Not only is this time of year crazy busy for retailers due to holiday shopping promotions and end of year sales blitzes – it’s also when brands and retailers start prepping for Retail’s Big Show. The National Retail Federation (NRF) puts on retail’s big event every January in New York City and there’s a lot to cover in those three days.
What’s the most overwhelming thing about the event? The agenda!
There’s a lot of great speakers and topics to cover, but how are retailers to prioritize? Get Elastic has curated the must-see items here to help ease some of that NRF prepping stress.
The 2019 show’s theme is focused on impact. The impact technology has had on retail within the last five years has been huge. The retailers who have made the tech investments early on are reaping the rewards now. We urge you to learn from the best-in-class and apply those lessons learned to your own strategies for this coming year.
Women in retail has also made a big impact. Many organizations have seen female leaders make great strides and many female-founded organizations have seen great success this year. Like Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier, a direct-to-consumer beauty brand who raised over $20M this year and is currently opening retail stores and planning a global expansion.
Get Elastic NRF 2019 recommendations:
Day 1 – Sunday, January 13th
Most importantly, after a long day of learning and taking in all these sessions allow yourself the opportunity to join in for the happy hours and cocktail receptions. If these shows are good for only one thing, it’s networking. The retail industry and its technology vendor partners can provide a lot of knowledge and insight, so grab a drink and share your thoughts.
Day 2 – Monday, January 14th
Day 3 – Tuesday, January 15th
Use downtime at the show to gather your thoughts, it’s a lot to take in – focus on those “aha” moments you’ve had and bring all that back to the office and start impacting positive results in 2019. Listen to your female influencers, realize the power of mobile and don’t fear disruption.
For Retail’s Big Show full agenda, visit https://nrfbigshow.nrf.com/agenda
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