The 2016 National Retail Federation’s Big Show is just a few days away and it certainly ranks among, if not atop, the most important US retail events of the year.

With over 150 sessions, numerous events and endless networking opportunities, the conference program is extensive. The pace is relentless, with multiple sessions going on at the same time. So, if you want to maximize what you get out of the show, you need to plan.

We have created our very own list of the top sessions (11 in total) that you should plan to attend, especially if you, like us, are interested in how technology and concept innovation are driving the transformation of traditional multi-site retail. 

Sunday, January 17

9:00 – 10:00am: Hospitality’s Secrets to Success: Cultivating Relationships With Today’s Consumer
The hospitality industry and large multi-site retailers share similar challenges around digitalization, rolling out new concepts and cultivating relationships with customers that have a multitude of options. Great way to kick-off the show.

11:00 – 11:30: In-Store Analytics: How to Organize Internally for Maximum Impact
In-store consumer tracking and analytic technologies are a hot topic. Yet, their impact on retailers’ bottom line is still unclear. We are interested in hearing what Retailnext and a major brand such as Luxottica have to share on the topic.

1:00 – 1:45pm: Exhibitor BIG Ideas: Data-Driven Decision Making and IoT in Retail
Beacons, wi-fi and connected devices are everywhere in retail these days. CDW and Intel will talk about their partnership to bring “immersive shopping experiences” to consumers.

2:30 – 3:00 Millennials Want More: Retail Concepts with Purpose
Because of the work we do helping retailers manage their concept rollouts, we are very interested in the topic of retail concept and format innovation. If you are curious about emerging markets and about capturing millenial customers, you may want to attend this session.

3:15 – 4:00pm: Connected Retailing: How Retail CIOs are Leading Organizational Transformation
We are big on collaboration and breaking down the barriers that prevent organizations to perform at their best. This session is a must.

Monday, January 18

9:00 – 10:00am: Diplomacy: Persuasion, Trust & Values
If you have a chance to hear Colin Powell speak live, you should not pass on it!

10:15 – 11:00am: NYC 2016 Virtual Store Tour
An image is worth a 1000 words, so nothing is better than real, visual examples of “top award-winning stores” that you can see and visit right here in NYC. The panelists have chosen some of the best and most interesting recent retail projects in the Big Apple.

1:15 – 2:00pm: Outpacing the Market: Global Leading-Edge Retailers to Watch
Being an international company, we are always interested in what is happening in the retail industry worldwide. US retailers with a global footprint must adapt to local formats and consumers expectations in economic conditions that are radically different from market to market.

Tuesday, January 19

1:15 – 2:15pm: Exhibitor BIG Ideas: Killer Apps, Beacons, Wi-Fi: Revitalize the Brick and Mortar Experience
In-store technology deployments will continue to drive a large share of the investment in multi-site retail. This session focuses on mobile-first experiences that these technology can now deliver to customers and guests.

2:45-4:00pm: Physical or Digital? The Choice is Both
We have strong opinions and a lot of insight into the transformation that the retail industry is going through. We expect this McKinsey-sponsored panel to be one of the highlights of this year’s Big Show.

Wednesday, January 20

8:30 – 9:45am: Future of Everything: Trop Trends Key to Anticipating What’s Next for 2016 and Beyond
Wednesday is a shortened last day of action at #NRF16. If you still have energy after three packed days of intense networking and deal-making, this keynote promises to offer a forward-looking glimpse at the future of retail.

Enjoy the show in New York City and, if you’d like to connect with us while there, check out

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