Tech Talks: GELF's Virtual Programming Series

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This spring the Global Ecommerce Leaders Forum (GELF) has launched GELF’s TechTalks, a series of programming that includes podcasts and webcasts/webinars.

Check out our podcast – Global E-Commerce Tech Talks (GETT). If you’re a global ecommerce leader at a direct-to-consumer (DTC) retail brand, don’t be shy about reaching out and getting involved with TechTalks! Email us at

GELF’s Resource Center also provides insights on Strategy & Planning, easy access to GELF Downloads, Regional Updates, Interviews with Global E-Commerce Leaders and a Community News section. Check it out – and let us know if you’d like to get involved!


As global retail brands redouble their efforts to connect directly with shoppers at home and abroad, GELF is committed to providing a digital forum where ecommerce leaders can share, learn and adapt their international strategies to these uncertain times.

As the cross-border ecommerce community shifts its focus this spring and summer from in-person networking events to making connections in the digital world, GELF will continue to bring our community together.

In the weeks and months ahead, GELF will be working closely with global ecommerce leaders, their solution provider partners and other industry influencers to create engaging and actionable content. Join us as we help the GELF community make new connections and tighten existing relationships.

Much like our speakers do at live events in LA and NYC – and at GELF’s private networking dinners across the country – the GELF community will use our GELF Tech Talks digital forums to deliver a mix of strategic insights and tactical cross-border To Dos about their global retail expansion practices.

If you’re passionate about global ecommerce, join us for an ongoing series of progamming and timely content designed to help the GELF community continue to thrive. Bring your experiences and questions. Leave with insights and answers.

If you are an executive at an online retailer or brand selling direct to consumer and would like to share your cross-border and international ecommerce experiences during our GELF Tech Talks Spring Virtual Programming Series, please email us at

Interested in being a sponsor? Please contact

GELF would like to pass along our thoughts and best wishes to all of the companies below that have attended our recent events in LA and NYC. Please stay healthy.

We hope that everyone's family, friends and colleagues are doing well.

GELF Tech Talks

This spring the Global Ecommerce Leaders Forum (GELF) has launched GELF's TechTalks, a series of programming that includes podcasts and webcasts/webinars as well as online workshops & discussion groups.

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  • As the GELF community focuses its resources and energies on cross-border ecommerce growth strategies, GELF Tech Talks will explore the:
  • 1) Current state of ecommerce in countries around the world
  • 2) Path forward as markets navigate the COVID-19 crisis (and its aftermath)
  • 3) Insights into how shopping journeys will adapt to the Next New Normal, and
  • 4) Intelligence about international markets coming back online earlier than others
April Tech Talks
Global E-Commerce Tech Talk podcast summarizing GELF's 2020 China E-Commerce Study

GELF Co-founders Jim Okamura and Kent Allen speak to the research findings with Michael LeBlanc host of The Voice of Retail, the top retail podcast.

Part One of the two-part series introduces GELF’s latest research focus, which updates GELF’s 2017 study, Catching the China Ecommerce Wave.

The 2020 GELF China Ecommerce study finds that global retail brands selling direct- to-consumer (DTC) are now living in a multi-platform world. We discuss the state of ecommerce in China where emerging platforms are joining dominant ecommerce platforms providers Alibaba and to provide more choice.

We explore how the tastes and purchase preferences of consumers in China have been evolving in recent years.

Join us for GELF’s Global E-Commerce Tech Talk Podcasts!

Thanks again to all the global ecommerce executives listed below for speaking at GELF NYC '19!

If you are an executive at an online retailer or brand selling direct-to-consumer and would like to share your cross-border and international ecommerce experiences during GELF's Tech Talks Series this spring and summer, please email us at! Although GELF speakers are primarily retailers and brand executives, we are able to include select leaders from our sponsor partners in the program as well. If interested in sponsoring GELF's Virtual Programming Series and/or GELF NYC 2020, please contact

Ben Hassing

SVP, Cross Border Trade, Walmart

Janelle Spatz

Director of Operations - Ecommerce, PVH Corp.

Nathan Isaacson

Digital Sales & Emerging Channels, New Balance

Matthew Schiff

VP, Ecommerce, Marc Jacobs

Nisha Oza

Brand Partnerships, Chinese Laundry

Na'Im McKee

Senior Marketing Manager, Global Paid Media, Arrow Electronics

YuJin Yong

Senior Director of Direct to Consumer and Digital, MZ WALLACE

Martin Suter

Global VP, Marketplace, ABInBev

Jeff Lord

Sr Dir of Global eComm & Retail, Burton Snowboards

Eric Tam

VP, Global Digital + Technology, Biossance

Jose Farinas

Presidente Latin America & Global Manager, Wahl Clipper

Kirat Anand

Founder & CEO, KAS New York