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Must-Attend E-Commerce Events in 2021

A curated list of e-commerce events, conferences and summits you shouldn’t miss in 2021.

The world of online retail is transforming at a rate faster than we’ve ever seen; digitalization, logistics, demand, the list goes on. The change and growth the pandemic has kickstarted has left many in the industry wondering how e-commerce will be further affected.

To help you prepare for the year ahead, we have put together a list of noteworthy events to attend. These are an excellent way to hear top level speakers and leaders address the latest trends and discuss strategic solutions. They also provide the perfect platform to meet merchants and providers, allowing for networking opportunities both online and offline.

PS: You can meet our FACT-Finder team at some of these events – we look forward to it!

National Retail Federation Big Show – Chapter One
January 12 – 14, 19, 21 – 22

NRF 2021: Retail’s Big Show – Chapter One is meant to address the immediate needs facing retailers today. It’s an online version of Retail’s Big Show that includes all new curated sessions, networking programs and a virtual expo where you can easily connect with the industry’s brightest solution providers.

CommerceNext Marketing Summit Series
January 20, 27 & February 3

The CommerceNext Marketing Summit Series will help retailers and direct-to-consumer brands get 2021 off to a smart start. Consisting of live-streamed keynotes from industry leaders, original research presentations, panels on the latest marketing strategies, founder showcases and roundtable discussions. From leadership lessons to channel-specific deep dives, this series will advance key elements of your retail and ecommerce marketing strategy.

eTail
February 23 – 25

For over 20 years, eTail has brought together retail innovators to hear inspirational tactical content paired with curated networking. At the eTail Virtual Summit & Expo, you’ll get action-packed stories, disruptive strategies, strategic conversations, and connections with top minds at America’s most successful retailers. No commercials. No egos. We cut out the fluff to give you hundreds of strategic takeaways to increase profits from your business.

Dx3
March 2 – 5

DX3 has always been committed to the nexus of retail, marketing, and technology, and for our 10th annual event, we are taking it a step further. Presenting – DX3 Season 10 with 52+ episodes streaming where we will explore what the future will look like post pandemic.

Internet World Expo
March 9 – 10 | Munich, Germany

E-commerce and stationary trade no longer exist. Instead, we are currently experiencing an increasing merging of the channels. The leading retail trade fair INTERNET WORLD EXPO is also taking this into account in the new year. Its vision: a lively exchange for the future of the retail industry. Visitors to the EXPO will find thematically structured special areas right next to the entrance halls, covering topics such as Amazon and stationary trade, seamless commerce, payment and marketing. These access areas will then serve as a visual axis leading to a central 360-degree lecture arena in the middle of each hall.

One to One Monaco
March 9 – 11| Monaco, Monaco & On Demand

One to One Monaco has become the unmissable event for all market players. Innovations are presented, trends are revealed during rich experience feedback or informal exchanges. For this 11th edition, the future of e-commerce will be more than ever at the heart of the debates. As every year, an Editorial board composed of the best experts of the sector defines the topics of the plenary conferences. 5 keynotes and more than 130 workshops will be presented throughout the three days.

Internet Retailing Expo
March 17 – 18 | Birmingham, England

Are you looking to thrive in the new digital world? With even bigger brands speaking, more conference sessions, new themes and even more innovative products on display, IRX 2021 is set to be the must-attend event in the retail calendar. Whatever your role in the business, you need to find out how eCommerce affects you, what you should do to embrace it, ensure you are one step ahead of your competitors and thrive in the digital world.

FUTR Europe Summit
May 20 – 21 | Hybrid

FUTR is the annual gathering of brands and retailers across Digital, Marketing, Ecommerce, Retail, Innovation and Customer Experience, that want to stay at the cutting-edge of insights, technologies and solutions across retail and marketing. At FUTR you can hear from over 200 inspiring, cross-industry speakers from Virgin, Harrods, Grenade, Domino’s and more and discover our highly-curated exhibition to find the latest technologies and solutions that will change the way you engage with customers.

National Retail Federation Big Show – Chapter 2
June 6 – 8 | New York City, USA

We understand the importance of uniting an industry and moving retail forward. Together, we will learn what’s new, what’s next and what to look out for. NRF 2021 – Chapter 2 is where our industry moves ahead and stays ahead — as one. Chapter 2 will feature sessions from visionary leaders, an expo filled with the latest tech solutions and numerous ways to connect with other attendees.

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Webwinkel Vakdagen
July 7 – 8 | Utrecht, Netherlands

Experience experts and top executives share their knowledge and experience in an extensive program full of various current topics from the e-commerce industry. In 11 lecture halls and 1 large keynote room, more than 200 inspiring sessions will be given by Dutch and international speakers. All the information you need to make 2021 a success in one spot.

Make it Big
September 14 – 15

Hosted by BigCommerce and sponsored by Google, Make it Big is a free two-day virtual event for entrepreneurs, retailers and ecommerce professionals looking to unlock their growth potential. At the conference, top-tier speakers will discuss today’s most relevant topics, from digital innovation and customer experience to emerging global markets and social commerce. You’ll get exclusive access to proven growth strategies and real-world success stories from speakers such as Mark Cuban and Ann Handley. 

ERA GLOBAL Conference
September 20 – 22 | Las Vegas, USA

Whether you are a multi-channel or a direct response retailer, a home shopping TV channel in search of new products or an entrepreneur looking for the best network to distribute your products, we invite you to attend and benefit from our event’s excellent and unique business opportunities. The 3 day event will be an opportunity for both reputable companies and young entrepreneurs to grow their portfolio.

Netcomm Forum Live
October 7 – 8

Netcomm, the Italian Digital Commerce Consortium, is a reference point for e-commerce and digital retail both within Italy and internationally. Established in 2005, it brings together more than 400 businesses, including international organizations and high-performing small and medium enterprises. Netcomm promotes the development of e-commerce and digital transformation while creating value for customers and the Italian economy as a whole.

eCommerce Tech Global Summit
December 1 – 3

There will be 24+ hours of tech talks from more than 30 experienced developers working in the field of eCommerce development. New trends will be discussed, like Headless eCommerce, PWA and also how to deal with the challenges that developers face, such as: using big data, security issues, AI, VR and scaling the infrastructure to handle large traffic. There will be a Junior track, which is totally free, and a Senior track for experienced developers.

Are there other important events not listed? Let us know in the comments.

2 Comments

  1. Another great event is the CommerceNext Marketing Summit Series! The virtual event takes place over three Wednesdays, beginning on January 20th. The Marketing Summit Series consists of live-streamed keynotes from industry leaders, original research presentations, panels on the latest marketing strategies, founder showcases and roundtable discussions. This series will advance key elements of retail and ecommerce marketing strategies.

    • Natalia Zakel Natalia Zakel

      Hi Katja, thanks for the suggestion. The agenda and attendees are certainly interesting – it’s been added to the list!

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