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eCommerce Events 2017: Our Top Picks

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IRCE exhibit hall 2015

 

With the new year comes a fresh crop of events and conferences to attend (and a new marketing budget). We've summarized our top picks for eCommerce and retail events to attend in 2017. Check them out below...

 

eCommerce events in the USA

(or skip to Canadian eCommerce events)

 

 Retail's Big Show

National Retail Federation - Retail's Big Show

January 15-17, 2017 New York City, Jacob K. Javitts Convention Center

http://nrfbigshow.nrf.com/

Follow along at #nrf17

Why you should go:

With 33,000 attendees, over 500 exhibitors and 300+ speakers (including Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel) this truly is one of the biggest retail events of the year. As the lines blur between retail and eCommerce, this conference is sure to appeal to bricks and mortar and pure play eCommerce retailers alike.

Register here: http://nrfbigshow.nrf.com/register

 


 

eTail 

eTail

eTail West: February 27-March 2, 2017 Palm Springs, CA JW Marriott

http://etailwest.wbresearch.com/

Follow along at @etail

eTail East: August 14-17, 2017 Boston, MA The Sheraton

http://etaileast.wbresearch.com/

Why you should go:

This conference does a great job getting attendees to mix and mingle. Panel events, fireside chats and retailer-only events keep attendees engaged and walking away with valuable new connections and insights. Designed for eCommerce retailers of all sizes across a variety of industries. Speakers include Mark Walker, CEO of JackThreads, Jerry Hum and Co-Founder & CEO of Touch of Modern.

Register here: https://register.wbresearch.com/srspricing.aspx?eventid=1003982

 


 

B2B Online 

B2B Online

May 8-10, 2017 Chicago, Chicago Renaissance Downtown

http://b2bmarketing.wbresearch.com/

Follow along at @B2BOnlineConf

Why you should go:

More and more B2B companies are recognizing the importance of customer experience. B2B Online is the place to be for wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers to get a handle on eCommce. Topics focus on globalization, scaling omni-channel, marketplaces, and the integration of the millennial workforce. 2017 speakers include Darryl Shaper, VP, Digital Marketing and GM at Arrow Electronics, Akin Tosyali, Director, Digital Marketing at Grainger.

Register here: http://www.storeconference.ca/register

 


 

IRCE

IRCE 

June 6-9, 2017 Chicago, McCormick Place West

http://www.irce.com/

Follow along at #IRCE17

Why you should go:

The most comprehensive conference for retailers with online presence, IRCE is recognized as the go-to for all eCommerce players, and increalingly for B2B and wholesale companies in the eCommerce space. The 250,000 square foot expo hall features over 600 vendors and is the largest eCommerce trade show in the industry. Speakers include Mary Beth Laughton, SVP at Sephora and George Hanson, VP North America eCommerce and Brand House Stores at Under Armour.

Register here: https://registration.experientevent.com/showirc171/?flowcode=attendee&_ga=1.219223066.2037603162.1483735957

 


 

Shop.org 

Shop.org

Sept 25-27, 2017 Los Angeles, LA

http://events.shop.org/

Follow along at #shoporg17

Why you should go:

This is a smaller, more intimate NRF conference that usually draws a few thousand attendees. The focus is on everything digital concerning retail including new technology like AI, VR and augmented reality, and the impact they'll have on retailers. 2017 speakers have yet to be annoucned, but past speakers have included execs from Google, JCPenney, and Petsmart.

 


 

eCommerce events in Canada

 


 

Dx3 

Dx3

Mar. 8-9, 2017 Toronto, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

http://dx3canada.com/

Follow along at #Dx32017

Dx3 focuses on a mix of technology, digital marketing and retail. The conference includes an exhibit hall featuring the latest in digital marketing technology. 2017 speakers include David Allard, Director of Marketing Services at Coca-Cola, and David Segal, Co-Founder of DAVIDs Tea.

 


 

eTail Canada

eTail Canada 

May 16-18, 2017 Toronto, Canada, Hyatt Regency

https://register.wbresearch.com/

Follow along at @etailnews

Why you should go: Designed for the Canadian market, attendees include some of the country's biggest brands and most exciting start-ups. This event focuses on eCommerce with topics ranging from mobile, SEO, UX/CX to content creation, fraud prevention and shipping. Speakers include Yona Shtern, Chief eCommerce and Omni-Channel Officer at Sears Canada, Jackie Poriadjian-Asch, CMO at Canada Goose and Stéphane Bérubé, CMO of L'Oréal Canada.

 


 

Store 2017

Store 2017

May 30-31, 2017 Toronto, Toronto Congress Centre

http://www.storeconference.ca/

Follow along at #STORE2017

Why you should go:

Targeted to the unique needs of the Canadian retail industry, STORE 2017 includes keynotes, interactive panels, sessions and a network hall. This year's speakers haven't been announced yet (we'll update here when they are), but past speakers have included Nicholaas F. Martire, VP at ALDO Group North America, Simon Rodrique, SVP eCommerce at Walmart Canada, and Michael Medline, President & CEO at Canadian Tire. 

Register here: http://www.storeconference.ca/register

 


 

Retail West

Retail West

TBD (we'll update as more details become available)

http://retailwest.ca/

Follow along at @RetailCouncil

Retail West is Western Canada’s premier retail industry event, attended by over 300 mid – senior level executives. The event brings together retailers ranging in size from independent merchants to Canada’s largest retailers operating on the West Coast, as well as retail industry vendors and suppliers. Past speakers have included Best Buy Canada, Lululemon, and MEC.

 

Have you attended any other events that we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments.

 

Image credit: IRCE

By Alyssa Hanson

Alyssa is part of Thinkwrap's Digital Marketing team and has more than 10 years' experience developing integrated campaigns for leading brands. She's passionate about eCommerce, tech, design, and video games.

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