Chicago is gearing up to host the granddaddy of all national events aimed at ecommerce merchants, and if it’s not on your radar screen, it should be. The 15th annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, or IRCE, is set to kick off June 25 for a three-day extravaganza of experts, fellow merchants, strategists, and vendors.
In an industry known for isolation from networking opportunities, this flagship soiree gathers premiere figures and ecommerce merchants, large and small, to explore the possibilities in starting, growing, or maximizing your business.
Extending last year’s format, the event will encompass three separate and distinct shows that include GlobalShop and RFID Journal LIVE! Retail. The scope of these RetailX offerings is massive, and with each unfolding in a singular 400,000 square foot venue, it sweetens the pot on the decision to attend.
This year’s IRCE keynote speaker, Doug Stephens, is a world-renowned retail industry figure with futuristic vision and an exemplary resume. Founder and president of Retail Prophet, Stephens has counseled retail giants such as Walmart, Home Depot, Google, Disney, and Citibank, and is listed as one of the leading retail top global influencer by Vend.com.
Other featured speakers include Andy Dunn, Senior VP of Walmart, and Airbnb Strategic Advisor Chip Conley.
In addition to high-profile speakers, attendees may participate in targeted workshops and seminars, and peruse a hall with more than 1,200 exhibitors waiting to show off their latest products and services. This is your chance to learn hot tips on Best Practices, store design, and other critical elements that shape the success of ecommerce vendors.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro, an up-and-comer, or brand-spanking new to the world of online selling, you’ll want to strongly consider attending the granddaddy of all ecommerce soirees: the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition. IRCE, as it’s known in the industry, is anything but yet another glitzy platform for self-promotion. Taking place June 5-8 this year in Chicago’s marquee McCormick Place West, it promises to deliver another spectacular array of expert presentations, vendor booths, and just about everything else you’d hope to see at an industry conference.
Since 2005, IRCE has drawn an impressive crowd and not failed to please, thanks to its highly organized, well planned event. Each year, industry trends are highlighted and futuristic ideas teased.
What’s different about this one? In its 14th year, the expo has joined forces with two entities: GlobalShop, the biggest annual event tailored for brick-and-mortar stores, and RFID Journal LIVE!, a trade event geared toward data-capture and inventory technologies that make the sales stream run smoothly.
IRCE officials believe this three-pronged location is a stellar opportunity for the onslaught of businesses with overlapping online and physical presence demands. The conferences will still operate separately, but hosting them in a singular venue offers convenient access to an even greater array of useful resources.
If you've been waiting all year, it's finally time. IRCE in Chicago kicked off last night with a Welcome Reception and continues through Friday.
A premier ecommerce conference, IRCE delivers exceptional events, panels, exhibitions, and speakers.
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Tell us in the comments what you're looking forward to most. We're excited to hear Under Armour VP George Hansen give the keynote on Thursday.
Trade shows: the glitzy, celebratory, often overwhelming – but always useful – tools of business. You doubt you can afford the time, but you can’t afford to stay away.
And with good reason. Networking among contacts, peers, and even clients, while absorbing useful information from speakers can make an enormous difference in how you approach your operations.
This year, the marquee event for Internet sellers is IRCE, or the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, taking place June 7-10 in McCormick Place West, Chicago. Smart e-tailers will plan to go.
The event attracts large crowds and offers a significant breadth of substance, including more than 200 speakers. This year’s keynote speaker is Mark Friedman, President of E-commerce for mega-online footwear retailer Steven Madden.
If that’s not enticing enough, consider this: IRCE offers 600 exhibiting companies in its tradeshow hall, ready to introduce new and riveting technologies for businesses of all sizes.
Interested in hearing presentations tailored to your product sector or mode of operation? Wander through scheduled talks given by proven professionals in the e-commerce world.
Here are a few examples:
Keynote presenters include: Jason Goldberger, Pres. of Target.com and Mobile Target Corp.; Christopher McCann, Pres. 1-800-Flowers.com; James McQuivey, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Forrester Research; and Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder and Executive Chairman for reddit.com.
It’s no secret that one of the most valuable takeaways from industry trade shows is a renewed vigor to reinvent and perfect your company’s interface over the world wide web, reaching potential and existing customers in a way that captures their attention amid a field of nearly countless competitors. Here’s your chance to get ahead of the field.
For more information, see the IRCE 2016 website. Its navigation is simple and comprehensive, offering specific presentation outlines as well as a host of information on what to expect when you arrive in the Windy City for this extravaganza.