Shoptalk, the world’s largest conference for retail & commerce innovation, is quickly approaching. That means it’s about time to make a plan and figure out which events you want to grace with an appearance, who you want to network with, and how you’re going to strike the best balance of fun and fruitful connections and conversations.
This year's event will focus on many current trends in the retail's world's ongoing digital evolution. In particular, artificial intelligence's impact on the workforce, logistics, and operations will be a point of interest for many of our clients and partners. Speakers and breakout session panellists will examine the evolution of the brick-and-mortar store as a tool to drive engagement with customers. As well, many disruptive brands pioneering new uses of technology and innovative tools will have the opportunity to share their experiences with attendees. This year promises to be a great opportunity for both learning and networking.
In order to help with your planning, we decided to make a handy list of the events we are most interested in attending! It includes breakout sessions, speeches by executives from some of the biggest leaders in retail eCommerce, and evening receptions with distinguished guest lists and choice refreshments. For a full agenda, please click here.
Recommended breakout sessions by our clients
The Retailer Perspective: Adapting to Changing Consumer Preferences (March 19, 5:15-5:55pm, Track Room 3)
Sur La Table's CEO, Billy May will be part of a panel discussing their retail strategy for adapting to changing consumer preferences and expectations. As a well-known culinary retailer, Sur La Table is focusing on ways to engage customers in store, with events like cooking demonstrations, to build a relationship that will translate to brand loyalty in its eCommerce operations.
How AI Will Impact the Retail Organization and Workforce (March 21, 11:50am-12:30pm, Track Room 3)
Check out this breakout session on March 21st Track 3: AI in retail. Destination XL's Sahal Laher will be part of the discussion to give his input on the changing skill requirements of the workforce as a result of AI become more popular in retail - his company has been testing AI-powered chatbots, as well as using machine learning to optimize logistics and increase sales.
Speeches we're most excited for
Keynote by Ulta Beauty CEO Mary Dillon - Ulta Beauty: Imagining the Possibilities (March 19, 10:45-11:05am, General Session Room)
Keynote by Acena Retail Group, Inc Chairman and CEO David Jaffe - Legacy Retailers: Thriving in an Omni Channel World (March 21, 9:35-9:55am, General Session Room)
Don't miss these receptions
The Retail Insiders Party (March 18)
Known as "the party that IT leaders don't miss", the guest list appears to be a "who's who" of leaders in the retail eCommerce industry - with premium cocktails, to boot. We know we won't miss it! Check out details here.
(Pssst: As a sponsor of this event, we can hook you up with tickets! Retailers only though. Email us here - if you don't, we can't get you in!)
Oracle Commerce Customer Reception (March 20, 7-9pm)
Check out this invite-only (well, you can request an invite) event sponsored by one of the companies we recently merged with, Spark::red, and hosted by Pipeline Pros. This is a chance to network with your peers and senior management of leading Oracle Commerce service providers while enjoying food from one of the best chefs in Las Vegas! Click here for more info!
Tracey Nero, Thinkwrap's Chief Revenue Officer will be in attendance to talk to you about Digital Transformation and Thinkwrap clients' proven track record of omnichannel commerce success. Please feel free to say hi! We can't wait to see you at Shoptalk!
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Aisling is our Demand Marketing Specialist, and loves working with both technology and humans. She studied International Business (concentrating in Marketing) and has spent several years living and working in China, mostly in Shanghai, where she became passionate about global innovation and how the use of social media changes in different cultures. Aisling likes to keep up on internet trends - from business to memes - and is always looking for new ways to learn or entertain herself.