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Top Retail Conferences & Trade Shows in 2020

To help you learn about the latest retail trends, we’ve compiled a list of the top retail trade shows, conferences, and conventions in 2020.

Whether you own and operate a small boutique or you’re an executive in a big box store, one thing holds true: the world of retail is evolving. In order to stay competitive and grow your business, you need to keep up to date on the latest trends and technology. Our list of the best retail conferences and retail industry trade shows will help you do just that.

Here are this year’s top retail conferences you should attend:


1. National Retail Federation: 2020 Vision

  When: January 11-14, 2020

  Where: New York City, New York



Who it’s for: Retail industry professionals

What to expect: NRF 2020: Retail’s Big Show is a retail trade show that brings together retailers and retail business professionals to share the latest innovation and tech trends. Attendees get access to 800+ exhibitors, 400 speakers, and 175+ sessions.

Workshops include:

  • Food Tech
  • Cybersecurity
  • Supply Chain and Logistics

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2. eTail West

  When: February 24-27, 2020

  Where: Palm Springs, California



Who it’s for: Retail industry professionals, e-commerce businesses, retail marketers interested in technology and omnichannel marketing

What to expect: The eTail West retail conference is four days of speakers, workshops, and networking designed to help retailers improve their omnichannel marketing and e-commerce activities.

The eTail West event includes:

  • Transform Search Summit: optimizing paid search, SEO, performance marketing best practices
  • Transform Email and Retention Summit: email, retention, and CRM best practices
  • Transform Tech Summit: innovative tech AI/machine learning, voice-enabled commerce, AR & VR
  • Transform UX and Merchandising Summit: optimization strategies for UX and merchandising


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3. Dx3

  When: March 10-11, 2020

  Where: Toronto, Ontario



Who it’s for: Established and start-up retailers and e-commerce retailers

What to expect: The Dx3 Conference is Canada’s largest retail, marketing, and technology event. Attendees can expect keynote speakers, lab demonstrations, workshops, and networking for start-ups. If you’re looking for the latest trends and products, you won’t want to miss this retail industry trade show.

This year’s event includes:

  • Retail Summit
  • Marketing & Innovation Summit
  • Exhibition: Latest in Retail, Marketing & Tech
  • Dx3 Talks: Interactive, Actionable Workshops


Retail, Marketing, and Technology Event: Dx3 Conference


4. Store 2020

  When: May 26-27, 2020

  Where: Toronto, Ontario



Who it’s for: Retail industry professionals

What to expect: The Retail Council of Canada’s Store 2020 Conference offers attendees access to speakers, concurrent sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibitor floor.

This year’s speakers include:

  • David Bensadoun, ALDO Group
  • Michael Ward, IKEA Canada


Retail Council of Canada Store 2020 Conference


5. RetailX

  When: June 9-11, 2020

  Where: Chicago, Illinois



Who it’s for: Retail industry professionals, e-commerce businesses, retail marketers interested in technology and store design

What to expect: RetailX is one of the best retail conferences, and it’s the ideal show for retail professionals to learn about trends and technology changes in the retail landscape. Attendees can expect conference content and exhibitors with insight into the online and offline retail world.

Onsite education opportunities include:

  • IRCE Conference
  • E-Commerce University Pr-Conference Workshops
  • Retail Touchoints LIVE! Conference
  • RFID Journal LIVE! Retail


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Adèle Richardson

Adèle Richardson

Adèle is a marketing content creator at Paystone. She likes cats, really good food, and hiking.