Staff picks: What to see and do at 2018 is in Las Vegas, Sept. 12-14. See full agenda, list of speakers, exhibitors and events at delivers learning opportunities and meaningful encounters at every corner, whether you are in a session, on the expo floor or in one of the pop-up activations. But with nearly 130 speakers in the lineup — and a daily schedule that rivals your busiest day in the office — how do you navigate a packed agenda and make the most of your time at

Here’s a curated list of staff favorites from the NRF Education Team, all designed to make it easy to bring home business and technology trends, concepts and inspirations from a variety of different perspectives and brands. For more great options, check out the full agenda.


4:00 p.m. Hall D
Great retail stories with Guy Raz
Experience two unique (pop) cultural moments on your first day: Before the opening party with DJ Pauly D, head to the American Express Stage for live storytelling with NPR’s Guy Raz.


8:45 a.m. Hall D
Master class: Two perspectives on AI in commerce
Start your day with a master class in AI, featuring back-to-back sessions from Google and a curated Fast Company panel with technology heavyweights from and Pinterest.

10:15 a.m. Girls’ Lounge, Room 2203
Keeping women in the retail leadership pipeline
Check out the kickoff session in the Girls’ Lounge. Your leadership team — and customers — will thank you.

11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
For the technology-obsessed: In store technologies that are making a difference.

For the revenue-driven: Marketing Refresh: The nine effective habits of digitally native brands.

12:00 p.m. Lunchtime
Press, analysts, non-exhibitors and non-retailers can head to Innovation and the impact on industry and jobs for an economist’s point of view on innovation and the future of jobs. Your CFO will thank you.

Retailers and exhibitors, head to The Venetian’s Restaurant Row.

1:30 p.m. Hall D
Cashing in on strategic cross-industry collaborations
Fast Company is back to talk about why we all shouldn’t go it alone.

3:00 p.m. Expo Hall
It’s 5:00 p.m. somewhere. Take a few minutes to unwind at the afternoon happy hour and see artist Napkin Killa in action.

3:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Customer-focused? Check out How retailers are using product innovation to engage customers and drive sales.

Techie? Don’t miss Growing commerce and loyalty with voice technology.

4:30 p.m. Hall D
Design thinking and the CMO of tomorrow: The consumer marketing officer
Fast Company closes out the day with insights on cultivating a community of consumers.


8:45 a.m. Hall D
Looking to the future: Key technologies and mindsets
Another back-to-back keynote session, this one focuses on how an established brand keeps up with rapidly changing customers, along with what retailers need to know about blockchain.

11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
For the trends junkie: Industry trendcasting - What you need to do today and know about tomorrow.

If you want to dive deep into the business of marketplaces: Marketplace mania - Why it matters.

12:00 p.m. Lunchtime
Press, analysts, non-exhibitors and non-retailers can examine the key sectors driving retail’s growth in Retail’s radical transformation.

Retailers and exhibitors, head to the Retail Power Lunch to connect with and learn from peers about the hottest topics affecting retail.

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