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31 Can’t-Miss 2021 Events for Supply Chain, Retail and Technology Professionals

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enVista has rounded up the top, can’t-miss events for 2021, both virtual and in-person for professionals throughout the supply chain, retail and technology industries and beyond. While many events are virtual and may continue to evolve based on evolving COVID-19 restrictions and safety protocols, this year is certain to bring professionals throughout the country together, whether online or in-person — driving unique perspectives, new connections, deeper relationships and thought-provoking discussions with peers and industry experts. From supply chain conferences to retail conventions and technology summits, below are the top 31 can’t-miss industry events of 2021:

*Events marked with an asterisk signify enVista’s attendance, exhibition and/or sponsorship. This post is updated on a monthly basis; please note event dates and venues are subject to change.

January

NRF Chapter 1 – January 12-14, 19 and 21-22, 2021
Virtual* | Retail
Retail professionals from across the globe will gather virtually in January for NRF 2021: Retail’s Big Show – Chapter 1, where 300+ exhibitors will address the immediate needs and challenges facing retailers today.
Jump Start 2021 – January 25-27, 2021
Virtual | Supply Chain Technology
As the definitive supply chain intelligence gathering of the new year, Jump Start blends informative panels from industry experts with the information needed to propel supply chains forward into 2021. 
AirCargo 2021 – January 27, 2021
Virtual | Global Logistics

AirCargo is the premier annual tradeshow and conference for the AEMCA, the AfA, the XLA and ACI-NA, which co-host Air Cargo as a service to the industry.

February

Logistics Business Exhibition – February 22-25, 2021
Virtual | Global Logistics
Logistics Business Exhibition provides a platform for interaction between logistics IT, transport and services, logistics properties and manufacturing industries to exchange ideas that drive innovations and synergies between industry, trade and logistics services.
eTail – February 23-25, 2021
Virtual* | Retail
At the eTail Virtual Summit & Expo for ecommerce and omnichannel innovators, attendees can expect action-packed stories, disruptive strategies, strategic conversations, and connections with top minds at America’s most successful retailers.
JOC TPM21 – February 25 – March 3, 2021
Virtual* | Global Logistics
As the world’s largest container shipping conference with over 70 sessions, the theme for TPM21 is “Redefining the Future,” where thought leaders will explore in depth how the future will be different and how to prepare.

March

Microsoft Ignite – March 2-4, 2021
Virtual* | Technology
Microsoft Ignite is for IT pros, decision makers, implementors, architects, developers, and data professionals to explore the latest tools, receive deep technical training, and get questions answered by Microsoft experts.
Körber Elevate User Conference – March 8-12, 2021
Virtual* | Supply Chain
Featuring a virtual program of live presentations, interactive discussions and leading solution providers, Elevate provides access to Körber executives and supply chain professionals for guidance and advice, as well as insights from other expert speakers.
Groceryshop Meetup – March 9-11, 2021
Virtual* | Food & Beverage
Groceryshop Spring Meetup is an annual event offering a productive way to connect online with peers and thought leaders within the grocery industry.


April

ProMat – April 12-16, 2021
Virtual* | Supply Chain
MHI created the ProMat Digital Experience, a new digital event experience designed to power up manufacturing and supply chain professionals with critical access to the latest solutions they need now to improve the resiliency and agility of their operations.
Blue Yonder ICON/DevCon – April 21-23, 2021
Virtual* | Supply Chain Technology
ICON & DEVCON in an engaging, virtual format offering dynamic keynotes, customer stories and many learning and networking opportunities.
Adobe Summit – The Digital Experience Conference – April 27-28, 2021
Virtual | Technology
This free event enables attendees to expand their skills, engage with other Experience Makers, and be inspired to create exceptional experiences that drive business growth and customer loyalty.

May

WERC Conference – May 3-5, 2021
Virtual | Supply Chain
WERC DX 2021 will offer an unprecedented opportunity to connect with colleagues and friends from across North America to talk about the extraordinary challenges facing the distribution logistics sector.
Shoptalk Meetup for Women – May 11-13, 2021
Virtual* | Retail
Shoptalk Meetup for Women is an online meetings program that connects women in the retail community for new business opportunities, potential partnerships, professional development and meaningful connections that accelerate business and career goals.
ISM World – May 18-20, 2021
Virtual | Supply Chain
ISM World will be a series of virtual events leading up to the culminating annual conference with amazing keynotes, workshops, education sessions, networking and more, as well as the opportunity to participate in a benchmarking research project focused on key areas that impact the profession.
Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) Summit – May 24-26, 2021
Las Vegas, NV* | Heavy Equipment
The AED Summit is an annual opportunity to come together with professionals across the heavy equipment industry spectrum to improve themselves and their teams while building meaningful connections.

August

Oracle OTM SIG – August 1, 2021
Philadelphia, PA* | Technology
The event is designed to bring together users and potential users of the OTM software to share knowledge, ideas and experiences.
RILA LINK – August 17-20, 2021
Orlando, FL* | Retail
The Retail Supply Chain Conference gathers top executives in retail supply chain to network, learn and address challenges with retailer breakouts and roundtables, industry executive general sessions and executive insights.
retailX (formerly IRCE) – August 24-25, 2021
Chicago, IL* | Retail
retailX 2021 will draw upon the collective experience of the retailX attendees know and love and its sister brand, Retail TouchPoints to provide direct access to the technology and trends shaping the digital future of retail.
Retail Supply Chain USA (formerly D3) – August 25-26, 2021
Virtual* | Retail
Retail Supply Chain USA unites CEOs, innovators, disruptors and makers from across retail and consumer brands to seize upon this critical moment in retail with 20+ online sessions and the opportunity to interact with 6,000+ retail executives.

September

Home Delivery World – September 1-2, 2021
Philadelphia, PA* | Supply Chain
Home Delivery World is the industry-defining event for last mile logistics and is dedicated to uncovering innovative solutions for retailers, grocers, CPGs and 3PLs facing challenges across the supply chain from warehousing to fulfillment and the last mile.
IFDA Distributions Solutions Conference – September 12-14, 2021
Fort Worth, TX* | Food & Beverage
Connect with over 1,500 leaders in food service distribution to help grow market share within the community.
Parcel Forum – September 14-17, 2021
Washington, DC* | Supply Chain
Parcel Forum is the essential learning event for all ecommerce-centric (B2C) and business-to-business (B2B) shippers.
North American Supply Chain Executive Summit – September 14-15, 2021
Chicago, IL* | Supply Chain
The North American Supply Chain Executive Summit will bring together industry experts, service and solution providers, and media partners from across North America to network, benchmark, share and learn real-world solutions to universal challenges that face every SCM professional in their daily work.
CSCMP EDGE – September 19-22, 2021
Atlanta, GA* | Supply Chain
With 120+ sessions, CSCMP’s EDGEsupply chain conference and exhibition provides attendees with opportunities to learn from industry experts, hear dynamic speakers you won’t find anywhere else and network with the most influential supply chain leaders in the world.  

October

MHI Annual Conference – October 3-6, 2021
Phoenix, AZ | Supply Chain
At the MHI Annual Conference, supply chain professionals will learn the tools needed to help advance their company and the industry as a whole. 
NBWA Annual Conference – October 3-6, 2021
Las Vegas, NV* | Food & Beverage
Held each year in the fall, the NBWA Annual Convention provides valuable education programs for the beer industry and introduces distributors to new products, technologies and vendors needed to run their operations.
Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo® – October 18-21, 2021
Orlando, FL* | Technology
At the Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo®, attendees are offered the chance to hone their leadership skills, refine their strategies and discover the latest innovative technologies to navigate the challenges most critical to CIOs and IT executives.
ShopTalk Fall Meetup – October 19-21, 2021
Virtual* | Retail
Shoptalk Fall Meetup is an annual event offering a productive way to connect online with peers and thought leaders within the retail industry.
Gartner Supply Chain Symposium/Xpo® – October 25-27, 2021
Orlando, FL* | Supply Chain
Supply chain leaders and executives will join Gartner experts and leading industry speakers to share valuable insights on how to successfully navigate the turns, offering the tools needed to help leaders prepare their supply chains to think and act differently in the future. 
ASCM Connect – October 24-26, 2021
San Antonio, TX / Hybrid | Supply Chain
Take a deep dive into the best-in-class supply chain insights and solutions, feel empowered by inspiring industry leaders and connect with peers by taking advantage of new and innovative networking opportunities.

2021 Events TBD

  • Future Stores
  • MIDMRKT CIO Forums (Fall and Spring)
  • MercuryGate Velocity
  • Oracle Modern Business Experience
  • Gartner Tech Growth Summit
  • Microsoft Business Applications Summit
  • Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit
  • In-Store North Retail Summit
  • NextGen Supply Chain Conference
  • B2B Next Conference

We’re in this together. Whether you plan on attending one of the above events or would like to learn more about how we can work together, don’t hesitate to reach out. Let’s have a conversation.™

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