Must-Attend Ecommerce Conferences in 2017
Last updated: 3/8/17
As evidenced by online shopping trends over the last couple of years, the digital retail industry is in a state of exponential growth. Whether you’re a big box retailer already established in the space or a small business who has recently made their first foray into online marketplaces, its popularity probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to you.
But no matter your skillset or experience in ecommerce, the industry is dynamic in nature. The latest trends, technologies, and strategies are always shifting. As a result, staying up-to-date on the ecommerce world is of the utmost importance.
You can sign up for webinar after webinar, read countless blog articles, or download a hard drive worth of white papers; but there’s nothing quite like having that information consolidated in a single place and hearing about it from the industry’s leading professionals.
Conferences are an important part of staying with the times, so we’ve compiled a list of the must-attend ecommerce conferences in 2017.
Ecommerce conferences you should be looking out for this year
Without further adieu, here are the most anticipated ecommerce conferences in 2017:
Where: Javits Convention Center – New York, New York
When: January 15th – 17th
Summary: With over 33,000 attendees, over 500 exhibitors, 118 sponsors, and over 300 speakers, NRF’s Retail’s Big Show is shaping up to be one of the most talked about ecommerce conferences to kick off the new year. The conference is everything retail, which means it’s going to cover a lot more than just ecommerce; but there is still a ton of value for all retailers, digital or not. Over the span of two expo days, there will be 11 keynotes, 6 feature stage sessions, and over 50 breakout sessions. Prices vary, so check out registration info here.
2. eTail West
Where: JW Marriot – Palm Springs, California
When: February 27th – March 2nd
Summary: While it may not bring in massive crowd turnouts like a few other conferences, eTail West promises a world-class experience for professionals in ecommerce. With over 200 featured speakers from the nation’s largest and most innovative retailers discussing a huge variety of subjects, you’ll be hard-pressed to find yourself wondering what to do next. There is also eTail Canada and eTail East if you can’t make the trek to the west coast. All three are ecommerce conferences worth looking into.
3. PROSPER Show
Where: Las Vegas Convention Center – Las Vegas, Nevada
When: March 22nd – 23rd
Summary: Aimed at online sellers seeking to improve their business on Amazon, the PROSPER conference features several ex-Amazon leaders, including CPC Strategy’s very own Pat Petriello, and professionals from leading Amazon marketplace solution providers. With an abundance of workshops, a robust speaker list, and a packed agenda, the PROSPER Show is a must-attend for retailers with a presence on Amazon.
4. Dx3 2017
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre – Toronto, Canada
When: March 8th – 9th
Summary: Dx3, like the others, is centered around the changing world of digital marketing and retail. With companies like Google, Shopify, and MasterCard attending, Dx3 looks to give attendees insight into how technologies and behaviors within the industry are changing. This ecommerce conference is Canada’s largest digital marketing and retail tech event and is an absolute must if you’re in the Toronto area. Early bird access is still available for the time being.
Where: Double Tree by Hilton – City Center – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
When: March 7th – 10th
Summary: SCOE is one of the longest running ecommerce conferences out there. Dedicatedly explicitly toward the online business sector, the conference promises speakers and exhibitors that will keep you up-to-date with current trends and technologies, as well as insight from some of the industry’s most seasoned veterans. Feel free to check out this year’s speakers here.
Where: Aria Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada
When: March 19th – 22nd
Summary: ShopTalk touts itself as being “the nextgen commerce event”. The conference covers the changes in how consumers discover, shop, and buy – from new technologies and business models to changes in consumer preferences and expectations. Anticipating over 5,000 attendees, 500+ CEOs, and over 2,000 companies, ShopTalk is gearing up to be quite the ecommerce conference. Check out the speaker list here, which includes the likes of Amazon, Samsung, and many more.
Where: The Wynn Hotel – Las Vegas, Nevada
When: April 3rd – 5th
Summary: Magento is no stranger to the ecommerce world, so it’s only natural that they host their own conference. Imagine’s grand vision is simple: to connect the international commerce ecosystem. Now in its seventh year, the conference is gearing up to have more than 2,500 merchants, partners, developers, and commerce experts from over 45 countries. Check out the speaker’s list and day-by-day agenda here.
Where: Birmingham, United Kingdom
When: April 5th – 6th
Summary: IRX is one of the premiere multichannel industry events. With over 5,000 retailers and over 300 exhibitors, it is one of the UK’s biggest retail events. IRX is poised to have over 100 hours of content spread out over two days with various speakers, exhibits, and workshops detailed on the agenda. Feel free to check out the speaker list and program schedule here.
Where: The Sands Expo – Las Vegas, Nevada
When: April 24th – 27th
Summary: The Bronto Summit is an international conference giving marketers a chance to engage with others, as well as hearing about ideas and innovations in sessions lead by top industry professionals, including the CEO of CPC Strategy, Rick Backus. Most of the agenda information has yet to be announced (feel free to check out what’s already been scheduled here), but the Bronto Summit is still one of the top ecommerce conferences to check out.
10. IRCE 2017
Where: McCormick Place West – Chicago, Illinois
When: June 6th – 9th
Summary: Everything you need to know about this event is in the name: Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition. IRCE provides attendees with insight from industry experts, robust agenda content, booths from leading solution providers, and a community of like-minded industry professionals. With a massive list of speakers, IRCE is one of the must-attend ecommerce conferences of 2017.
11. Retail Global
Where: Rio Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, Nevada
When: September 12th – 14th
Summary: Touted as one of the top ecommerce conferences, Retail Global is back at it again with three days of retail-oriented events and solutions. From workshops covering landing page optimization to Amazon sales acceleration programs, it’s everything retailers would want from an ecommerce conference. Check out the list of speakers and program agendas for more information.
Where: TBA – Los Angeles, California
When: September 25th – 27th
Summary: This annual event is still in the planning stages. Registration isn’t open quite yet, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. You can check out a recap of last year’s summit here, and a preview, as well as a handful of already confirmed speakers, of 2017’s summit here.
Where: Mumbai, India
When: February 8th – 10th
Summary: eTailing India provides attendees with a conference full of industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an exhibition hall filled with the leading service providers, and the chance to network with a like-minded community. This is eTailing India’s 5th annual Ecommerce, Retail and Mobile conference and definitely worth giving a look.
Where: ICC – Sydney, Australia
When: July 26th -27th
Summary: Online Retailer Sydney is the flagship ecommerce conference and exhibition in Australia. With an an agenda crafted around digital marketing, retail, and entrepreneurship, the conference has become a staple of eCommerce events. Feel free to check out Online Retail New Zealand as well.
Where: Grand Hyatt New York – New York City, New York
When: March 27th – 29th
Summary: Geared toward manufacturers, retailers, agency executives, and other solution providers, Shopper Marketing Summit offers a deep dive into the latest strategies and best practices. From the exploration of various retail channels to first-hand accounts from Coca-Cola, the conference’s agenda should provide value for all attendees. Early bird rates are still available but expire January 31st.
Where: AsiaWorld Expo – Hong Kong
When: April 17th – 19th and October 17th – 19th
Summary: The Global Sources Summit is a 3-day conference (being held on two separate occasions this year; once in April and again in October) that helps ecommerce retailers source more efficiently from China. Geared toward Amazon sellers and other online retailers, attendees can learn from industry experts and network with some of Asia’s most notable suppliers. The April summit includes 21 speakers, including successful Amazon sellers, sourcing experts, and more. Check out the speaker list and agenda for more.
This is by no means a definitive 2017 ecommerce conference list, but rather, a few that stood out to us. Considering the list of annual conferences is so immense, and many for the second half of the year have yet to be announced, we’ll be sure to update it with any others we may have forgotten or later come across.