[Video] The Keynotes from Shopify Unite 2019

shopify unite 2019 keynotes

Last week we hosted our fourth annual partner and developer conference, Shopify Unite. Thousands of partners and developers from around the world joined us in Toronto for three days of product launches and inspirational talks to explore Shopify’s roadmap and the opportunity ahead.

In case you missed them, below are the opening keynotes from day one of Shopify Unite. Watch Shopify leadership share our vision for the future of commerce, and how we’re unlocking more opportunities for you to build on our platform.

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For more inspiration and education, check out all the track talks from day one and day two of Shopify Unite 2019.

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Day one keynotes

Day one was full of exciting product launches. Give the keynotes a watch below.

Online Store: Core—Cynthia Savard Saucier

Cynthia Savard Saucier, Director of UX Channels at Shopify, introduces exciting new changes to the online store design experience, with sections on every page, native video and 3D support, and checkout app extensions coming soon.

Online Store: Advanced—David Mollenkamp

David Mollenkamp, Director of Product at Shopify, introduces updates to custom storefront tools, and announces exciting changes that make it easier for Shopify merchants to run international businesses.

Shopify POS—Arpan Podduturi

Arpan Podduturi, Director of Product at Shopify, takes us through a preview of the new Shopify POS and how we’re reimagining the retail experience in order to create better customer experiences, including the new POS cart app extensions for loyalty and promotions.

Backoffice—Lynsey Thornton

Lynsey Thornton, Vice President of UX and Core Product at Shopify, introduces upcoming changes that will allow Shopify Partners to better help merchants manage and optimize their business operations. Lynsey announces three new APIs: the Fulfillment API (beta), the Delivery Profiles API, and the Order Editing APIs, so you can spend less time building workarounds and more time creating value for your clients. Lynsey also announces new languages available for the Shopify Admin and Partner Dashboard.

Shopify Plus—Katie Cerar

Katie Cerar, Product Lead at Shopify Plus, walks us through the exciting announcement of the all-new Shopify Plus that will be available later this year. The new Shopify Plus will enable large, complex businesses to manage multiple stores, users, automation, and more in one place.

Developer products—Vanessa Lee

Vanessa Lee, Director of Product at Shopify, introduces five products that will help make Shopify developers more powerful. This includes Libraries for GraphQL, the update to Shopify App Bridge, Shopify App CLI, and API versioning.

Shopify Fulfillment Network—Craig Miller

Craig Miller, Chief Product Officer at Shopify, introduces the Shopify Fulfillment Network, a geographically dispersed network of fulfillment centers with smart inventory-allocation technology. Powered by machine learning that predicts the closest fulfillment centers and optimal inventory quantities per location, merchants will soon be able to ensure fast, low-cost delivery to their buyers.

Closing keynote: The Opportunity Ahead—Harley Finkelstein

Harley Finkelstein, Chief Operating Officer at Shopify, recaps the effect of the partner ecosystem on Shopify. He invites partners on a journey to power the world’s entrepreneurs— promising the opportunity ahead has never been bigger.

AMA with Tobi Lütke

How has Tobi dealt with the evolution of his role from coder and snowboard salesman, to CEO of Shopify? What really happened between MailChimp and Shopify? What does Tobi predict the future of commerce will look like? These are some of the questions you’ll hear in this AMA with Tobi Lutke, CEO at Shopify, hosted by Cara Hogan, Content Strategist at Zaius.

Bonus: Day two keynotes

There were great talks on day two of Shopify Unite, too. Check them out below.

An Insider's Look at the Technology That Powers Shopify—Jean-Michel Lemieux

Jean-Michel Lemieux, Chief Technology Officer at Shopify, shares how Shopify continues to grow and build innovative solutions for businesses of any size. Learn about the four pillars of Shopify's retail technology platform, how Shopify is committed to protecting them, and how they provide a solid foundation on which to grow your business.

Closing Remarks—Atlee Clark

Join Atlee Clark, Director of Partner Platform at Shopify, as she shares her own merchant experience and recaps the incredible impact of partners across Shopify.

Don’t miss a single announcement

We know there’s a lot to take in at Shopify Unite, so to help you make sense of it all we’ve put together a high level view of every new product and API update announced at this year’s partner and developer conference. Get a recap:

Keep up to date on all Shopify platform information by subscribing to our monthly product email for partners, What’s New with Shopify.

Here’s what folks are saying about Shopify Unite

In case you missed the live vibe, you can get a feel for the event from what Shopify Partners shared on both Twitter and Instagram. A few of partners even created podcasts or wrote detailed reviews recapping their experience at Shopify Unite. Check out what they had to say!



Carry the inspiration forward

We hope Shopify Unite has left you inspired and excited about the opportunity ahead. Use these videos and recaps to carry the inspiration through the year.

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