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Top 10 reasons to attend eCommerce Expo 2015

GS1 UK will be at this years eCommerce Expo, come and see us at stand 190. 

With our friends at eCommerce Expo we created this post to give you the lowdown on what is happening at the event.

Not long to go now before organisers will be rolling out the proverbial red carpet to welcome our esteemed guests and exhibitors to eCommerce Expo 2015 on the 30th September and 1st October.

Just in time to beat the Festive Season rush, this is the perfect opportunity to get out of the office for a couple of days of inspiration in all things ecommerce. Here are the insider picks and tips to making the most of your time:

1. Browse the show floor

eCommerce Expo is an exhibition after all. Navigate the eCommerce Expo show floor to source the latest ecommerce technology from the largest and widest range of solutions providers in the UK.

From payments to platforms, delivery to marketing and general ecommerce solutions, spend two days browsing what’s on offer and chatting to our exhibitors to find out how their services can benefit your business.

2. Be inspired in the Inspirational Tech Arena

Gain a competitive edge in delivering the perfect omni-channel experience now and in the future.

See live demonstrations and learn about advancements in using state of the art technologies for In Store, At Home and On The Go.

3. Get your start-up fix

Startupbootcamp is a global network of industry focused startup accelerators who take start-ups global by giving them direct access to an international network of the most relevant partners, investors and mentors in their sector.

This year at eCommerce Expo, 10 of the most innovative start-ups in the ecommerce space will take part in a special boot camp competition in association with Startupbootcamp.

The competition will comprise of two, hour long sessions where each start-up company will have five minutes to pitch their technology, products or services.

The winner will be announced in the Inspirational Tech Arena at 16:00 on Wednesday 30 September.

4. Hear from a killer line up of keynotes

eCommerce Expo wouldn’t be eCommerce Expo without a killer keynote line-up. Hear from:

Suzanne Miglucci, Chief Marketing Officer, ChannelAdvisor – 5 changes in consumer behaviour that are impacting ecommerce

Doug Glenwright, General Manager Retail Transformation, TUI - Beyond Omni-channel in retail strategy: Showcasing the TUI integrated concept store

Kim Ludlow, Managing Director, – Understanding the Research Online, Purchase Offline shopper

Dr Dave Chaffey, CEO, Smart Insights – Bridging the digital skills gap

David Martin, European Online Director, Coca-Cola Enterprises – Lessons from Share A Coke: How technology can enable right place, right time digital marketing success

Adam Warburton, Head of Mobile, Travelex – Travelex’s commitment to mcommerce: Successfully transforming a traditional retail business to a mobile-centric, tech business

5. Rub shoulders at the Directors Club

The Directors Club is a handpicked group of key influencers and thought leaders within ecommerce, marketing and digital specialisms. A specially designed programme has been put together for those who qualify. As well as plenty of refreshments, networking and socialising, attendees to the Directors Club will hear from:

Andrew Tarver, Director, Bold Rocket – Disruptive technology and harnessing the potential of the digital age for the benefit of the people

Andrew McClelland, Managing Director Mirador Digital, Advisor to and Head of Industry Insight at IMRG – The changing world of e-retailer and the operational focus on data and benchmarking for competitive edge

Mark Ridley, Director of Technology, – Implementation of an agile culture and changing mindsets and internal culture from board level down

Richard George, Director of Digital, Eircom – Understanding your own goal of developing a digital corporate culture: what the end result should be and the technology to help you get there

To express your interest in the Directors Club, please get in touch:

6. Be served by the Digital Cream at the IDM Academy

The IDM and their specialist trainers will join us at eCommerce Expo 2015 to dish up a healthy serving of expert opinion, advice and tricks of the trade.

Delivered by expert trainers from the Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing (IDM), each 45 minute, CPD accredited, session will give you unrivalled insight into current topics including going mobile, enhancing customer engagement and developing your online value proposition. Each session is worth 1 CPD point.

7. Get educated

As if the keynote line-up, Director’s Club and IDM Academy wasn’t enough to get your summer-dormant brain cells a good workout, there are PLENTY of education sessions to attend. The eCommerce Expo Education Programme includes more than 60 hours of content mixing general sessions on ecommerce and omni-channel with specialist theatres looking at payments, customer strategy, cross-border trade and marketing.

Due to popularity, sessions need to be booked ahead.

8. Be customer conscious by visiting Customer Contact Expo

Make the most of your time out of the office by popping next door to Customer Contact Expo where you'll be able to develop, source and maximise the customer management technologies and data you require to create a better customer experience.

At Customer Contact Expo, you can access to over 350 suppliers all showcasing the latest technology and attend our free conference on all things customer service and customer experience.

9. Get dolled up and attend the eCommerce Awards for Excellence

It’s the evening of the year for all ecommerce professionals. After all the hard work the industry has put in, who will prove to be the shining stars of 2015?

The eCommerce Awards for Excellence is the most prestigious evening in the ecommerce calendar. Now in its 7th year, the Awards celebrate the very best the industry has to offer from groundbreaking innovations and campaigns to customer service excellence and revenue growth.

10. Getting to see you!

Yes, cliché it may be but eCommerce Expo offers the perfect opportunity to get away from the daily grind of office routine to get out and see what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not in the ecommerce industry. Spend two days being inspired by everything we have on show, growing your network and meeting up with old friends while checking out the innovation and taking in all the opportunities available for your business.


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