How To Get the Most Out of Your Time at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show

We listened to you and created four programs designed to maximize your NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show experience whether is that is seeing cutting edge exhibitors, visiting innovative stores or networking with retailers

Custom Curated Experience

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Curate and plan your agenda with industry experts. Custom Curated Experience focus on you, working to identify your specific business requirements, key areas of interest, potential business partners and relevant activities to help you reach your company objectives. It is where you “achieve months of business development in days” according to a leading CEO.

Retail Store Tours

Guided Store Tours

Experience innovative & iconic retail stores expertly curated by Retail Store Tours, before, during and after The NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show.

EXPO Tours

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Explore the show floor of 700+ exhibitors of the leading companies driving the future of retail in our exhibition showcase with EXPO Tours. 

Short Lists Service

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Short Lists, everyone creates a short list of targets, companies, stores to visit people to meet. We will help you identify the sessions to attend, exhibitors to visit, technologies to experience and create a short list of companies and stores to visit before during and after the NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show.

Contact or visit us at the EXPO Tours room located at Room 1C02 at the Javits Center.

CES 2019 Retail Navigation Guide and Tour for Retailers

CES 2019 is an event that highlights the pace of change in the world of technology and its impact on consumers behavior and the world of advertising and marketing. It is held from January 8 – 11 and is one of the largest events in the world. One of the largest groups to attend CES 2018 are retailers of which over 10,000 attended. According to a 2018 survey of attendees, 182,198 people attended CES in 2018 of which 63,784 were international visitors.


CES 2019 Features the Most Innovative Companies

A decade ago automotive companies first started to attend CES. Today there are 150 auto exhibitors will be spread across a space larger than four football fields and this year more categories are attending. Eureka Park will host a record 1,200 exhibitors from 40 different countries. CES will feature 4,500 exhibitors from 155 countries, regions and territories. Retailers visit CES every year to make connections with buyers and to keep up with the pace of change. Amazon, Microsoft Retail Stores, Apple, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Bose, Walmart, Costco, Target, Fry’s Electronics, Newegg, Sam’s Club, Staples, The Home Depot, HSN Inc, R.C. Willey Home Furnishings, B&H Photo Video and Rakuten all send teams to CES.


What to see at CES 2019?

It is impossible to attend hundreds of content sessions and meet with 5,700 exhibitors. Here are the main themes for retailers to focus on during your visit to CES.

  • The practical consumer and marketing applications for artificial intelligence.
  • Understanding the enabling processors and chip set in development to advertising and marketing.
  • The role out and capabilities for 5G video consumption.
  • Vehicle tech and self-driving cars and the car as a media platform.
  • The rise of smart cites and location-based advertising.
  • Technologies useful for disasters and personal safety.
  • Medical therapeutics and new health application.

The pace of change is accelerating in the advertising and marketing marketplace on many levels. CES offers the premiere venue to understand the pace of change for advertising and marketing industries.


Retail Experience Tech Tour on January 8th

Experience technology from the companies that are driving the pace of change in retail today. Consumers are using chat bots, smartphones, apps and social in their shopping experience. Retailers are using location technology, sales associate tools, facial recognition, analytics and much more to improve the purchase funnel.

This tour will visit companies focused on both the technologies consumers are using and the latest technology cutting edge retailers use to delight, manage and measure the path to purchase.

Availability is very limited. To make reservations click on the link below:


Experience Las Vegas Retail Store Tours on January 8th Only With Retail Store Tours during CES

Experience unmatched retail innovation in Las Vegas during your visit to CES. See what makes Las Vegas retail the most profitable and cutting-edge retail destination in North America. Attendees can sign-up for experiential extravaganza of retail stores where you see, touch, and learn about current innovations. Hear from store manager of the leading retailers during the multi-store stop on the features, innovations, store design experience, customer service enhancements, and brand stories.

CIM Tours at CES has been curating executive experiences at CES Tours since 2015.

Availability is very limited. To make reservations click on the link below:

The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian

Retail Store Tours at CES at The Venetian: The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, isn’t just a mere Las Vegas shopping mall, but a true shoppers paradise. With serenading gondoliers gliding down the Grand Canal, and the larger-than-life LOVE installation dominating the Waterfall Atrium of The Palazzo, your catered Retail Store Tour of world class retail stores, will provide our guests an experience beyond simple browsing.

Forum Shops at Caesar’s Place

Retail Store Tours at CES at Caesar’s Place: The legendary and grand, Caesars Palace which is the home to beautiful villas, gourmet dining, superstar shows, and The Forum Shops. Known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World”, The Forum Shops are a must-see, all-encompassing experience as Las Vegas’ definitive luxury shopping destination.

Important Conferences and Events to Attend in 2019

2019 will mark the 50th anniversary that humans first landed on the moon on July 20th, 1969. The Apollo program developed technologies that connected humanity with its dreams. The winning conferences in 2019 will highlight the promise of technology and its potential is to connect people and facilitating experiences that matter.

Consumers in Motion Group has attended major industry events around the world since 2000 to learn about the technologies and consumer trends that are shaping our future. We have curated these events based on the quality of their content, exhibitors and attendees and have listed the top events to attend in 2019.

A word on our methodology: We ranked the events by four key criteria: 1) Distinct, value-added programming that highlights the direction our industry is going; 2) A diverse, high-caliber attendee list of marketing leaders, and 3) An environment and format that supports learning, networking and community building 4) Conferences that highlight technologies to enable meaning consumers experiences


CES 2019

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 8–11

CES features hundreds of content sessions and with 5,700 exhibitors you could only spend fifteen seconds with each of the exhibitors at CES, if you wanted to see them all in the four days. Broadly, the most effective way to navigate CES is identify the themes and to see and experience these technologies in action. The practical consumer and business applications for artificial intelligence, understanding the enabling processors and chip set in development. The role out and capabilities for 5G. Vehicle tech and self-driving cars. The rise of smart cities. Technologies useful for disasters and personal safety. Medical therapeutics.


NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show

New York, New York, January 13–15

NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show is a marketplace for ideas and relationships. A chance to forge new partnerships, try out best-in-class experiences, and learn from some of the biggest players transforming retail today. An event guaranteed to drive impact. Because after all, what’s the point of a show if you have nothing to show for. Highlights: The Big Show features over 800 exhibits, including Digital Commerce, Acquisition & Blockchain, Future Tech + Innovative New Products, In Store & Customer Experience Tech and Logistics, Supply Chain & Fulfillment the NRF Retail’s Big Show is a major forum for global retail industry and world leaders.


World Economic Forum

Davos, Switzerland, January 22–25

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is the only yearly gathering that brings together leaders of global society. The heads and members of more than 100 governments, top executives of the 1,000 foremost global companies, leaders of international organizations and relevant non-governmental organizations, the most prominent cultural, societal and thought leaders, and the disruptive voices of the Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Global Shapers and Technology Pioneers come together at the beginning of each year to define priorities and shape global, industry and regional agendas.


MWC Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain, February 25–28

The theme of this year’s event is ‘Intelligent Connectivity’ – the term we use to describe the powerful combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. Intelligent connectivity marks the beginning of a new era defined by highly contextualized and personalized experiences, delivered when and where you want them. This is the future of our industry and our world. Within Intelligent Connectivity, we developed 8 core themes around which we will focus our content for this year’s event. From conference keynotes, track sessions, partner events, tours, and seminars.


South by Southwest

Austin, Texas, March 8–17

South by Southwest (SXSW) dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, television and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. Five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology held in March. SXSW offers scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs, video games and startup ideas.

Highlights: There are four main shows designed to enhance and complement conference programming. Each show encourages targeted connections and new discoveries through niche pavilions including Come and Capture, Future of Food, The Sport Spot and The MedTech Pavilion. Several stages located throughout the shows feature content aimed at promoting discovery, education and inspiration, including Next Stage, Pitch Stage and Podcast Stage.


NAB Show

Las Vegas, April 6–11

The NAB Show, held in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest convention encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. With 100,000 attendees from 161 countries and 1,800+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.  From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is where global visionaries convene to bring content to life in new and exciting ways. New gear. Impressive tech. Big thinking. This is the real deal. And where deals are done. NAB is in the business of storytelling and this is where you need to be. With a global community finding inspiration, building skills, discovering solutions and powering profits. NAB advances the art, science and business of content.



New York, May 10–22

Annual celebration of design, attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees and designers from across the globe. Taking place each May—next occurring May 10–22, 2019—the event celebrates a world of design and showcases over a dozen design disciplines through events taking place across the city’s five boroughs.


World Retail Congress

Amsterdam, May 14–16

Each year the Congress selects a key theme that is impacting the global retail industry. The 2019 theme truly reflects what successful retail is today – it’s all about speed and dynamism. Those that are winning in today’s supersonic environment are zealously consumer-centric, passionately embrace change and risk, have a simple, agile business model and vision, are blind to borders and are ruthlessly evolving.


C2 Montreal

Montreal, May 22–24

C2 Montréal is the annual international business conference that helps established and aspiring leaders unlock their creativity in order to better face disruption and change. For 3 immersive days, bright minds from all industries connect, collaborate and build the new set of tools they need to find actionable solutions to the challenges of our times. Get out of the office and into a world of infinite possibility.


Cannes Lions

Cannes, France, June 17–21

Cannes Lions is a multi-day program of creative inspiration, celebration, education and networking held in June. Over 15,000 delegates from around 100 countries attend the Festival, making it the only truly global meeting place for branded communications professionals to connect, share and discover.

Highlights: The Cannes Lions Festival features Health, Entertainment and Innovation as three distinct conferences within Cannes Lions. Lions Health challenges the industry’s norms and motivates it to change the course of healthcare communications – and explores the ways talent and storytelling can elevate content into the cultural mainstream. Lions Innovation is an exploration of data and tech as catalysts for creativity. Over two days it showcases the new and kick-started collaboration. It brings together the start-ups with game-changing products and services, the investors who back them, the brands who work with them and the storytellers who can bring it all to life.


MWC Shanghai

Shanghai, June 26–28

The Conference at MWC Shanghai features thought-provoking presentations from some of the mobile industry’s most influential executives, who will share their visions of the mobile industry while providing essential insights on current and future trends.

Highlights: MWC Shanghai focuses on how mobile technology,  from connected cars and wearable tech to IOT and smarter cities,  is revolutionizing every aspect of individuals’ lives and creating a personalized experience.



Cologne, Germany, September 11–12

dMexco is the world’s leading exhibition and conference for the digital industry and stands for innovative and future-oriented developments and trends in the center of a new digital economy: The digiconomy. Within the two days of dMexco, a top-notch lineup of speakers and a unique presentation of diverse themes will put the crucial trends and business potential in the limelight.

Highlights: The program for 2019 will include more than 400 speakers from all over the world who will hold presentations on 15 different stages. The speakers will include digital stars, top executives, newcomers and trendsetters, who will hold outstanding keynote speeches, engage in exciting discussions and present visionary demonstrations.


ANA Masters of Marketing

Orlando, October 2–5

The who’s who of CMOs and other industry movers and shakers will share their remarkable stories of mastering brands and driving results in ways that didn’t even seem possible a few years ago. As one past attendee noted, “This is unquestionably the biggest and best gathering of senior marketers in the country, and it’s a great opportunity to confirm and learn about the latest trends and recent best practices.” By any measure, the ANA Master of Marketing Conference is the industry’s premier annual event, attracting more than 2,500 attendees.



Los Angeles, October 22–24

The GSMA and CTIA created a new mobile industry event in the United States. CTIA and the GSMA are equal partners in the joint event with the GSMA leading the event’s production and management.

Highlights: MWC Americas showcases how mobile is creating the connected life, transforming how individuals, businesses and entire industries communicate, interact and innovate. Mobile World Congress Americas is set to become the leading mobile industry event in the Americas.



Los Angeles, October 29–30

Highlights: ReMode is an event uniting fashion brand leaders and industry-wide professionals to inspire solutions for growth and innovation. The two-day event features talks, demonstrations, exhibits, and meetings, through which participants can: DISCOVER strategies to build and grow an omnichannel business.

Reinventing Physical Retail

Dan Hodges, CEO of CIM Tours and Founder of Fashion Week Store Tours will moderate a discussion on “Reinventing Physical Retail” at the premiere of REMODE. REMODE is an event that brings the entire industry’s brightest and boldest minds together to change fashion for the better. In a world where the fashion industry is the second largest polluter and the consumer is the new channel, the industry must evolve with clear purpose and transparency. From the yarn to the final consumer, design to manufacturing, and financing to marketing, the industry’s entire value chain must move towards a more sustainable and omni-channel business.

The panel will discuss that brands, retailers, and mall owners alike are increasingly testing new concepts in physical retail. New formats such as popups are gaining popularity among both online-only and traditional brands, who are using them to increase customer engagement, launch limited edition products, or test new markets. In addition, retailers and mall owners are adding experiences, events, and services to attract foot traffic. In this session, industry experts will discuss which concepts are proving successful and how in-person fashion retail is likely to evolve in the future.

The panelist include Liza Cantu, Digitally-Native and Emerging Brands, Westfield

Richard Found, Director, Founder Associates, Krista Boyer, President and Founder, Retail for the People and Ross Bailey, CEO, Appear Here on Wednesday, Nov 14 at 2:40 PM PST

The Future of Retail at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show Features Top CEOs on The Future of Retail

NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show will take place in New York from January 13-15, 2019.

The event is host to 37,000 of the top retailers in the world.

This year NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show feature the top CEOs and leaders who are driving the pace of change today.

The CEOs include:

I am looking forward to joining this group of distinguished leaders. The year I will be highlighting the biggest and most important trend to retailer which is retail in the experience economy.

Retail Store Tours to Launch Five New Retail Tours at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show & EXPO

New York, New York – Retail Store Tours in partnership with the National Retail Federation is offering an expanded retail store tour program from January 12 to January 18. See how savvy retailers are using their understanding of changing behaviors and technology to enhance their customers’ journey. Participants can sign-up for experiential tours of retail stores to see, touch, and learn about current innovations. Hear from administrators during the multi-store stop on the features, innovations, store design experience, customer service enhancements, and brand stories.


Oculus: A Tour for the Senses

Experience the newest and largest shopping mall in Manhattan, the Westfield World Trade Center is transforming downtown shopping. Occupying over 365,000 square feet (33,900 m2) of retail space, the Oculus features more than one hundred stores, including premier retail brands, experience centers, and imaginative restaurants, all of which attract a diversified audience of international and local visitors. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


Madison Avenue: The Evolution of Luxury

As the epicenter of luxury, Madison Avenue provides the best location for exploring how two concepts, the timeless and the trendy, continue to push the boundaries of taste across product categories. From highly visible treasure troves along the avenue, you’ll have an opportunity to experience design innovation in fashion and beyond while taking a break from the marathon of shows, relax, and enjoy some needed “creative” time. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


Time Warner Center: An Urban Shopping Oasis

The Shops at Columbus Circle is an urban shopping mall in the Time Warner Center in Manhattan. An iconic indoor destination attracting more than 16 million visitors annually, it is the place to shop, dine, live, work and be entertained. The soaring 2.8-million-square-foot landmark with stunning views of Central Park has transformed Columbus Circle into a cultural portal to Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


SoHo: Innovation & Reinvention

SoHo is one of New York City’s prime shopping destinations and the preferred location for launching a new business concept or reinventing an old one. Throw a stone down any street in the area and you’ll hit a number of exquisite retail destinations. Cobblestoned streets and loft-like spaces make the neighborhood a pleasant spot for shopping and inspiration. Our tour will concentrate on exposing our guests to visionary business innovators and savvy re-inventors. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.


Iconic Retailers

This tour of New York’s iconic retailers offers insight into the latest innovations in store design with the ideas, influencers and thought process behind their conception. We will visit stores such as SaksFifth Avenue, Tiffany and Bergdorf Goodman. Experience store innovation, tech, store concepts, merchandising and how brands are seeing sustainability.

For more information contact Dan Hodges, CEO, CIM Tours at



EXPO Tours By CIM Tours Delivers Knowledge, Insights and Know-How For Retailers at

Las Vegas, Nevada- In its third year, the EXPO Tours, created by Consumers in Motion Tours/CIM Tours in partnership with the National Retail Federation and has gained momentum in the marketplace. This year over 300+ retailers from over 80+ companies from around the signed up for the program. The companies include Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Ace Hardware Corporation,, American Eagle Outfitters, Chanel, Disney Retail Divisions, El Corte Inglés, S.A., J. Crew Group Inc., L Brands, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co, Nike Inc., Tommy Hilfiger North America, Walmart Labs, Williams-Sonoma Inc. and many more. The program was sold out well before the conference began. The EXPO Tour topics (below) were created based on feedback from attendees. The program was two-hours in duration and the exhibitors provided expert insights, case studies on these topics. Retailers commented, “this really helped me navigate the event,” “I would not have found these companies on my own.” “This improved the overall enjoyment of the event.”

  • Seamless customer experience, Omnichannel and beyond
  • AI, conventional commerce and voice technology
  • Personalization, site design and usability marketing
  • Awareness, acquisition and analytics
  • Future tech: Blockchain, AR/VR and more

The companies for EXPO Tours were selected for their unique ability to support the narrative of the tour theme.

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For more information contact Dan Hodges, CEO, CIM Tours ( at

The 2019 EXPO TOURS by CIM Tours at NRF 2019 Retail’s Big Show

Taking your business to the next level, starts by taking the floor. Created by CIM Tours.

The NRF 2019: Retail’s Big Show with over 700+ exhibitors convening at the world’s largest retail conference and expo, you’ll be sure to find products that best fit your business needs.

To help you navigate over 240,000 square feet of the EXPO floor, NRF, in partnership with Consumers in Motion/CIM Tours, is providing four unique EXPO tour experiences — each two-hour tour will offer an in-depth study of retail technology across multiple business disciplines.

Future Tech + Innovative New Products:Learn about the newest technology trends and breakthrough products from the companies that are driving the pace of change. Attendees will visit companies focused on retail technology and get a peek at some of the start-ups powering the future.

Future Tech

Digital Commerce, Acquisition & Blockchain: It’s imperative to connect with consumers wherever they are in the purchase funnel. This tour will introduce attendees to marketplace leaders in these areas, visiting companies focused digital commerce, customer acquisition and blockchain.

Digital Commerce, Acquisition & Blockchain

Logistics, Supply Chain & Fulfillment: Fine-tuned logistics and precise management of supply chain and fulfillment are the linchpin to delivering the right product to the right place at the right time. During this tour, attendees will be exposed to updated solutions for merchandising, operations, supply chain, fulfillment and storage and distribution.

Logistics, Supply Chain & Fulfillment

In Store & Customer Experience Tech: Shoppers are rewriting the rules of engagement. Chat bots, smartphones, shopping apps and social are now integral components of a shopper’s path to purchase. This tour will visit companies focused on everything from retail analytics to digital and mobile tech to new solutions for associate training.

In Store & Customer Experience Tech

For more information please reach out to Dan Hodges at