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Aptos at NRF 2018, A Photo Album: Engaging Differently at the Industry's Biggest Event

While it may in fact be true that Aptos didn't meet with every single one of the 35,000 retail industry executives that gathered in New York City last week for the National Retail Federation's annual Big Show, by the end of the event it sure felt like we did. Between the Aptos and TXT Retail booths, we held more than 500 meetings during the three days of the event, and we were active participants in numerous events outside the expo hall, as well.

By all accounts, the 2018 NRF Big Show was a great event, but you don't have to take just our word for it. We think the photos that we took during all the show activities and events tell the story far better than our words.  So scroll through the photo album below to see exactly how we engaged differently…

Setup Week: From Cold Concrete to a Marketing Mecca in Three Short Days

[caption id="attachment_10587" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF 2018 And so it begins…as our crew arrives at one of our two exhibit spaces Wednesday morning.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10575" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF Day Two The signs are hung, and the walls and demo stations begin to take shape.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10635" align="aligncenter" width="600"]TXT Retail at NRF: Booth Sign Even the ceilings are accounted for, as the TXT Retail sign awaits a crane.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10602" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Number One to Tier One Wall The walls, complete with high-impact brand messaging, go up next.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10617" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Ready For Open And, finally, we're ready to open![/caption]


SuperSaturday: Always an Emotional and Inspirational Start to NRF Week

(Note: All SuperSaturday photos courtesy of Nicole Taylor of Whole Lotta Grace Photography)


[caption id="attachment_10629" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Joe Skorupa, Editor in Chief of RIS News, Kicks off Super Saturday.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10626" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at Super Saturday: Greg Buzek Annual_Report RetailROI Executive Director Greg Buzek shares how retail helped 27 charities in 14 countries impact the lives of thousands of kids in 2017.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10632" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Aptos CEO and Culture Leader Noel Goggin receives a coveted RetailROI "bobble head" from Cathy Hotka, CEO of Cathy Hotka & Associates.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10623" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at Super Saturday: Diane Cerulli speaks to RetailROI crowd Aptos Account Manager Diane Cerulli shares success stories from Bercy, Haiti, a community Aptos partners with RetailROI to support.[/caption]

Sunday in the Expo Hall: And We're Off…

[caption id="attachment_10581" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Escalators Attendees are greeted by a serious welcome from Aptos as they ride the escalators…and land right in our booth![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10620" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Sunday Traffic Traffic in our booth quickly begins to build shortly after the Expo Hall doors open.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10638" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The TXT Retail booth begins to build momentum early on Sunday, as well.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10563" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Expo Tours Business Development Manager Ashley Wieden gets Sunday off to a fast start with an Aptos overview presentation to an Expo Hall Tour Group.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10599" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Singular Commerce Partners Aptos Product Leader Mike Verdeyen shares details of our open development ecosystem within our new Singular Commerce platform with 43 technology partners.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10596" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Aptos Labs Wheel of Change Aptos Solution Consultant Jordan Murphy (far right) helps Retail Touchpoints editor Glenn Taylor (center) spin the Aptos Labs Wheel of Change.[/caption]

Monday in the Expo Hall: Momentum Builds…

[caption id="attachment_10641" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: TXT Retail Early Monday Even in the early hours of the day, activity in the TXT Retail is already beginning to heat up.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10569" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Dave Bruno FaceBook Live Aptos Marketing Director Dave Bruno hosts a Facebook Live tour of the (already busy) booth just after the show opens on Monday.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10590" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Ivan Fernandez LATAM Aptos Sales Director Ivan Fernandez describes how Aptos Engages Differently with leading retailers all across Latin America.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10566" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Cole Haan Tour Brandon Critchlow of Cole Haan shares how Aptos enabled their wildly popular pop-up shop in our booth. People loved their new line of 2.ZeroGrand shoes![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10584" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Retail ROI Executive Bar Retail Executives spend time serving drinks in our Retail Executive Bar Monday afternoon, with all their tips (over $600!) going to RetailROI.[/caption]

Monday Night Customer Appreciation Party: Saying Thanks in a Hudson Yards Hot Spot

[caption id="attachment_10611" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Party at Tapestry Guests begin to arrive in the beautiful 10 Hudson Yards building, home to Tapestry brands world headquarters.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10608" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Customer Appreciation Party Crowd Grows The Customer Appreciation Party is now in full swing.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10614" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Coach Raffle A selection of beautiful Coach merchandise is raffled off throughout the party.[/caption]

Tuesday in the Expo Hall: Last, but Definitely not Least

[caption id="attachment_10572" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Cole Haan Tour Tuesday A crowd gathers around the Cole Haan pop up shop, eager to hear their story.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10638" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: TXT Retail Booth Tuesday Another busy day unfolds as retailers want to talk Merchandise Lifecycle Management with team TXT Retail.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10593" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Aptos Labs Wheel of Change Tuesday Even as the hour grows late, people are still interested in learning about Aptos Labs, as Jordan Murphy holds court with another retailer Tuesday afternoon.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10605" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: Noel EMEA Meeting Aptos CEO Noel Goggin takes advantage of the "face time" to meet with executives from our European offices before they all head home after the show.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_10578" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Aptos at NRF: That's a Wrap And that's a wrap…NRF comes to a close as the remaining few attendees make their way down the escalator one final time.[/caption]