Organisers of this year’s InternetRetailing Conference say early bird bookings will close next week.

Tickets at a discounted rate are available until August 1, representing an opportunity for forward-thinking retailers to secure their place at the event.

The theme of the twelfth annual InternetRetailing Conference (IRC 2017) is on Energising Retail. It aims to provide a platform for creative retailers to discuss how the industry can meet the needs of the modern consumer.

Well established retail concepts will be questioned at this year’s event, which aims to give digital leaders a platform to learn, network and continue developing their digital retail and multichannel strategies.

The IRC and EDC conferences will bring together UK and European Top 500 multichannel retailers to share insight into how they are running their businesses to meet the needs of today’s consumers online, on mobile, in store and across all touchpoints. The interactive and networking-rich formats offer opportunities to mix with and learn from peers. Presentations will be given by professionals who have led and delivered significant projects for globally-renowned retailers, brands and services with speakers focusing on what they’ve done, what they’re doing, and how they assess the results.

Opening plenaries

Reflecting the state of the industry, the opening debates aim to clarify exactly what the modern landscape is. How have consumers evolved in terms of their expectations and demands and how can retailers respond profitably? The plenary session also explores the possibilities in new talent and working methodology. What is the perfect blend of age and experience, and how can traditional labour be reconciled with new opportunities in technology?

Plenaries to look out for include:

• The modern consumer demands a modern approach to ecommerce. What defines the new modern? How are innovative retailers keeping pace?
• New talent brings new opportunities. How are the leading retailers attracting and retaining the next generation of thought leaders?

Four streams

The InternetRetailing Conference then focuses on four streams of activity. The consumer’s profile has never been more complex (partially due to the industry’s strengthened ability to…