Ecommerce Conferences 2021: A List of Global Tradeshows You Can’t Miss

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Ecommerce conferences are always a source of industry insights. And those who sign up for a tradeshow are surely a step ahead of the competitors.

Attending commerce conventions is of great value to your business for a number of reasons:

  • you’ll build relationships with customers, partners, and competitors;
  • you can learn from like-minded peers and experts in the industry;
  • you’ll use the gained knowledge in your business and increase your ROI.

And, in general, it’s an amazing way to keep your finger on the pulse about the latest tech & marketing trends and news.

We’ve made a list of some global trade shows that will take place in 2021. This article will outline the biggest ecommerce conferences that will gather together retailers and business owners — both big and small — from all around the globe.

NRF 2021

NRF 2021 is one of the largest NYC ecommerce conferences held annually. With the global pandemic, the organizers had to change tack, though, and divided the conference into two Retail’s Big Shows.

NRF 2021 conference poster

NRF 2021 — Chapter One

Date: January 12-14 & 21-22, 2021.

Place: online.

Price: $695 for full conference pass and $195 for retail expo only. See more rates here.

NRF 2021 — Chapter One will be the best fit for those seeking ways to innovate their online retail businesses. Technologies shaping the e-store of the future, techniques to engage customers in the times of uncertainty, popular trends in the retail landscape which are worth investing in — these are the main topics of the conference. You’ll also get a chance to represent your business and meet new partners at NRF 2021 Expo, with nearly 300 exhibitors and 90 Exhibitor Big Ideas sessions online. All you need to do is register, connect, and start networking from the comfort of your home!

NRF 2021 — Chapter Two

Date: June 6-8, 2021.

Place: Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

Price: $1,600 early non-member rate for full conference pass and free for retail expo (NRF retailers only). See more rates here.

NRF 2021 — Chapter Two also revolves around what’s new, what’s next, and what to look out for in the ecommerce retail business. Considering that the last in-person NRF 2020 gathered together about 40,000 industry professionals and 18,000 retailers, NRF 2021 — Chapter Two should be no smaller. Networking programs and expo tours will be in place, so meeting with colleagues and building new partnerships should be easier than ever.

eTail 2021

ETail 2021 is also one of the top ecommerce tradeshows. Born in 1999, it is a place where the top America’s minds meet and which inspires retailers around the world in its international eTail editions.

eTail conference poster

eTail Virtual Summit & Expo

Date: February 23-25, 2021.

Place: online.

Price: $799 for solution providers & vendors and free for retailers only.

eTail Virtual Summit & Expo is all about action-driven stories, disruptive future strategies, and innovative solutions in ecommerce and omnichannel marketing. All visitors will get access to 10+ hours of virtual networking with 600 attendees as well as to keynote presentations by Fortune 500 companies. The conference will be of particular interest to marketers for its talks on personalization & behavioral marketing, customer acquisition and retention strategies, and omni channel optimization. Retail attendees will also get a chance to exhibit their businesses in their virtual booths and showcase their work to the partners and customers. 

Promotion of eTail Virtual Summit to take place in February 2021.

eTail Germany

Date: March 16-17, 2021.

Place: online.

Price: invitation.

eTail Germany Connect 2021 is an invite-only event for senior-level ecommerce, omnichannel & digital strategy executives. The event will include two days of high-level strategic case studies and interactive discussions with speakers from leading brands, like Ikea, Adidas, Lego, etc. There’s also a chance to exhibit your business and sponsor the event.

eTail Asia

Date: May 18-20, 2021.

Place: online.

Price: to be confirmed.

Discussions at eTail Asia basically center around the same topics of eCommerce & Digital Marketing, but with a primary focus on the Asian market. eTail Asia 2021 shall cover such domains as data analytics, brand management, and personalization on the examples of the top Asian retailers.

Speaker lineup is yet to be announced, but it should be thrilling given the mighty list of 30+ leading CMO speakers and 300+ eCommerce executives at the past eTail Asia 2020. So save the date and monitor their page for future updates!

CommerceNext

Date: January 20 & 27, February 3, 2021.

Place: online.

Price: $49 for non-sponsoring technology companies and free for sponsors, retailers & DTC brands, and retail executives in transition

CommerceNext conference poster

Founded by ecommerce veterans with 15+ years of experience, CommerceNext is an event series that flows into a conference for marketers at retail and direct-to-consumer brands. Summit schedule features six webinars delivered by keynote speakers from leading retailers, like Walmart, Macy’s, and Casper, among others. The attendees will be presented with the latest consumer research on marketing and ecommerce trends and issues. They will also get a chance to talk to industry professionals and receive tactical “how to’s” for their local businesses.

Retail Summits

Retail Summits website landing page

Retail Summits is a series of virtual and live conferences that target retailers in various ecommerce niches across the US. For 2021, five on-site conferences are planned:

Each of the on-site conferences will include 2 days of keynotes, panel discussions, networking lunches, cocktail parties, and more. Tickets are coming soon. The speaker lineup is to be announced too, and you can even apply to speak if you want to share your experience in ecommerce retail.

Retail Summits also organizes three virtual conferences for their global audience.

Registration for the online events will be opening soon. If you don’t own an online store in one of these niches, but are interested in fashion and/or beauty, read our how-to guides on how to start an online beauty supply store and an online clothing store.

Adobe Summit

Date: April 27-28, 2021.

Place: online.

Price: free.

Adobe Summit website landing page

Adobe Summit is a two-day virtual event full of keynotes, workshops, and innovation super sessions completely free of charge. The discussions will be centered around Adobe products and Experience cloud, which means we get to hear more trends on Magento 2! A complete list of addresses and speakers is yet to be confirmed. But clicking the “Keep me informed” button on the website, you’ll be on track with the latest news about the Summit.

Savant eCommerce

Savant Events website landing page

Savant eCommerce is a global series of events mainly targeting senior executives. Some of the topics covered include big data, customer-centricity, brands in the digital, digital and physical ecommerce channels, etc. 

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In 2021, Savant planned six on-site conferences in Europe:

All these conferences focus on different aspects of ecommerce but come at the same price: €699 ($848) for retailers and €2,850 ($3,459) for solution providers. So if you were looking for an excuse to travel to/around Europe, Savant eCommerce event may be such! Choose your date, pack your luggage, and set out on an exciting trip.

#DMWF – Conference & Expo World Series Events

With a 12+ year history of bringing together the worldwide, #DMWF – Digital Marketing World Forum has made a name for itself among ecommerce executives and seniors globally. They host various conferences around the globe with different areas of focus.

#DMWF – Conference & Expo World Series Events website landing page

Influencer Marketing World

Date: February 17, 2021.

Place: online.

Price: free.

Influencer Marketing World website landing page

Influencer Marketing Worldpromises 25+ visionary speakers, 6+ hours of useful content, and 1000+ attendees that will gather to discuss the importance of influencer marketing. This conference is a perfect find for those who’re running an e-store on social media. Book your free ticket now and network with like-minded people from all around the world.

#DMWF North America East

Date: March 24-25, 2021

Place: online.

Price: invitation.

#DMWF North America East website opening page

#DMWF North America East is held exclusively for marketing professionals based within North America and surrounding regions. Hosting 1000+ attendees, this #DMWF edition offers five dedicated conference tracks about digital marketing & SMM, VR & AI, ecommerce, data analytics, etc. Choose your favorite session on agenda and connect for useful ecommerce insights!

#DMWF Global

Date: June 2-3, 2021

Place: London, UK & online.

Price: £75 ($102) for a virtual event and £299 ($407) for an in-person two-day conference pass (with an early-bird discount).

#DMWF Global website opening page

#DMWF Global is all about exploring digital marketing technologies and social media. The conference will attract both ecommerce & marketing newbies and business sharks for a variety of topics in its agenda. Expo will also give retailers a chance to showcase their brands and promote their company as a thought-leader.

#DMWF – More Event Series

Three more #DMWF conference have already confirmed the dates and the venue, but are yet to open registration and confirm a complete speaker lineup.

Just like any other #DMWF conference, the aforementioned ones will feature the latest examples & case studies within the dedicated conference tracks and include an expo for retailers.

Ecommerce Berlin Expo

Date: May 27, 2021

Place: online.

Price: free for visitors and from €3,500 ($4,240) for exhibitors.

Ecommerce Berlin Expo website

Held as a grand business fair, Ecommerce Berlin Expo brings together brands and retailers of all shapes and sizes. Since the event was born in 2016, it has hosted 10000+ visitors and 300+ exhibitors annually, including such notable companies as Google, Samsung, Alibaba, Zalando, DHL, and L’Oreal. You can attend as a visitor for the mere purposes of networking and seeking competitors, or as an exhibitor to find new clients and get honest feedback about your services and products.

The Final Takeaway

What can be the final takeaway in a list of ecommerce conferences? Only one: take a pen & pencil and mark the date of your favorite tradeshow in a calendar!

No matter the price, conferences are a great investment in your own ecommerce business. Whether you sign up for a virtual event or fly out to an on-site conference, it will always pay off in new customers, fruitful partnerships, and increased ROI.

Attending ecommerce conventions is also a great way to analyze your competition. Get the most out of your conference experience to gather information and conduct competitor’s analysis upon return.
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Thanks for sharing this comprehensive list, Yuliia, it’s really helpful for all professionals working in eCommerce. Just wanted to put another fantastic event on your radar – CommerceNow 2021 (https://www.2checkout.com/lp/commerce-now2021.html). Taking place on June 23-24, this is a global virtual event focused on digital commerce for SaaS and online businesses. The two-day event will feature 12+ hyper-focused sessions on how to drive growth, customer acquisition, and revenue acceleration. There’s also a fantastic line-up this year, featuring experts from leading companies like Zappos, Uberflip, Prisync, VWO, and many more. It’s FREE to attend and registrants can join from anywhere in the… Read more »