NEW YORK, Jan. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Shoptalk, which organizes the world's most important events in retail and ecommerce innovation, today announced the support of leading Danish ecommerce association, Foreningen for Dansk Internet Handel (FDIH), in the launch of its inaugural pan-European event, Shoptalk Europe. Shoptalk Europe will be held at the Bella Center in Copenhagen on October 9-11, 2017, and is expected to bring together more than 2,000 attendees and 250 world-class speakers.
FDIH has historically organized its own industry event called Total Retail, which attracted more than 1,000 attendees in 2016. As part of its support of Shoptalk Europe, Total Retail will cease to operate and FDIH members will instead be invited to attend Shoptalk Europe.
"Following 10 years of success and continuous growth with Total Retail, we are pleased to now partner with Shoptalk Europe to move the conversation from a national to pan-European and global level," said Niels Ralund, chief executive officer of FDIH. "During a highly transformative period of dramatic change, Shoptalk Europe will bring significant benefits to our 800+ association members, uniting leaders and innovators across European countries in a way that will serve as a catalyst for the entire European retail and ecommerce ecosystem."
The Shoptalk founders and leadership team, led by Anil D. Aggarwal and Katy Fryatt, previously created a successful, large-scale pan-European dialogue and community through the development of Money20/20 Europe, the largest consumer payments and fintech event in Europe. At its inaugural event, launched in Copenhagen in April 2016, Money20/20 Europe attracted nearly 4,000 attendees and is on track to bring more than 6,000 attendees to its 2017 event.
"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," said Mr. Aggarwal, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Shoptalk. "Shoptalk Europe was created as the event to facilitate a much-needed pan-European dialogue focused on this innovation in retail and ecommerce and to build a global community of industry leaders and innovators."
Shoptalk launched in the U.S. in 2016 and is widely acknowledged for creating a modern U.S. retail and ecommerce dialogue and building a much-needed new community of U.S. retail and ecommerce innovators. As a result, Shoptalk has become the most important American event for innovation in retail and ecommerce. Shoptalk's next U.S. event will be held on March 19-22, 2017 at the Aria in Las Vegas and is on track to grow to more than 5,000 attendees in just its second year.
"To date, it's been easy to assume that differences in culture, language, laws and regulations across Europe limit the value of a pan-European dialogue. However, these differences pale in comparison to the similarities that both the establishment and startups face in preparing for the next generation of retail and ecommerce in Europe," said Ms. Fryatt, managing director of Shoptalk Europe. "As a highly partner-centric organization, we're thrilled to be working with FDIH, and value their support in ensuring the participation of the Scandinavian retail and ecommerce community in Shoptalk Europe."
Shoptalk organizes the world's most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation. Held annually in both the U.S. and Europe, Shoptalk events represent unprecedented gatherings of individuals and companies reshaping how consumers discover, shop and buy. Each event provides a platform for large retailers and branded manufacturers, startups, tech companies, investors, media and analysts to learn, collaborate and evolve. The next Shoptalk will be held on March 19-22, 2017 at the Aria in Las Vegas, followed by Shoptalk Europe, which will take place on October 9-11, 2017 at The Bella Center in Copenhagen. For more information, visit www.shoptalk.com and www.shoptalkeurope.com.
FDIH (The Danish e-commerce Association) is a non-profit organization, representing over 800 members. We provide know-how resources, events, workshops and information to help our members improve their businesses within the continuous growing e-commerce industry. We are involved in decision/policy making based on issues that helps strengthen the industry in Denmark and throughout Europe. This is partially in collaboration with E-commerce Europe, which we have helped co-found. Its primary goals are to work with, and influence, the EU parliament and its legislation, in order to sustain a strong and healthy e-commerce industry throughout Europe.