View from NRF Big Show: Start-ups carry the torch for innovation

Start ups NRF

Many of the largest technology companies in the world have been on display at the NRF Big Show this week – but might doesn’t always make for right. Retail Week looks at some of the most interesting tech start-ups

While the giant international tech conglomerates such as Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung and Fujitsu dominated the main expo floor at this week’s NRF show in New York, the exhibition was notable for a number of absences.

With the ongoing trade war between the USA and China rolling on, this year’s Big Show felt notable for the lack of Chinese delegates and exhibitors. In 2019, the likes of Alibaba and were on the floor in full force, bringing new concept stores and the latest innovations. In 2020, however, all the big Chinese brands have stayed at home.

As a result, with many of the market-leading Chinese retailers staying away, some of the best and brightest tech innovations were actually found in the start-up zone.

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