Back and bigger than ever – the leading online marketplace conference, Retail Without Borders, returned this year for its sixth and greatest London edition, welcoming the highest number of attendees to date! The ecommerce-packed day saw the likes of the world’s most influential international marketplaces meeting with the biggest names in global retail, all in the name of promoting business growth worldwide.
The eventful day was crammed full of crossborder insights and provided all the invaluable information needed for retailers looking to broaden their horizons internationally, through online marketplaces.
This year we welcomed 30+ ecommerce experts to the stage, to share their insights into today’s online retail climate and how businesses can explore opportunities of growth crossborder. Given the ongoing deliberations around the UK’s position in the EU, our first panel session on cross-border opportunities post-Brexit, guest-chaired by renowned broadcaster Jon Snow, provided a great point of discussion and delivered a greater understanding of what other business opportunities lie in unexplored markets.
Other topics covered included current issues businesses experience within online retail – the battle for the high-street, the rise of the conscious consumer, and delving into developing ecommerce markets, among other themes.
We were proud to be joined on the day by a multitude of marketplaces, including Rakuten, Cencosud, Catch, La Redoute, Trade Me, Fruugo, NewEgg, eBay for Business and Zalando, to name a few. Here’s what some of our attendees had to say about this year’s Retail Without Borders:
Carlos Cantoni, La Redoute:
“We’ve been coming for over 4 – 5 years, so we’re really happy attending the event – it’s a really good way to meet our partners, and see new brands, so they can join our marketplace”
Mike Hayers, Shipstation:
“Retail Without Borders obviously attracts global retailers and marketplaces, so it was the perfect place to meet new customers”
Sinead O’Neill, eBay for Business:
“Brilliant experience I’ve met so many new people – it’s nice to be here to meet sellers and tell them about the great things we do”
Jon Snow, Renowned broadcaster and journalist:
“What is extraordinary about a day like today is that you think all of these people are in their cells, working out wonderful online platforms – what is amazing is to get them into the room, into one big room, of hundreds of people, all engaged on the platform, but very often not actually meeting each other, and I think this has created a great fusion; people are learning off each other, enormously.”