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IRC 2016 Halfords’ Tony Rivenell joins keynote line-up

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Tony Rivenell of Halfords has been named as a keynote speaker at InternetRetailing Conference 2016. He joins a line-up that already includes James McClure of Airbnb and Ian Jindal, editor-in-chief of InternetRetailing.

Currently chief digital officer at Halfords , Rivenell has also held high profile leadership roles at Boots, Waitrose and Ocado. Delegates at the conference will gain insight into how Tony has helped the UK’s leading organisations implement change and keep pace with the ever-changing demands of the always on, multichannel consumer in a session that focuses on new horizons in mobile. He’ll be speaking at 9.30am at IRC 2016, to be held on October 12 2016.

His keynote is in keeping with the wider theme of new horizons as IRC 2016 looks to the future of ecommerce and multichannel retail. It will provide a forum for retailers to discuss the direction of travel as omnichannel commerce moves into the next stage of digitally-led transformation. This is the 11th conference, and as the event moves into its second decade it focuses on changes in both the way that shoppers buy, and that retailers sell that are likely to come in future.

As well as marketplaces, the role of mobile and international in the future of retail will also come under scrutiny. Speakers hail from retailers and service providers as diverse as Home Retail Group, River Island, Urban Outfitters, Lego, Woolovers and Vente Privée, as well as AirBnB.

“Ecommerce professionals, for over a decade at the vanguard of innovation and radical change, are themselves now having to adapt and change as ecommerce is no longer a channel but an equal partner with stores,” said Ian Jindal, editor-in-chief of InternetRetailing.

“For 2016 we’re looking to new horizons that the modern digitally-enabled retailer can scan as we seek to satisfy the demands of the connected, savvy customer.”

The event, to be held at the Novotel, Hammersmith, London, follows directly on from sister event the eDelivery Conference, to be held the previous day, October 11, at the same venue. This event, for retail logistics professionals, focuses on Practicalities, a theme explored through the twin tracks of availability and experience.

“Creating options and providing robust solutions could be the mantra of the multichannel professionals responsible for S-O-L-D – supply chain, operations, logistics and delivery,” said InternetRetailing’s Jindal. “The infrastructural aspects of multichanne retail are creating new capabilities to be turned into customer promises. Our theme for the second annual eDelivery Conference is practicality. Our two tracks, availability and experience, will analyse those much needed practical approaches to fulfil the multichannel promise.”

Speakers from Tesco and are already confirmed at EDC 2016.

For more information about the InternetRetailing and eDelivery conferences click here.

We have a limited number of full delegate passes to win. Each entitles the holder to access all conference tracks, post conference networking receptions, and to meals and refreshments at the event. We’re offering them to the retailers who we judge to have the best answer to the following question: what is the key ecommerce/multichannel event of the year so far, in your view? Enter by tweeting @IR_conf and @etail with your responses.

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