Top 10 Recommended eCommerce Conferences for Vendors

Updated: September 27

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With dozens of eCommerce conferences offered every year—each seemingly promoting how they can provide your business with an edge—it can be a challenge for vendors to choose the ones that best serve their brand interests. The sheer multitude of conferences available offer something for every key vertical, including food & beverages, consumer packaged goods, fashion, beauty, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, financial services, and more. Moreover, most conferences present a diverse array of activities ranging from expert speakers and presentations, to technology innovations and demonstrations, to workshops and networking opportunities. With all these options available, and travel funds and time limited, how best to choose?

Pacvue has compiled a list of recommended eCommerce conferences for vendors to make the decision a little easier. In selecting conferences, we considered important factors such as industry relevance, speaker lineup, brand attendees, and curated events. Most importantly, we selected conferences that we believe will bring the best value for your brands, offering lessons, technology, and strategies that can advance your online retail success.

 

2019 Conferences

 

Edge Walmart Hackathon

When: October 1, 2019

Where: Hoboken, NJ

Cost: $1,200

Website: https://www.ascentialedge.com/events/ehackathon-hoboken-walmart-ecommerce

The E^HACKATHON Hoboken is a Walmart-centric, deep-dive ecommerce learning experience for BRANDS ONLY where industry leaders work closely with insiders and experts on the latest best practices and strategies needed to master ecommerce growth with Walmart.

“At the E^HACKATHON Hoboken on Oct 1, 2019, you and fellow leaders of change come together to learn hands-on what it takes to master ecommerce growth with Walmart, blasting beyond the basics to deep-dive case studies and hack sessions on the latest strategies, best practices and insights critical to win online.”

 

Kantar Amazon Conference

When: October 23, 2019  

Where: Seattle, WA

Cost: $1,650

Website: https://www.kantarretailiq.com/events/eventscalendar.aspx

The Kantar Amazon Conference is a 1-day workshop focused on strategic insights, challenges, and opportunities associated with Amazon. Brands will walk away with a stronger grasp on shopper and retail trends as well as strategies to optimize your core fundamentals.

“Join us as we analyze Amazon’s current and future initiatives so you can keep pace with the online retailer’s quickly evolving platforms and Prime connections. We will also discuss how you can best position your organization for success in the age of Amazon.”

 

2020 Conferences

 

CES

When: January 7 – 10, 2020

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: $300

Website: https://www.ces.tech/

Offering more than 250 sessions, CES (Consumer Technology Association) explores key trends and emerging technologies that affect consumers. For tech-savvy vendors or those looking to gain greater awareness of the digital landscape, CES is an ideal venue.

“CES is the world's gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for 50 years — the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.”

 

eTail West

When: February 24 – 27, 2020

Where: Palm Springs, CA

Cost: $1,149

Website: https://etailwest.wbresearch.com/

A 4-day conference designed to help vendors increase profits from their business, eTail West offers actionable strategies from Founders, CEO’s, VPs and more to increase your profits. There are over 30 hours of discussion groups, creative think-tanks, lightning rounds, roundtables, and networking activities to learn, network, and strategize.

“You’ll get action-packed stories, disruptive strategies, strategic conversations, and connections with top minds at America's most successful retailers.”

 

ShopTalk

When: March 22 – 25, 2020

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: $2,550

Website: https://shoptalk.com/

ShopTalk boasts a gathering of over 8,000 changemakers from nearly 3,000 established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, real estate operators, media, Wall Street analyst firms and more in a 4-day conference of curated meetings, productive networking, and facilitated social engagements.

“Our industry-defining agenda, world-class speaker lineup and unique networking and collaboration programs as well as newly introduced Shoptalk Original Content ensure you’ll get smart about the technologies, trends and business models that continue to transform the sector globally.”

 

Digital Food & Beverage

When: July 20 – 22, 2020

Where: Austin, TX

Cost: Check website

Website: https://foodandbeverage.wbresearch.com/

A must-attend for those in the food & beverage vertical, Digital Food & Beverage offers a 3-day event of disruptive content, unique session formats, and a focus on the food and beverage space to help you achieve omnichannel excellence and drive profits.

“With an emphasis on the trailblazers, visionaries, and trendsetters that are changing the game, you’ll get actionable strategies to better serve your customers and grow your business, faster. This is THE meeting place to benchmark against the best of the best across all verticals in food and beverage.”

 

Cleveland Research Summit

When: TBD

Where: Seattle, WA

Cost: TBD

Website: https://www.clevelandresearch.com/ecom/

With forward-thinking keynotes, application-based breakouts, and plenty of networking opportunities, the Cleveland Research Summit helps eCommerce leaders, practitioners, and strategists learn how to maximize key growth opportunities across their most dynamic customers.

“We team with leading edge service providers to deliver expert perspective, insightful data, and necessary help for branded manufacturers looking to improve their eCommerce businesses. Key topics include understanding how to capitalize on new digital advertising offerings, applying analytics expertise to the Amazon team, effectively leveraging the 3P marketplace, and how manufacturers can develop effective channel strategies.”

 

GroceryShop  

When: September 14 – 17, 2020  

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Cost: $2,875

Website: https://groceryshop.com/

GroceryShop is a conference that brings together national and regional grocery retailers, drug stores, convenience stores, club/warehouse stores, discount stores and CPG brands in food & beverage, beauty, personal care, household, health and other verticals. The conference presents opportunities for sellers and retailers to build brand awareness, engage with decision makers and launch new products to the industry and media.

“Retailers and brands attend GroceryShop to learn about the latest technologies, trends and business models as well as to collaborate with peers, startups, tech companies, investors, real estate operators and others in an open, friendly environment.”

 

CommerceNext

When: TBD

Where: New York, NY

Cost: Check website

Website: https://commercenext.com/

CommerceNext is the retail and ecommerce conference for marketers that focuses on digital marketing with topics including customer acquisition, social media strategy and retail growth. The conference includes over 30 in-depth sessions, intimate roundtable discussions and the opportunity to interact with over 40 vendors.

“Whether your brand is focused on personalized marketing and customer experience or looking to compete with Amazon, you'll take away actionable insights from your industry peers and network with 800+ retail executives from around the country.”

 

eTail East  

When: August 10 – 13, 2020

Where: Boston, MA

Cost: Check website

Website: https://etaileast.wbresearch.com/

The eTail eCommerce & Omnichannel Conference is a conference for retailers with an emphasis on action-packed stories, disruptive strategies, strategic conversations and connections with some of the most successful retailers in the industry. The conference includes over 140 speakers representing large and fast-growing retailers, innovative startups and online disruptors.

“From the Billion dollar club, to the start-ups. From travel, beauty, arts, electronics and much more – eTail is for retailers that want world-class eCommerce.”