MagentoLive France Highlights and 2017 Road Map

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With over 400 merchants, developers, commerce innovators, and partners in attendance, the 2017 MagentoLive France was the biggest ever. Magento would like to thank the members of our thriving ecosystem for coming together and sharing best practices and insights for driving continued success in a rapidly changing commerce environment.

2017 Commerce Trends and Insights

During informative sessions and networking events, MagentoLive France speakers shared important commerce trends and insights for 2017. Meeting and exceeding consumers’ heightened expectations was top of mind for many. 61 percent of consumers expect click and collect functionality. Returns matter too. 86 percent of customers said they want to buy online and return in-store. With omnichannel commerce continuing to mature, product content is a number one priority for merchants and social commerce is an emerging theme.

The results of delivering engaging shopper experiences were highlighted in multiple customer stories. Attendees heard directly from Alex Barbier, Digital Marketing Director for Oliver Sweeney, and Mathieu Delpuech, Global Direct-eCommerce Capability Manager for Mars Information Services, about their customer experience innovations. Product personalization was an important theme for both merchants. We also heard from Emmanuel Stern, CEO of The Kooples, in a fireside chat with Francis Barel, Head of Market Growth France at PayPal, and Marco Dalla Libera from Magento partner, Alpenite. Marco shared the commerce journey of Politecnico di Milano, the largest technical university in Italy, and the unique way in which they support a wide range of corporate and professional users of their market research.

Magento celebrated two eCommerce leaders who have been executing ambitious digital transformation initiatives at their companies. Congratulations to our Trailblazer Award recipients: Olivier Heitz, Director of Digital Information Systems at Bouygues, and Mathieu Delpuech, the Global Direct-eCommerce Capability Manager at Mars Information Services.

What To Expect from Magento in 2017

2016 was a year of tremendous growth for Magento. The ecosystem is expanding Our rich developer ecosystem, already impressive at 205,000 members, is expanding 20 percent annually. We estimate that number will increase to 500,000 by 2020. There are now over 1,000 extensions on the Magento Marketplace. Incredibly, 51 million online shoppers drove over $101B gross merchandise volume across the Magento platform in 2016. Magento merchants are diverse. In total, they comprise over 260,000 businesses, functioning in 23 industry verticals, from over 180 countries. Expect an expanded focus on B2B, enhanced reporting and analytics, new content management tools and developer experience enhancements – all in the effort to fully support the diversity of our ecosystem. 2017 is off to a fast start!

View the MagentoLive France 2017 event photos here.