Top Ecommerce and Fulfillment Trade Shows to Attend in 2018

Mike DeFabis
Outside of the IDS Fulfillment Center

In the ecommerce order fulfillment industry, trade shows are one of the best ways to exhibit yourself and meet potential clients and partners. We have compiled a list of the best shows to attend in 2018 and what they are all about.

Retail Supply Chain Conference, February 25-28, Phoenix Convention Center: Displaying top executives in retail supply chain, this is a great opportunity to network and learn. The feature this year is “Reinventing the Retail Supply Chain: Accelerating what’s Possible.” They offer more than 35 interactive sessions and 6 breakout tracks with some of the top CEOs and leaders in supply chain today.

eTail West, February 26-March 1, JW Marriott, Palm Springs, CA: Where some of the top minds in America’s most successful retailers gather and learn. They offer a large focus on technology to help you optimize profits and gain customers. They offer over 220 speakers from America’s largest retailers such as GAP, Sears, and JCPenney. This show has continuously been one to attend so mark it on your 2018 calendar.

*ShopTalk, March 18-21, Venetian, Las Vegas: Known as the world’s largest conference for retail and ecommerce innovation. Shoptalk is a leading show in covering the evolution of how consumers’ buying habits change with new technologies and business trends. This year they are predicted to have over 7500 attendees and are merging the U.S. and European events together to create one gigantic event in Las Vegas to create a global dialogue. You definitely do not want to miss this one.

*Operations Summit, April 3-5, Greater Columbus Convention Center: This conference is the only to focus on direct-to-consumer and omnichannel operations. They feature over 40 sessions, 100 speakers from some of the top industry leaders, and top networking possibilities. If you display an emphasis on DTC and omnichannel operations, this event will be substantial in helping you gain insights into every aspect including free shipping, supply chain optimization, and customer experience.

*Subscription Summit, May 30, Sheraton Denver Downtown: This show focuses highly on the subscription ecommerce industry. They feature over 25 speakers with some of the latest knowledge in subscription activity to offer new ways to think outside the box. If your company is in any way linked to the subscription world, you do not want to skip out on this conference in 2018.

*IRCE, June 5-8, McCormick Place West, Chicago: With over 130 sessions, 200 speakers, 600 exhibitors, and 10,000 attendees, IRCE is one of the top retailing conferences you can attend. They offer an easy flow between track and workshop sessions throughout the day to allow you to personalize your conference experience to best suit your needs. This is an opportunity to meet top experts in the industry and learn about new innovations and technologies to make yourself successful in 2018.

*DSA Annual Meeting, June 17-19, Marriott Marquis, San Diego: Direct Selling Association is highlighting the work of protecting direct selling opportunity and creating a more supportive world for both independent contractors and entrepreneurs. They offer featured speakers and New York Time’s Best-Selling Authors Andy Andrews, and Jeremy Gutsche who will offer insights into adaptation and inspiration.

eTail East, August 6-9, The Sheraton, Boston: Where some of the top minds in America’s most successful retailers gather and learn. They offer a large focus on technology to help you optimize profits and gain customers. Offering over 100 speakers from some of the largest retailers, startups and disruptions, eTail East finds the executives that get their hands dirty to tell you how to better your company.

Other Mentionable Shows

  • TheFitExpo (January 6-8)
  • Winter Outdoor Retailer (January 25-28)
  • Toy Fair NY (February 17-20)
  • International Home and Housewares Show (March 10-13)
  • National Hardware Show (May 8-10)
  • Omnichannel Fulfillment and Logistics (June 2018)
  • JCK Las Vegas (June 1-4)
  • Magic (August 2018)
  • Natural Products East (September 2018)

We hope to see you at many of these conferences this year! (* denotes shows we will be attending and/or exhibiting).

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