How We’re Building The World’s Largest & Most Important Commerce Event
The Big Industry Problem We’re Fixing With Shoptalk’s New Networking Program: 1-2-1 Meetings Done Right
Jan 23, 2017 by Sucharita MulpuruAnil Aggarwal, the entrepreneur behind the already very successful Shoptalk, asked me to join Shoptalk last year to help him implement new initiatives that improve in-person interactions among retail and ecommerce industry stakeholders. These include retailers, brands, startup direct-to-consumer businesses, established and early stage technology vendors and Internet companies. Our goal is to help everyone build important partnerships more quickly, efficiently and accurately at a time of deep structural transformation.
Jan 22, 2017 by Anil AggarwalRetail and ecommerce are changing globally. New technologies, trends and business models are rapidly transforming the way people discover, shop and buy all of their physical goods, from grocery to fashion and everything in between.
Dec 12, 2016 by Anil AggarwalWe’re thrilled to launch the Shoptalk Heretics Program, which recognizes individuals from established retailers, brands and other select organizations, who champion disruptive innovation, ranging from groundbreaking partnerships and technologies to new consumer propositions. These individuals boldly go against the status quo to get through processes to innovate.
Oct 31, 2016 by Zia Daniell WigderWith just over four months to 2017’s Shoptalk, we’re thrilled to announce our first 150+ speakers. And once again, it’s the industry’s best speaker lineup, comprised of 50% CEOs and 22% other C-level executives. About 62% of our speakers are from consumer brands and retailers, of which 55% are venture-backed startups and 45% are established companies. The startups speaking at Shoptalk have raised almost $5 billion in funding to disrupt traditional retail and ecommerce.
Oct 4, 2016 by Sucharita MulpuruWhen I joined Shoptalk in September, we mentioned that I would be leading a new networking program to take place at our upcoming March 2017 event. In just the few weeks since then, hundreds of companies--including retailers and brands--have reached out to learn more about the program, including how they can participate.
Sep 20, 2016 by Anil AggarwalWe’re thrilled to announce the launch of Shoptalk Europe today. Similar to its U.S. counterpart, Shoptalk Europe will cover the evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy, and bring together leaders from established retailers and brands, disruptive startups, leading tech and Internet companies, prolific venture capital investors and other key stakeholders. Shoptalk Europe will focus on the trends and technologies disrupting retail and ecommerce throughout Europe, but also incorporate important global perspectives. Shoptalk Europe will be held at The Bella Center in Copenhagen on October 9-11, 2017, following the Shoptalk U.S. event, which will take place at the Aria in Las Vegas on March 19-22, 2017.
Sep 6, 2016 by Sucharita MulpuruA few weeks ago, I resigned from the job I had for the last 10+ years as an industry analyst at Forrester Research. It was a great run and while I could easily have seen myself at Forrester for years longer, I was ready to try something new. For years, I’ve been talking about the end of the store as we know it.
Sep 5, 2016 by Anil AggarwalWe’re thrilled to announce that prominent retail and ecommerce authority, Sucharita Mulpuru, has joined Shoptalk’s executive team as Chief Retail Strategist. Sucharita will lead our groundbreaking new networking initiative, the Shoptalk Networking Program, which we’re excited to launch today and that will be held onsite during Shoptalk.
Jul 19, 2016 by Anil Aggarwal2016’s Shoptalk took place just eight weeks ago and since then, we’ve been hard at work putting together our next event. Shoptalk 2017 is scheduled for March 19-22, 2017—that’s two months earlier in the year to avoid overlapping with Q1 earnings season.
Apr 20, 2016 by Zia Daniell WigderWe just put out a press release today outlining the current Shoptalk attendee demographics—we also announced we’re expanding our capacity to include an additional 350 attendees at the event, bringing our total to 2,750 people in our first year.
Apr 12, 2016 by Zia Daniell WigderWe’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be showcasing a series of exciting early-stage companies as part of Startup Pitch this year. Startup Pitch will be held from 10:00am-12:10pm on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
Mar 7, 2016 by Zia Daniel WigderToday we reached an important milestone—we released the final Shoptalk agenda and announced our latest round of new speakers (see press release). With less than 10 weeks until Shoptalk kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 15th, we wanted to share an update.
Feb 17, 2016 by Zia Daniell WigderWe're counting down days until the big event, and this week we hit the milestone of 90 days until Shoptalk kicks off. A quick summary of where we stand.
Nov 23, 2015 by Zia Daniell WigderHaving launched Shoptalk to the public just two months ago, we wanted to provide an update on our progress as we embark on a mission to build a groundbreaking new event for nextgen commerce.
Oct 3, 2015 by Anil AggarwalWhile Shoptalk is the seventh business I’ve started, it’s more than just another company. It’s a much-needed platform and catalyst—in the form of an annual event—for the commerce ecosystem, enabling key stakeholders to evolve as consumers fundamentally transform how they discover, shop and buy almost everything.
Sep 21, 2015 by Zia Daniell WigderToday we launched Shoptalk, a new event that will explore the next generation of commerce. After over seven years at Forrester looking at global commerce trends, I’m thrilled to have joined Shoptalk to head up content for the show.