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43 retail and loss prevention events to consider going to in the year 2024

March 6, 2024

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The retail industry changed a lot in 2023. Consumer spending remained strong despite the lasting threat of high inflation. Likewise, organized retail crime made headlines, but retailers big and small persevered. All of this has led to more leaders looking to retail conventions in 2024 as a place to learn from peers and source new tools to keep their profits safe and growing.

Here is a list of the best B2B retail conventions you should attend in 2024. To see our retail events 2023 list, click here.

If you can’t wait to meet Solink at a retail convention, please sign up for a demo today.

What is a retail conference?

Retail loss prevention, asset protection, and physical security events are held by many different organizations, from professional convention companies to individual brands and industry groups. They are places for professionals in the retail industry to come together for networking, business, and camaraderie.

What is it like at a retail convention?

Excitement is in the air at most retail events. They can be big, loud, and busy. There is usually a full slate of official lectures, panel discussions, and speakers, a showroom floor, and many outside events for less formal networking.

Why should you attend a retail expo?

There is a lot of value to be gained by going to retail events in 2024. If you are a salesperson, you can often find yourself speaking with decision makers and upper management. Those looking for new vendors, business partners, or suppliers can usually make great connections. Finally, the innovative technology on display at some booths can be fun and informative to demo, while there is something to learn at every presentation, even for veterans of the retail industry.

What types of retail events are there?

The retail industry is huge, and with that size comes many different needs. Aside from a few big retail events (including “The Big Show”), it is impossible to have everything under one roof. That’s why retail conventions tend to have a specific theme and focus on only one part of the retail business.

Here are just a few of the retail event themes.

Security conferences

Loss prevention and physical security are two of the most important aspects of the retail industry given how much employee theft and shoplifting can affect profit margins. For this reason, there are many events dedicated to loss prevention and asset protection, such as the ones hosted by industry groups including the Loss Prevention Retail Council (LPRC).

As the wall between brick and mortar and eCommerce collapses, cybersecurity events are also becoming common within the retail industry. This is also a consequence of the increased reliance on technology within physical retail stores.

Technology expos

As mentioned above, retail is an early adopter industry for new technologies. As such, there are entire retail conventions dedicated to showing off the newest technology. In addition, major technology conventions also tend to have exhibitors showing off the latest retail industry technology.

Retailer-specific conferences

While not as common as for restaurant events, some major retail companies have events dedicated to their own brand. These events invite vendors and suppliers to exhibit their products and services for regional managers.

Where are retail security and loss prevention conferences usually held?

While we focus on retail conferences hosted in North America here, a few international events of note are mentioned below. Indeed, there are famous physical security conferences in global hotspots for event hosting, including London, Dubai, Bangkok, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

As for North American events, most retail security and loss prevention conventions can be found in Las Vegas or other warm climate destinations, for example in Florida, Arizona, Texas, and California. 

List of retail events in 2024

Here is a list of every retail event in 2024. (If you are the host of an event and don’t see it on this list, please contact us to have it added.

January
2024

Event: CES 2024

When: 9-12 January

Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, LV, NV

About: CES 2024 in Las Vegas is a pivotal event for technology innovation, including the latest in retail loss prevention and security. Las Vegas, known for its dynamic atmosphere and cutting-edge technology showcases, hosts this event at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a venue renowned for hosting large-scale international conventions.

Event: NRF 2024: Retail’s Big Event

When: 13-16 January

Where: Javits Convention Center, NYC, NY

About: NRF 2024 in New York City is a premier event for retail professionals, focusing on industry trends including loss prevention and asset protection. NYC, a global retail hub, hosts this event at the Javits Convention Center, known for its expansive space and modern facilities.

Event: intersec

When: 16-18 January

Where: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Dubai, UAE

About: intersec in Dubai is a leading trade fair for security, safety, and fire protection, with a focus on retail loss prevention. Dubai, a city celebrated for its innovative architecture and international business, hosts this event at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, a venue acclaimed for its state-of-the-art facilities.

Event: LPRC Kickoff

When: 17 January

Where: Hudson Yards, NYC, NY

About: The LPRC Kickoff event at Hudson Yards in New York City is an important gathering for retail loss prevention and asset protection professionals. NYC, known for its retail industry and trendsetting, hosts this event in the modern and upscale area of Hudson Yards, a symbol of contemporary urban development.

Event: StorePoint Retail

When: 21-24 January

Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA

About: StorePoint Retail in San Diego is an event dedicated to innovations in retail, including loss prevention and security solutions. San Diego, known for its beautiful coastal setting, hosts this event at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, a venue renowned for its luxurious amenities and spectacular views.

Event: RILA CEO Forum

When: 27-30 January

Where: The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, Tucson, AZ

About: The RILA CEO Forum in Tucson is an exclusive event for retail leaders, focusing on strategic topics such as asset protection and loss prevention. Tucson, known for its stunning desert landscapes, hosts this event at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, offering a serene and luxurious setting.

February
2024

Event: Solink Secure Summit

When: 12-14 February

Where: Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale, AZ

About: Solink is back for a second time with an event dedicated to all of our customers. Guests will learn a great deal from top notch speakers with decades of experience in asset protection and loss prevention, operations management, sales, and IT transformation.

Event: CISO Forum Canada

When: 12-13 February

Where: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Richmond Hill, Canada

About: CISO Forum Canada in Richmond Hill is a key event for chief information security officers, focusing on retail cybersecurity and loss prevention. The event takes place just outside Toronto, a major business hub, at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, known for its excellent business facilities and convenient location.

Event: RILA Link 2024: The Supply Chain Conference

When: 25-28 February

Where: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Dallas, TX

About: RILA Link 2024 in Dallas is a significant conference for retail supply chain professionals, addressing topics like asset protection and efficiency. Dallas, known for its vibrant economy, hosts this event at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, a venue famous for its grand scale and comprehensive amenities.

Event: Innovision

When: 25-27 February

Where: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, FL. 

About: Innovision in Tampa Bay focuses on innovative solutions in retail, including loss prevention strategies. The event takes place in Tampa Bay, known for its scenic beauty, at the Grand Hyatt, a venue celebrated for its elegant setting and top-tier services.

Event: Convenience Distribution Marketplace 

When: 26-28 February

Where: JW Marriott Water Street, Tampa, FL

About: The Convenience Distribution Marketplace in Tampa is a key event for distributors in the retail sector, with a focus on loss prevention and security. Tampa, with its vibrant business environment, hosts this event at the JW Marriott Water Street, known for its modern luxury and prime downtown location.

Event: eTail25

When: 26-29 February

Where: JW Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Springs, CA

About: eTail25 in Palm Springs is a premier event for e-commerce and retail professionals, addressing topics like online loss prevention and asset protection. Palm Springs, famous for its resort-like ambiance, hosts this event at the JW Marriott Desert Springs, a venue known for its stunning desert landscape and luxurious amenities.

Event: LPRC IGNITE

When: 28 February

Where: LRPC Labs at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

About: LPRC IGNITE at the University of Florida in Gainesville is an influential event for exploring cutting-edge research in retail loss prevention. Gainesville, known for its academic environment, hosts this event at the LRPC Labs, a facility dedicated to retail security and loss prevention research.

March
2024

Event: The NGA Show

When: 10-12 March

Where: Caesar’s Forum, LV, NV

About: The NGA Show in Las Vegas is a leading event for the grocery industry, focusing on retail innovations including loss prevention strategies. Hosted at Caesar’s Forum, a new and state-of-the-art venue in Las Vegas, it offers attendees a dynamic setting for networking and learning.

Event: 2024 Gulf Coast Food and Fuel EXPO

When: 13-14 March

Where: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, MS 

About: The Gulf Coast Food and Fuel EXPO in Biloxi is a key event for those in the food and fuel retail sectors, with a focus on asset protection and security. The event is held at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, known for its luxurious amenities and picturesque Gulf Coast setting.

Event: Shoptalk

When: 17-20 March

Where: Mandalay Bay, LV, NV

About: Shoptalk in Las Vegas is a major event for retail innovators, covering topics such as e-commerce security and loss prevention. Held at Mandalay Bay, a venue renowned for its expansive conference facilities and resort-like experience, it offers a unique blend of business and leisure.

Event: MRC Vegas 2024

When: 25-28 March

Where: ARIA Resort & Casino, LV, NV

About: MRC Vegas 2024 focuses on e-commerce payments and risk management, including aspects of retail loss prevention. The ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, a symbol of luxury and innovation, provides an ideal setting for this high-profile event.

Event: Adobe Summit

When: 26-28 March

Where: The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, LV, NV

About: The Adobe Summit in Las Vegas is an influential conference for digital marketing professionals, with relevant insights into online retail security. The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, a venue known for its opulence and state-of-the-art facilities, hosts this event, offering attendees a blend of business acumen and luxury.

April
2024

Event: RFID Journal Live

When: 9-11 April

Where: MGM Grand Las Vegas, LV, NV

About: RFID Journal Live in Las Vegas is a leading event focusing on RFID technology, crucial for retail loss prevention and asset tracking. Held at the MGM Grand, a venue known for its grandeur and cutting-edge facilities, this event offers insights into the latest RFID innovations.

Event: ISC West

When: 9-12 April

Where: Venetian Expo, LV, NV

About: ISC West in Las Vegas is one of the largest security industry trade shows in the U.S., covering physical security solutions including those for retail environments. The Venetian Expo, known for its luxurious setting and vast exhibition space, provides the perfect backdrop for this comprehensive event.

Event: RILA Retail Asset Protection Conference

When: 14-17 April

Where: Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, Dallas, TX

About: The RILA Retail Asset Protection Conference in Dallas brings together retail security professionals to discuss strategies and technologies in loss prevention. The Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, with its impressive facilities and Texan charm, is an ideal venue for this industry gathering.

Event: World Retail Congress

When: 16-18 April

Where: Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, Paris, France

About: The World Retail Congress in Paris is a premier international event for retail leaders, focusing on global trends including loss prevention. Set in Paris, a city renowned for fashion and luxury, the event takes place at the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile, known for its elegance and panoramic views of the city.

Event: 13th Annual Shopping Malls Summit

When: 24-25 April

Where: Shangri-La The Fort, Manilla, The Philippines

About: The 13th Annual Shopping Malls Summit in Manila focuses on the latest trends in shopping mall management, including security and loss prevention. The summit is held at Shangri-La The Fort, a venue celebrated for its modern luxury and strategic location in Manila.

Event: 6th Annual Future Retail Summit

When: 24-25 April

Where: Shangri-La The Fort, Manilla, The Philippines

About: The 6th Annual Future Retail Summit in Manila offers insights into emerging retail technologies, including security solutions. This event also takes place at Shangri-La The Fort, providing a luxurious setting for discussions on the future of retail.

Event: National Convenience Show

When: 29 April-1 May

Where: NEC Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

About: The National Convenience Show in Birmingham is a key event for the UK’s convenience sector, addressing issues like retail security and loss prevention. Hosted at NEC Birmingham, a leading exhibition venue, it offers an ideal platform for networking and innovation in the retail industry.

May
2024

Event: C-StorePoint

When: 5-8 May

Where: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, San Antonio, TX

About: C-StorePoint in San Antonio is a unique event for convenience store leaders, focusing on solutions for loss prevention and asset protection. The Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, with its picturesque setting and extensive facilities, offers an immersive experience for attendees.

Event: RSA Conference 2024

When: 6-9 May

Where: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

About: RSA Conference 2024 in San Francisco is a global gathering for cybersecurity professionals, crucial for retail digital security. The Moscone Center, a leading convention facility, provides a vast and versatile space for this comprehensive cybersecurity event.

Event: Canadian Women in Cybersecurity 

When: 14 May

Where: Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, Richmond Hill, Canada 

About: The Canadian Women in Cybersecurity conference in Richmond Hill highlights the role of women in cybersecurity, including aspects relevant to retail. Held at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, this event offers a platform for empowerment and industry insights.

Event: Asset Protection & Grocery Resilience Conference

When: 20-23 May

Where: The Westin Galleria, Dallas, Texas

About: This conference in Dallas focuses on asset protection and resilience strategies for the grocery sector. The Westin Galleria, located in the heart of Dallas, provides a sophisticated setting for discussing innovative loss prevention and resilience solutions.

June
2024

Event: Future Stores

When: 3-5 June

Where: JW Marriott Los Angeles, LA, CA

About: Future Stores in Los Angeles is a premier event focused on the future of brick-and-mortar retail, including innovative loss prevention strategies. Hosted at the JW Marriott, a venue known for its luxury and prime downtown location, it offers a perfect setting for exploring retail innovations.

Event: Shoptalk Europe

When: 3-5 June

Where: Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

About: Shoptalk Europe in Barcelona is a leading conference for retail and e-commerce innovation, including discussions on security and loss prevention in retail. Fira Gran Via, a large and modern exhibition center, provides an ideal platform for international industry professionals to convene and exchange ideas.

Event: NRF Protect

When: 4-6 June

Where: Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA

About: NRF Protect in Long Beach is a key event for retail professionals focusing on loss prevention, asset protection, and safety. The Long Beach Convention Center, with its scenic coastal location and state-of-the-art facilities, offers an engaging environment for this important industry conference.

Event: Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

When: 4-6 June

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

About: The Retail Innovation Conference & Expo in Chicago is a crucial event for exploring cutting-edge retail technologies, including loss prevention solutions. McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America, provides an expansive and versatile space for this innovative event.

Event: NRF Nexus

When: 15-17 June

Where: Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

About: NRF Nexus in Rancho Palos Verdes is a unique gathering for senior retail executives, focusing on digital innovation and security in retail. The event is held at Terranea Resort, a stunning oceanfront venue known for its luxury and exclusivity.

Event: ICS Security Summit & Training 2024

When: 16-24 June

Where: Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Orlando, FL

About: The ICS Security Summit & Training 2024 in Orlando is an important event for industrial control system security, relevant for retail infrastructure protection. Hosted at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, it combines professional learning with a memorable resort experience.

July
2024

Event: TECHSPO Washington DC

When: 5-6 July

Where: Park Hyatt Washington D.C. Hotel, Washington, DC

About: TECHSPO Washington DC is a technology expo showcasing the next generation of technology for retail, including security solutions. The Park Hyatt, a luxurious hotel in the heart of DC, offers an elegant and contemporary setting for this high-tech event.

August
2024

Event: Salt Lake City Cybersecurity Conference

When: 15 August

Where: Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, Salt Lake City, UT

About: The Salt Lake City Cybersecurity Conference is a significant event focusing on digital security solutions, crucial for retail cybersecurity. The Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, located in the city center, provides a professional and accessible venue for cybersecurity professionals.

September
2024

Event: GSX

When: 23-25 September

Where: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

About: GSX in Orlando is a global security event, offering insights into the latest trends and technologies in retail security. The Orange County Convention Center, one of the largest convention facilities in the U.S., serves as an ideal location for this comprehensive security event.

October
2024

Event: LPRC Impact

When: 7-9 October

Where: LRPC Labs at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

About: LPRC Impact in Gainesville is a pivotal event focusing on loss prevention research and strategies in the retail sector. Hosted at the LRPC Labs at the University of Florida, this event offers a unique blend of academic insight and practical industry applications in a collegiate setting.

Event: RILA Retail Law Conference

When: 9-11 October

Where: Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, Chicago, IL

About: The RILA Retail Law Conference in Chicago brings together legal professionals from the retail industry to discuss topics including asset protection and compliance. The Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park, known for its elegance and central location, provides a sophisticated backdrop for this legal-focused event.

Event: Shoptalk Fall

When: 16-18 October

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

About: Shoptalk Fall in Chicago is a leading event for retail innovation, covering aspects such as e-commerce security and loss prevention. McCormick Place, one of the largest convention centers in North America, offers an expansive and versatile venue for this influential retail conference.

Event: Automotive Retail

When: 21-23 October

Where: Huntington Place, Detroit, MI

About: Automotive Retail in Detroit is a key conference for the automotive retail industry, addressing issues like showroom security and loss prevention. Detroit, the heart of the American automotive industry, hosts this event at Huntington Place, a venue known for its modern facilities and impressive scale.

November
2024

Event: Boston Cybersecurity Conference

When: 21 November

Where:  Boston Marriott Burlington, Boston, MA

About: The Boston Cybersecurity Conference is a crucial event for IT professionals in the retail sector, focusing on cyber threat management and data protection. Hosted at the Boston Marriott Burlington, this event offers a professional and accessible setting for discussing the latest in cybersecurity trends and solutions.

December
2024

No retail security, asset protection, or loss prevention events scheduled for December 2024 have been found yet. Please reach out if you are hosting a retail conference in December 2024.

Summary

Retail conventions are a great place to meet new people in the industry. The speakers are there to offer great insights into sales, security, marketing, merchandising, and more. Whether you attend an event with a set agenda or just want to see the latest trends and technologies, a retail conference is a great way to learn new things about the industry.

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