This is the 14th edition of the Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition, and what started in its first year as a small event held in the lower
levels of a Chicago hotel has grown into the largest conference in the world devoted to the needs of online retailers. IRCE will take over Chicago’s McCormick Place West convention center June 5-8 for four days of workshops, track sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities.

We expect more than 10,000 e-retailers and service providers on site this year, with each seeking an edge that will improve their business

Insider's Guide to IRCE: Welcome

Allison Enright, Editorial Director, Internet Retailer

competitiveness. To that end, over the last year the Internet Retailer staff and our colleagues at Emerald Expositions (the owners of IRCE) have methodically crafted a conference agenda that hits on e-retailers’ needs across many levels, from simple refinements that can help improve key business metrics to insights into some online retailers’ more complex business strategies. You can visit IRCE.com to view the complete agenda, which includes more than 130 session topics and 200-plus speakers.

Given that this is an insider’s guide to the show, I want to draw back the curtain and share some detail on how this learning-intensive conference comes together. One of the greatest strengths we have in crafting the topics featured at IRCE are the conversations we have with online retailers every day in the course of our reporting at Internet Retailer. The experiences retail executives share with us about their challenges, successes and the issues that keep them awake at night are what drives IRCE content development…

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