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UF Retail Smarter Conference

Retail Smarter 2019

The annual Retail Smarter Conference brings together retail and industry participants for two days of speakers, panels, roundtables and networking.


Date & Location

March 27 - 28, 2019
University of Florida
The J. Wayne Reitz Union
Gainesville, Florida


University of Florida

Brought to you by the University of Florida David F. Miller Retail Center and supported by Office Depot.
UF David F. Miller Retail Center Office Depot

Why Attend Retail Smarter

The conference offers engaging speakers, networking and professional development opportunities – all from the vibrant University of Florida campus. Employers and students learn from impactful leaders in the retail industry and are able to spend time together networking during this two-day event.

But don't just take it from us...

  • “Over the past 20 years, I have attended Retail Smarter nearly every year. I block out the dates on my calendar each year because it's such a fantastic opportunity to meet and interact with other retailers, outstanding students with career aspirations and experts in things I'm interested in.”

    - Steve Knopik, CEO,Beall's Inc.
  • “Retail Smarter is a must-attend conference for my team because we want to learn from retail's top leaders—their insights and fresh ideas on growing the retail business. I always come away with at least one significant "a-ha" moment that I can apply to improve my own business.”

    - James Lewis, Founder & CEO, Enhanced Retail Solutions LLC
  • "Retail smarter is a conference that inspires innovation through bringing retail professionals together to discuss the industry. The conference pushes you to think in new ways, dream big, and to redefine what smart means for your company. As a student, I left the conference inspired about the future of retail and excited to one day start my own career."

    - Morgan Ginn, UF Retail Student


  • Office Depot
  • Abbott
  • Altria
  • Bridgestone
  • EJ Gallo
  • Enterprise
  • First Magnitude
  • Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association
  • Chain Store Guide
  • City Furniture
  • jcpenney
  • Johnson Controls
  • Macy's
  • Michaels
  • Nepa
  • Repaint the Wall
  • TYCO
  • Walgreens