Two of retail’s biggest traditional players — Nordstrom and Macy’s — opened Shoptalk 2019 by revealing how they will take on 2019, fresh off a holiday season that didn’t quite reach expectations.
Macy’s has unveiled new solutions designed to enhance the in-store and mobile customer experience at the Shoptalk conference being held in Las Vegas.
Shoptalk, the retail and e-commerce mega conference that launched in 2016...has become a major player in the space.
Thousands of retail and technology workers descended on Las Vegas last week for an annual industry gathering known as Shoptalk. There they shared the bets that they’re making on Americans’ evolving shopping habits and how they plan to maintain relevance in an era that’s changing faster than the spin of a roulette wheel.
Last week, the 2019 Shoptalk conference featured one of its best speaker lineups and attendance to date. Over 8,000 e-commerce professionals gathered to hear presentations from 185 retail and e-commerce experts about trends and technologies impacting the industry.
Shoptalk is the best. There’re no two bones about it. As much as one wants to try and find fault with it or to point fingers, there is no point to the exercise. Shoptalk CEO Anil Aggarwal and his team have set the bar so high that the show is now the new gold standard in the industry.
At Shoptalk, several players — retailers like American Eagle, social media companies like Pinterest and tech juggernauts like Google — have all been working to refine the starting point of the online shopping journey: search.
The CEOs of Lowe’s, Pinterest and Tapestry took the keynote stage to share the strategies their companies have adapted to cater to evolving customer needs.
Retail has never seen an event quite like Shoptalk. If you’re responsible for innovation and transformation in your organization and you weren’t part of the community of almost 8,500 strong at Shoptalk last week, you were conspicuous by your absence.
Shoptalk is arguably the most exciting and informative retail conference out there. It's an annual gathering of industry insiders and thought leaders that, in it's fourth year, hasn't lost its youthful energy.
The flurry that was Shoptalk is over as 8,000 retailers and brands headed out of Las Vegas last week. While there were a lot of announcements and lightbulb moments, one thing was apparent: Department stores, as we know them, are changing.
Shoptalk 2019 did not disappoint: it has established itself as one of the “must attend” retail events of the year.
The 8,000 attendees at Shoptalk this year got to hear from a lot of executives, founders and industry specialists, all offering varying degrees of candor in diverse areas of expertise.
Retail is undergoing a fundamental transformation. We started the conversation in 2015—before anyone else—and we’ve led the dialogue ever since. That’s helped make Shoptalk the fastest-growing event in retail history: we grew to over 8,000 attendees in less than 36 months. Our attendees consistently tell us that Shoptalk is Retail’s Best Show, and our Net Promoter Score (NPS) is over 50, a score pretty much unheard of in the events industry. We’re especially proud that as we’ve grown, our NPS has increased every year.
Shoptalk 2020 will kick off the next decade of retail innovation. Join the world’s largest community of retail changemakers on March 22-25 at the Venetian, Las Vegas.
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Read the 2019 issue of The Retail Zeitgeist—our annual post-event summary—for unparalleled transparency and quantitative insights into what took place at Shoptalk.
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Join Retail’s Community Of Changemakers:
Hear And Be Heard
Shoptalk is where retail changemakers come together to create the future of retail based on the latest trends, technologies and business models. Our industry-defining agenda and world-class speaker lineup as well as unique networking and collaboration programs ensure you’ll learn in both small and large groups, including in groundbreaking sessions, peer roundtables, curated dinners and double opt-in one-to-one meetings. We’ll ensure that your voice is heard and that you get to hear other important perspectives. You’ll connect with your peers as well as potential new partners, and engage with a large and diverse audience.
Collectively, these activities are a catalyst for the retail revolution, and help both you and your organization grow. Our unprecedented Annual Retail Education Certificate helps you get recognized industry-wide for your investment in your professional development and the digital future of retail.
Core to what makes Shoptalk so special is technology that powers key aspects of our event, including bringing together thousands of industry professionals for tens of thousands of personalized interactions. Read more here.
Join us on March 22-25, 2020 for unmatched strategic and tactical takeaways
Everyone who’s anyone is at Shoptalk. Over 8,000 individuals attend Shoptalk each year from almost 3,000 established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, real estate operators, media, Wall Street analyst firms and more. They come to learn, collaborate and create the future of retail with four days of highly relevant content, curated meetings, productive networking and facilitated social engagements.
Our attendees consistently describe their Shoptalk experience as amazing, educational, energizing, exciting, insightful, inspiring, productive and fun.
Retailers & Brands:
Get Free Tickets & Travel
Thousands of individuals from hundreds of retailers and brands around the world attend Shoptalk every year to improve their knowledge of retail’s latest technologies, trends and business models as well as to collaborate with peers, startups, tech companies, investors, real estate operators and others in an open, friendly environment.
If you’re with a retailer or brand, you may qualify for complimentary Shoptalk tickets plus up to $750 in hotel/travel reimbursement with our Hosted Retailers & Brands Program. The travel/hotel reimbursement is based on receipts submitted following the event. To date, we’ve reimbursed retailers and brands over $3 million in hotel/travel and provided free tickets worth an additional $5 million. To qualify, you must be responsible for buying or evaluating retail or ecommerce technology, and take up to eight 15-minute onsite meetings. Enroll on time and you’ll get to pick the companies you want to meet from over 450 participating sponsors as part of our double opt-in process. You will not need to miss any agenda sessions for these meetings. Our Hosted Program is the largest meetings program in the global retail industry and has an NPS of over 60. Click here to apply now for free tickets and up to $750 in hotel/travel reimbursement. Space is limited and decisions are made on a rolling basis.
Retailers and brands may also qualify for special individual and bulk purchase rate tickets available here.
Direct-To-Consumer & Tech Startups
More than 1,000 direct-to-consumer and tech startups redefining retail attend Shoptalk each year from major global hubs. Shoptalk provides startups with an unparalleled opportunity to form important fundraising, product, distribution and other partnerships with retailers, brands, tech companies, investors, real estate operators, media, analysts and more.
Startups less than two years old that have raised under $2 million at the time of Shoptalk can apply here for a limited number of startup rate tickets and here for discounted exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities.
We also hold an onsite Startup Pitch contest with significant cash prizes. Only 15 spots are available, so apply here now.
Startups can also participate in Funding Founders, a networking program that introduces investors and startups for onsite meetings. To qualify, you must be a registered attendee and apply here. All meetings require investors to opt-in so cannot be guaranteed. In 2019, we made over 1,300 introductions to more than 150 investors for over 200 startups.
VCs, PE, Hedge Funds, Lenders and More
More than 150 venture capital, private equity, hedge funds, lenders and other private and public company investment firms attend Shoptalk each year. There's no better place to find the latest innovations, meet the greatest disrupters and hear perspectives from established leaders to help evaluate investment opportunities.
Investors can also participate in Funding Founders, a networking program that introduces investors and startups for onsite meetings. To qualify, you must be a registered attendee and apply here. In 2019, we made over 1,300 introductions to more than 150 investors for over 200 startups.
Exhibitors & Sponsors:
600 Tech and Other Companies
More than 600 companies exhibit at and sponsor Shoptalk each year. Shoptalk 2020 will be the world’s largest retail conference, offering technology companies and solution providers a uniquely large and exceptionally senior as well as international audience. Our exhibit hall will feature over 250 exhibitors and our Hosted Retailers & Brands Program will curate approximately 10,000 onsite meetings.
The Industry’s Leading Lineup
With the industry’s preeminent lineup, Shoptalk’s speakers are industry leaders and innovators from a broad cross-section of companies. Ranging from established retailers and brands to innovative new startups and prolific investors, over half of Shoptalk speakers are CEOs or founders. Read our 2019 issue of The Retail Zeitgeist for additional insights into our speakers.
Knowledge Is Power—Get Yours At Shoptalk
Shoptalk’s content covers the latest technologies, trends and business models as well as the rapid transformation of how consumers discover, shop for and buy everything—ranging from apparel and electronics to grocery and luxury. Read our 2019 issue of The Retail Zeitgeist for additional insights into our agenda and sessions.
With approximately 100 groundbreaking sessions across a wide variety of tracks with important insights and perspectives shared by an unparalleled group of leaders and innovators, Shoptalk’s agenda leads the retail industry narrative.
As a retailer or brand, you can also learn from your peers in small roundtable settings by joining Tabletalks group discussions. You also have the opportunity to vastly improve your knowledge of new technologies by joining our Hosted Retailers & Brands Program as well as Techtalks (Techtalks are open to all).
By participating in our various educational programs, you can qualify for our Annual Retail Education Certificate to distinguish yourself at a time when retail industry professionals are divided in their knowledge of digital innovation.
Editorial Media & Equity Analysts:
Cover Shoptalk Onsite
More than 300 editorial staff from retail, ecommerce, tech, mainstream and other media as well as Wall Street analysts from every major institution attend Shoptalk. They cover more than 200 announcements coordinated with Shoptalk along with commentary from hundreds of speakers and one-to-one interviews. Click here to see past Shoptalk coverage.
Approved editorial media and equity analysts are eligible for a complimentary Shoptalk ticket—note that when approving tickets for media and analysts who have attended previously, we review any publishing history with Shoptalk. Please note that research analyst firms do not qualify for editorial media and equity analyst tickets.