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A guide to Europe's best retail tech events and conferences in 2017

How can businesses bring retail into the digital age? That’s a key theme at many of the upcoming retail industry events, along with discussions around omnichannel integration, augmented reality and new payment technology.

We’ve pulled together a list of some of the key events happening across Europe over the next 18 months, which will give you the chance to see what the biggest innovators are doing to remain competitive in an industry that’s rapidly evolving. 

Bother's Guide to Retail Events: Retail Week Live

Retail Week Live

When? 8th – 9th March 2017
Where? Intercontinental London, The O2, UK
How much? Prices for retailers start at £399. Prices for non-retailers start at £500

About

Retail Week Live gives attendees the chance to explore new strategies, understand business disruptors, chart technological progress and uncover the future roadmap of the industry. The event attracts more than 1,200 people and features over 150 inspiring speakers.

Why attend?

Industry professionals come together to share and discuss their role in shaping the landscape of digital for the retail sector. Retail Week Live offers you a thought-provoking place to explore options and best practices.

What they say…

Retail Week’s Head of Production, Poppie Mickleburgh, says: “Retail Week Live is a must-attend event for the senior leadership of leading retailers. Giving unedited access to industry leading experts, political heavyweights and the most influential personalities and visionaries from across the sector. Attracting over 1,200 senior executives, it is two days of jam-packed critical content, an immersive exhibition experience and tailor-made networking opportunities.”

Find out more: live.retail-week.com

Brother's Guide to Retail Technology Events: Internet Retailing Expo

Internet Retailing Expo

When? 5th - 6th April 2017
Where? NEC, Birmingham, UK
How much? Free to attend

About

Over 10 years old the Internet Retailing Expo brings together industry leaders from retailers to suppliers, who will share their insights on how to make the most of opportunities using the latest innovation. With presentations, exhibitors and workshops, visitors can learn about multi-channel strategies from some of the world's top companies.

Why attend?

The two-day event is packed with eight conferences, clinics, workshops and over 300 exhibitors. Whether it’s facial recognition, contactless payments, digital changing rooms or virtual stores, you’ll be presented with techniques you can use to connect with consumers in more meaningful and personal ways.

What they say…

Sam North, Portfolio Director, of InternetRetailing Events said: "With over 300 exhibitors and 6,000 attendees, the InternetRetailing Expo is the UK’s biggest multichannel retail event. It is a must-attend show for anyone wanting to see the latest innovations and learn best practices in online and multichannel retailing from leading retail brands."

Find out more: internetretailingexpo.com

Brother's Guide To Retail Events: Retail Business Technology Expo

Retail Business Technology Expo

When? 8th – 9th May 2017
Where? Olympia, London, UK
How much? Free to attend

About

An annual event for retail, hospitality and leisure, Retail Business Technology Expo is perfect for e-tailers who want to keep up-to-date with the latest tech solutions. The conference showcases products and services that will help increase productivity, reduce costs and improve the customer experience. 

Why attend?

Designed specifically for all members of the team who are responsible for taking or influencing purchasing decisions, it’s one of the only events within Europe where international retailers can get an overview of the global retail landscape. With hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors, the event covers issues in various categories including ecommerce, finance and omnichannel marketing.

What they say…

Matt Bradley, Event Director for RBTE said “RBTE provides the essential link between suppliers and retailers, showcasing the freshest and most innovative solutions from across the globe. This combined with an extensive conference programme featuring end users, plus numerous features and networking opportunities makes RBTE an unmissable event.”

Find out more: www.retailbusinesstechnologyexpo.com

Brother’s Guide to Retail Tech Events: NG Retail Summit

NG Retail Summit

When? 15th – 17th May 2017
Where? Royal Turnberry Resort, Scotland
How much? Free to attend (Register your interest for invitation-only access)
 

About

A one-day invite-only event, the NG Retail Summit brings together key industry professionals to discuss and debate the future of retail technology. 

Why attend?

This event offers high-level networking with like-minded industry peers. The content will be engaging throughout, as the discussion on the day will cover some core industry themes, case studies and real world examples.

What they say…

The Marketing Manager Ivana Galapcheva said, ‘Our summit ensures you return to the office better-equipped to roll out key projects more effectively and efficiently.’

Find out more: www.gdsinternational.com/events/ngretail/eu

Brother’s Guide to Retail Tech Events: The Retail Conference

The Retail Conference

When? 17th May 2017
Where? Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham, UK
How much? Prices start from £149
 

About

This year’s conference will focus on the future of retailing in the digital age. The event will involve the sharing of case studies, insights and lessons learned, allowing attendees to listen to success stories as well as share their own experiences during networking time.

Why attend?

The event will explore a range of topics including omnichannel marketing, customer experience and global vs local promotion. Unlike other events, which involve exhibitors trying to sell things or push their brand, The Retail Conference provides an environment wherein participants "would not be aggressively sold to by a plethora of exhibitors or non-retail attendees."

What they say…

The Retail Conference’s Events Coordinator, Ruth Philp said, ‘The Retail Conference, encompassing the future of retail summit and the retail innovation expo, is the must-attend event for all those interested in the technologies and innovations that are driving change throughout the retail industry.’

Find out more: www.retailconference.co.uk

Brother’s Guide to Retail Tech Events: London Tech Week

London Tech Week

When? 12th – 16th June 2017
Where? London, UK
How much? Prices vary across each event.

About

London Tech Week is a festival of live events across the city, showcasing and celebrating the best of tech whilst providing networking, learning and business opportunities.

Why attend

Bringing together over 40,000 domestic and international specialists and enthusiasts from across industry, London Tech Week connects likeminded individuals to help fuel innovation and strengthen your status as a leader in technology.

What they say...

Stephen A. Carter, Group Chief Executive of Informa commented: “London Tech Week 2017 has all the ingredients to be a huge success. There’s a great backdrop – London, one of the most vibrant cities in the world – first class venues and ambitious plans for speakers and programming. It’s set to showcase the British and global digital industries at their best, and Informa is delighted to be playing a part in the Week.”

Find out more: londontechweek.com

Brother’s Guide to Retail Tech Events: Rethink! Internet of Retail Minds

Rethink! Internet of Retail Minds

When? 21st – 22nd September 2017
Where? Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg, Germany
How much? Prices start from £1,495(plus VAT)

About

An event for retail professionals, Rethink! Internet of Retail Minds brings together more than 150 specialists working in the retail and ecommerce industry, who will discuss, define and discover the future of IoT technologies and innovation in the retail space. 

Why attend

Set across two and a half days, Rethink! Internet of Retail Minds is a leading strategic event in the IoT and retail space consisting of inspirational keynotes, interactive sessions, panel discussions and matched one-to-one sessions. The event will help you discover how IoT will impact your retail strategy and how you can monetise this new digitalisation trend.

What they say...

“Over 150 senior retail experts will discuss and define the future of retail in September in London. With a unique combination of inspirational keynotes, well-moderated, interactive World Café sessions, panel discussions and matched One2One sessions, this is your chance to ensure you stay ahead of your competition."

Find out more: rethink-iot-retail.com/en

Brother’s Guide to Retail Tech Events: eCommerce Expo

eCommerce Expo

When? 27th – 28th September 2017
Where? Olympia National, London
How much? Free to attend


About

eCommerce Expo connects buyers and suppliers of ecommerce technology, combining this with high-quality thought leadership and networking. Professionals across marketing, ecommerce, customer service and technology come together to share best practice.

Why attend

The content will focus on meeting consumer expectations through excellent customer service, customer data analytics and customer management solutions. The event will bring together a range of professionals who all have their own perspective on how to build a better customer experience across a number of sectors.

What they say...

Dan Bell, Senior Marketing Manager, eCommerce Expo, said “eCommerce Expo is an unmissable event where thousands of ecommerce professionals come together with some of the most innovative suppliers of ecommerce technologies and services for two days of networking, business, education and inspiration.”

Find out more: www.ecommerceexpo.co.uk

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