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More than 33,000 industry leaders from around the world will convene in New York City for the National Retail Federation’s 106th annual Retail’s BIG Show.

Retail’s BIG Show, the retail industry’s premier event by the National Retail Federation, will take place Jan. 15 to 17, 2017, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. This three-day show will see more than 33,000 attendees from 94 countries and more than 500 exhibitors.

The show offers unparalleled education in more than 100 sessions from 300 industry-leading speakers, along with an enormous, 235,000-square foot expo hall full of technologies and solutions. After more than a century - 106 years to be exact - Retail's BIG Show is still the only place where you can see and experience all things retail.

Retail’s BIG Show is a celebration of retail in every format. Attendees will walk away inspired, exhilarated and proud of the industry of which they’re a part. They can take part listening to series of speakers and attend breakout sessions, networking events and walk the exhibit floor showcasing cutting-edge retail technology. Hear from the industry's revolutionary and intriguing leaders who are shattering the status quo and driving innovation and achieving success. The conference also brings together hundreds of talented young people in a student program to learn about retail careers.

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eTail West is the event for e-commerce and multi-channel retail innovators.

eTail West, organized by Worldwide Business Research, is at the cutting edge of multi-channel and e-commerce. The show is a community of executives where you will be invigorated by innovation and attend memorable keynotes that not only change your business, but the way you do business. Taking place Feb. 27 to March 1, 2017, eTail West allows its more than 2,500 attendees to partake in interactive sessions and fun networking at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa in Palm Springs, Calif.

Some of the notable keynote speakers include: Emilie Arel Scott, CEO of Quidsi; Fred Argir, Chief Digital Officer of Barnes & Noble; David Yeom, Co-Founder and CEO of Hollar; and Mike Edwards, CEO of eBags. Key themes discussed at this year’s show include innovation and disruption, and the ways that both traditional retailers and startups are navigating today’s landscape.

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Every year, the NACS Show brings together convenience and fuels retailing industry professionals for four days of learning, buying and selling, networking and fun, all designed to help participants grow their bottom line. Join attendees this year in Atlanta from Oct. 18-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center – where all roads lead to profits.

With a 410,000-net-square-foot expo hall and more than 1,200+ exhibiting companies showcasing thousands of products, the NACS Show is the only event of the year for leading c-store operators to find ideas, discover new products and develop profitable business connections.

Each area of the expo gives attendees a one-of-a-kind, hands-on experience that can’t be matched anywhere else. Explore the 1,200 exhibitors, including the New Exhibitor Area with nearly 200 first-time NACS Show exhibitors. Introduced last year at the NACS Show, the New Exhibitor Area was wildly popular. This year the area will streamline time spent exploring new exhibitors by organizing them into the five categories that mirror the full expo: Facility Development and Store Operations; Foodservice Equipment and Foodservice Programs; Merchandise, Candy and Snacks; Fuel Equipment and Services; and Technology.

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The 11th annual Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show is host to nearly 400 exhibiting licensees showcasing the latest fan gear for retailers to expand their product offerings.

By Nikki Puckett, Marketing Director, Emerald Expositions, Licensing Group

The 11th annual Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show takes place Jan. 17-19, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This will be the largest show to date with nearly 400 exhibiting licensees, offering the latest fan gear to expand the product offerings of retailers.

Exhibitors represent all of the professional and collegiate leagues and teams and will be showcasing merchandise in every possible product category – from toys and games to apparel to pet products and much more. Licensors returning will be CLC, Learfield Licensing Partners, NASCAR, Fermata Partners, NHL, NBA, NFL Players Association and Chelsea Football Club.

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By Stephanie Crets

San Diego Comic Con is one of the biggest events in the comics and entertainment industry in the world. This year’s convention, which was held July 21 to 24 at the San Diego Convention Center, was no exception. Attendance for Comic Con usually tops out at more than 130,000 attendees, and the convention has maxed out its event space, including even more satellite locations to incorporate more programming and accommodate more attendees.

Comic Con brings thousands of comic creators, science fiction and fantasy authors, film and television directors, producers, actors and writers and creators from all aspects of popular arts together with their fans – some even wait in line overnight for a chance to see their favorite guest – for panels and signings.

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