The Best E-Commerce Conferences of 2018 (January to July)

November 28, 2017

If there’s one constant that every eCommerce seller faces, it’s that things are always changing. All it takes is one blink to get behind.

That’s what makes conferences a must in this industry. Where else can you learn so much so quickly, from the smartest minds and most successful leaders? And connect to so many potential partners, prospects and mentors?

By now, you’ve probably heard that Catalyst will be in San Diego, CA on April 17-19, 2018. But that’s not all the ChannelAdvisor team is excited about. As we prepare for another year of new and exciting trends, we’ve pulled together a list of our top events (so far) for 2018:

Retail’s BIG Show

When: January 14 – 16, 2018

Where: New York, NY

Who: NRF

The National Retail Federation’s annual three-day conference will bring together industry executives for discussions around the latest trends, as well as a look at how retail brands of all sizes are transforming in the digital age. Speakers include Tommy Hilfiger, IBM’s Michelle Peluso, Levi’s James Curleigh and NRF’s Matthew Shay.

eTail West and eTail East

When: February 26 – March 1 and August 6 – 9

Where: Palm Springs, CA and Boston, MA

Who: Worldwide Business Research

eTail conferences have been going strong since 1999, and have grown from an original group of 100 people into an event where thousands of senior-level eCommerce executives come together to network, learn and be inspired. This year’s lineup of speakers at both eTail East and eTail West span the gamut, from innovative start ups to e-commerce disruptors. Event organizers say they “source executives that are actively working on the front lines – so they can tell you the why, how, and what they would change next time.”


Where: March 18 to 21

When: Las Vegas, NV

Shoptalk 2018 will be big — 40% bigger than 2017, to be exact. This four-day event is designed to bring together a wide range of people within the industry: established retailers and brands, startups, tech companies, investors, media, analysts and others. In March, an anticipated 7,500 attendees from around the world will convene for more than 100 sessions covering everything from grocery to luxury.

InternetRetailing Expo

When: March 21 – 22

Where: Birmingham, UK

Who: InternetRetailing

This annual event, from Europe’s provider of eCommerce news and analysis, attracts some 5,000 retail professionals. Described as the place “where the multichannel industry meets,” InternetRetailing Expo 2018 promises a bevy of learning and networking opportunities to ensure you’re up-to-date and ahead of the e-commerce game.

Catalyst Americas

When: April 17 – 19

Where: San Diego, CA

Who: ChannelAdvisor

Whether you want to evolve your eCommerce strategy, accelerate your growth or connect to new industry players, ChannelAdvisor Catalyst promises to act as your agent for change. As one of the industry’s most influential e-commerce conferences of the year — the one that’s attended by hundreds of trendsetters and innovators who are leading the future of online retailing — Catalyst is an exciting place to be.

Stay tuned for exciting updates on Catalyst Europe 2018!


When: April 23 – 25

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Who: Magento

Magento’s Imagine brings together 3,000+ eCommerce merchants, agencies and technology providers from over 50 countries to “inspire, advance, educate and collaborate.” Past speakers include entrepreneur Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Steve Wynn of Wynn Resorts, best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, Freakonomics economist Steven D. Levitt and international tennis icon Serena Williams.


When: Jun 5 – 8

Where: Chicago, IL

Who: Internet Retailer

The Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition (IRCE) promises yet another must-attend experience with the industry’s top experts and exhibitors. IRCE’s agenda is created with insights from the editorial experts at Internet Retailer magazine, so you can count on informational sessions to reflect the latest and greatest eCommerce issues.

What about you? What e-commerce events are a must-attend on your 2018 calendar? Let us know in the comments!