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IRX/EDX 2015 PREVIEW More than 7,000 visitors expected to set new records at fast-growing multichannel event

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More than 7,000 visitors, including retailers from around the world, are expected at this year’s Internet Retailing Expo (IRX).

There they’ll hear from scores of expert speakers hailing from retailers as diverse as John Lewis, ao.com, Monsoon Accessorize, and Selfridges. Keynote speakers at the event, which this year runs alongside eDelivery Expo (EDX) at the NEC in Birmingham on March 25 and 26, will include John Roberts, founder and chief executive of ao.com , Gareth Jones, deputy chief executive of Shop Direct , Lisa Hardy, chief marketing officer at NBTY Europe, Andrew Murphy, retail director at John Lewis , Jon Rudoe, digital and technology director at Sainsbury’s , Martijn Bertisen, director, retail, at Google UK , and John Munnelly, head of operations at the Magna Park Campus at John Lewis Partnership .

As well as attending the conference stream, taking part in a free practically-focused workshops and clinics run by suppliers including Amplience , Adestra and Monetate and Rocket Mill, visitors will also be able to explore the Digital High Street, where suppliers of new and innovative technologies will show just how retailers can bridge the gap between offline and offline. Facial recognition software, contactless payment, smart labels, on-demand delivery, digital changing rooms, 3D printing shops, and robotic assistants are among the innovations set to feature in this area, new to IRX this year.

Retailers will also be able to visit the Digital Payments Village, and the Brands Direct Marketplace Theatre, where retailers, suppliers and marketplaces themselves will share expert insights on making the most of opportunities that marketplaces present.

IRX will also be a place where retailers can learn from international experience. There will be Chinese and Indian pavilions showcasing the cream of technology and expertise from those countries, alongside exhibitors from Brazil, North America and across Europe. Closer to home, more than 250 of the UK’s leading multichannel suppliers will also be demonstrating what they can do.

In the eDelivery Expo, a new Internet Retailing event dedicated to multichannel logistics and operations professionals, speakers from John Lewis, Wayfair , Shop Direct and Deckers will focus on conference themes including bringing online shoppers in-store, best practices and success stories.

The IREU Top500 Footprint will also be unveiled at IRX 2015, extending the work done in the IRUK Top500 into Europe.

Mark Pigou, founder of Internet Retailing Magaazine and Events UK, said: “With over 250 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations that are driving revenue for retailers, as well as the leading names in the sector, both IRX and EDX offer visitors two days of education, networking and relationship building, all under one roof.

“Bigger and better than ever before, with new features such as the Digital High Street, the Digital Payments Village and Brands Direct Marketplace Theatre, we’re looking forward to record numbers of visitors all wanting to learn how best to sell online.”

To find out more and to register for a free ticket, visit http://internetretailingexpo.com/.

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