#RICE23 - The Future of Connected Commerce is in Chicago - Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

#RICE23 – The Future of Connected Commerce is in Chicago

Retail Innovation Conference & Expo Announces Return to Chicago for June 2023

Leading retail event to feature insightful programming centered on the theme of “What’s Next in Connected Commerce”

Chicago, IL (April 4, 2023)The Retail Innovation Conference & Expo (#RICE23), the annual retail industry conference, today announced its official return to McCormick Place in Chicago, IL for its 2023 event. Spearheaded by the retail community and digital media company, Retail TouchPoints, the conference will take place from June 13th – 15th to bring industry leaders and innovators together for a variety of exciting panels, activations, and presentations.

Centered on the overarching conversation of “What’s Next in Connected Commerce,” this year’s conference will feature a new immersive experience to connect leaders with the latest trends and technologies that are driving the industry’s next wave of disruption. From rising start-ups to trailblazing Tier 1 retailers, the conference will bring the entire retail ecosystem together for valuable collaboration, learning, and networking opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore the latest developments in e-commerce, including the use of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and augmented reality to enhance the customer experience.

“We are thrilled to announce the return of the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo taking place this June,” said Alicia Esposito, VP of Content at RICE. “As the retail industry continues to transform, we believe it is more important than ever to provide an opportunity to dive deep into the latest innovations. We look forward to providing a dynamic and engaging platform for industry changemakers to network, learn, and discover the latest strategies shaping the retail industry.”

RICE will feature three tailored events with seven tracks designed to meet the needs of different business functions including: Retail Innovation Summit (RIS), IRCE and Design:Retail (DRCE). New to the event this year, All-Access pass registrants will have an opportunity to attend the D2 Summit:Retail Edition, a day-long co-located conference, taking place June 13, dedicated to all things Web3 in retail, including NFTs, gaming and other immersive experiences in the metaverse. With many industry pundits pondering the long-term value of the metaverse, this series of sessions will be designed to provide specific examples and tactical takeaways that showcase how Web3 can be integrated into cohesive omnichannel strategies.

Bringing together over 4,000 retail professionals, the conference will feature keynotes from industry leaders such as Dan Gingiss, Chief Experience Officer of The Experience Maker, Nikkia Reveillac, Business Insights & Strategy Leader and Consumer Insights Director of Netflix, Johnny Earle, CEO of Johnny Cupcakes, and more. From heritage omnichannel brands to breakthrough direct-to-consumer companies, #RICE23 speakers will share their strategies to help attendees thrive in the new era of connected commerce, where digital and physical experiences are increasingly blending together.

In addition to the conference programming, attendees will have access to a robust expo featuring top solution providers including Shopify and Adobe. The show floor has been strategically designed to create a tailored experience for attendees and their unique priorities. The IRCE expo will focus on new technologies and strategies to optimize digital marketing, ecommerce and delivery experiences, while the Design:Retail expo will allow attendees to explore the latest approaches for in-store experience, design, and visual merchandising. The show floor will feature top retail solution providers as well as immersive, experiential activations including next-gen visual merchandising experiences, a social commerce showcase, live shopping studio, store ideation space and more.

Registration for the conference is open now with super early bird pricing still available until Thursday, April 6th. For more information and details regarding pricing, visit the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo registration page.

About Retail TouchPoints: 

Retail TouchPoints and Design:Retail give all members of the retail world access to a vibrant community that combines insights, inspiration and opportunities to interact with their peers. We sit at the intersection of the art and science of retail strategy, providing granular data, high-value commentary, and aspirational success stories to help readers optimize customer experiences across all channels. Touching all facets of the retail ecosystem, including store experience and design, workforce management, digital marketing and engagement, and omnichannel optimization, our editorial content, multi-media resources and events take timely news and trends and transform them into tactical takeaways that meet the unique needs and priorities of our executive readers.

About Emerald: 

Emerald’s talented and experienced team grows our customers’ businesses 365 days a year through connections, content, and commerce. We expand connections that drive new business opportunities, product discovery, and relationships with over 140 annual events, matchmaking, and lead-gen services. We create content to ensure that our customers are on the cutting edge of their industries and are continually developing their skills. And we power commerce through efficient year-round buying and selling. We do all this by seamlessly integrating in-person and digital platforms and channels. Emerald is immersed in the industries we serve and committed to supporting the communities in which we operate. As true partners, we create experiences that inspire, amaze, and deliver breakthrough results.

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