Shop!’s annual networking and education event, Shop! Ideation, provides unique opportunities for retail professionals to collaborate and co-create solutions while building industry connections. This conference will set the groundwork for key ideas and sessions to be discussed at Shop! Marketplace in April 2022. This will be Shop!’s first return to in-person events following the pandemic, and important health and safety protocols will be in place to allow attendees to gather safely.
Shop! Ideation entails a variety of sessions including:
- Shop! Awards: Design Awards – For the first time, Shop! will celebrate the Design Awards in the fall as part of the larger Shop! Ideation event. The Design Awards were moved due to the pandemic and to allow for more award winning work to be created. The winners will be announced at this ceremony.
- The Retail Challenge – A fun, insightful retail design competition that provides real-life ideas and intellectual property for your brand’s in-store experience, while solving some of the industry’s toughest challenges. Team up with some of the best designers and fixture and display professionals from around the globe to co-create innovative design solutions and generate next-level ideas that can readily be put into practice.
- Innovation Labs – Producers, suppliers, and brand representatives will come together to discuss breaking retail trends and how they will impact the future of the industry, as well as shape the design of Shop! Marketplace
- Shop! Honors & Recognition Awards Ceremony – Join us as we celebrate new inductees into the Shop! Hall of Fame, announce the Andrea Martin Volunteer of the Year, and recognize Shop! Woman of Distinction honorees. All attendees and association members are welcome to help celebrate those who go the extra mile in their contributions to Shop! and its programs.
- Annual Members’ Meeting – Hear directly from Shop! leadership on the goals and plans for Shop! Association for the year ahead.
Attendees can also expect to hear from top industry experts and retailers about the latest updates during education sessions. Past Shop! Ideation events have included speakers from Home Depot, Timberland, ITR Economics, JGA, Marriott, and Sun Trust Bank.
Shop! Ideation will be an in-person event held in Nashville, TN from November 9-11, 2021. More information coming soon.