Top Retail Conferences to Attend in 2019
With the landscape of online and offline retail in constant change, industry leaders and professionals need all the information they can get.
From rising trends to emerging technologies, one of the best ways to get informed and connect with other industry thought leaders is to attend conferences. Yet, with so many out there, and even more popping up by the months, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth going to.
For this reason, we compiled a list of the top conferences in the second-half of 2019 (from July onwards) to give the people working in retail an opportunity to stay ahead.
Jul 8-12 – Hong Kong
Known as one of the largest tech conferences in Asia, RISE is held at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center and is produced by the team that created two of the largest tech conferences on the planet (Web Summit and Collision). The event brings together some of the biggest companies and most interesting up-and-coming startups, with around 16,000 attendees, with 71% senior-level management. There will also be countless major global media outlets and influential investors. Some notable speakers include Min-Liang Tan, CEO of Razer, Elie Seidman, the CEO of Tinder, and Annie Tao, Co-Founder of Horizon Robotics.
Jul 11-14 – Bangkok, Thailand
Although fairly new (there were only two editions prior), the ASEAN Retail Show is becoming one of the top leading conferences that focus on the retail industry. The event goes on concurrently with some of the biggest retail franchise shows, the Thailand Franchise & Business Opportunities 2019 and the 13th edition of Thailand Retail, Food & Hospitality Services 2019. This gives attendees an opportunity to exhibit, network, and learn about the latest in retail technology while connecting with industry leaders in Thailand.
Jul 15-17 – Chicago, United States
Famous for being one of the leading conferences for retailers and manufacturers, the Shopper Insights & Retail Activation is part of the Summer Insights Fest. The event was meant to help industry professionals to navigate through the changing landscape of retail through access to leaders, educational sessions and panels. Some notable speakers include the famous best-selling author Dan Ariely and the President of the UPS Store, Tim Davis.
Jul 24-25 – Sydney, Australia
This two-day conference gives business owners and retail industry professionals information on the most cutting-edge e-commerce information. It provides panels to learn about the latest trends, innovations, and solutions that are currently going on in retail. Some notable speakers include Fareena Contractor, the Head of Walmart Innovation Community and Tiffani Bova, author of Growth IQ.
Aug 22 – Hong Kong
Operating under the TAL Group, this conference is known to be Asia Pacific’s premier supply chain conference, Weave 360 takes place in The Mills Fabrica of Hong Kong. It consists of roughly 200 key international and local leaders that work with the supply chain, from retailers to manufacturers. It brings insightful information and knowledgable presentations that help professionals understand the whole value chain within the footwear, apparel and soft goods industries. Some notable speakers this year will be our very AJ Mak of Chain of Demand and David Bell, Co-Founder of Idea Farm Ventures.
Sep 4-7 – Bangkok, Thailand
The event takes place in the Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre. With a high number of professionals from the hospitality industry (hotels, restaurants), retailers, importers, and distributors, the event consists of exhibitors and panels that help provide information about emerging retail technologies. It is estimated to have about 100-500 exhibitors and close to 5000 + visitors.
Sep 5-6 – Hong Kong
For anyone interested in fashion in the slightest bit, from students, industry leaders and professionals, the Fashion Summit HK is the conference for you. The event brings key academics, NGOs, decision makers and leaders in sustainability altogether in Hong Kong. It provides a place for attendees to sharing information and exchange insights on the latest sustainable fashion trends, technology, solutions, and opportunities. With the aim to raise public awareness on the role of the fashion industry to achieve sustainability, the event will be a great place to learn and connect with key leaders. Some notable speakers include Dr. Christina Dean, the Founder and Board Chair of Redress, Edwin Keh, the CEO of The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.
Sep 11-12 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Taking place in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the event will consist of 1000+ participants, with over 400 business professionals and 500 delegates. There is no denying that AI has disrupted the competitive landscape. For this reason, this event helps to inform industry leaders on how to improve operational efficiency and look in the right places to innovate. It provides information on how to use digital transformation to stand out from the rest and helps participants meet technology and AI experts. Some notable speakers will include Deepak Sharma, the Chief Digital Officer of Kotak Mahindra Bank and Data’ Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, the CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia.
Sep 15-18 – Las Vegas, United States
With over 3000 attendees, from 300+ CEOs to 1000+ companies, Groceryshop is an event that helps leaders from digital and e-commerce, marketing, technology, merchandising, supply chain and store operations to connect together. The conference addresses challenges and opportunities in retail, particularly the changing habits and behaviors of consumers. Participants can become exposed to the latest innovations and trends in retail technology while networking with industry professionals. Some notable speakers include Dave Donnan, a Partner Emeritus of A.T. Kearney and Lauren Jupiter, a Managing Partner of Accel Foods
Sep 18-20 – Bangkok, Thailand
Serving as an annual event for entrepreneurs, decision-makers and c-level executives, the Retail EX Asean conference gives insights for those in retail and e-commerce ecosystem. It speaks of the latest consumer trends and examines the challenges and opportunities for those in the retail industry. Some key topics that they will cover are how technology is transforming franchising, the change in retail and consumer behavior, and innovative solutions for the challenges faced.
Sep 19-20 – London, United Kingdom
The summit is perfect for those involved in AI, from data scientists to machine learning specialists, along with retail operations and CEOs in the industry. With some of the world’s brightest, leading innovators in AI attending, the conference gives insight into how this can be applied to the retail and advertising industry. Speakers share insights on recent progress and retail applications. Participants can learn more about AI applications in these two industries and can network with some of the top industry leaders. Some notable speakers include Hado van Hasselt, the Senior Staff Research Scientist for DeepMind and Kallirroi Dogani, Machine Learning Scientist for ASOS.
Sep 24-26 – Paris, France
With over 600 participating companies, Paris Retail Week organizes over 200 conferences, workshops, and keynotes for the guests to learn and network from. Not only will there be sessions on digital payments and data optimization, but participants can also learn about marketing innovation, omnichannel commerce, and changes in the supply chain. There will also be over 1000 business meetings and about 25,000 decision-makers that come over a span of the 3 days.
Sep 26 – Jakarta, Indonesia
As Indonesia is set to be one of the biggest potential markets for retail and commerce, it is no wonder that businesses are thoroughly interested in the change that is occurring. The Indonesia Retail Technology & Innovation Summit provides information about modern solutions, trends, and innovations in the retail sector. It aims to connect over 300 senior-level executives, from malls to traditional retailers, giving insight into the digital, technological transformation happening in front of us.
Sep 26-27 – Bangkok, Thailand
Powered by E-Commerce Logistics Show, the third annual Last Mile ASEAN conference will be held in Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre of Bangkok. It covers topics on delivery and fulfillment, supply chain, e-commerce, and omnichannel in the retail industry. The event focuses on pure-players and retailers looking for market growth and helps professionals understand the technological opportunities around the corner. Some notable speakers include Anil Konidena, the Head of SE Asia for the Landmark Group and Patcharin Saensiripun, Founder of Siripatcha.
Oct 2-3 – London, United Kingdom
Noted as one of the most important 2-day festivals for digital commerce and technology, the event helps retailers, tech suppliers, start-ups, and investors come together to learn about the digital revolution, as well as what actions can be taken to gain an advantage in it. The conference invites disruptive thought leaders and firms that are using technology to create innovative products for retail. Some notable speakers include Amir Kabbara, the Product & Engineering Leader of Amazon and Brad Klingenberg, Chief Algorithms Officer at Stitch Fix.
Oct 17 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Much like its Indonesia counterpart, the event is also run by the Asia Retail Summit and is an opportunity for retailers, suppliers, and senior-level executives in Malaysia to understand more about the technological changes of the industry. It helps connect the participants to thought leaders related to the innovative solutions available in the digital retail age. Covering topics from omnichannel experience to building effective customer loyalty, it helps retailers gain valuable insight into the resources out there to enhance their business.
Oct 23-24 – Singapore
Taking place in the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa of Singapore, the event is the place where c-suite level management in e-commerce and digital marketing from retail, manufacturing, and distribution come together to meet and learn from one another. They work to build a community and the event helps share real case studies. The event helps provide actionable insights that e-commerce and digital marketing leaders can take away and learn from. Some notable speakers include the Susie Wong, Chief Digital & Marketing Officer of Fuji Xerox and Bryan Kelly, the Senior Director, Digital Marketing Systems and Analytics of Samsung Electronics.
Nov 21 – London, United Kingdom
Marked as the fifth edition of the event, the conference is known to be one of the biggest of its kind, and features speakers that will talk about the digital transformation of culture and people, along with technological change. Participants can learn to understand how to properly harness digital technologies, as it brings thought leaders to offer the right insight and education. Some notable speakers include Blair Turnbull, the Managing Director of Digital & Retail of Aviva and Estelle Ayer, the Director of Strategy & Research for Condé Nast International.