Top 17 E-Commerce Events You Should Attend In 2020
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For the few of you that still don’t know what e-commerce is, here’s a short definition. E-commerce, also known as electronic commerce, refers to the purchasing and selling of goods or services using the internet. It is often used to refer to the sale of physical products online. But also, it can represent any kind of financial transaction that is done on the internet.
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Its history began in 1994., and since then, e-commerce has developed to make products more accessible to discover and buy through online marketplaces.
Large corporations, small businesses, and even freelancers, they all have benefited from e-commerce. Moreover, e-commerce has enabled them to sell their goods and services at a scale that was not possible with traditional retail. Selling in a traditional way still has its advantages with some of goods and services, yet even that is changing. So today, you can buy all of your groceries without leaving your house.
Global retail e-commerce sales are projected to reach $27 trillion by 2020.
Having that in mind, you should learn more about e-commerce, and what a better way to do so than attending a convention/summit. For that reason, we bring you a list of E-Commerce events all around the world.
Top 16 E-commerce Events That You Should Attend In 2020
Book your tickets as early as you can. Staying ahead is the key to maintain an edge over your rivals. We present you with events that we think you should attend. Prices of the events vary, so maybe you’ll have to pay a hefty price if you want to secure your seat in these conferences.
1. eTailing Summit
Date: 11th February 2020; 7th July 2020
Location: Hilton London Canary Wharf, United Kingdom
The eTailing Summit is specially designed for e-commerce specialists and digital managers to find ideas and gain knowledge from other professionals who are leaders in their fields. Moreover, the focus of the event is mainly on face to face meetings between delegates and suppliers. It is not a typical e-commerce event, where hundreds of participants attend an event where suppliers try to sell their businesses to people. This kind of summit links suppliers to delegates in their own booths so it is more private.
Date: July 28-29, 2020
Location: New York City, NY
CommerceNext is the e-commerce and retail conference for marketers and retailers. It is a two-day event that brings together top e-commerce brands. In the time given, they share, learn and try to evolve their customer acquisition strategy.
Picture 1. Commerce Next event details
3. eTail Connect
Date: April 20 – 22, 2020
Location: JW Marriott Miami, FL
eTail Connect is a private invitation-only event targeted to just 75 senior eCommerce & Digital Marketing leaders, providing an exclusive, intimate and engaging atmosphere where productive conversations and discussions can take place customized to meet those needs.
eTail Connect’s goal is to provide a high-level, collaborative platform for the exchange of ideas, methodologies and timely insights among senior executives across the retail sector.
4. Paris Retail Week
Date: September 15-17 2020
Location: Paris, France
Paris Retail Week is open to all retail and e-commerce specialists. 800 organizations participate in representing the entire offer of online and offline commerce. During these three days, there will be a lot of conferences, workshops, and keynotes for participants.
Picture 2. Paris retail week 2020
5. E-commerce Expo
Date: 30 September – 1 October 2020
Location: London, United Kingdom
This expo has become one of the must-attend events for anyone and everyone involved in B2B or B2C e-commerce, as their website says. For everyone who wants to learn, E-commerce Expo is a great resource for new ideas, techniques, and inspiration. The show allows the attendants to explore the entire consumer journey, starting acquisition and conversation to delivery.
Picture 3. E-Commerce Expo convention
6. PayExpo Europe
Date: 6-7 October 2020
Location: London, United Kingdom
This year will be the eight-year that this conference is taking place. It is a great place to share knowledge and communicate with innovators in their fields. As it is the United Kingdoms’ largest payment event, it is essential for you to get involved an interested in making payments faster and easier. If your interest lays in payments, be sure to put it on your list.
7. Retail Global
Date: September 2020
Location: Not known yet
Retail Global is the leading independent conference focused on Marketplaces, Logistics, Cross border selling, and Marketing & Social Media.
The conference itself contains workshops, panel discussions, exhibition booths, and a fun party where you can network with industry leaders. It focuses on real problems and real solutions for retailers who want to get up to date information for their further development.
8. eTail Nordic
Date: 21 – 22 October 2020
Location: Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Copenhagen
eTail brings over 350 Senior Executives together. They are the largest online retailers in Scandinavia, and the center of this event is to discuss and share solutions to the key challenges they face in everyday business. Unlike other retail conferences, eTail is focussing on small group learning activities, such as interactive roundtables, creative boardrooms and so on. This way you can make strong business connections in an intimate setting.
9. NRF Retail Week
Date: January 12-14 2020
Location: New York City, NY, United States
Entitled as one of the world’s biggest e-commerce conferences, Retail’s Big Show is the utmost place for new ideas and innovation. The conference is a way to create new contacts and discover new strategies from the most influential brands that set the pace of retail today.
10. eCommerce Fair Tokyo
Date: January 28-29, 2020
Location: Tokyo, Japan
eCommerce Fair Tokyo is the first B2B commerce conference with a focus on eCommerce solutions in Japan. It will include a wide range of seminars and workshops where industry professionals get to distribute their strategies, insights, and experience. E-commerce businesses that will be included are marketing, delivery and logistics, customer service, and customer retention marketing, omnichannel retailing and many more.
Picture 4. E-commerce fair in Tokyo
11. eTail West
Date: Feb 24 – 27 2020
Location: CA, Palm Springs
The eTail West 2020 conference will spotlight some of the most successful retailers from America, to give you meaningful understanding and retail strategies that will boost your growth in 2020. This conference is ideal for those looking to remodel retail, improve relationships and start innovation.
Date: March 22-25, 2020
Location: Las Vegas Nevada
Shoptalk is recognized as one of the greatest global e-commerce retail events. Shoptalk stars speakers from industry leaders such as eBay, Walmart, Pinterest, DHL and of course Amazon. There are many more that we haven’t mentioned, but you can see the full list of speakers here.
13. Adobe Summit
Date: March 29-April 2, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
The 2020 Adobe Summit will highlight success tales from the industry leaders regarding on how to stay in advance and competitive in this digital environment. The event will also give you ways and insights on how to build and improve your existing loyalty base.
Picture 5. Adobe Summit 2020
Date: March 3 – 5, 2020
Asia remains an enormous market and eTail acknowledges it. It started one of the most well-known conferences in Asia for retailers. The concept of the conference is similar to other eTail conferences, but with a focus on the Asian market. If you are interested in the Asian market, this conference should be a fundamental part of your list.
Picture 6. eTail Asia attendants
15. IRX UK
Date: April 1-2, 2020
Location: Birmingham, UK
Internet Retailing Events feel satisfaction in drawing together powerful speakers to review the latest matters when it comes to e-commerce trends, technology, and retailing. If you’re a multichannel retail specialist, this event is perfect for you.
16. CXL Live
Date: April 5-7, 2020
Location: Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Austin, Texas
CXL Live is the leading experimentation and optimization conference, with about 400 attendees and an incredible roster of speakers. Speakers are hand-picked practitioners, no motivational book-tour people, no sales pitches. It’s a lot of how-to with a sprinkle of inspiration. Some of them are:
- Dave Gerhardt (Drift)
- Casandra Campbell (Shopify)
- Lauren Schuman (Mailchimp)
- Ronny Kohavi (Microsoft) and many more.
Date: October 21-22, 2020
Location: Milano, Italy, Palazzo del Ghiaccio
The annual event that brings together the world of e-commerce. EcommerceDay, now in its tenth edition, directs attention to three fundamental elements of our time: Innovation, Emotion, Change.
Increasingly inclusive and complete, EcommerceDay 2020 will host some of the most brilliant minds in the world, successful entrepreneurs, top international experts in Technology, AI, Security, Blockchain, masters of sales and marketing. Innovators selected on the basis of their ability to create value, to define new thought paradigms, capable of accelerating the growth of individuals and companies.
EcommerceDay speakers include: Pininfarina, Facebook, Google, IBM, General Motors, Elica, Lago, Microsoft, Pirelli, Unione Industriale, L’Oréal, AEFFE, K-Way, Robe di Kappa, Sky, Il Sole 24 Ore, FCA , Order of Journalists, and many others.
All things said, there are many e-commerce conventions to attend with which you’ll attract customers and learn how to keep them. You can pick the ones that are more suitable for your field of business, although attending either of these will do you harm by attending them. Yet it is important to decide which are worthy of your time. Also, they tend to be very expensive so it is important to set a yearly budget.
Often overlooked is getting the most out of the conference. Not only that you should check the main speakers and the main theme, but social media comments on the previous versions can also tell you a lot about the organization of the event and whether you should attend.
Last but not least, be prepared for everything. Bring your laptop with all of its cords, charges and power banks. Also, don’t forget your business cards, which can be useful for meeting new people and potentially new associates.
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