Conferences and trade shows are the greatest opportunities to meet sourcing partners, network with other online sellers, find new products, and grow your Amazon business. These provide the opportunity to meet potential vendors face to face, while learning from peers and industry experts about sourcing and selling. From in-person product assessments to practical marketing and selling strategies, conferences are one of the best means towards massive business growth.

At Ask Idea Sourcing, we believe in the networking power of sourcing conferences. We want to share this with you to push you forward in your Amazon business.

Below we’ve included the 6 conferences that teach you more than just how to be a strong e-commerce seller. They also grant you access to sourcing partners face-to-face, allow you to experience emerging products firsthand, and provide importing and manufacturing workshops for further knowledge.

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The Seller’s Conference

Formerly known as SCOE, The Seller’s Conference (TSC) is one of the most well-respected conferences for all online sellers. TSC events have been held annually since 2006, drawing strong crowds of vendors and sellers. This convention was featured in Entrepreneur as one of the top 11 entrepreneurial conferences in 2016, and every year their events grow even more expansive and comprehensive.

We especially love The Seller’s Conference because of their focus on small businesses, solo entrepreneurs, and family operations. TSC is the most welcoming and accessible event for emerging sellers on Amazon, eBay, and other e-commerce platforms. You’ll have access to sessions on topics like:

  • Private label selling
  • Maximizing Google analytics
  • Becoming an e-commerce millionaire
  • Emerging sourcing options
  • Today’s trends and technologies
  • And more!

If you want to stay up-to-date with emerging trends in the sourcing and selling world, The Seller’s Conference is a sizable yet intimate conference for beginner to intermediate sellers.

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Global Sources Summit

The Global Sources Summit is the most popular and well-respected sourcing conference for online sellers. It was awarded the Best Amazon Conference at the Seller Awards in 2017 because of its extensive presence in the sourcing industry. Global Sources started in 1981 with magazines that taught how to source from Asia, and they’ve been growing for nearly four decades.

It’s a 3-day conference with 21 speakers, 3,800 booths, and thousands of Chinese suppliers and manufacturers in the same venue. They offer 13 sessions with sourcing and selling topics, including 8 elective sessions. Sessions range from beginners’ workshops like “how to start selling online” to more advanced workshops about PPC and Facebook marketing.

Sourcing is at the heart of this conference. Alongside the workshops is an accompanying trade show that helps you find new products and manufacturing partners for your business.

Networking is another key aspect to this summit. There are 4 networking blocks built into the agenda, where time is dedicated to meeting vendors and peers. There’s also an evening gala on April 18 so you can begin to build strong relationships for the conference.

No matter your selling level or business size, Global Sources Summit is the place to be for sourcing and selling. You can meet thousands of potential vendors face-to-face while building personal, enduring relationships with industry peers. It’s in Hong Kong, but most agree it’s worth the flight. It truly is “global,” with vendors and sellers flying in from all over the world to visit, which creates a great opportunity for worldwide exposure and experience.

Affordable Shopping Destination (ASD) Market Week

The ASD Market Week is a U.S.-based trade show that focuses on pairing buyer with supplier. Their motto is: Come find your connection at ASD Market Week.

There are over 2,750 exhibitor booths from 92 countries, offering wholesale prices on trending and emerging products. The conference also offers educational seminars on how to conquer Amazon or scale your business. There are also usually over 45,000 attendees, so you’re sure to network with a variety of strong industry players.

They offer a number of unique, specialty booths as well. The StartUp Tank offers products from new, entrepreneurial companies, many of whom have been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. There is a Shoe Parlor for footwear, an On-Trend Fashion Preview booth, a Boot Camp 16:20 incubator for new products, and a section entirely for private label vendors.

If you’re looking to expand your portfolio or meet more sourcing partners, ASD Market Week is the place to be. This is a great way to overcome the risk of not knowing your overseas supplier before signing a contract.

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Prosper Show

Prosper Show focuses on Amazon selling as opposed to sourcing. It’s co-located with ASD Market Week location and dates, which makes it an easy addition to your conference lineup. This two-day conference (with optional third-day pre-conference) is ideal for established Amazon sellers looking to develop their business.

You’ll have access to seller performance panels, speeches from individual experts, as well as practical advice and resources to grow your business. With over 70+ exhibitors, you’ll be exposed to partners and technology regarding everything from shipping to manufacturing to inventory management to marketing and beyond.

This year’s keynote presentation is by “the #1 small business guru” Michael Gerber: Why most Amazon seller businesses don’t work and what to do about it. There are other speeches as well on topics like “how U.S. brands capitalize on China’s online shopper behavior” to “Amazon sponsored products & AMS best practices.”

They offer a number of networking events and parties. The Prosper Show is a great addition for any Amazon seller, and you can easily transfer back and forth between Prosper and ASD (with the purchase of both tickets). You’ll see a lot of the same faces at both events.

Sellers Summit

The Sellers Summit is great for any seller ranging from beginner to advanced. This two-day workshop is more than just a trade show; it’s an e-commerce learning experience.

You’ll receive actionable strategies from top e-commerce experts and hear stories about how sellers overcome struggles. Some of the topics for this year include:

  • Find profitable products to sell online
  • Import and manufactured goods from Asia
  • Run effective advertising campaigns
  • Develop a high-converting website
  • Create email funnels and marketing campaigns

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Although this is for all experience levels, we recommend it especially for established sellers who want to take their business to the next level with high-level marketing practices. If your business hits a certain revenue level, you’re invited to intimate breakout sessions as well. With resources from the Sellers Summit, you can increase your existing business from 4 or 5 figures to 6 or 7 figures.

If you’re just getting started, you don’t have to be left out of this event. This is one of our favorite conferences for finding potential sourcing partners and to build a base understanding of e-commerce. They also have nightly networking parties, so you can meet industry experts with personal advice for your business.

Retail Global

Retail Global is a newer, smaller event, which makes it a great opportunity for intimate networking. Despite its newness, the conference provides strong industry speakers, so you’ll be able to converse with leading e-commerce experts.

You can choose from over 50 speakers in three days with 5 add-on workshops and 4 stream sessions. Some of the speakers of 2017 included Britney Muller, the SEO & Content Architect of Moz, Suzanne Miglucci, the President and CEO of Charles & Colvard, and Dr. Debra Jasper, the founder of Mindset Digital. There is also an opportunity to connect with merchants from major retailers like Amazon, Google, OfficeDepot, Staples, TrendNation, and more.

The Bottom Line

Conferences are one of the best opportunities for education and networking. You’ll also have access to vendors face to face, which helps when assessing supplier relationships moving forward.

Contact us to let us know which events you’ll be attending this year! We can give you advice on vendors, suppliers, and speakers to meet. We look forward to chatting with you!