Stay connected to the cutting edge of e-commerce with solutions and strategies from the industry’s brightest minds and biggest names.

The e-commerce industry is growing and fragmenting at record rates. How do you adapt and thrive in an ever-shifting landscape? Catalyst 2017 offers a once-a-year opportunity to slow down, reconnect with other e-commerce experts and get ahead with tips and tools from the very retailers and branded manufacturers shaping the industry as we know it. From breakouts to to enlightening keynotes, our insight-packed agenda ensures plenty of opportunities to learn successful strategies and stay ahead of emerging trends.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Registration Open
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Opening Keynote Session

David Spitz, CEO, ChannelAdvisor

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Keynote Session

Julie Deane, Founder & CEO, The Cambridge Satchel Company

11:00 am - 11:30 am
Networking Break
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Keynote Session

Mary Portas, Retail Expert & TV Celebrity

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
E-Commerce Expert Tables

Mobile and Payment Trends Driving E-Commerce

Mobile has transformed the way consumers shop – customers demand a seamless experience from product browsing to payments. Wish and Payoneer will join forces in this roundtable session to offer insights into the latest mobile and payment trends, helping retailers understand how to offer a personalised mobile experience and frictionless payment model to enhance conversions.


Creating an Online Presence That Converts

Image is everything online. From your marketplaces storefront to your website, how you design and portray your brand will determine your success. To help you rise above the competition, join Frooition for practical tips and strategies to create an online brand that converts.


Understanding VAT & Tax

With the growth of the global e-commerce landscape and a shift in shopping habits, retailers of all sizes are discovering that expanding internationally is an exciting and realistic possibility. When expanding to new regions, however, it becomes more and more important to be sure that you’re meeting all your VAT and tax obligations. Chris O’Shea, Channel Manager for Meridian Global Services, will delve into the VAT and tax requirements retailers encounter when expanding, and how to ensure you are compliant.


Emerging Marketplaces All Retailers Should Know

From niche, product-specific marketplaces to international giants with tens of millions of loyal shoppers each month, there are plenty of additional avenues for growth out there. But with so many third-party marketplaces cropping up, you need to find the opportunities that make the most sense for your products. Hakan Thyr, Director of Strategic Partnerships for ChannelAdvisor, will discuss the marketplaces that should be on all retailers’ radars.


Listing on the multi-channel marketplace ecosystem with SKU Cloud

SKU Cloud is the unique marketplace ecosystem and platform behind the UK’s popular shopping service Listing with SKU Cloud is free and makes your products available to millions of online shoppers on the multiple channels and shopping sites powered by SKU Cloud. This roundtable will cover the essentials for listing on SKU Cloud.


Branded Manufacturers: Solving Your E-Commerce Painpoints

The transition to e-commerce for brands has been complicated. Each brand has different needs and different circumstances that dictate whether the brand should sell directly to consumers, whether it needs to adjust its relationship with its authorised retailers — or both. ChannelAdvisor’s Brands team will be on-hand to offer guidance and advice to help you solve your e-commerce painpoints. Join this roundtable to get the answers you need to scale your e-commerce success.


Digital Marketing for Marketplaces: Keywords, Bidding, Budget & More

It’s not enough to just list on marketplaces anymore. Now you have to bid, figure out keywords and budget to drive valuable traffic to your listings. Join this roundtable to learn how to take advantage of marketplaces programmes (Amazon Sponsored Products, Amazon 1P, eBay Promoted Listings and more). You’ll also gain insights into why it’s so important to advertise on marketplaces, and how you can stay competitive and which advertising model best fits your selling strategy.


Mastering Digital Marketing: Tips for Data Optimisation & Performance Management

SEO...SEM...SOS! Success in digital marketing requires mastering two areas – one that the consumer sees and the other behind the scenes via data and analytics management. This roundtable will uncover examples of how good data delivers better results (PLAs, etc.) best practices for data optimisation and performance management tips all businesses should implement.


Capture CBT Customers with Fruugo

Consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and confident, wanting access to products from all around the world. As a retailer, it is important for you to remain competitive especially in this ever-globalising world. Fruugo is a unique marketplace that enables consumers to shop for products from around the globe, all on one fully localised, single basket solution. Fruugo is already available to shoppers in 32 countries (with more launching in 2017). Join this roundtable session to gain insights into the Fruugo marketplace and learn how you could take your business across even more borders.


The Unavoidable Global Trends Facing Your Business Today with World First

We live in interesting times. Whether you’re talking about Brexit, business uncertainty or foreign currency and international money transfers, there’s plenty of factors impacting your e-commerce business. Join this roundtable session from World First, to hear what trends to prioritise what’s important and how to navigate your business to success.

Expanding to the US with Newegg

With over 8,000 sellers, above 487 million visits per year and 10.5 million products listed, Newegg is a great marketplace for retailers looking to broaden their sales to the US. Join this roundtable session to learn how to create and execute an effective selling strategy to the US, gauge if your product portfolio will work, save time and money on logistics and techniques for creating engaging product listings.