Top 10 Retail Events in 2018

January, 11th 2018

With a plethora of events, shows and conferences to choose from it can be daunting to choose which ones to attend. If you’re looking to improve your in-store visuals, install the latest digital technology or simply need a hefty dose of inspiration, here is the pick of the crop for the coming year.


1. Barcelona Fashion Summit: February 1st, Barcelona (Spain)


Organised by the online Spanish magazine, Modaes.es, the Summit is the key professional event for the fashion industry. The central theme for 2018, “Fashion 2030: A Brave New World” will explore upcoming innovations, the new-look consumer and the next generation via roundtables and presentations. 


More information: www.barcelonafashionsummit.com


2. Retail Shopfitting & Display Summit: February 5th – 7th, London (UK)


A highly focused event that brings together retail professionals and key industry solution providers, the summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities over the course of two days. If you attend the event take advantage of the opportunity to meet with Kendu UK.


More information: www.retailshopfittingsummit.co.uk


3. GlobalShop: March 26th – 28th, Chicago (USA)


GlobalShop is the world’s largest annual show for retail design and shopper marketing. It’s the fundamental show for those operating in the American market. This year it has 6 themed areas showcasing product innovations, a full conference program which focuses on the evolving consumer and the emerging trends as well as an assortment of networking events. Visit Kendu USA at stands #2623, #2627 & #2825 in Store Design & Operations.


More information: www.globalshop.org


4. World Retail Congress: April 17th – 19th, Madrid (Spain)


The World Retail Congress has long been considered the premiere global retail congress since its inaugural edition in Barcelona in 2007. Over the past 11 years, it has provided insight to help shape the future of the retail industry. The three-day congress has a programme of over 130 international speakers who, this year, will focus on the theme “Innovate to Win”.


More information: www.worldretailcongress.com


5. E-Commerce + Shop Tech: April 18th – 19th, Stockholm (Sweden)


E-Commerce and Shop Tech is the Nordic region’s largest fair for physical and digital trade. In addition to learning about technological developments, the event is an excellent platform for networking to make new contacts, discover new business opportunities and learn about the best in business. With more than 150 exhibitors and experts it features four focus areas: tech solutions, marketing and communication, packaging and logistics and payments.


More information: www.easyfairs.com/ecommerce-shop-tech-2018


6. Shop: April 25th – 26th, Madrid (Spain)


More than 2,500 visitors from Spain and Southern Europe are expected to the premier edition of Shop – The Future of Retail. Bringing together more than 40 exhibitors, conferences and a congress, it aims to explore the “phygital” experience of the retail industry. Discover more about e-commerce, marketing, systems and technologies, digital displays, security systems and future retail alongside OMEpxo now in its 14th year.


More information: www.easyfairs.com/omexpo-2018/shop-2018


7. Retail Design Expo: May 2nd – 3rd, London (UK)


With over 15,000 visitors and 300 exhibitors from more than 10 countries, Retail Design Expo is a must-attend event for European industry members. With its focus on innovation and inspiration, it offers new approaches to customer engagement, new thinking, inspirational conferences and pioneering suppliers in one place, at one time, under one roof. Visit us at Stand #E191!


More information: www.retaildesignexpo.com


8. Paris Retail Week: September 10th – 12th, Paris (France)


As the European global event for retail professionals, Paris Retail Week is the culmination of E-Commerce (the e-retail business event), Equipmag (the retail experience event) and Digital (In)Store. The conferences and workshops will focus on new technologies instore and at the POS including facets such as digital marketing, social commerce, payment solutions, POS digitisation and innovative merchandising solutions. It’s the biggest event of its kind in France!


More information: www.parisretailweek.com  


9. Tech: September 12th – 13th, London (UK)


Tech is the most important two-day festival of digital retailing and the technology driving it. It’s the only event where retailers, suppliers, start-ups, investors and analysts join together to nail the digital revolution. This year’s theme “Transform Together” brings together more than 1,200 people and over 170 speakers to shape the future of the retail industry.


More information: https://tech.retail-week.com/


10. International Retail Design Conference: October 2nd – 4th, Seattle (USA)


The International Retail Design Conference will again bring together more than 350 creative minds and leaders of the sector in Seattle, Washington. During the three-day conference, attendees will be able to gain insight from industry experts, network with decision-makers, and participate in roundtable discussions to take home a wealth of new ideas, new contacts and a renewed sense of passion for the industry.


More information: www.irdconline.com