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Why visiting a retail trade show in 2023 can accelerate your retail business and your career 


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If you work in retail operations or retail management, you work long hours to support your store teams. It often feels like the to-do list could never shrink enough for you to take a day or two out of the business. I want to encourage you to take time out of the day job, it can pay dividends for your career, your team and your business. Make 2023 the year you visit a retail show and gain vital perspective, insight and new-thinking. 

The benefits of taking time out to visit a trade show 

Your business needs you to understand the opportunities for stores 

Stores are still the most profitable channel for retailers, so driving productivity, streamlining processes and supporting teams to drive sales is critical for weathering tough times. To achieve these outcomes, leading retailers and brands are using retail technology as a catalyst for change. They are making bold changes to their organisational structures and ways of working powered by tech innovations. 

The retail industry’s adoption of new technology has accelerated in recent years and this has fostered a culture of retail technology innovation that you can experience first-hand at a show. Giving yourself space and time to explore, learn and think will give you the perspective you need to navigate the shifting retail landscape. Plus, as a leader in retail you’ll see the opportunities and how these innovations could come to life in your business. New technology is key to all of this – digital transformation has led retailers to understand that technology can streamline all processes, including task management, team engagement and learning, brand standards and compliance. 

Retail Technology trade shows, like NRF: The Big Show, bring together the most innovative tools and solutions, so you can see how they work and understand exactly how you could use new technology in your business to make life easier for you and your store teams. 

Investing time in your development makes you a great leader  

Dedicating time to your development is difficult when you’re busy, but a trade show is a great way to invest in your career whilst leading your team. You’ll bring your team a refreshed perspective as well as the latest thinking, technology and trends. The best retail shows offer more than valuable insight into new technology and services. They host keynote talks, seminars and panels covering everything from supply chain, and brand experience through to sustainability and diversity.   You’ll have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions from retail industry leaders plus speakers with a new perspective on retail. All while boosting your network, connecting with colleagues and comparing notes with retail professionals from all over the world. 

The cancellation of big events through the pandemic means that the 2023 trade shows have a renewed sense of purpose and energy within the industry. It has never been more critical to be part of the conversation, to reconnect, learn and plan how to innovate and move forward with confidence. 

Whether you’re a retail operation professional, in a retail leadership role – or you aspire to be, you’re certain to find enough ideas and new perspectives at one of the leading trade shows to be a worthwhile investment of your valuable time. 

StorIQ are exhibiting at the NRF: The Big Show on 14 – 17 January 2023 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. Pop along and see us on stand 1515.

Click here to get your discounted ticket 

Or book a demo with Seamus if you have a ticket already 


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