About Retail's BIG Show
NRF's Annual Convention & EXPO was nicknamed "Retail's BIG Show" many years ago and because the name was so appropriate, it stuck. Today, Retail's BIG Show is NRF's flagship industry event held annually in New York City. The four day event offers unparalleled education, collegial networking, and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions. The Convention’s centennial celebration was held in 2011, commemorating 100 years of industry leadership.
Education & Thought Leadership
The NRF team works tirelessly to secure industry leaders as Convention speakers --- the more innovative, revolutionary and intriguing the better. The sessions are organized into content tracks and focus on everything from mobile retailing and sustainability to research and global trending. Industry super stars take the stage in Super Sessions, while Breakout Sessions concentrate on a single topic.
From the kick-off opening night reception and EXPO Hall happy hours to more intimate working breakfasts and lunches, the Convention offers numerous networking opportunities for attendees. NRF members (Full Conference attendees) are treated to a special Members-only Luncheon and all Full Conference attendees are invited to the Annual Retail Industry Luncheon to honor retailers for their innovation and industry achievements.
For two full days, the EXPO Hall is a showcase for the industry’s most innovative technologies. Retail executives searching for the most effective solutions and tools find them in specialty pavilions, exhibitor booths and exhibitor-led BIG !dea educational Sessions.
From the C-Level and Senior Execs who make up 39% of the BIG Show audience to the regional managers and the single store operators – anyone who is in retail has a home at Retail’s BIG Show. More details on who attended in 2011 are below:
- 22,000 industry professionals
- 500+ exhibitors
- 175+ speakers
- 82 countries represented
- 45 international delegations
See more BIG Show demographics.
Registration is open to everyone. Full Conference registration includes all educational sessions, networking, the ARIL Luncheon and access to the EXPO. NRF and Shop.org members receive a discount when registering either as a single or as a team. International delegations also receive a discount. An EXPO-only Pass is also available for the two days the EXPO is open. The Pass is free to retailers and non-retailers may purchase a pass for a nominal fee. Exhibitors and Sponsors register separately.
Contact NRF Retail's BIG Show Staff.