Networking

Shoptalk offers a variety of networking programs designed to ignite ​onsite ​conversations and connections among the global community of 7,500+ registered attendees from throughout the world. We​​ will facilitate and curate more than 10,000 interactions at Shoptalk 2018, many of which account for the different geographic regions represented at the event.

Hosted Meetings Program

Qualified Retailers & Brands Get Free Shoptalk Tickets & $750 Travel/Hotel Reimbursement (€650 If Traveling From Europe)

Shoptalk’s Hosted Meetings Program provides complimentary Shoptalk tickets and a travel/hotel allowance of up to $750 (€650 if traveling from Europe) for qualifying individuals from retailers and brands. To qualify, individuals must be responsible for buying or evaluating retail or ecommerce technology or other solutions for their companies and take up to eight 15-minute onsite meetings (that’s a total of up to two hours) with our exhibitors and sponsors. Meetings are primarily double opt-in but may also include other meetings that are valuable to retailers and brands as well as our exhibitors and sponsors.

The Hosted Meetings Program will be held in a dedicated area of the Shoptalk Exhibit Hall on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM; Monday, March 19, 2018 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM and from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM; and Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM and from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM. As a retailer or brand, you must be available at all of these time slots until you receive your final meeting schedule immediately prior to the event.

Individuals from retailers and brands enrolled in the Hosted Meetings Program must work with us to identify mutually beneficial meetings, prepare for meetings in advance and provide post-event feedback for each meeting. We also solicit feedback from participating sponsors and exhibitors, which will be a factor in determining the eligibility of retailers and brands for the Hosted Meetings Program at subsequent events.

The reimbursement of up to $750 in travel/hotel expenses (€650 if traveling from Europe) is based on receipts which must be submitted electronically following the event.

Click here to learn more about the Hosted Meetings Program.

Funding Founders

Funding Founders is a series of 6-minute meetings that match startup founders with VC investors. The ‘speed-dating’ format maximizes the number of meetings for VCs and startups, and will take place place in two 1-hour sessions on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20 from 7:15 am to 8:15 am.

For 2018, we will facilitate more than 500 meetings as part of Funding Founders, which is open only to registered Shoptalk attendees. If you're a registered startup founder or VC interested in participating, click the button below to apply. Note that all meetings are double opt in and so we can’t guarantee meetings.

Tech Tours

Thematic exhibit hall tours will be held on Sunday, March 18 from 6:45 pm to 7:45 pm, Monday, March 19 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and Tuesday, March 20 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm for groups based on interests and objectives. Themes include Artificial Intelligence, Grocerytalk, New Marketing Technologies and In-Store Innovation.

Tech Tours are open only to retailers, brands and media. If you’re a registered attendee, click the button below to sign up for a Tech Tour, and we’ll be back to you with more details, including times. Please note that space on Tech Tours is limited and we will let you know which, if any, tours you are approved to join.

Retailers & Brands Networking Dinners

Shoptalk's Retailers & Brands Networking Dinners are a series of invitation-only sponsored dinners held on Monday, March 19, from 7:30-9:00 pm. These dinners take place at high-end Las Vegas restaurants and bring together groups of approximately 15-20 individuals from retailers and brands. While Retailers & Brands Networking Dinners are sponsored, each dinner is facilitated by an independent, respected industry executive—a Shoptalk Ambassador.

Retailers & Brands Networking Dinners are scheduled in advance and require participants to be registered Shoptalk attendees and to have accepted calendar invites.

These dinners are only for retailers and brands. If you’re a retailer or brand and registered to attend Shoptalk, click the button below to learn more and request an invitation to a Retailers & Brands Networking Dinner.