design:retail Conference & Expo

A Reimagined Event for the Reimagined Store

The store is playing a new, unique role in the customer experience. That’s why we’re taking the strong heritage of the GlobalShop event and reimagining it for the modern retail era.

The design:retail Conference & Expo is the ultimate destination for design and architecture firms, creative leads and brand executives to come together and re-envision the brick-and-mortar store.

Connect, Collaborate and Create

Attend to get access to…

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Interactive Store Tours spotlighting the hottest spaces in Chicago.

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Dedicated sessions focused on design trends, theory and innovative concepts.

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Deep-dive case studies highlighting new store formats and tech-driven experiences.

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Pop-up sessions and workshops to meet, network and collaborate with peers.

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Immersive activations driven by key partners like PAVE.

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A vibrant expo floor featuring the top companies in fixtures, merchandising and in-store marketing.

Agenda at a Glance

(Subject to change)

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022 – (Pre-Conference – All-Access Pass holders only)

11:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Pre-Conference Registration & Check-in Open

01:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Store Tours

03:00 PM – 03:50 PM

Workshops Phase 1

04:00 PM – 04:50 PM

Workshops Phase 2

05:00 PM – 05:50 PM

Workshops Phase 3

06:00 PM – 06:30 PM

Newcomers Meet & Greet

06:30 PM – 08:00 PM

VIP Welcome Reception

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

07:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Registration & Check-in Open

08:30 AM – 08:40 AM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

08:40 AM – 09:30 AM

Main Stage Opening Keynote

09:00 AM – 06:00 PM

Expo Hall Open

09:30 AM – 10:15 AM

Networking Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: New Trends in Design & Brand Storytelling

12:00 PM – 01:30 PM

Lunch & Networking

01:30 PM – 02:45 PM

Track: New Trends in Design & Brand Storytelling

02:45 PM – 03:30 PM

Networking Break

03:30 PM – 04:45 PM

Track: New Trends in Design & Brand Storytelling

04:30 PM – 06:00 PM

Networking Cocktail Reception

05:00 PM – 05:30 PM

Brand Experience Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

07:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Registration & Check-in Open

09:00 AM – 03:00 PM

Expo Hall Open

09:05 AM – 09:10 AM

Welcome & Chair’s Review Of Day One

09:10 AM – 09:50 AM

Main Stage Keynote

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Track: Designing Connected Commerce: Next-Gen ‘Phygital’ Experiences 

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

02:00 PM – 02:50 PM

Afternoon Main Stage Keynote

02:50 PM – 03:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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