We’re kicking off the year with our annual guide to retail’s most important events. In 2020, the industry ups the ante with event highlights including EuroShop, The Retail Summit and GlobalShop taking us from Europe to Dubai before heading to the US. Pencil in the sector’s best trade fairs, events and congresses to ensure that you’re up to date, in the know and on top of retail’s trends and technology in 2020.

These retail events have been updated in light of COVID-19 and are accurate as of July 1st, 2020.

1. NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show – NYC (USA), January 12th – 14th

Discover the future of retail at this year’s NRF 2020 Vision: Retail Big Show. New York will play host to over 800 exhibitors will some 40,000 visitors from over 99 countries expected to attend. During the three-day event, the industry’s best experts will share key insights and information about retail now and in the future with over 400 talks scheduled.

2. Barcelona Fashion Summit – Barcelona (Spain), February 6th

Hosted by Modaes, Spain’s leading daily source of economic information about the fashion industry, the Barcelona Fashion Summit is now in its eighth year. Held in the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya, it’s one Spain’s key industry events. This year the Summit will analyse and deconstruct modern consumer behaviours in “Objective: Consumer”.

3. EuroShop – Düsseldorf (Germany), February 16th – 20th

Re-issued and updated, this edition of “The New Rules of Retail” explains how unprecedented consumer power, enabled by technology and globalisation, continues to revolutionise retail. Retail now calls for a business model based on pre-emptive, perpetual distribution, a neurological customer connection, and total control of the value chain. Lewis and Dart provide a unique and essential view of the future of the retail industry by identifying the five current trends driving consumer demand.

4. Internet Retailing Expo ENGAGE – Birmingham (UK), NEW DATES: From July 1st (Virtual Programme)

This year IRX launches IRX Engage, a virtual programme of online support including keynote seminars, roundtables and networking sessions, as well as the opportunity to share experiences. An annual event, IRX brings together more than 5,000 experts and professionals for this must-attend retail event for online retailers which will return in 2021 on March 17th – 18th

5. Paris Retail Week – Paris (France), CONFIRMED DATES: September 15th – 17th

The upcoming edition of Paris Retail week reinvents the business experience through a global offer for retailers. Over three days the programme includes over 200 conferences, workshops and keynote presentations in addition to the more than 600 exhibitors. With over 25,000 visitors expected to attend it’s a global offer for every retailing ecosystem.

6. The Retail Summit – Dubai (UAE), NEW DATES: November 10th – 11th in Atlantis, Dubai

The international retail sector comes together in Dubai, the business hub of Western Asia, in this special event created by retailers for retailers. In 2020, the Retail Summit will examine next generation customer experience and engaging the “we” generation. Get ready to explore the convergence of retail with technology, experience and hospitality.

7. Retail & Brand Experience World Congress – Barcelona (Spain), NEW DATES: November 17th – 18th (Virtual Programme)

This year’s event will now take the form of dedicated sessions with Smart City Live with a virtual program of day-long broadcasting plus dedicated online workshops, sessions and side events. It centre around generational disruption and look at social and political disharmony, economic distrust, technological change and digital transformation. It’s time to break the rules!

8. World Retail Congress – Rome (Italy), POSTPONED until 2021: April 27th – 29th 2021

The World Retail Congress brings together the leaders of today’s global retail industry, from multi-national powerhouses to game-changing start-ups and even disruptors. More than 14,000 attendees will attend the congress, an unrivalled high-level forum for senior retailers to learn, share insight, networks and shape the future of retail worldwide.

9. RetailEXPO – London (UK), POSTPONED until April 2021

RetailEXPO is Europe’s leading event for retail technology and digital innovation. A must visit event for retailers and brands, the expo is a source of inspiration, thought leadership and relevancy for today’s omnichannel market. Over two days visitors can discover solutions to enhance customer experience, increase operational effectiveness and drive sales.

10. GlobalShop at Retail X – Chicago (USA), POSTPONED until 2021! May 11th – 13th 2021

RetailX is THE meeting place for online and offline retailers operating in the US. Chicago will once again host the US hottest trade show featuring SmartRetail, IRCE and GlobalShop. With over 15,000 industry professional attending, RetailX enables optimisation of retail in an ever-transforming landscape. Make sure you check out Kendu’s two stands located at the main entrance of the show!