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40+ Ecommerce and Retail Events to Attend in 2020


Have you ever felt the energy of sitting in a room full of really smart people all asking the same questions as you?

In a world dominated by social media, Facetime calls, and Google Docs, it’s easy to forget the value of in-person education and networking.

For those doing business online, there is no shortage of opportunities to participate IRL.

Here, we’ve curated 40+ trade shows, conferences, and events in 2020 where you can meet the smartest people in retail and learn more about all aspects of running an ecommerce business. Whether you’re an Amazon seller, the owner of a small Shopify store, or a marketer at a global retailer, you’re sure to find events that will help you grow your business.

Read on for details about each event, or check out the 2020 Ecommerce Events Calendar for an at-a-glance overview.

January Events

NRF 2020: Retail’s Big Show

New York, NY
January 12 – 14

What they say:
NRF 2020 is the centerpiece of NRF Retail Week, where the entire industry unites to get a whole new perspective. NRF convenes the largest community of movers, shakers, and industry makers who come together to see beyond what is, to reveal what could be.

Affiliate Summit West

Las Vegas, NV
January 26 – 29

What they say:
Affiliate Summit West, the premier performance marketing event in the world, is the only place where you can network and learn with 6,000 of the affiliate marketing industry’s stakeholders. 

West Coast eCommerce Summit

Long Beach, CA
January 28 – 29

What they say:
West Coast eCommerce brings together 400+ ecommerce professionals to share their knowledge, learn, and evolve their customer acquisition strategies`. Speakers include leaders from Adtaxi and Dollar Shave Club.

The Outdoor Retailer Snow Show

Denver, CO
January 29 – 31

What they say:
Outdoor + Snow Show is where the outdoor and snow industries come together, creating an unprecedented opportunity to reach influential buyers across all product segments. This is the place for outdoor brands to reach a larger, more diverse and valuable retail audience, as well as an enhanced media presence to carry their brand stories into the consumer marketplace.

February Events

NY Now Tradeshow

New York, NY
February 1 – 5

What they say:
NY NOW is the best and largest market of new design products. Expect fun events and features throughout the show, including educational sessions, fashion runways, and much more.

eCommerce Fuel Live 2020

San Antonio
February 2 – 5

What they say:
Everyone who attends this event is a vetted member of eCommerceFuel’s private community for 7-figure-plus store owners. This ensures you connect with knowledgeable, experienced entrepreneurs. Last year’s average attendee did more than $3 million in annual sales. The event is intentionally kept small to maintain a tight-knit, intimate environment, and the tickets are expected to sell out within days.

Ecommerce Day

Los Angeles, CA
February 4

What they say:
This educational and inspirational all-day event is for anyone launching, buying, or growing an ecommerce business. Hear from ecommerce leaders at Shopify and Google during this action-packed day.

The National Grocers Association Show

San Diego, CA
February 23 – 26

What they say:
The NGA Show is the only show created exclusively for the independent grocer and is presented by the National Grocers Association. Over the course of three days, the NGA Show brings together independent retailers and wholesalers, food retail industry executives, food/CPG manufacturers, and service providers for opportunities to learn, engage, share, network, and innovate.

eTail West

Palm Springs, CA
February 24 – 27

What they say:
eTail is a four-day retreat designed to help you increase the profits from your business. You’ll learn smart strategies and make connections with the top minds at America’s most successful retailers. As they put it, they cut out the fluff so you can return to the office with detailed takeaways.

March Events

The Delivery Conference U.S.

New York, NY
March 3

What they say:
For the last 10 years, Metapack — the leading provider of ecommerce delivery management technology to enterprise retailers and brands, and part of the Stamps.com family — has brought together market leaders from across the industry to share insights, innovations and thought leadership at one of Europe’s best-supported gatherings for the eCommerce community. 

Now, they’re bringing this event stateside with Metapack’s Delivery Conference U.S. Attendees will explore market developments, new technology, and innovations that are impacting customer delivery experience, and look at what trends are likely to influence the future of the U.S. ecommerce industry.

DX3

Toronto, ON
March 10 – 11

What they say:
Through interactive installations and provocative content, DX3 is your one-stop-shop for taking advantage of everything retail, digital marketing, and tech has to offer. This is Canada’s biggest retail, marketing, and technology event. It even includes a Start Up Zone to help entrepreneurs get their big idea off the ground.

Mivacon

San Diego, CA
March 18 – 20

What they say:
MivaCon is an annual gathering of merchants, influencers, and ecommerce industry professionals. During this three-day event, attendees, exhibitors, and presenters convene to share ideas, discover new opportunities, and forge connections to drive the advancement of independent commerce.

Shoptalk

Las Vegas, NV
March 22 – 25

What they say:
Shoptalk is where 8,000+ retail changemakers come together every year to create the future of retail. Industry-defining agenda, world-class speaker lineup and unique networking and collaboration programs, as well as the newly introduced Shoptalk Original Content, ensure you’ll get smart about the technologies, trends and business models that continue to transform the sector globally.

Shoptalk is the fastest-growing event in retail history, growing to over 8,000 attendees in less than 36 months. And this year, 100% of the speakers are women.

The Prosper Show

Las Vegas, NV
March 23 – 25

What they say:
More than 1,000 discerning and established Amazon sellers come together at Prosper Show. Among the 39 speakers are former Amazon insiders as well as thought leaders from Amazon marketplace solution providers. The program includes 36 sessions and workshops, structured and unstructured peer-peer networking, and the opportunity to meet 100+ leading service and solution providers.

Adobe Summit

Las Vegas, NV
March 29 – April 2

What they say:
From analytics to advertising, from commerce to content creation, from personalization to marketing automation, you’ll find so many ways to meet other innovators like you. Learn in more than 400 sessions and labs across 11 content tracks.

Magento Imagine

Las Vegas, NV
March 29 – April 2 (part of Adobe Summit)

What they say:
Over 3,000 business leaders, innovative retailers, expert agencies, and technical developers connect each year to shape the commerce industry. As a recent addition to Adobe Experience Cloud, Magento brings its Imagine community to Adobe Summit. Gary Vaynerchuk, Jules Pieri, and Gillian Campbell lead a cast of high-powered keynote speakers this year.

Traffic & Conversion Summit

San Diego, CA
March 31 – April 2

What they say:
If you’re a marketing professional, agency owner, consultant, or entrepreneur, Traffic & Conversion Summit is your event. For the last 11 years, thousands of the world’s smartest marketers have descended upon San Diego to learn what’s new and what’s actually working right now in digital marketing. Expect plenty of actionable content, inspiration, and networking.

April Events

Global Retails Ideas Summit

Tucson, AZ
April 2

What they say:
More intimate in both its setting and size, the GR Ideas Summit creates an environment that genuinely allows attendees to interact and engage one another and to extend the learning and connecting beyond the stage and beyond the event’s two days.  This year’s conference brings together thought leaders who will share a variety of perspectives on the most emerging trends in the global retailing and brand industry.

Ecommerce Operations Summit

Orlando, FL
April 14 – 16

What they say:
Join over 800 ecommerce professionals as they dive into the innovation, strategies, and tactics essential for today’s ecommerce environment. From increasing customer satisfaction to boosting productivity and cutting costs, you’ll leave with answers to your top questions.

Retail Supply Chain Summit

New York, NY
April 22 – 23

What they say:
Packed full of networking opportunities, interactive formats, and business-critical sessions, the Reuters Events Retail Supply Chain USA 2020 is the must-attend event for retailers and logistics and technology trailblazers who are serious about the future success of their business.

NG Retail Summit

Atlanta, GA
April 27 – 29

What they say:
The NG Retail Summit will bring together senior retail decision-makers and business leaders from across North America to discuss key topics such as the future of retail, omnichannel power, and the ecommerce explosion. From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organizations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Recurring Revenue Conference

Los Angeles, CA
April 28 – 29

What they say:
The only conference in Southern California to focus exclusively on the Subscription Economy. Each year, 700+ business leaders come together to discuss how recurring revenue — a steady stream of customer dollars — can reshape the future of your business.

At the RRC, you’ll hear industry experts discuss attracting capital, tactical growth decisions, how and when to build your sales team, and how to shift from a subscription to a membership model.

May Events

eTail Canada

Toronto, ON
May 4 – 6

What they say:

eTail is a three-day retreat designed to help you increase the profits from your business. You’ll get action-packed strategies and make connections with the top minds at Canada’s most successful retailers. The program includes events for women in retail, a vendor expo, meet up groups, and the tech-focused Dragon’s Den.

Sellers Summit

Ft Lauderdale, FL
May 6 – 8

What they say:
The Sellers Summit is the ultimate ecommerce learning experience, where you will get inspired not by pie-in-the-sky stories, but by gaining all of the knowledge required to run your own successful ecommerce business. The well-rounded speaker lineup includes podcasters, PPC experts, and several seven-figure ecommerce store owners.

Subscription Summit

Dallas, TX
May 27 – 29

What they say:
The Subscription Summit is the first conference devoted exclusively to those who work in or alongside the subscription commerce industry. SubSummit 2020 connects today’s industry leaders, innovators, and partners that are driving the rapid evolution of how consumers discover, buy, and experience new products.

Hear from over 100 speakers at SubSummit 2020, with conversations around industry drivers, best practices, scalable business models, marketing that works, positive impact, profitability and of course thinking way beyond the box.

June Events

Home Delivery World

Philadelphia, PA
June 3 – 4

What they say:
5,000 attendees say that Home Delivery World is the industry’s best retail logistics event. Home Delivery World covers Parcel, Heavy Goods, C-Stores, Data & Analytics, Grocery, Food Delivery, Pharma, Medical Devices, Intralogistics, Autonomous Vehicles, Alternative Fuels, Fleet Technologies, and Real Estate. The huge list of speakers come from every corner of logistics and shipping. 

RetailX

Chicago, IL
June 9 – 11

What they say:
RetailX is the meeting place for online and offline retailers, collaborating to transform the retail experience and boost retail growth. It’s where education meets experience and offers transformative solutions to reflect today’s retail landscape — integrated, responsive, and endlessly engaging.

Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

Denver, CO
June 23 – 25

What they say:
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is North America’s largest trade show in the outdoor industry, drawing attendees from around the world. Summer Market is all about face-to-face — it’s where products are shown, orders are written, new accounts are found, connections are made and brands are launched. This show is about buying, sourcing, strategic meetings, trends, education, and networking with decision-makers, influencers, stakeholders, key buyers, and athletes that influence the outdoor market.

GrowCommerce

Queens, NY
June 25

What they say:
GrowCommerce is a day of conversation and human connection with 1000+ leaders from the world’s fastest-growing and at-scale DTC and retail brands. Join founders, C-suite execs, marketers, and other experts from every major retail category — with an emphasis on actionable insights from the trailblazers, trendsetters, visionaries, and bootstrappers who are changing the world of digital commerce.

July Events

NRFtech 2020

Southern California
July 12 – 14

What they say:
NRFtech is a 2.5-day event that offers retail CIOs, CDOs, senior technology executives, and start-ups a unique opportunity to discover and explore the latest retail technology while networking with peers in the industry. Their goal is to extend the conversation to all organizational areas responsible for technologies that impact consumers.

NRF NXT

Southern California
July 14 – 16

What they say:
The National Retail Federation’s newest event, NRF NXT is an intimate, up-close look at the latest trends in data and analytics, digital marketing, and customer experience, marrying powerful thinking with real-world case studies and advice for applying the same lessons to your business.

Midwest E-Com Conference

Minneapolis, MN
July 17 – 18

What they say:
This event helps sellers on Amazon, eBay, Etsy, and more learn what’s changing in the world of ecommerce, new tactics to market their businesses, rules of selling through these different platforms, and how to grow their businesses. The event brings in a wide range of experience from sellers who are just testing the water to seasoned sellers. Attendees will get the opportunity to network with sellers, vendors, experts, and more!

Digital Food and Beverage 2020

Austin, TX
July 20 – 22

What they say:
Digital Food and Beverage is three days of conversations and connections with 450+ digital marketing and ecommerce leaders from the most disruptive companies in food and beverages. 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.

Affiliate Summit East

New York, NY
July 26 – 28

What they say:
Thousands of digital marketers will gather at the New York Marriott Marquis for the performance marketing industry’s premier global event, Affiliate Summit East. These decision-makers are comprised of online publishers, influencers, media owners, traffic sources, advertisers, global brands, networks, technology firms, agencies, and other solution providers. 2020 speakers haven’t been announced, by last year’s list included leaders from Slack, Socialchain, and Conversmart.

CommerceNext

New York, NY
July 28 – 29

What they say:
The focus on customer acquisition may come as no surprise given that Amazon now represents $0.50 of every $1.00 spent online and 25% of the total growth in retail both online and offline. In addition to Amazon, ecommerce growth is under pressure from increased marketing costs and customer churn, as well as fast-changing customer behaviors, attitudes, and uses of technology and media.

Helping the industry navigate and succeed in this fast-paced, high stakes world is what CommerceNext is all about. Join them on July 28–29 for two-days of insights, best practices, peer-to-peer interaction, and digital marketing leaders sharing their knowledge — all with an eye towards helping you acquire new customers and grow your retail and ecommerce business.

August Events

eTail East

Boston, MA
August 10 – 13

What they say:
The content at eTail East is all about your growth and education. That’s why over 175 speakers representing the best from the fastest growing and largest retailers, innovative startups and online disruptors present.

September Events

Destination D2C

New York, NY
TBD (Fall)

What they say:

Destination:D2C is a day-long conference where you’ll meet the brilliant minds behind today’s most exciting direct-to-consumer brands. They’re bringing together marketers, executives, investors, and innovators to discuss the key topics affecting D2C commerce.

Everyone from Away, to THINX, to Steve Madden will be fielding your pressing questions about customer relationships, category expansion, ecommerce strategy, and more in a series of interactive sessions and curated hands-on experiences.

ChargeX

Santa Monica, CA
September 19 – 20

What they say:
ChargeX: Summit will focus on how to create rich user experiences for your customers, what data you should be tracking every day to maximize revenue, and how to adapt using real takeaways from live customers to grow your business. If you’re an agency or a merchant looking for valuable insight into the ecommerce world, ChargeX: Summit is the event for you.

Klaviyo:BOS

Boston, MA
September 25 – 26

What they say:
With more than 50 sessions, experts from the Klaviyo community will share data-backed insights, creative strategies, inspiring examples, and actionable takeaways you can use to drive your ecommerce revenue and fuel your brand’s growth.

Klaviyo’s product experts will be on-site throughout the entire event to give you undivided attention, professional advice, and support with tools and strategies you can use to make your marketing efforts more effective and efficient.

October Events

Hawkefest

Hollywood, CA
October 3

What they say:
Hawkefest is a full day anti-conference featuring the ecommerce industry’s best and brightest speakers and attendees.

Hawkefest brings together carefully selected ecommerce entrepreneurs and executives to enjoy a full day of peer collaboration and programming featuring industry thought leaders. Guests also enjoy immersive entertainment activations, gourmet cuisine, and a top-shelf bar at the iconic Houdini Estate in the Hollywood Hills.

Content Marketing World

Cleveland, OH
October 13 – 16

What they say:
Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn from the best in the content marketing community. Return back to your company with materials and knowledge you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team and to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience.

November Events

Path to Purchase Summit

Chicago, IL
November 11 – 12

What they say:
The Path to Purchase Expo (P2PX) is a three-day conference and trade show event filled with symposiums, seminars, exhibits, and awards dedicated to integrating the wide variety of solutions, tools and, expertise needed to influence decision-making along the entire path to purchase. P2PX is the world’s most comprehensive gathering of shopper and retail marketing professionals.


Download the at-a-glance 2020 events calendar now.

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