Are you looking for a big New Year's resolution that will help you elevate your business? You should consider attending more conferences in 2018. Attending ecommerce conferences is one of the best ways to stay on top of the newest trends, to grow your network, to showcase your products and services, to close the current deals. Need more reasons? Consider travelling as a major plus for your experience’ enhancement.
Here is our selection of top 10 ecommerce events to choose from. It is not only the geographical location we used as a separating criteria here. It’s the cultural context that takes the first place - from the established traditions of knowledge-sharing in Europe, through the popularized models of networking and innovation showcase among Americans, to the burning right now fire at the Asian market - every event’s worth visiting.
1. Top events in America
Where: JW Marriott, Palm Springs, CA
eTail is where the top minds in retail meet, collaborate and learn about what's disrupting the industry today and what will change tomorrow. Designed to build your business and your profit, the eTail West organizers cut out the fluff and provide you with content from retail innovators in the trenches.
Among the key speakers are
- Chuck Porter, Chairman of Crispin Porter + Bogusky, one of the most awarded agencies in the world;
- Matt Kaness, CEO of ModCloth; Noam Paransky, Senior Vice President of Digital for Gap Inc;
- John Stratford, Senior Vice President & General Manager for Gap Global Online based in San Francisco.
Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown
B2B Online is the interactive event for ecommerce, digital and marketing executives from America’s leading manufacturers and distributors. The organizers are focused on getting you the tools you need to power an innovative, future-looking omni-channel experience for your customers. B2B Online brings together manufacturers and distributors to connect and discuss detailed tactics for innovating B2B eCommerce and digital marketing.
Among the speakers are
- Megan Kessler, the Program Director of B2B Online;
- Roger N. Amrol, Jr., the President and CEO of Robert Bosch Tool Corporation in Mount Prospect, IL;
- Shonodeep Modak, Chief Marketing Officer for GE's Industrial Solutions business
Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition
Where: McCormick Place West, Chicago
An exhibit, conference, and tradeshow all in one, the Internet Retailer Conference + Exhibition covers all things retail. This Chicago-based conference features more than 200 speakers, with over 130 conference sessions and 600 exhibitors from 3100 unique companies. Learn about ecommerce, online retail strategy, as well as insight into what’s going on in the industry and with the biggest trendsetters.
2. Top events in Europe
The E-commerce Berlin organizers promise more than 4000 Visitors, 32 expert presentations on 4 scenes & 100 Exhibitors from the eCommerce sector. Just some of the topics covered during the event will be Cloud & Hosting, Design and Usability, E-mail Marketing, E-Payments, E-Shop software, Fulfillment and Logistics.
Among the key speakers are
- Jonathan Anguelov, COO at Aircall;
- Victoria Chirita, Founder at DeinDesign;
- Andrea Monaci, Marketing Director Cloud EMEA at Hewlett Packard Enterprise;
- Steffen Preuschoff, Vice President Sales Europe at Addressy
eCommerce Expo Ireland
Where: CROKE PARK, DUBLIN, IRELAND
eCommerce Expo Ireland is a focused 1 day event where you can attend talks with industry experts and book 1 on 1 time with eCommerce experts. If you are looking to sell online or improve your current solution, then this is a “Can’t miss” event!
Hear their stories about the pitfalls of trading online and how best to navigate the waters of eCommerce. This event is perfect for Managing Directors, Marketing staff, eCommerce managers, Financial directors, Content and Operations managers or anyone looking to learn more about selling online and successfully running an eCommerce business.
Where: OLYMPIA, LONDON
eCommerce Expo is the must-attend event for anyone and everyone involved in B2B or B2C ecommerce. For anyone and everyone who wants to experience the now, the new and the not-yet of ecommerce technology, ideas, techniques and inspiration. For anyone and everyone who wants practical, actionable solutions that will drive their business forward. The organizers promise 80 case studies – real-life stories of ecommerce directors developing killer strategies and fruitfully employing new technologies.
Where: Birmingham, Birmingham, The United Kingdom
When: March 21 - March 22
InternetRetailing Expo is where the multichannel industry meets. It’s an unmissable two days of thought-provoking content to learn, network and discover the latest multichannel trends. Be a part of the unique experience, and be the first to demo cutting-edge technology showcased by 300 leading solution providers.
3. Top events in Asia
Where: Sheraton Towers, Singapore
eTail Asia is the destination event for large, established e-retailers to share best practice, challenge convention and network among the leaders of Asian eCommerce.
Combining inspirational case studies from pioneers with dozens of small-group, peer-to-peer learning formats, eTail Asia delivers a practical roadmap for every challenge and opportunity you face.
Among the key speakers are
- Simon Torring, the Head of Innovation and Omni-Channel (Southeast Asia) for Sephora;
- Koen Besteman, Head of eCommerce at IKEA, Southeast Asia;
- Elvin Too , Chief OmniChannel Officer at FairPrice
eCommerce Fair Tokyo
eCommerce Fair Tokyo is the first B2B trade exhibition focusing on eCommerce solutions in Japan. The event provides leading companies with the opportunity to introduce the latest eCommerce solutions and services that allow businesses to develop platforms for eCommerce and web-shopping. eCommerce Fair Tokyo includes a rich program of seminars that attract standing room only audiences because industry leaders share their own experience, strategies and market insight covering many different aspects of e-commerce business such as: Payment, Delivery & Logistics, Marketing, Customer Service & Customer Retention Marketing, Digital & Mobile Marketing, Omni-channel retailing and cross-border commerce.
The 6th China eCommerce and retail Innovation summit
Where: The Longemont, Shanghai
The 6th China eCommerce and retail Innovation summit promises to gather hundreds of domestic and international merchants and retailers. Within the range of discussed topics are the status quo of the China’s E-commerce, omni-channel experience, multi-scenario triggering, social media, data-driven in-depth personalization, rural E-commerce and cross-border E-commerce.
When planned and done, do not forget to take the most of the event you are attending. After choosing which sessions to attend, consider whether you’ll learn something that will elevate your business or meet someone to help you grow. Don’t hesitate to take the initiative and create networking situations where you feel comfortable. And remember - such once-in-an-year events are not for spending with the coworkers you see every day. Face the challenge, enjoy the experience!