As one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world, staying ahead of e-commerce trends is key to maintaining an edge over your competitors.
This is why e-commerce and retail conferences are something that you cannot miss out on!
Retail conferences not only become an avenue for you to hear motivational speeches, or improve your skills, they can also be a gateway for you to expand your network resources.
However, with many companies launching retail conferences it is hard to cut through the clutter and find the truly interesting conferences that you can get the most value from.
So, our team has decided to make the hard task of choosing what conferences to attend, a bit easier and compiled a list of the top retail conferences you need to attend in 2023.
But before that, here are some tips we curated especially for you to get the most out of the next conference:
While every conference is information-filled, it might not be the information you need for your brand.
So, it’s better to do some research beforehand and see which event fits your needs perfectly.
Don’t forget to research any pre and post-conference sessions, so you know you’re getting the best of what you came for.
Some of the things you should look at when you conduct your research:
After finding everything you need to know, it’s time to get ready:
Be sure to prepare your stuff such as chargers, power banks, laptop/tablet and anything that will be useful and will make your attendance at the conference comfortable.
Don’t forget to bring as many business cards as you can too. You never know, you might just bump into a future client and/or partner. When that time comes, it’s best not to come empty-handed, don’t you think?
As previously mentioned, attending conferences is more than just listening to speakers, it’s a way to grow your network!
With this in mind, be sure to do the following:
If you feel like you need to sharpen your networking skills, we recommend reading Never Eat Alone by Keith Perrazi:
Now that you have an idea on how to get the most out of the retail conferences you attend, let’s take a look at the top retail conferences for 2023:
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Here are some of the best global e-commerce & retail conferences you should attend:
When: January 14 – 17, 2023
Where: Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York City, NY
Price: Retail Expo Pass is free while Full Conference Pass is somewhere between $1200 to $6300 depending on pass type, retailer/non-retailer status, and membership.
About NRF 2023: Dubbed as one of the world’s largest e-commerce conferences, Retail’s Big Show is the ultimate marketplace for ideas and innovation. The conference is an avenue to create new relationships and learn new strategies from the biggest brands that set the pace of retail today.
When: February 27 – March 02, 2023
Where: JW Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Springs, CA
Price: Fees vary depending on when you register – Retailers and Brands $1699 to $2399 (4 day pass) or $1399 to $2099 (3 day pass). Solution Providers $3999 (3 day pass). Venture Capital Firms $2099 (3 day pass).
About eTail – Palm Springs 2023: The eTail conference in Palm Springs features some of America’s most successful retailers, who will provide meaningful insights and plan retail strategies to spark growth in 2023 and beyond. This eCommerce and omnichannel retail conference is perfect for those looking to transform retail, enhance relationships and boost innovation. If you can’t make their Palm Springs conference, they do hold another one, later in the year, and the eTail Retail Conference at The Sheraton in Boston will be from August 14 to 16, 2023.
When: March 26 – 29, 2023
Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev
Price: Fees vary depending on when you register and ticket type – General Attendees $2800 to $4500, Exhibitors & Sponsors $2400 to $3500, Retailers and Brands $2100 to $2500, Investors $2400 to $2800. There are a range of other options from free to $1575 for students, media, analysts, non-profits, start-ups and employees in transition.
About Shoptalk 2023: Shoptalk is known as one of the best international e-commerce retail events. Shoptalk 2023 features speakers from global industry leaders including the likes of Forrester, Bloomberg, CNBC, Best Buy, Ulta Beauty, Target, Johnson & Johnson, Walmart, OLAPLEX, Macy’s, Savage x Fenty, Patagonia, and Under Armor. Shoptalk also offers conferences later in the year, with GroceryShop and the Shoptalk Fall Meetup, which are usually held in September/October.
When: Preconference in Las Vegas from March 19 – 20, 2023; and Las Vegas and Virtual from March 21 to 23, 2023
Where: The Venetian Convention and Expo Center, Las Vegas; and Online
Price: Virtual – Free. In-Person Full Conference Pass $1695 to $2095 depending on when you register. There are several other options for groups, education, government, and non-profit passes.
About the Adobe Summit 2023: The Adobe Summit is only three days but it is packed with over 200 sessions, inspiring talks, innovation sessions, practical labs, and networking events. It also offers pre-conference training sessions and credentialed exams. You can tailor your own agenda for the summit and if you’re serious about maximizing the potential of retail and learning from the best, the Adobe Summit is the right retail conference for you. It is also available online for free, for those who can’t make it in person.
When: July 10-12, 2023
Where: Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Price: $425 – $765 per person for members, $695 – $995 per person for non-members, depending on when you register; and $425 for member teams or $625 for non-member teams.
About NRF Nexus 2023: Designed to be a fun, learning, and networking event, NRF Nexus brings together technology, marketing and the latest innovations in retail. The three day event features 40 expert speakers and gives attendees an exclusive window into exciting new ways to partner with others in the industry and innovative ways to deliver incredible customer experiences.
When: June 13 – 15, 2023
Where: McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Price: Expo Hall Pass – Free (optional workshops are $349 each) to $1595. All Access Pass – $495 to $3095 depending on ticket type and pass duration. Group discounts are available (prices will increase closer to the event dates).
About RICE 2023: This is a great resource for e-retailers looking to gain an in-depth understanding of the current trends and innovations in the retail industry, including the complex and rapidly evolving DTC eCommerce space. The event is comprised of three micro-conferences that are designed to provide focused value to different job roles and teams. Overall, the #RICE23 conference and expo combines everything from the latest technology and digital solutions to the latest trends and marketing innovations. It also includes a huge array of interactive experiences and networking opportunities.
When: February 21 -22, 2023
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
Price: 2023 fees not yet available (2022 fees were £699 to £2850)
About Savant eCommerce Stockholm: This is a one of a kind event with industry-leading speakers. During the event, top-level leading executives will tackle the latest topics that touch between data-based insights and digital commerce and how to operate in an increasingly competitive and complex digital world.
When: May 24 – 25, 2023
Where: NEC, Birmingham, UK
About Internet Retailing Events IRX and eDX: These events bring together head-turning speakers to discuss the latest when it comes to e-commerce trends, technology, and retail. If you’re a multichannel retail professional, this event is for you.
When: March 14 – 15, 2023
Where: Hotel Palace, Berlin, Germany
Price: Retailer Pass – Free. Solution Provider and Technology Partner – €2,299 to €2,899 depending on when you register.
About eTail Germany: Unleash the full potential of your D2C and eCommerce channels by learning from experienced leaders at Europe’s most successful retailers. Stay ahead of the curb as you listen to them share practical strategies for achieving the best ROI, while keeping up with post-pandemic commerce trends. The conference features prestigious speakers and offers a wealth of interactive learning and networking opportunities.
When: May 17, 2023
Where: London, UK
Price: General Admission – £495.00 for one ticket or £800.00 for two. Free options are available for retailers/brands that agree to do two 10 minute introductory meetings with solution providers.
About the FUTR Europe Summit: This is an annual event, bringing together brands and retailers in the Digital, Marketing, E-commerce, Retail, Innovation and Customer Experience spheres. The event focuses on “fresh thinking and progressive change in the future of retail, marketing and commerce” and hosts over 200 inspiring speakers from various industries and exhibitions featuring the latest technologies and solutions available.
When: April 25 – 27, 2023
Where: Hotel Arts, Barcelona, Spain
Price: Retailers – £2495 + VAT. Non-Retailers – £7000 + VAT (prices will increase closer to the event dates, from December 22, 2023)
About the World Retail Congress 2023: This conference brings together over 120 speakers including some of the brightest minds inside retail and out, including those from economics, academia, politics and NGOs.
The topics under discussion include today’s consumers and ensuring that businesses change and innovate at the high velocity needed to thrive in the twenty-first century. The event provides an unrivalled high-level forum for retailers to learn, share knowledge, form meaningful relationships, and shape the future of global retail.
When: November 16 – 17, 2022 (2023 dates TBA)
Where: London, UK
About The Business Show: The Business Show can be a great event to attend if you are looking to start or expand your retail company in the UK. The event has about 200 speakers and 750 exhibitors, with over 100 seminars and masterclasses to attend. There are workshops, networking events, and training sessions that will help you expand your industry knowledge and make as many contacts as possible.
You can also pitch your business to VCs in the Andel’s Den and try your luck with capturing funding.
When: February 9 – 10, 2023
Where: Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center, Tokyo, Japan
Price: Available on registration
About eCommerce Fair Tokyo: The eCommerce Fair Tokyo was the first ever B2B trade exhibition with an area of focus on eCommerce solutions in Japan. The annual fair includes a series of seminars where industry players get to share their own strategies, insights, and experience in the industry. E-commerce businesses that will be covered include marketing, delivery & logistics, customer service, and customer retention marketing, omnichannel retailing and more.
When: June 6 – 8, 2023
Where: Equarius Hotel, Sentosa, Singapore
Price: Available on registration
About eTail Asia: Asia is a huge market and eTail knows it. It launched one of the most well knows conferences in Asia for retailers. The concept of the conference is similar to any other eTail conference but with a focus on the Asian market. If you interested in the Asian market, this conference should be high on your list.
When: April 18 -19, 2023
Where: International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Price: Single All Access Pass – R5000 to R9000 depending on when you register. Discounts available for teams of 6 to 13 members.
About eCommerce Africa 2023: Featuring more than 500 speakers, eCommerce Africa has become a crucial platform for experts and peers to meet and discuss new trends in retail and eCommerce in Africa. The conference offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise to attendees, as well as valuable networking opportunities.
When: March 27 – 30, 2023
Where: Gold Coast Conference & Exhibition Centre, Broadbeach, Australia
Price: Standard Retailer Full Pass – AU$795. Service Provider/Vendor Pass – AU$2,500 (fees include GST and free entry options are available for approved press and analysts)
About Retail Global Gold Coast: With a tagline, “Helping you sell more online”, this conference is a great avenue for business owners to learn new strategies from various industry leaders. The conference is also a great way to meet new people, learn about fellow retailers’ challenges, and exchange ideas.
When: July 19 -20, 2023
Where: ICC Sydney, Australia
Price: Available on registration.
About the Online Retailer Conference & Expo: As the largest eCommerce event in Australia, the two-day event is filled with the latest in eCommerce trends, tech innovations, marketing and strategic planning for retail solutions. The Expo is tailored for education and networking to help eCommerce and retailers of all kinds grow and achieve their goals.
While there are hundreds of retail conferences available to attend and you need to discern which ones are worthy of your time.
First of all, while there are some cheap and even free conferences, most of them are expensive.
So, if you ever plan to attend a retail conference, be sure to set a budget. Bear in mind the lodging, meals, entertainment, and other important stuff.
Also, you want to make sure the conference you are attending to is relevant to your industry. After all, you don’t want to spend money on anything that won’t provide value.
Retail conferences are a great avenue for you to widen your network, learn new digital marketing strategies and become a better entrepreneur and business owner.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter whether the conference is a big one or not. Remember, it’s all about applying what you have learned to your retail marketing strategies.
If you are looking for ways to promote your conference and/or business, why not try peer to peer marketing? We’re biased, but hey, it works.
Due to the pandemic many conferences were either cancelled or had their dates and venues changed. Many changes have affected subsequent conference dates, venues and formants. Our team is doing its best to update the details on this list accordingly - Check out the updated version to find the latest dates and venues for the top retail conferences in 2023.
Before attending just any retail conference, it is best to do research beforehand and to find the most relevant retail conference for your business. You can take a look at some of their pre or post-conference sessions to give you an idea of the type of conference you’ll be signing up for. Then do yourself a huge favour and check out our list of the best retail conferences for 2023.
These are some of the biggest and most innovative retail conferences available to you and your team: Rakuten Optimism, National Retail Federation, and ShopTalk. To find out more about these conferences, as well as other amazing retail events, take a look at our full article.
There are many benefits to attending retail conferences, including:
- Meeting others in the retail sector and networking
- Keeping up to date and learning about new retail industry trends
- Learn about new technology and innovations in the sector through expos
- Spread awareness of your business and brand to others in retail
- Establish or strengthen your position as a thought leader or authority in retail
Read the full guide to learn more about the benefits of attending retail conferences and the updated details of the best retail events to attend in 2023.