ChannelAdvisor CEO Scot Wingo kicked off last year’s Catalyst Americas with an inspiring keynote session — full of statistics, industry trends and big-picture predictions — that reinforced the conference’s theme: “E-Commerce. Accelerated.”
“E-commerce is growing at 11%, which is three times the rate of brick and mortar,” Scot noted, adding that not one indoor mall has been built in the US since 2006.
His point? When industries are disrupted by software, large-scale change happens. And it happens quickly — especially when software makes everyday tasks and activities faster, cheaper and more pervasive. Prime examples are Borders, Blockbuster and snail mail. They’ve all been overshadowed by their electronic counterparts — Amazon, Netflix and email — and there’s no going back.
This past year, we’ve seen the acceleration of e-commerce continue. Just look at the most recent e-commerce “holiday,” Singles Day. Sales jumped from $5.8 billion in 2013 to $9.3 billion in 2014. That’s some serious acceleration.
Catalyst is one of the leading events in the e-commerce industry and sets the stage for the year in e-commerce ahead.
The e-commerce revolution is in full swing, and attending Catalyst 2015 will not only put you on the front lines, but it will also give you the tools and strategies to help power it. In addition to another entertaining and forward-thinking keynote address from Scot, you’ll benefit from a variety of fireside chats with industry heavyweights, 18 informative breakout sessions, valuable networking opportunities with industry colleagues and much more.
The ideas shared at Catalyst are tomorrow’s trends. The relationships forged are tomorrow’s partnerships. And the retailers in attendance are next year’s success stories. People attend Catalyst to hear e-commerce predictions from the mouths of industry experts and leave in sync with the forces driving the revolution.
Check out for yourself what Catalyst 2014 was all about, and get excited for what Catalyst 2015 will offer in just a few months.
Power the e-commerce revolution. Register today!
Blog post by Jordan Nowlin, social media and blog manager, ChannelAdvisor