Ecommerce conferences have always been the best places for industry practitioners to grow both their professional network and their knowledge. This is true whether you’re new to the industry or an old hand; whether you’re a retailer or a vendor.
And while live conferences have temporarily paused due to the pandemic, you still have many virtual conferences to choose from.
This can actually be an advantage because you no longer have to splurge on travel expenses nor waste time in transit. You can attend conference sessions from the comfort of your own office, whether they’re in Boston or Berlin.
Here are some of the best ecommerce conferences 2021 has to offer:
The Best Ecommerce Conferences in 2019
When: Feb 22-23, 2021
Where: London, England / Online
Featuring speakers from: BigCommerce, MediPharm Labs, intelliRANK, RPGECOM
The White Label Expo touts itself as the world’s largest ecommerce trade show. Here, retailers will be able to discover new products to sell and new strategies by which they can be sold. This international event that changes countries every time it’s held, and while this year’s live event will be based in London, attendees can opt to join virtually for free.
When: March 9-11, 2021
Where: Monaco / Online
Featuring speakers from: Yahoo, RAKUTEN, Alibaba, FNAC Darty
One to One Retail Ecommerce is a high-level business networking event that prioritizes valuable one-on-one interactions between its members. Participation is highly selective, whether you’re an e-merchant or a solutions vendor. But when you’re accepted, you will benefit from carefully targeted business meetings with other participants that are tailored to help you work through a project or problem.
When: March 21-24, 2021
Where: Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Featuring speakers from: TBD
Shoptalk is a popular annual retail conference that easily pulls in over 8,000 participants a year. It’s a platform for all retail-related businesses to gather, network, and collaborate: from large retailers and branded manufacturers to startups and investors. While Shoptalk’s 2020 show has been moved online due to COVID-19, plans are in place to hold 2021’s event in-person. Shoptalk 2021 is slated to have an all-women speaker lineup, which will be announced later this year.
When: Chapter 1: Jan 12-14, 19, 21-22, 2021 / Chapter 2: June 6-8, 2021
Where: Chapter 1: Virtual / Chapter 2: New York City
Featuring speakers from: Chapter 1: Verizon, Allbirds, Vogue Business, Alibaba / Chapter 2: Spotify, Gap/Old Navy, Klarna, IBM
The National Retail Foundation is the world’s largest retail trade association, and their annual conference, dubbed “Retail’s Big Show,” is the must-attend destination for many in the commerce industry–online or offline. In 2021, in light of the coronavirus outbreak, the NRF will be holding two industry conferences.
The first conference, dubbed “NRF 2021 Chapter 1,” will take place in January and will be entirely virtual. Breakout sessions will be held online over multiple days, with opportunities for virtual networking.
The second conference is “NRF 2021 Chapter 2.” This conference is going to a live event held in New York City in early June. This will adhere to the more traditional live conference format and have multiple session tracks, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall.
5. eTail 2021
When: August 24-26, 2021
Where: Toronto, Canada
Featuring speakers from: Indochino, HelloFresh, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware
eTail is one of the largest ecommerce events in Canada. Many of Canada’s top retailers and service vendors can be found in attendance, and many attendees forge strong partnerships at this 3-day retreat. eTail features over 30 hours of discussion groups, roundtables, and workshops to help attendees get practical advice from speakers and peers, as well as unstructured networking activities to help you find that perfect business connection.
When: On-Demand (available now)
Featuring speakers from: Microsoft, Roku, Google, E.L.F.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t promote our own ecommerce tradeshow, Tinuiti Live. Our biggest online event is chock-full of thought leadership presentations, peer-to-peer discussions, networking opportunities, and strategic insights. We cover foundational topics, as well as subjects concerning growth and innovation. Our conference has temporarily shifted to an on-demand model, and all sessions including keynotes will be available to all registrants.
When: February 2-3, 2021
Where: Stockholm, Sweden
Featuring speakers from: IKEA, Nestle Nespresso, Selligent, Care by Volvo
The Savant eCommerce conference is a cross-industry event that covers all sectors, from fashion to home improvement to electronics. It prioritizes the quality of the visitors’ experience, and carefully manages its list of attendees. It maintains a ratio of three retailers for every vendor, ensuring that the conference does not get bogged down in selling and that attendees get as much value as possible.
When: March 2-5, 2021
Where: Toronto, Canada
Featuring speakers from: TD Bank, SodaStream Canada, Walgreens, Ecommerce Foundation
Dx3 is Canada’s biggest retail, marketing, and technology event. And while this conference does cover more than just the ecommerce industry, there are still plenty of sessions, exhibitors, and networking opportunities that can provide value to ecommerce practitioners. There is also a Retail Summit that speaks exclusively to the retail industry, with workshops and roundtables that cover esoteric topics.
When: June 22-23, 2021
Where: Knockdown Center, Queens, New York
Featured speakers include: Bloomberg, Thinx, Freshly, Brooklinen
Grow NY advertises itself as one of the fastest-growing retailer conferences in North America, with more than 800 leading D2C and online brands in attendance at every show. The focus is on founders, growth experts, and marketers who want to innovate and drive change. Grow NY combines talks and interactive group labs to help steer discussions and introduce new ideas to attendees.
Remember, this isn’t the complete list of all 2021 ecommerce conferences–just the ones that stand out the most. We’ll be sure to modify this list with important new conferences as they pop up or as agendas change.