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Shop! MarketPlace 2023: A Huge Success for Physical Retail 

The inaugural gathering featured a packed schedule of presentations, experiential zones and awards celebrations, all focused on the magic of in-store experiences.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MONTCLAIR, NJ — Shop! Association, the global trade organization dedicated to building retail environments and promoting retail brands and merchandise, produced its first-ever trade show and conference, Shop! MarketPlace, April 25-27 in Austin, Texas at the Palmer Events Center. 

The inaugural gathering featured a packed schedule of presentations, experiential zones and awards celebrations, all focused on the magic of in-store experiences.

The event kicked off with an afternoon of retail store tours, followed by two days of keynotes and presentations on both a main stage and on a Smart Talk stage. Attendees had access to the best partners, suppliers, and industry thought leaders, helping them to create unforgettable retail experiences that keep customers coming back.

The trade show floor, spanning 30,000 square feet, hosted five experiential zones, each showcasing the latest in retail design and innovation. The OMA Awards show-within-a-show and awards ceremony and the Shop! Design Awards celebration recognized the industry’s best in design and creativity, while an industry welcome reception brought everyone together for networking and collaboration.

“We were so excited to launch this incredibly successful Shop! Association trade event!  It was a fantastic opportunity to bring together professionals from all sectors of our industry to network and share ideas.” said Murray Kasmenn, Executive Director of the Shop! Association. “Attendees reported they learned so much from the presentations and experiential zones, and made valuable connections that will help them create even better experiences for their customers.”

Wil Walker, vice president of sales for Econoco, agreed, saying, “”The Shop! team did an exceptional job curating a fantastic mix of vendors that created a meaningful experience for the retail industry. We were privileged to be a part of this event and are grateful for the opportunity to finally showcase our brands in person. It is inspiring to see your commitment to the brick and mortar experience, and we appreciate your continued support of our industry.”

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The dates and location for Shop! MarketPlace 2024 will be revealed soon. Industry professionals are encouraged to check the Shop! MarketPlace website (shop-marketplace.com) to be sure they don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand their network of partners and learn from the best. Join manufacturers, suppliers, brands, retailers, design firms, and consultants at Shop! MarketPlace 2024 to discover the magic of in-store experiences.

Shop! Association is a global trade association dedicated to building retail environments and promoting retail brands and merchandise. The association brings value to the global retail marketplace through its industry leadership, research programs, certifications, education and networking events. The OMA Awards are owned by Shop! Association, and are part of the Shop! Awards program which also includes the Shop! Design Awards and Shop! Global Awards. 

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SmartWork Media is dedicated to the idea that business media should strive to inform, excite and inspire business readers, and that a good business magazine can (and should) have the energy and compulsive readability of a top consumer publication. The company publishes Instore, Invision, Pets+, Vmsd, Signs of the Times, Big Picture, Screen Printing, Global Cannabis Times and BXP magazines, as well as their respective websites and events — The INSTORE Show, IRDC, EyeInnovate, Shop! MarketPlace and the Garden Center Show. Learn more at smartworkmedia.com.

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