SD’s 10 Ecommerce Conferences to attend in 2020

To quote Semisonic’s “Closing Time,” “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” We’re inching towards the final moments of 2019, and at Something Digital we’ve been preparing for 2020 (hopefully you are too.) While we all get ready for the new decade ahead, we’ve come up with a list of can’t miss ecommerce conferences for 2020! Whichever you choose to attend, we’re sure you’ll walk away with not only valuable information but connections to help grow your business.

SD’s Top 10 Ecommerce Conferences:
  1. NRF, Retail Big Show: January 12th – 14th, 2020 | New York City, NY
    It’s only right to kick off the new year with “2020 vision” at the world’s largest retail expo. With over 38,000 attendees, 800+ exhibitors (Something Digital being one of them), 400 speakers from top ecommerce and retail brands, and 175+ sessions – this is one expo you should not miss!
  2. Shoptalk: March 22nd – 25th, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV
    Where can you go to find 8,000+ innovative retailers in one space discussing the future? Shoptalk. The conference features a ton of industry leaders and fun fact: this year the entire speaker line-up is women! Look forward to hearing from female leadership at companies like Ulta Beauty, Pinterest, Amazon, and much more.
  3. Adobe Summit: March 29th – April 2nd, 2020 | Las Vegas, NV
    A week filled with all the latest trends in customer experience is Adobe Summit. Brand leaders from places like Microsoft, Best Buy, and more come together with insights and innovation to share. With 400 sessions and labs, at Adobe Summit you’ll learn from the leaders of top brands that’ll cover a range of topics from advertising, omnichannel marketing, analytics, and more. Adobe acquired Magento in 2018 and in 2020 there will also be Magento Imagine at Summit too. So, there’ll be plenty of opportunity between both to meet people and learn something new.
  4. Shopify Unite: May 6th – 8th , 2020 | Toronto, Canada
    Bringing together their partner and developer community, Shopify Unite comes together once a year to “ignite the future of commerce technology.” Day one of the 3-day conference is “partner day” where partners are given the opportunity to network and connect with one another. The last two days are filled with Shopify announcements, technical workshops, talks lead by industry leaders, and some 1:1 time with API support and product experts, just to name a few!
  5. The Lead Innovation Summit: May 19th – 20th, 2020 | Brooklyn, NY
    Looking for a place where fashion brands, retailers, and investors come together? Then The Lead Innovation Summit is where you want to be. With over 1,800 attendees from the fashion and retail world, you’ll meet the right people and have the right conversations. The “festival” is two days filled with speakers from brands like DVF, Nike, Snapchat, goop, and more!
  6. Code Commerce: May 26th – 28th, 2020 | The Beverly Hilton, CA
    This annual invitation-only conference held by Recode and VoxMedia is returning to California in 2020. Focusing on tech, Kara Swisher and Recode reporters are interviewing leaders in the tech industry to discuss things like AI, automation, tech policy and regulation, innovation, mobility, and much more. These unscripted Red Chair interviews are sure to be filled with tons of insight on the current and future impact of digital technology.
  7. IRCE @ RetailX: June 9th – 11th, 2020 | Chicago, IL
    A meeting place for both online and offline retailers – IRCE (RetailX) is a place where ecommerce, design, and innovation collide. With over 1,200 exhibitors (SD being one of them) you’ll not only connect with others but be able to discover and learn the latest trends and technology to grow your business.
  8. Groceryshop: September 14th – 17th, 2020 | Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV
    Founded by the team that created Shoptalk, Grocery Shop is back in 2020 with over 3,000 attendees. An event for grocery retailers and CPG brands, you’ll leave the conference with tons of insights, gain exposure, and opportunities to network. From food and beverage to health and beauty, household, and pet supplies, at Groceryshop you’ll have plenty to bring back and share with your team.
  9. Etail: Multiple dates/locations
    Hosted all over the world, the Etail conferences bring together some of the top minds at the most successful retailers to meet and learn. Whether you choose to experience the Etail Palm Springs retreat from February 24th – 27th, 2020 in Palm Springs, CA or Etail Asia from March 3rd – 5th, 2020 in Singapore, you’ll gain innovative industry insights and network with over 600+ of the most successful retailers there is.
  10. CommerceNext: July 28th – 29th, 2020 | New York, NY
    Described by Something Digital’s Business Development team member Brian Lange as “A treasure trove of advice about customer acquisition and a great place to connect with forward thinking brands, retailers, and commerce tech companies.” CommerceNext is just that, what else is there a need to say?


Honorable mention
  • Future stores: Multiple dates/locations
    They may not be the largest but Future Stores events hold their own amongst the rest of this list. Launched in 2013 these are in-store experiences where you’ll get the opportunity to network, visit retailers for store tours, and more!


Is there something we missed? Do you have a conference that you love and we should know about? Let us know!

Eda Gumusay

Eda was bit by the travel bug long ago so when she’s not at SD she’s probably out exploring a new place. When she’s not adventuring, Eda is a huge foodie and loves trying new things!