Dear Members and Friends,
This year we celebrate our 42nd ESMA Convention but also the 50th anniversary of the Internet, the 25th anniversary of Amazon, the 23rd anniversary of Google and the 12th anniversary of the iPhone. While some tech pioneers passed away and had no opportunity to reap the fruits of their innovation whilst others get richer each day. Online sales is omnipresent while former retail giants such as Sears called for Chapter 11 or went off the market completely.
Change happens now and today, the speed of change is accelerating even more. Our industry is affected by this change, companies and organizations have to adapt. None of us can afford to stand still except the ones with a passion to struggle. This is the reason why the theme of this year´s Convention is “Survival in a Digital World”.
At the 42nd ESMA Convention we will shed a light on the tactics to survive by sharing insights from different perspectives such as e-Commerce, IT security, Communication and Retail Analytics. For this purpose we appointed excellent speakers and created an outstanding program to allow you to network, meet old friends and make new friends but also with enough time to relax and enjoy our 42nd ESMA Convention in the beautiful City of Frankfurt.
You will experience and discover that Frankfurt am Main and the whole Rhine-Main-Area offers much more than the European Central Bank or the International Airport. Furthermore, for all those being addicted to brick-and-mortar shopping: the Westin Grand Frankfurt hotel is located directly in the city – only 50m apart from Frankfurt´s high street “Zeil”.
I´d like to thank all our Sponsors and especially Darbo AG for their commitment and support to enable such a program. Please do ensure to book early to obtain the best rates and accommodation.
I look forward to welcoming all of you to Frankfurt in June 2019