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5 Tips to Tackling NRF 2024 — Retail’s Big Show


As NRF 2024 Retail’s Big Show approaches, it’s crucial to plan ahead to make the most of this premier event in the retail industry. With a vast array of exhibitors, sessions, and networking opportunities, a little preparation can go a long way. Here are five essential tips to get ready for an impactful and enjoyable experience at NRF 2024.

1. Make a List of Must-See Exhibitors and Sessions

With over 1,000 exhibitors and nearly 200 sessions, the NRF 2024 Retail’s Big Show is a hub of innovation and insight. Prioritize your interests and goals for the event. Explore areas like the Innovation Lab for the latest in AI and robotics, the Startup Hub for emerging retail technologies, and the Foodservice Innovation Zone for the newest in food and beverage tech. This will help you focus your time effectively during the show.


Follow these links to start planning your time on the show floor:

2. Schedule 1-on-1 Meetings with Key Exhibitors

NRF 2024 offers an excellent opportunity for personalized interactions with exhibitors. Proactively schedule one-on-one meetings. Many exhibitors will be advertising places to set this up, but even if they aren’t it doesn’t hurt to reach out to them first, after all they’re exhibiting for you. These interactions can lead to valuable insights, partnerships, and new business opportunities.

ForwardX Robotics is already booking one-on-one meetings, you can claim your spot here.

3. Maximize Networking Opportunities

Networking is a cornerstone of NRF 2024. Participate in specialized events like the NRF Supply Chain 360 Summit for retail supply chain professionals, or attend the glamorous Opening Party for more casual networking. There are also invite-only events like Retail’s CIO Party, offering exclusive opportunities to connect with retail technology executives.

Even if you can’t fit the extra networking events into your schedule, don’t be afraid to mingle with the exhibitors and other attendees. Ask exhibitors questions and talk to the other attendees checking out the same exhibits as yourself. You never know where a simple “Hello” might lead.

4. Explore and Discover

Don’t fill up your entire time with planned activities. Set aside time to wander the expo hall without a strict agenda. This exploratory approach might lead you to unexpected discoveries and hidden gems among the exhibitors. Consider joining the Expo Tours for a curated experience of retail technology, tailored to specific business needs.

5. Enjoy the Event and the City

Remember, NRF 2024 isn’t just about business; it’s also about enjoying the experience. Engage in social events like the Donut Dunks for relaxed morning networking. Extend your stay to participate in NRF Retail Week, featuring a range of parties, innovative store tours, and educational sessions. And don’t forget to explore the vibrant city of New York!


Preparation is key to making the most of NRF 2024 Retail’s Big Show. By following these tips, you’ll be well-equipped to navigate the event, make meaningful connections, and enjoy everything the show and the city have to offer. Get ready for an unforgettable experience at NRF 2024!

Find ForwardX Robotics in booth 759 and book your time for a one-on-one meeting and demo during the show!

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