Announcing Shoptalk Meetup for Women: Make Waves, Not Just Splashes! Nov 17, 2020 by Simran Rekhi Aggarwal
As a 10-year, 5x woman founder, I’ve always supported the growth and advancement of other women. Exactly one year ago, I felt strongly that we should shift to an all-women speaker lineup for Shoptalk 2020 and commit to parity at all of our subsequent events--making Shoptalk the first major event to take this bold step. I was delighted to have the support of the entire Shoptalk team and community (including Hyve Group, which had already agreed to acquire Shoptalk), but disappointed that the pandemic prevented us all from experiencing what I know would have been a very meaningful and historic moment.
Shoptalk’s Retail Framework for COVID-19, Virtual Conference & New Slack Workspace Coming Thursday May 11, 2020 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Just over a week ago, we decided to postpone the Shoptalk Virtual Conference which was scheduled to take place on April 30. We were in the midst of learning how to produce engaging and informative content delivered over video, and felt we were not at the point of having a product that met the needs of the industry at this critical juncture. We realized that creating a compelling online event--and truly starting an industry-wide dialogue around the changes brought about by COVID-19--would require in-depth, analytical content created exclusively for this unique time and virtual environment we’re all living in.
Our New Set of Products: Shoptalk Virtual Events Apr 15, 2020 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Today we are announcing a new set of products: Shoptalk Virtual Events. Given the unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances we are all facing today, these events will initially focus on the impact of COVID-19 on retail and ecommerce. Shoptalk Virtual Events will be offered in three different formats: Shoptalk Virtual Tabletalks, Shoptalk Virtual Conferences, Shoptalk Virtual Meetings.
Shoptalk Doesn’t Have the Best Female Speakers--We Have the Best Speakers. Full Stop. Jan 30, 2020 by Zia Daniell Wigder
With just over 50 days until Shoptalk kicks off in Las Vegas on March 22, we’re getting close to finalizing the all-women agenda we announced back in November (in future years, we’re committing to 50/50 gender parity). The momentum has translated into our most successful year to date, with speaker confirmations, attendee registrations and sponsorships all at unprecedented levels. We’ve passed 250 speakers and couldn’t be more proud of the lineup.
Shoptalk’s All-Women Speaker Lineup: 3 Weeks In & 120+ Incredible Speakers So Far Dec 4, 2019 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Three weeks ago, on November 13, 2019, we announced that we are shifting to 100% female speakers for Shoptalk 2020, with parity in our speaker lineup in future years. At the time of our announcement, we had over 30 women and 60 men confirmed to speak, and knew we had our work cut out to get to our total of 250+ female speakers.
Shoptalk 2020 to Feature an All-Women Speaker Lineup Nov 12, 2019 by Zia Daniell Wigder
At Shoptalk our goal has always been to lead the dialogue when it comes to the transformation of retail and to serve as a key catalyst for change. We were the first to bring together established brands and retailers, venture-backed startups, tech companies and investors to create a brand new community and to drive the industry forward--we also helped break down internal silos and unite individuals across marketing, digital, stores, operations and many other traditionally disparate areas.
Shoptalk's Global Retail Innovation Tour: 360° Israel & China Experiences To Be Showcased Onsite Oct 23, 2019 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Tomorrow, our team will head overseas to kick off a brand-new project: capturing some of the most exciting retail innovation around the world in 360° video. We’ll first travel 6,000 miles to Tel Aviv—then an additional 5,000 miles to Shanghai to create two completely different visual experiences that will be showcased onsite at Shoptalk in March.
Extending Our Lineup of All-New Shoptalk Offerings in 2020 Oct 21, 2019 by Zia Daniell Wigder
A few months ago we announced the launch of Shoptalk Original Content and Entirely New Agenda formats for 2020--we’re
From Monsoons to Tech: The Shoptalk & Groceryshop Management Team’s Week in Pune, India Jul 10, 2019 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Last week, the Shoptalk and Groceryshop management team (Anil, Simran, Zia and Caroline) embarked on an 8,000 mile journey to Pune to spend the week with our rapidly expanding engineering team. Pune is one of India’s fastest growing tech hubs, and an incredibly livable and green city. It’s not every day that you can say you’ve been to India during the monsoon season, and the trek to Pune was no small feat.
Announcing an All-New Shoptalk for 2020 & Introducing Shoptalk Original Content Jun 16, 2019 by Shoptalk Team
It’s hard for us to believe we’re turning five. We introduced Shoptalk back in 2015 because no large-scale industry event had brought together all the key stakeholders in retail--from established brands and retailers to venture-backed startups, technology companies, investors, real estate developers and more.
Shoptalk 2019: A Smarter Way to Conference Sep 5, 2018 by Shoptalk Team
As Shoptalk gears up for its fifth show, we continue to set new standards for the industry and break new ground with our agenda and onsite programs. We’re thrilled to announce our preliminary agenda and our first 100+ speakers.
Shoptalk Announces Its Final 2018 Agenda Jan 30, 2018 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Today we released our final 2018 agenda, including 300+ world-class speakers across 100+ sessions. Our roster of speakers is unprecedented and includes a diverse group of executives--below are some statistics that showcase our lineup.
24 Exciting Tech Companies We'll Feature at Shoptalk Europe Oct 3, 2017 by Krystina Gustafson
We’re excited to showcase 24 cutting-edge technology companies from around the globe on our Emerging Technologies Spotlight track at Shoptalk Europe next week in Copenhagen. Fourteen countries, including 11 in Europe, will be represented in these sessions.
Announcing Shoptalk’s 2018 Preliminary Agenda Aug 8, 2017 by Anil Aggarwal
We’re thrilled to release Shoptalk's 2018 Preliminary Agenda, and excited to continue our mission to empower the retail and ecommerce ecosystem. Below are just some of the highlights of our groundbreaking preliminary agenda, which you can download here.
A Summary of Our 200+ Speakers at Shoptalk Europe Jul 31, 2017 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Back in May, we profiled our first 100 speakers at Shoptalk Europe (October 9-11, 2017 in Copenhagen). We’re now finalizing our speaker lineup for the event--we’re currently well over 200 speakers and adding just a few more to round out the agenda. We’re honored to have an incredible set of speakers that includes over 100 CEOs and represents over 25 countries.
New for Shoptalk 2018: In a Rapidly Digitizing World, Less Isn’t More. More is More! Jul 23, 2017 by Anil Aggarwal
Shoptalk is a catalyst for the digitization of retail and ecommerce. For more than 2 years, we’ve led the industry dialogue and defined the community of innovators. We’re excited to continue our mission into 2018 with three new categories of opportunities and experiences: (1) Global Coverage, (2) Grocerytalk and (3) Growth and Curation.
Our First 100 Shoptalk Europe Speakers: An Amazing Lineup of European and Global Leaders, Including 50+ CEOs May 22, 2017 by Zia Daniell Wigder
With less than five months to go until our inaugural Shoptalk Europe in Copenhagen, we’ve been heads down building a new agenda and recruiting an incredible set of speakers. A total of 250 speakers will be confirmed by the time of the event (October 9-11, 2017). These speakers will represent a cross-section of countries and companies and will not be centered around any single region or ecosystem. Indeed, we chose Copenhagen for that exact reason: A show in Berlin runs the risk of being too focused on German innovation, for example; one in London can easily become too UK-centric.
Now is the Time, Shoptalk is the Place May 8, 2017 by Anil Aggarwal
When Shoptalk launched in 2015, the need for an entirely new retail and ecommerce industry narrative and community premised on disruptive innovation was not as obvious as it is today. By remaining firmly committed for more than two years to our mission to lead the development of a modern industry dialogue that includes all the right organizations and people, Shoptalk has become a widely accepted and critical part of the rapidly changing retail and ecommerce ecosystem.
My Shoptalk 2017 Opening Remarks Apr 4, 2017 by Anil D. Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Shoptalk
Our goal is for Shoptalk to be a catalyst for the growth and development of an increasingly complex retail and ecommerce ecosystem as it continues through a period of profound change. The event is designed to help you answer the hard questions about new technologies, trends and business models that are transforming commerce and that you must now address to meet the needs of today’s consumers.
Retailers & Brands: Your Cheese Has Moved. Find it at Shoptalk. Mar 4, 2017 by Anil D. Aggarwal, Founder & CEO, Shoptalk
Who Moved My Cheese? is a well known business book that was on the New York Times business bestseller list for five years, sold more than 26 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 37 languages. First published in 1998, its basic premise is more applicable now than ever, with particular relevance to the current and ongoing changes in retail and ecommerce.
Innovative Commerce Technologies: 10 Startups to Check Out at Shoptalk Feb 23, 2017 by Zia Daniell Wigder
We recently highlighted 16 startups with new consumer-facing business models and products that will be speaking at Shoptalk in Las Vegas on March 19-22. This week we showcase 10 startups on the agenda that are bringing exciting new technologies to market.
Innovative Business Models & Products: 16 Startups to Check Out at Shoptalk Feb 15, 2017 by Zia Daniell Wigder
With just one month until Shoptalk, we’ve published our final agenda and have an incredible lineup of 300+ speakers, including 130+ CEOs. Below we highlight 16 exciting early-stage companies whose CEOs will join us on stage to discuss how they’re challenging traditional players with innovative new business models and products.
Creating The First Large Pan-European Event For Innovation In Retail & Ecommerce: Shoptalk Europe Jan 22, 2017 by Anil Aggarwal
Retail 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.
The Origins of Shoptalk’s Heretics Program Dec 12, 2016 by Anil Aggarwal
We’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.
Announcing 150+ Shoptalk Speakers & Last Week to Save on Registration in 2016 Oct 31, 2016 by Zia Daniell Wigder
With 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.
Announcing SHOPTALK EUROPE to be Held on Oct. 9-11, 2017 in Copenhagen Sep 20, 2016 by Anil Aggarwal
We’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.
What’s New for Shoptalk 2017: Registration Now Live! Jul 19, 2016 by Anil Aggarwal
2016’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.
Shoptalk Demographics: A Look At Who’s Coming Apr 20, 2016 by Zia Daniell Wigder
We 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.
Introducing Shoptalk Startup Pitch Apr 12, 2016 by Zia Daniell Wigder
We’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.
Shoptalk Final Agenda Released & 225+ Speakers Announced Mar 7, 2016 by Zia Daniel Wigder
Today 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.
90 Days To Shoptalk And Counting Feb 17, 2016 by Zia Daniell Wigder
We'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.
Shoptalk Update: The First 60 Days Since Launch Nov 23, 2015 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Having 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.
Announcing My New Venture Oct 3, 2015 by Anil Aggarwal
While 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.
Building The Next Generation Of Commerce Sep 21, 2015 by Zia Daniell Wigder
Today 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.