What was New at JCK 2023?
Extended Registration Hours
There’s no time to waste when at JCK. Making the most of all the time on the Show Floor is key. This year, attendee and exhibitor registration and badge pickup hours were extended on Thursday, June 1.
New & Returning Activations & Experiences
In 2023, JCK continued the tradition of featuring activations and “instagrammable” moments on the Show Floor, including the Permanent Jewelry Activation in the Golden Hour Lounge. Along with a lounge featuring a golden hour lighting photobooth.
The Golden Hour Lounge and activation was sponsored by Stuller.
JCK Rocks Moved back to Sunday
JCK Rocks returned for another celebration of JCK, taking place Sunday, June 4 in the Palazzo Ballroom on Level 5. Headline Entertainment for JCK Rocks 2023 was none-other than Andy Grammar, multi-platinum singer, song writer and record producer, with hits including “Honey, I’m Good” and “Keep Your Head Up.”
NEW: JCK Rocks directly followed Jewelers For Children’s Facets of Hope event also in the Palazzo Ballroom.
The JCK Rocks Headline Sponsor was Brosway Italia.
The JCK Keynote Moved to Saturday Morning
The JCK Keynote moved to Saturday morning, June 3 at 8:00 AM in the Palazzo Ballroom on Level 5 of the Venetian. This year, Johnny Cupcakes (Johnny Earle) shared his strategic tactics and approaches to customer value in Creating Customer Obsession & Memorable Experiences with Limited Resources. Johnny’s brand Johnny Cupcakes continues to conquer the globe, having been named America’s #1 Young Entrepreneur by Business Week and Top Innovator in Retail by The Boston Globe. His session shared how retailers and brands can create a wave of word-of-mouth marketing, loyalty, and obsession around their store or products. The 2023 JCK Keynote was sponsored by Sarine Technologies.
Now a badge upgrade for the show, attendees that have JCK PRO status can enjoy access to a suite of amenities at the Show. This included dedicate badge pickup and kiosks, a business center, a lounge on Level 2 of the Show Floor, a VIP Taxi line, private entry and a reserved area at JCK Rocks, a lunch voucher, and much more! For just $199, attendees can purchase PRO or upgrade their existing registration. The price increases to $249 on-site.
An Enhanced Innovation Hub Experience
Back for 2023, JCK’s Innovation Hub is the center of all that is next in the world of innovation in the industry and retail in general. The Hub featured the Showcase Stage, the all-new Social Media stage, and the Retail Innovation companies moving up from Level 1 to Level 2.
The Career Zone
To connect those looking for work with potential employers, JCK has created a dedicated area of the Show Floor, The Career Zone, with screens showcasing open positions. The Career Zone will allow people both hiring and seeking new opportunities to connect in-person and grow their networks in the industry.
The Social Stage — debuting at JCK 2023 — is the new, dedicated stage showcasing content around social media tactics and strategies. Learn from expert influencers and industry speakers that have mastered the art of engaging their audience, building their brands, and understanding the importance of engagement in the ever-changing world of social media.
On Level 2 in the enhanced Innovation Hub, these focus areas will highlight the skills, strategies, and know-how you need to bring home to your business and your social media account while at JCK.
Focus on Sustainability
In an effort to be more sustainable, Badge Recycling was available at JCK 2023.
JCK Talks – Sustainability Track: For the first time, we’ve included a dedicated education track focused on sustainability. This included discussions on where the industry headed and how your business can remain focused on sustainable efforts
The Jewelry Loupe Project in Design Collective
Women’s Jewelry Association’s (WJA) Jewelry Loupe Project, supported by De Beers Group, will be featured in the Design Collective Neighborhood on Level 2. This is a business development program for emerging designers administered by the WJA.
250+ New Exhibitors Joined JCK 2023
More JCK Talks Tracks
With over 60 sessions, panels, discussions and 101 deep dives schedule—JCK Talks Education Program was the largest it’s ever been. Brand New “Tracks” were added to the schedule including Hot Topics, Retail Experiences, Industry Breaking News, Sustainability and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.