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With a new year upon us, your planning should be in full swing so that you can move forward with the year ahead with a bang. To help, we’ve put together all the latest and greatest key dates you need to know as a retail business in 2018.

The retail calendar doesn’t really change much year to year. However, this year, there are some major trade shows who have changed their dates to bring them forward a few weeks, or in a couple of cases, a few months. Take a look at the calendar below to keep on top of things!

Whether you want to focus on the traditional dates of Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas, or whether you want to take advantage of some “unofficial” dates such as Green Monday and Free Shipping Day, you’ll find them all below. Plus, you’ll also find key trade shows and events listed so you can register early and really hit the ground running with your business growth.

So, without further adieu, you'll find a copy of your new retail calendar below, which you can download, print and place around your office if you want to!

The 2018 Retail Calendar


January

1 - New Year’s Day (UK & US National Holiday)

14-16 - Retail’s Big Show (US)

14-16 - S/S Top Drawer (UK)

14-17 - Giving & Living Trade Show (UK)

15 - Martin Luther King Day (US)

23-25 - The Toy Fair (UK)

25 - Burns Night (UK)

25-28 - SIA Snow Show (US)


February

3-7 - NY Now (US)

4-8 - Spring Fair (UK)

6-9 - February Atlanta Apparel (US)

7 - Global eCommerce Leaders Forum (US)

8-16 - New York Fashion Week

11-13 - Pure London (UK)

12-14 - Magic (US)

14 - Valentine's Day

16-20 - London Fashion Week

18-20 - Moda (UK)

21 - Fashion Connect CONF (UK)

21-27 - Milan Fashion Week

25-28 - Retail Supply Chain CONF (US)

26-1 - eTail West (US)

27-6 - Paris Fashion Week

 

March

2-4 - The Baby Show (UK)

6-8 - eTail Asia

7-8 - DX3 (Canada)

7-8 - Retail Week Live (UK)

10-13 - International Housewares (US)

11 - Mother’s Day (UK)

11-14 - ASD Market Week (US)

13-14 - Prosper Show (US)

18-21 - Shoptalk (US)

20-21 - PATS (UK)

20 - Spring Equinox

21-22 - Internet Retailing Expo (UK)

30 - Good Friday (UK National Holiday)

 

April

1 - April Fool’s Day

1 - Easter Sunday

2 - Easter Monday (UK National Holiday)

10-14 - April Atlanta Apparel (US)

16 - Patriots Day (US)

17 - Tax Day (US)

19-20 - Global Retailing Conference (US)

21-22 - eDelivery EXPO (UK)

22 - Earth Day (US)

23 - St. George’s Day (UK)

23-25 - Magento Imagine (US)

 

May

1 - May Day Bank Holiday (UK)

1-2 - Retail Innovation Conference (US)

2-3 - RBTE (UK)

5 - Cinco de Mayo (US)

10 - Bira Conference & Awards (UK)

13 - Mother’s Day (US, Canada & Aus)

16-17 - The British Business Show (UK)

17 - The Retail Conference (UK)

18-20 - The Baby Show (UK)

28 - Memorial Day (US)

28 - Spring Bank Holiday (UK)

 

June

5-8 - Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (US)

13-16 - June Atlanta Apparel (US)

17 - Father’s Day (US & UK)

19-21 - eTail Europe (UK)

21 - Summer Solstice

 

July

1-31 - Independent Retailer Month

2-15 - Wimbledon (UK)

4 - Independence Day (US)

15-18 - Home & Gift (UK)

18 - Fashion Ecommerce Summit (UK)


August

6-8 - Moda (UK)

7-11 - August Atlanta Apparel (US)

27 - August Bank Holiday (UK)

 

September

Back to School Month (US, UK)

2-5 - Autumn Fair (UK)

3 - Labor Day (US)

3-5 - Outdoor Trade Show (UK)

9-11 - A/W Top Drawer (UK)

9-11 - Retail Global (US)

10-12 - Glee (UK)

12-14 - Shop.Org (US)

23 - Autumn Equinox

23-24 PATS (UK)

26-27 - eCommerce Expo (UK)

 

October

3-4 - Pay Expo (US)

8 - Thanksgiving (Canada)

8 - Columbus Day (US)

9-10 - MagentoLive Europe

16 - Boss’s Day (US)

16-20 - October Atlanta Apparel (US)

20-22 - The Baby Show (UK)

31 - Halloween

 

November

5 - Bonfire Night (UK)

11 - Veterans’ Day (US)

11 - Single’s Day (China)

22 - Thanksgiving (US)

23 - Black Friday

24 - Small Business Saturday (US)

26 - Cyber Monday

 

December

1 - Small Business Saturday (UK)

3 - Manic Monday

10 - Green Monday

14 - Free Shipping Day

21 - Winter Solstice

24 - Christmas Eve, Super Saturday

25 - Christmas Day

26 - Boxing Day (UK National Holiday)

31 - New Year’s Eve

 


We’ll be showing at some of these events soon. Keep an eye on our events page so you know where and when to find us. And if we've missed off a key date that you prepare for, let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author

Justine Cross is the Content Marketing Executive at Brightpearl where she can be found writing away about all things retail and business related. Previously to joining the Marketing team, Justine enjoyed helping customers with the Brightpearl system within both the Customer Support and Customer Success teams. After over 5 years with Brightpearl, she has become incredibly passionate about business success for retailers, and spends a large part of her days thinking of ideas for hot topics she thinks you'll love learning from and reading about.