About - Retail Innovation Conference & Expo

About RICE

About #RICE

The Retail Innovation Conference & Expo explores the evolving customer journey and how technology enables the convergence of content, community and commerce. The event is tailored to meet the growing needs of retail businesses and their teams, providing a platform for collaboration, ideation, and the discovery of new business opportunities. With a range of strategic sessions, intimate C-level panels, offsite networking events, and interactive learning experiences, attendees can delve into the topics and trends shaping the future of the retail industry. 

Presented by

Retail TouchPoints

Join decision-makers at #RICE24 from today's top brands!

Who Attends #RICE

#RICE unites the entire retail industry, from small startups to large retailers. It provides an opportunity for the industry’s top decision-makers to come together and discuss the future of commerce, including topics such as ecommerce, social media marketing, store design, and omnichannel strategy. Through these discussions, brands can explore new experiences and business models. 

Relevant & Actionable Sessions

Join us for the #RICE24 conference featuring over 50 sessions across three carefully curated tracks: Content, Community, and Commerce. These tracks explore the evolution of the customer journey and how the rise of new marketing channels, community platforms, and commerce technologies are driving innovation in all aspects of our work.

Speakers & Brands

Join us at #RICE24 to hear from keynote speakers Marcus Collins and Rebecca Minkoff, as well as retail leaders from brands like Michaels, Zappos, Uber, IKEA, Reddit, Pinterest, Petco and more.

Explore Innovation

Engage with existing partners, make new connections and explore the latest demos within the expo hall. Immerse yourself in state-of-the-art solutions from our exhibitors and sponsors including Avalara, iAdvize, Shopify, Walmart, ShipStation, The Royal Group, Simpson Print, ShopPOP Displays, and many more. Be inspired, solve problems, and drive your business forward at #RICE24.

First-class Content & Education


Over 50 sessions spanning three carefully curated conference tracks – Content, Community, and Commerce. These three core tracks will provide actionable strategies on new storytelling methods, community-driven tactics and commerce-powered business priorities.  

Hands-On Workshops

In addition to the conference tracks, we also offer hands-on workshops led by top industry experts. These workshops provide a relaxed and collaborative environment for learning alongside your peers. Workshops are available to All-Access and Conference track passes at no additional charge.

Next Stage Sessions

On the show floor, our Next Stage Sessions feature innovative companies discussing the latest solutions in retail. This is your opportunity to interact with the latest technologies and learn from their client success stories.

Exclusive Networking Events

Store Tours

Explore buzzing neighborhoods in Chicago led by Insider Trends on Tuesday, June 4! Get a firsthand look at some of the most innovative store concepts in the city and discover how you can apply them to your brand experiences.

Attendee Speed Dating

Experience a fresh approach to networking, designed to help you build connections and set the stage for future discussions with exhibitors. We’re hand-selecting a group of senior retail leaders that we’ll match with relevant exhibitors based on mutual interest and industry relevance. This program is scheduled for Thursday, June 6th, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., immediately following the morning keynote. If you’re interested in participating in this program, please request an invite here

Peer Meetings

Book time to meet with other attendees, speakers and solution providers in the Refresh Lounge to connect and swap ideas with likeminded individuals. Once you’re registered for the event, you can book meetings with fellow attendees via the #RICE24 app. 

#RICE24 is the event where the future of retail is shaped. It offers a platform for growth and inspiration through insightful sessions, hands-on learning, and exclusive networking events. Whether you’re looking to innovate, connect, or discover, #RICE24 is the place to be.


Meet our Keynote Speakers

Join us at #RICE24 to hear our keynote speakers as they share their journeys to success and inspire you with ideas for growth. 

Exhibit At #RICE24

#RICE24 offers exhibitors and sponsors a chance to showcase their brand’s role in the omnichannel customer journey through thought leadership, onsite networking and a reimagined expo experience. 

The #RICE24 expo floor is designed as a community-centric hub, showcasing industry-leading technology, activations, and solution providers. Our Expo aims to foster intimate connections and offer exhibitors direct access to key decision makers within the retail space. Whether you’re aiming to generate pipeline via a booth or to create interactive opportunities on the show floor, our team is ready to assist in crafting a strategy that brings your brand’s narrative to life.  

Exhibitor Opportunities At #RICE24

Sponsorship at #RICE24 opens a gateway to elevated brand visibility and industry thought leadership, extending beyond the expo floor. Opportunities range from speaking engagements that position your brand at the forefront of relevant discussions, to digital and onsite branding, and exclusive networking events. Embrace the chance to connect with retail’s decision-makers in unique settings, including offsite events that explore Chicago’s vibrant scene.  

Maximize Your Impact Through Sponsorship

Presented By Retail TouchPoints

The Retail Innovation Conference & Expo is proudly presented by Retail TouchPoints (RTP), the industry’s go-to source for the latest in retail insights, trends, and innovations. Retail TouchPoints provides retail leaders with the critical information they need to excel in today’s rapidly evolving market. From in-depth analyses on consumer behaviors to expert opinions on emerging retail technologies, RTP serves as a valuable resource for understanding how to navigate the complexities of the retail industry. 

Retail TouchPoints not only offers a wealth of knowledge through its digital content platform but also recognizes industry leaders who are setting new benchmarks in innovation and customer engagement. Join us in celebrating the best in retail innovation through the various awards programs presented in partnership with the Retail Innovation Conference & Expo.  

Our Advisory Boards

The RICE & RTP Advisory Boards represent emerging and established leaders from a diverse range of businesses and functions in the retail industry. They are instrumental in helping us shape the agenda for our in-person event (Retail Innovation Conference & Expo), providing guidance to create the most compelling conversations in store design and marketing/ecommerce, as well as content coverage across Retail TouchPoints. View the advisory board members here.

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