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JumpStart — 11 June on eCommerce Platforms

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This recession we’re busier than ever: sweating the details, focusing on the customer, rapid trading. Decisions are made decisively and in shorter time frames. There is more information and guidance freely available than ever before, yet procurement processes still seem turgid, time-consuming and mired in endless powerpoint sessions, claim and counterclaim.

Procurement is painful not simply due to the difficulty in assessing answers, but the much more important issue of ‘getting the right question’.

The Internet Retailing procurement “JUMP START” programme will take a short, sharp, intense look at some key procurement issues – but our focus is upon identifying and presenting the key questions you should ask, rather than presuming to advance some generic, one-size-fits-all maxims. All solutions are individual, and our “JUMP START” will help you get to the heart of the questions for you.

The first JumpStart event on eCommerce Platforms is on 11 June 2009 at 0900. Attendance is free and open to retailers only.

The format is a sharp, focused one, concentrating on surfacing key differences, inflexions and considerations.

The morning is split in two supplier groups. Each supplier has only 20 minutes to make their points of difference and distinction clear.

There is then a chaired Q&A panel to draw out the questions that help determine the ‘right answer’ for you.

We are respectful of your time and so will not allow ‘standard sales pitch’ presentations. Rather, we’ll make the pitches, white papers and generic content available to all delegates for desk research at your leisure.

Our editorial team will capture delegate questions in advance, and also pose, aggregate and publish our questioning of the presenters in advance.

Our aim is to make this morning a fast-paced, intensive and useful one, allowing plenty of time to discuss questions with the presenters and other delegates.


Our first JumpStart event – eCommerce Platform Providers – will be held as follows:

This event is free to attend, but as places are limited you do need to register in advance. REGISTER FREE NOW!

Companies presenting and discussing include (in alphabetical order):

  1. 10 CMS (

  2. ATG (

  3. eCommera (

  4. Hybris Software (

  5. Ivis Group

  6. Snow Valley (


What will you learn?

How to approach procurement. Each company, as well as the opening presentation and chaired panels, will seek to draw out the key questions and approaches to procurement. What questions should you have asked yourself, your colleagues and your suppliers? What are the key issues to consider before choosing, during implementation and then in-life?

To supplement this insight you’ll be provided with the full data and presentation packs, but we won’t confuse ‘quantity of powerpoint’ with ‘insightful tips’.

Why you should attend?

The market in ecommerce platforms and key components is changing rapidly. New competitors revise their offering and overleap established players; market leaders add capability, usability and cost-effective options; some features have become ‘standard issue’ whereas others could give a competitive edge for a period.

This intense half-day format will give you both insight, briefing and a chance to meet with other retailers. It will give you either a fast-track to create your own commercial procurement process, or even allow you to benchmark your existing or intended supplier against the market’s best offerings.

Who should attend?

The event is open to retailers only.

Managers responsible for procurement, or in the functional area we’re covering are very welcome.

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