As soon as we returned from Chicago, we dove headfirst into #RICE23 feedback. (That is, once we had a weekend to relax and recharge.)
To those who completed our lengthy post-event survey, THANK YOU and please know we take every point of feedback extremely seriously as we enter our 2024 planning cycle.
Being a data nerd myself, I love reviewing attendee insights to see what worked well and what we need to fine-tune. After all, we took risks and tested a variety of new concepts for #RICE23, such as: new session formats, expanded session times, increased attendee engagement in sessions, new content offerings on our show floor, and more. We were a bit nervous jumping into these new ideas, but it has been an extremely rewarding learning experience.
We’re continuing to comb through and dig deep into the survey data to start ideating and designing the event for 2024. Along the way, we’ve received a lot of fantastic testimonials from our community about the value that they received from the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo.
“The Retail Innovation Conference & Expo is hands down the most authentic show of the year! Extremely in-depth sessions, pop up experiences, and top-notch staff!”
– David Morris, Head of Business Development, NYCAP3D
“I can still feel the rush of adrenaline when I think about the ideas generated out of #RICE23.”
– Rose Hamilton, CEO & Founder, Compass Rose Ventures LLC
“I took away so much from #RICE23. As a Track Leader I was privileged to work with speakers who shared information that’s important to all in the retail industry, and the Expo gave me plenty of ideas to take back to my clients. The Retail TouchPoints team made everything so easy. I am already looking forward to what’s in-store for #RICE24!”
– Georganne Bender, Principal, KIZER & BENDER LLC
“The RICE conference exceeded all my expectations. What a great set of exhibitors, speaking sessions and thought leaders!”
– Esther Sarpong, Director of Experiential Retail, Brookfield Properties
“I appreciated the opportunity of attending as well as being a speaker at #RICE23. I value the time spent learning, meeting others and growing my knowledge. It was a special treat to hear from Johnny Cupcake. His story is truly inspirational. The Innovations Summit was so rich. I felt so fortunate to be in attendance to hear from such an interesting and diverse group of leaders in their various fields. Many thanks to the leaders that provided the content and structure for this event. I was grateful to be in attendance.”
– Cindy Speters, Senior Director of Retail Environments, Purple
“What an outstanding week at #RICE23 in Chicago! I had the opportunity to expand my network with some amazing people, learn about the latest in retail, and get a TON of laughs in with my new and longtime colleagues. What more can you ask for from a conference!?”
– Jill Ratliff, Senior Design Consultant, Sorenson Communications
“I greatly appreciate RICE’s determination to provide candid conversations with brands. Sessions are not scripted, and they ask the questions industry experts really wanted to know the answers to. I look forward to RICE each year because it offers a level of honesty and ‘peek behind the curtain’ that is invaluable.”
– Melissa Minkow, Director of Retail Strategy, CI&T
“Retail Innovation Conference is one of my favorite retail events to both learn how retail innovation is being deployed and network with some of the smartest people in retail.”
– Stuart Armstrong, Managing Director/Founder AAG Consulting
If you missed #RICE23, check out the quick highlights here. Be sure to mark your calendars and save the date for #RICE24: June 4-6, 2024. Sign up for updates to be the first to know about 2024 details!