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8 Popular Retail Trade Shows in 2017

It is crucial that your business, retail or otherwise, is in the public eye and networking as much as possible. For those of you in our community working in retail, check out some of these popular trade shows that would give you the chance to take a leading role in your market.


1.  ICSC – RECon

Dates: May 21-24, 2017

Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, NV, USA

ICSC Retail and Real Estate Convention strives to bring the top retail and real estate professionals to network, create working relationships, and learn together. This event brings more than 32,000 attendees and 1,000 exhibitors, making it one of the largest retail and real estate conventions annually. Learn more here. 


2. Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE)

Dates: June 6-9, 2017

Location: McCormick Place West, Chicago, IL

IRCE brings together retail industry experts and solution providers, and they take pride in their unrivaled agenda content. With thousands of like-minded industry professionals, you will have the chance to network and create valuable connections. Learn more here. 


3.  Future Stores Seattle

Dates: June 25-28th, 2017

Location: Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA

This conference brings together leaders in the retail world, custom experience professionals, and IT executives to focus on in-store innovation. Future Stores also provides strategies for brick and mortar retailers to enhance customer experience. Learn more here. 


4.  National Retail Federation Loss Prevention Conference (NRF Protect)

Dates: June 26-28th, 2017

Location: Gaylord National Harbor, Washington DC

This is the nation’s leading retail loss prevention specific conference. The conference days focus on key issues such as organized retail crime, online fraud, e-fencing, interviews, investigations, pandemic preparedness, and much more. Learn more here. 


5.  Total Store Expo

Dates: August 18-23rd, 2017

Location: San Diego Event Center, CA

The Total Store Expo is this industry’s largest gathering of influential community members. It offers a combination of both strategic and tactical business discussions between existing trade partners, and new trade partners. This expo allows you and your company the opportunity to gain new insights into today’s evolving marketplace. Plus, it’s free! Learn more here. 


6.  International Retail Design Conference

Dates: September 6-8th, 2017

Location: The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, LA

This unique conference is three days worth of discussions revolving around design, best practices, evolving trends, maximizing resources, and fresh strategies for engaging shoppers. It is recognized as the premier educational and networking event for store design and visual merchandising professionals. Learn more here.


7.  Retails Digital Summit

Dates: September 25-27th, 2017

Location: LA Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Want to learn more about e-commerce, online marketing, and mobile commerce? If so, the Retail Digital Summit will be a key event for you! Attended by thousands of retail professionals every year, this event offers educational and networking opportunities for merchandising professionals of any size and industry. Learn more here. 


8.  Shop Til You Drop Trade Show

Dates: December 3rd, 2017

Location: The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI

This trade show has a little something for every sort of merchant and shopper. You can go and meet, or exhibit as crafters and vendors see great, unique holiday-style gifts. They also offer networking opportunities for those exhibiting. Learn more here.


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Mary Rita Crowe was the Managing Director at Skyline Exhibits Chicago.

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