FORWARD TOGETHER

Networking

Collaborate to accelerate

With everything that’s happened in the past year, it’s more important than ever to band together and move our industry forward. That’s why we’ve made networking an integral part of NRF 2021: Retail’s Big Show – Chapter One.

We can’t wait for the world to return to normal, so we must find new ways to collaborate, share ideas and stay connected. Together, we will change retail.

Matchmaking and Networking

  • Your Profile
    Creating a personal profile allows people to see who you are and allows our platform to recommend companies to connect with.
  • Retailers and Exhibitors
    Matchmaking is available to Retailers and designated exhibitor representatives only (exhibitors have a max / 20 per company that are identified through registration).
  • Matchmaking Groupings
    Matchmaking is between Retailer to Retailer, Retailer to Exhibitor, Exhibitor to Retailer and Exhibitor to Exhibitor.
  • Non-retailers
    Non-retailers will have the ability to schedule meetings with other non-retailers and exhibitors only.
  • Meeting Guidelines
    Retailers and exhibitors will have the ability to schedule meetings with each other and non-retailers (non-retailers cannot initiate a meeting request with a retailer).
  • Big Show Badge Game
    Make networking fun! Retailers compete against your peers for a chance to win prizes. (retailers only)
  • One-on-One Meetings
    These scheduled meetings allow you to pick who you want to meet with, check their calendar and send the request for a private video or text discussions.
  • Video Meetings
    Video capability is available for meetings.
  • Profiles and Calendars
    Meeting & Matchmaking platform will open on December 29 for all attendees to start building their profile, setting calendar availability and to start scheduling meetings.
  • Schedule Guidelines
    Although meetings can be scheduled starting December 29, meetings can only take place during the event dates starting January 12-22.
  • Time Zones and Scheduling
    Once the virtual event begins, meetings can take place 24/7, allowing you to meet with international attendees in their time zone. Be mindful of time zones when scheduling meetings. We recommend holding meetings with U.S. attendees during the event hours.

Networking Programs

Sample of session page

 

 

  • Session Chat/Q&A
    Each Keynote and Featured session allows you to text chat with audience members and submit questions to the speakers. Not all sessions will be taking audience questions.
  • Equality Lounge Sessions
    This program is open to all pass types and features insightful Q&A sessions and exclusive networking.
  • Exhibitor Big Ideas Sessions
    During these exhibitor-produced sessions, you will learn valuable takeaways on a specific topic, and can text chat with exhibitors to learn more about their ground-breaking solutions and the latest retail technology.

 

 

  • Exhibitor Booth Chat
    Each virtual booth has an open text chat feature, allowing you to connect with the entire booth staff and any other attendees in the booth.
  • Interactive Discussion Rooms
    During scheduled times, each room allows up to 50 retailers to engage with each other and discuss a specific topic of the sponsors choosing.
  • One-on-One Meetings
    These scheduled meetings allow you to pick who you want to meet with, check their calendar and send the request for a private video or text discussions.
Sample virtual booth

Invite Your Network