Shoptalk 2019: The Future of Retail is Now

February 12, 2019 Maria Gianotti

Shoptalk 2019: The Future of Retail is Now

Once again, Vibes is proud to sponsor one of the biggest and best conferences centered around the future of retail: Shoptalk. This year’s event, to be held March 3-6, 2019  in Las Vegas, looks to be even more promising than last year! 

Every year, Shoptalk provides insights into the latest technologies, trends, and business models that retailers are leveraging to build relationships with their customers. Sessions also cover innovative ways that consumers now discover, shop, and buy products. 

This conference has over 100 sessions and more than a dozen tracks, with speakers from leading retail, ecommerce, and technology brands. And this year, there’s something new: Shoptalk’s Annual Retail Education Certificate. Individuals who attend a minimum number of sessions and take part in other Shoptalk learning opportunities like TechtalksTabletalks, and the Hosted Retailers & Brands Program, are eligible for the certificate. 

Why would you want this certificate? It helps you stand out from your peers and demonstrates your high level of knowledge of digital innovation in retail. And it looks great on your resume! 

Shoptalk 2019: The Future of Retail is Now

What’s On the Agenda 

The future is always present at Shoptalk, and sessions center around up-and-coming technologies and strategies that retailers can use today to impact tomorrow. The 2019 conference has a great lineup of speakers and 20 tracks to pick and choose from: 

  • Next-Gen Retail Experiences 

  • The Transformation of Physical Retail 

  • Global 

  • Ecommerce and Stores 

  • Technologies Transforming Shopping 

  • The New Retail Organization 

  • Culture and Leadership 

  • The Retail Industry in the New Normal 

  • The Ethical Business 

  • Omnichannel 

  • Marketing and Today’s New Consumer 

  • Research and Insights 

  • Marketing Through New Platforms and Partnerships 

  • New Tactics and Approaches 

  • Data-Driven Marketing 

  • Understanding Shoppers 

  • The Future of Brands 

  • Building Brands 

  • Changing First- and Third-Party Relationships 

  • Technologies Transforming Retail 

  • Artificial Intelligence 

  • Robotics and Automation 

  • In-Store 

  • Logistics and Supply Chain 

  • Optimizing Operations 

  • Advances in the Last-Mile 

Additionally, Shoptalk will have several renowned keynote speakers, including Erik Nordstrom, Co-President of Nordstrom; Mark Rabkin, VP Ads & Business Platform at Facebook; and David Isbitski, Chief Evangelist, Alexa & Echo at Amazon. 

Topics for this year’s conference include emerging shopping experiences, customer engagement, next-gen mobile experiences, in-store automation, merging digital and physical experiences, and privacy and control of consumer data. There will also be workshops on new market opportunities, the evolving digital organization, the future of retail technology, and new customer experiences. 

There will be networking opportunities and dinners held throughout the conference, providing you the opportunity to mix and mingle with retailers, startup founders, and investors. Also, attendees will also have the opportunity to pitch their startups to investors. 

And new for this year: Tabletalks! These peer-to-peer 45-minute roundtable sessions are designed to facilitate deep discussions with likeminded individuals from retailers and brands. More than 1,000 people from 500+ brands and retailers are expected to participate in over 150 Tabletalks. You can join up to three Tabletalks on the following topics: 

  1. Digital Transformation of Retail Organizations 

  1. The Future of the Retail Industry 

  1. Attribution and Marketing ROI 

  1. Next Generation Ecommerce and Omnichannel Retail 

  1. Evaluating New Retail Technologies 

  1. Leveraging AI and Machine Learning 

  1. Store Layout and Design 

  1. Improving Operational Efficiency 

  1. Innovation Strategies for Brands and Retailers 

  1. Building Brands for Today's Consumer 

Stop By Booth #4825 to Win 

Vibes will be set up at Booth #4825 in the exhibitors’ hall, so please stop by and say hello. We can show you how your brand can become a Mobile Marketing Rockstar through SMS, MMS, Mobile Wallet, and push engagement. Oh, and you can also enter to win a $500 ticket concert credit! How’s that for being a rock star? 

We hope you make it to Shoptalk 2019. It promises to be chock full of insights that will help you take your brand to the next level using innovative technologies and strategies designed to better engage today’s consumer.

About the Author

Maria Gianotti

Maria Gianotti is the Director of Demand Generation at Vibes. She's passionate about growth marketing and educating other marketers on the tremendous potential of mobile. Currently, Maria serves on the Board of Directors of the American Marketing Association's San Francisco Chapter as 2019 President-Elect.

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