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IRX 2014 PREVIEW The countdown begins

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The countdown to the fourth annual Internet Retailing eXpo is underway.

The event is anticipated to welcome about 5,000 visitors from across the online and multichannel industries as they descend on Birmingham’s NEC on March 26 and 27.

There they will be able to see the latest technologies in action across the exhibition featuring some 200 exhibitors, and hear from industry professionals and experts in six conferences covering internet retailing in-store, customer experience and journey, international retailing, operations and logistics, digital sales and marketing and mobile and mobility. Conference speakers hail from across the industry, including House of Fraser, Argos, Tui Travel, Majestic Wine, Aurora Fashions, Homebase, Land Securities, FatFace, Fortnum & Mason, the Oxford Institute of Retail Management, and many more, representing sectors from fashion to logistics, travel to grocery, beauty to homewares and luxury brands.

Conference director Mark Pigou said: “The show offers a specific proposition to retailers as a ‘full circle’ window and promises to attract the often elusive retailer in high numbers through a combination of relevant content, sourcing and fact-finding intelligence.”

Twelve highly practical workshops will be held by a range of suppliers including SLI Systems, Shutl, Kount and Amplience, who will help retailers to get the best out of their ecommerce systems.

The Internet Retailing team will be launching the IR500 programme at IRX, naming the top 500 retailers in the UK and Europe. Visit to find out more about the IR500 programme and gain insights into the unique methodology used to assemble the list. IRX will feature a Top 500 Lounge, open to all members of top 500 companies as a resource centre, meeting and hospitality space.

Show highlights also include dedicated Metapack and Magento partner pavilions, the IMRG Knowledge Lounge, an Ask the Experts Doctors’ Clinic, and the return of the Innovation Studio.

Internet Retailing editor-in-chief Ian Jindal said: “IRX 2014 is a one-day ‘wow’ package, combining cutting-edge commercial inspiration from the six conferences with 200 of the best suppliers exhibition how you too can replicate and exceed the achievements of industry leaders.

“It’s ‘trade show plus’ – all of the industry arrayed with the insight, inspiration, innovation and the hard-nosed commercial chops to deliver answers.

“IRX is a show for all professions who’re involved in multichannel retail: ecommerce, marketing, operations, logistics, payment and retail stores.”

In coming weeks we’ll be focusing in more depth on different aspects of IRX, and interviewing key speakers from the conference for a taste of what they will be sharing with our visitors.

In the meantime, find out more about the event and register for free at

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