The Best Retail Conferences You Must Attend in 2020-2021

In one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world, staying ahead of ecommerce trends is key to maintaining an edge over your competitors.

This is why e-commerce and retail conferences are something that you shouldn’t miss.

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 nowadays launching conferences it is hard to cut through the clutter and find the truly interesting conferences that you can get the most out of.

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 2019-2020.

But before that, here are some tips we curated especially for you to get the most out of the next conference.

How to get the most out of the conference

1. See which conferences are relevant to your field

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While every conference is information-filled, they might not be the information you need for your brand.

So, it’s better to research beforehand and see which event fits your needs perfectly.

Don’t forget to research about any pre and post-conference sessions too 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:

  • The main speakers
  • List of partners
  • The venue
  • The organizers
  • Social media comments on the previous conference

After finding everything you need to know, it’s time to get ready.

2. Be prepared

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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’ll 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?

3. Grow your network

Like previously mentioned, attending conferences is more than just listening to speakers, it’s a way to grow your network too!

With this in mind, be sure to do the following:

  1. Take a look at the conference LinkedIn group to find interesting people and schedule a meeting with them.
  2. Don’t be shy and introduce yourself to people
  3. Listen to conversations around you and try to find one you can join and add valuable input
  4. Ask the speaker relevant questions (this will spark a followup discussion with other attendees) 
  5. When you get a business card, immediately add these people to Linkedin and send a quick message 

If you feel like you need to sharpen your networking skills, we recommend you to read Never Eat Alone by Keith Perrazi:

Never eat alone by Keith Ferrazzi - Networking for conferences

Now that you get an idea on how to get the most out of the conferences you are to attend in the future, let’s continue with our list, shall we?

Here are some of the best global e-commerce& retail conferences you should attend:

America

RetailX

RetailX

When: June 9-11, 2020

Where: McCormick Place, Chicago

Price: Visit their website for more information

The retail industry is rapidly transforming. Whether you are in brick-and-mortar retail or digital, to stay on top you need to be progressive and open to change.

RetailX is the first conference that combines e-commerce, physical store design, and innovative tech in one space. Attendees will find all they need to integrate the physical world of retail with the digital world, undergirded by innovation and tech so that they can meet the needs of today’s shoppers. Ultimately, if you are looking to gain a competitive advantage in the ever-changing retail space, then RetailX is a must-attend event.

Rakuten OPTIMISM

When: Fall 2020

Where: San Francisco, California

Price: $499

Rakuten Optimism is a world-class event for digital innovation in e-commerce, marketing, and more! You will hear from industry experts and thought leaders throughout the day, interact with Rakuten’s entire eco system, and have unique experiences with Rakuten’s partnerships such as Golden State Warriors and Marie Kondo’s lifestyle brand KonMarie.

NRF 2020 (Retail’s Big Show)

NRF 2020- Retail conferences

When: January 12-14 2020

Where: New York City, NY, United States

Price: $1,1275 (member rate) $2,275 (non-member rate)

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.

eTail West 2020

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When: Feb 24 – 27  2020

Where: CA, Palm Springs

Price: Early bird discount starts at $1399

The eTail West 2020 conference will feature some of America’s most successful retailers to give meaningful insights and plan retail strategies that will spark growth in 2020. This conference is perfect for those looking to transform retail, enhance relationships and start innovation.

ShopTalk 2020

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When: March 22-25 ,2020

Where: Las Vegas Nevada

Price:  $3,550 (early bird rate)

Shoptalk is known as one of the best international e-commerce retail events. Shoptalk features speakers from global industry leaders including eBay, Walmart, Pinterest, Nordstrom, DHL, Barney’s, Crate and Barrel, and of course Amazon.

Adobe Summit

Adobe summit 2020

When: March 29-April 2  , 2020

Where: Las Vegas, Nevada

Price: $1,495 (Early bird price)

The 2020 Adobe Summit will feature success stories from the leading industry leaders about how to stay ahead and competitive in this highly competitive digital world. The event will also feature ways and insights on how to increase loyalty base.

NRFtech 2020

NRFtech 2020

When: July 12-14 ,2020

Where: Rancho Palos, California 

Price: Starts at 595$

 NRFtech is designed for those of you who love to discover new technology that can improve your retail business. The focus of the organizers is to discuss new technological opportunities in the Retail industry and spark new ideas.

Europe

Savant eCommerce London

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When: Berlin 28-29 ,2020

Where: Berlin, Germany

Price: Starts at  6799.00

Savant eCommerce Berlin is 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.

IRX UK ,2020

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When: April 1-2 ,2020

Where: Birmingham, UK

Price: Visit their website for pre-registration

Internet Retailing Events take pride in bringing 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.

Future Stores 2019

Future Stores Europe 2019

When: May 19 – 20,2020

Where: The Tower Hotel, London

Price: Starts at £799

Unleash the full potential of your brick and mortar store through the help of in-store experience leaders from Europe’s most successful retailers. Stay ahead of the curb as you listen to them share practical strategies on the do’s and don’ts in achieving the best ROI.

FUTR

When: 22nd April 2020

Where: Victoria House, London

Price: Free

FUTR is the yearly assembling of brands and retailers crosswise over Digital, Marketing, Ecommerce, Retail, Innovation and Customer Experience, that need to remain at the front line of bits of knowledge, advancements and arrangements crosswise over retail and promoting. A watering opening for the future-centered pioneers who need to see “what’s next”, see how to connect “the hole among now and next”, while conveying forward bona fide qualities with no things.

Asia

eCommerce Fair 2020 Tokyo (13th edition)

eCommerce Fair Tokyo

When: January 28-29, 2020

Where: Tokyo, Japan

Price: Visit their website for more information

eCommerce Fair Tokyo is the first ever B2B trade exhibition with an area of focus on eCommerce solutions in Japan. The fair will include 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.

eTailAsia

When: March 3 – 5, 2020

Where:  Singapore

Price: Visit the website

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 focus on the Asian market. If you interested in the Asian market, this conference should be high on your list.

Africa

eCommerce Africa

When: April 8 – 9,2020

Where:  Cape Town, South Africa

Price: 350 R (ca. $23)

Featuring more than 500 speakers, eCommerce Africa has become a crucial platform for business owners to discuss new trends as well as identify issues that hinder the growth of E-commerce.

Australia

Retail Global: Gold Coast

Retail Global- Australia

When: MAY 27 – 29 2020

Where: Gold Coast, Australia

Price: $1195 (onsite price)

With a tagline, “Helping you sell more”, 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.

Online Retailer Sydney

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When: July 24 – 2019, 2019 
Where: Sydney, Australia

The Online Retailer Conference & Expo is a  two-day event filled with the latest in e-commerce trends, tech innovation as well as retail solutions.

Finally….

While there are hundreds of conferences available to attend to, you need to discern which is worthy of your time.

Why?

First of all, though 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 better entrepreneurs and business owners.

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 marketing strategies.

If you are looking for ways to promote your conference and/or business, why not try peer to peer marketing? We are biased, but hey, it works!

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