Julie Meyer, the successful entrepreneur and judge on the BBC’s Dragon’s Den Online, is to be one of the keynote speakers at the first ever Internet Retailing Expo (IRX) held later this month.
Charles Tyrwhitt founder Nick Wheeler will be another main presenter at the event, which has grown out of the Internet Retailing Conference, now in its fifth year.
Over 120 exhibitors and an estimated 4,000 visitors are expected to attend the IRX at the Birmingham NEC on March 23rd and March 24th, as the traditional format of speeches and workshops is combined with a trade show setting.
Mark Pigou, the co-founder of the Internet Retailing brand, said: “The Internet Retailing Conference has grown year-on-year as it consistently recognises the importance and accommodates the needs of this retail channel as a firmly integrated part of the overall multichannel retailing experience.
“We are proud to continue our lead as the most innovative and challenging conference for this industry and look forward to welcoming both new and past delegates.”
The IRX will be split into two conferences with the first concentrating on ‘Best Practice’, revealing insights for small business starting out in e-commerce, whilst the second will focus more on how large companies deal with the challenges of the medium.
Meyer and Wheeler will be the main speakers at the first conference, whilst the second conference will hear speeches from other senior industry figures, including Luke Fairless, Lead Service Manager at Tesco, Harriet Williams, Strategy and Online Marketing Controller at Debenhams, and Roeland Loof, Senior Manager of Mobile Europe at eBay.
Williams’ speech may be of particular interest as Debenhams is a keen innovator in online retail and was one of the first companies to sign up to the Facebook Deals promotion, seeing the potential of social commerce in the sector.