drive success in your retail future. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to meet with top-notch suppliers to discover the tools and technologies to grow your business.
  • 3rd - 5th June, 2024
  • Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain
Couldn’t make it state-side? Worry not—Shoptalk Europe brings together some of the world's biggest and most influential retailers. Top retail businesses and grocery stores will be at Shoptalk Europe, with more than 4,000 decision-makers from the world’s top brands, startups, and investors. Shoptalk Europe seeks to equip all attendees with the tools, skills, and connections they need to drive their business growth.
The organizers promise three days of fresh perspectives from influential retail leaders, complete with an Industry Party to top things off. Conferences don’t get much better than this, especially when they’re hosted in beautiful Barcelona.
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The best retail conferences in the Middle East

  • 23rd – 24th April, 2024
  • Atlantis Dubai, Dubai, UAE
The Retail Summit (TRS) provides a space for a community of global industry leaders to collaboratively discuss and shape the future of retail. If you’re a retail professional, this is an opportunity to meet world-class speakers on important topics. 
It’s also a chance to build your network and drive change through meaningful engagements. This year's event promises curated interactive sessions and more opportunities than ever to make meaningful connections. And guess what? There's also phenomenal entertainment planned at The Beach Partyso don't miss out!
  • 14th - 15h May, 2024
  • Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UEA
The Seamless Middle East retail event in Dubai is a convergence of innovation and expertise. It’s a two-day conference featuring 500+ speakers discussing recent trends, market challenges, and developments shaping the industry. The event will also host a networking lounge, a delegate and buyer program, and even a networking app
You’ll get to interact with 15,000 visitors and connect with more than 500 exhibitors to foster network and business partnerships. You’ll also hear from industry professionals and leaders at Santander, Revolut, L’Óreal, Vodafone, and many more. Not one to miss, that’s for sure.
  • 24th - 26th September, 2024
  • Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UEA
Private Label is the Middle East's most significant retail event, tailored to those looking to enhance their brand offerings, boost profitability, and gain a competitive edge in the Middle East and African retail market. If you’re into merchandising or any form of retail business, then you can come along with your services or goods as there’ll be up to 8,000 buyers. 
The event also provides access to various food and non-food manufacturing suppliers and solution providers from 40 countries worldwide. You'll also learn how health-conscious consumer preferences and demand for sustainability drive product innovation. This one is a must-attend if you’re interested in elevating your brand offerings and seizing a competitive edge in the Middle East and African retail market.
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Get ready to shape the future of your retail business by attending these top conferences

There you have it—a comprehensive list of some of the best retail conferences in 2024. Ready to shop ‘til you drop? Get your tickets sooner rather than later to make sure you’re not left behind.
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