by Stephen Garner

shoptalkRetail and e-commerce innovation conference organizer Shoptalk has teamed up with retail trade organization Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) on a new partnership that will focus on creating a global community and conversation for retail and e-commerce innovation. The partnership will include Shoptalk Europe, which will be held on October 9-11, 2017 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen, as well as Shoptalk 2018, which will take place on March 18-21, 2018 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

As part of the partnership, RILA will host the inaugural European meeting for its (R)Tech Center for Innovation immediately preceding Shoptalk Europe at the Bella Center in Copenhagen on Sunday October 8, 2017, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

RILA launched the (R)Tech Center for Innovation in partnership with Accenture in March 2017. The new (R)Tech Center performs four key functions: researching best practices and trends, connecting retail executives to the innovation ecosystem, helping retailers develop their own cultures of innovation, and burnishing retail’s reputation as an innovative and forward-thinking industry.

“We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with RILA to include 2017’s Shoptalk Europe and 2018’s Shoptalk,” said Anil D. Aggarwal, founder and chief executive officer of Shoptalk. “Shoptalk Europe is an important stepping stone to expanding the geographic scope of the conversation and community of innovators, which we have championed for more than two years. We look forward to working with RILA on Shoptalk Europe, and as we continue to grow the global footprint of our March 2018 event in Las Vegas.”

“We listened to the industry’s needs and challenges in America, and recognize that the same disruptive forces are pressuring change in Europe,” said Siegel. “We’re delighted to be working with Shoptalk Europe on bringing the (R)Tech Center for Innovation initiative to Europe this Fall and continuing our partnership with the global Shoptalk event planned for spring 2018.”

Additionally, retailers and brands wishing to attend Shoptalk Europe, can do so with complimentary tickets and up to €650 in travel/hotel reimbursement ($1,000 if traveling from the U.S.) as part of Shoptalk Europe’s Hosted Retailers & Brands Program. Retailers and brands can apply for this program at The deadline for enrollment in this program is Friday, September 8, 2017.