Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, ecommerce businesses were (and continue to be) an increasingly popular shopping option for most retail consumers worldwide. As a result, the online retail industry is predicted to make $6.169 trillion worth of sales in the year 2023.
If you work in ecommerce, it is time to level your game up and make the most of this boom. With the world slowly opening up to the possibilities of in-person events, conferences allow you to network and learn about the tricks of the trade from some of the most renowned and experienced names in ecommerce.
Check out these 10 ecommerce conferences to find the ones that align with your goals for scaling your ecommerce business.
Date: March 15th – 17th | Location: Virtual
The Adobe Summit is an annual conference organized by Adobe with the help of noteworthy sponsors like Accenture, Cognizant, IBM, Deloitte Digital, and more. The conference is especially useful for ecommerce marketers who wish to incorporate digital marketing strategies and innovative technologies to grow their business.
Over 200 experienced session speakers and keynote speakers like Ryan Reynolds will be attending, and you can access this event for free through your Adobe account. The summit is a great opportunity for ecommerce marketers to network with the best in the industry through live sessions and training workshops.
Date: March 27th – 30th | Location: Las Vegas, NV
If you’ve been around in the conferencing circuit, you will be aware of the numerous conferences organized by ShopTalk every year. Apart from the main conference in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas in March, you can also attend ShopTalk Europe, ShopTalk Meetup for Women, and ShopTalk Fall Meetup to stay updated about the online retail industry.
The conference presents an opportunity to exchange ideas about a variety of ecommerce aspects, including:
- Incorporating new modes of payment to your ecommerce brand
- Choosing the right air freight service provider
- Establishing an omnichannel presence
- Innovating with digital marketing strategies
You can get tickets through their website and witness keynote speakers like CEO of Uber Dara Khosrowshahi and CEO of Sam’s Club Kath McLay in action. Shoptalk has an elaborate session plan for four days including one-on-one meetings with sponsors and experts alongside networking breaks.
Date: April 5th – 7th | Location: Rome, Italy
At this conference, industry leaders come together to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas to shape a collective vision and action plan for rebuilding retail. Here, you can learn how to stay well-positioned to serve the needs of consumers in the post-pandemic world.
Alongside, you can absorb ways to create new jobs and nurture talents for the digital age, drive innovation, play a leading role in achieving global sustainability goals, and help define a new role for retail in towns, cities, and cooperatives. The program, which takes place at the Rome Cavalieri Hotel in Italy, will focus on a set of action plans and recommendations that will benefit retail leaders and help shape the future of retail.
4. ChargeX 2022
Date: May 2nd – 4th | Location: Santa Monica, CA
This is an excellent opportunity for subscription box merchants and related media personnel to get insights on how to expand their ecommerce businesses. The conference includes sessions that teach you how to do that through payment software solutions. The event is organized by Recharge, a payments solution for ecommerce companies. It is an interesting event held in Santa Monica, California that you should consider attending.
Date: May 4th – 5th| Location: Virtual
Leaders in the ecommerce world will be at this conference in 2022 to exchange exclusive knowledge, techniques, and effective strategies for building, operating, and scaling lucrative ecommerce enterprises. You will be interacting with 30,000+ participants for over 10 different topics through in-depth talks, panels, workshops, and live Q&A sessions.
Ecom World will be packed with seminars and networking opportunities for two days. This conference brings together the world’s most creative founders, brightest brains, and leading businesses — all from the comfort of your own home through this virtual event.
Date: May 24th – 25th | Location: New York, NY
Affiliate Summit offers a platform for all ecommerce entrepreneurs, media buyers, tech suppliers, and affiliates to scale their businesses. You can interact with over 3000 participants and attend numerous knowledge-rich sessions that can benefit your online store.
In addition to this, you can participate in the conference through networking, a VIP pass, or an affiliate pass. It will be held at the Marquis Marriott in New York. However, Affiliate Summit has a big line of ecommerce events all over the world, including Asia-Pacific and Europe. You can partake in the event that helps you reach the target audience in your continent.
Date: May 25th-26th | Location: Las Vegas, NV
Thousands of online vendors, suppliers, and buyers from all over the world gather under one roof for this unforgettable event, guaranteeing that the guests leave inspired and ready to take the industry by a storm. Powerful figures in ecommerce are stepping forward to present keynote lectures on topics ranging from industry trends to growing your brand online. By registering for this free event, you can learn as top tips and methods are disclosed, giving you a wealth of new information to incorporate into your business.
Date: May 31st – June 1st| Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
The Seamless Middle East ecommerce conference is a premium destination to learn all things digital. You can attend the expo with an entry pass that connects you to thousands of professionals and exhibitors from all over the world at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The themes for this event include modernizing the logistics journey, creating a name in the digital marketplace arena, and how you can take a personalized approach to social selling.
Date: June/July (Exact Date TBA) | Location: Toronto, Canada
Shopify is one of the most prominent names when it comes to ecommerce. The platform started hosting three-day conferences in 2016 to bring its developers and partners together to discuss the future of ecommerce. This event is a great opportunity for you to enhance your knowledge if you are a part of the Shopify ecosystem in any capacity.
The agenda for the 2022 edition of the conference is yet to be announced. However, the sessions will be scheduled such that you get to associate with like-minded people and industry specialists for expert advice. You can become a part of this conference by purchasing a ticket. You have to be on your toes though, as they sell out pretty quickly.
Date: September 20th – 22nd | Location: Paris, France
This is one of the biggest retail expos out there. If you decide to attend this conference, you will get to meet around 15,500 professionals from the retail industry. The venue for the conference is Pavillion 4, Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. You should definitely check out the details of this conference as the crowd here comprises some prominent CEOs, directors, key suppliers, and ecommerce giants.
There are a lot of insightful events lined up this year, some virtual and some in-person. If you are a networking enthusiast looking to get your ecommerce business off the ground, these conferences are definitely your ally. You should start planning your calendar and brace yourself for the knowledge-filled experiential journey that comes with attending such impactful events.
Tim Robinson is Digital Marketing Manager at PACK & SEND, a 25+ years old and respected brand in ecommerce, logistics, and freight delivery solutions. Tim has 20 years of combined experience in sales and marketing. Logistics, D2C, franchising, business planning, and operations management are his core expertise. Connect with Tim on LinkedIn.