IRCE: What We Are Looking Forward to Most in the Windy City
We’re less than a week out from one of the most anticipated shows of the year for our team – the Internet Retailer Conference & Expo (IRCE). As the conference celebrates its tenth year, here are some of the sessions and events we’re most excited about as we head to Chicago next week: 1. Platform Selection & Implementation: This pre-show workshop is of great interest to our e-commerce team members, who have years of experience implementing platforms on behalf of retailers such as Mulberry and Beaverbrooks. This session, which will focus on how to navigate platform choices, is sure to be a lively and interactive discussion that we’re looking forward to being part of. 2. Protecting Your Brand from Holiday Shipping Disasters: Last holiday season was a shipping nightmare for many retailers across the U.S. In this session, executives from GNC and Spend Management Experts will discuss how to better plan and execute a process to keep fulfillment and delivery on target this year, a topic very close to our hearts. 3. Ecommerce Transformation Talk: Jonathan Wall, director, e-commerce at UK-based Shop Direct Group, will share the secrets of the retailer’s success in aligning all the moving parts when it’s time to make an e-commerce transformation. The organization met some aggressive goals when shifting from a catalog-based company to e-commerce, and is even dominating mobile commerce. Since we work with retailers on their end-to-end commerce solutions, we’re looking forward to hearing how technology partners played a role, and also understanding the organizational changes that took place internally. 4. Staying Out of Tax Trouble: On day two of the conference, Newgistics’ senior e-commerce product manager, and former director of e-commerce at Edwin Watts Golf, Robb McCarter, will be delivering a session on best practices for integrating sales tax software. During the session, Robb will share lessons learned from his recent experience evaluating sales tax systems. The session will help retailers ask their vendors the right questions to ensure a smooth integration, and provide tips to make sure they stay out of tax trouble. 5. Exclusive 10th Anniversary Party at the House of Blues: As American blues singer and musician Robert Johnson once said, “Chicago is a ‘sweet home’ for the blues.” We couldn’t agree more. We’re excited to host an exclusive party at The House of Blues with live music, of course, and a menu created by one of the country’s leading contemporary chefs and Food Network stars, Aaron Sanchez. We’ll also be showcasing our custom solutions including our integrated e-commerce platform, order fulfillment, delivery and returns in booth #1029 at the center of the IRCE exhibit hall. Hope to see you there!