I’m currently on a 8 week road trip full of client and store visits. My schedule is pretty tight, but the trip does include three big industry events. Shop.Org, IBM Smarter Commerce, and RIS Cross Channel Summit. If you’re going to be at any of the shows and want to meet up, feel free to drop me a line.
Shop.org Annual Summit in Boston, MA, Sept 12 – 14
IBM Smarter Commerce Global Summit 2011 in San Diego, CA, Sept 19-21
RIS Cross-Channel Retail Executive Summit in Scottsdale, AZ, Sept 28 – 30.
Shop.Org is one of my favorite shows, there is usually lots of good content and practical advice for e-commerce leaders. Be sure to catch the keynote from Glen Senk,(CEO of Urban Outfitter), he’s one of the retail leaders that truly get’s cross-channel.
The IBM show has formerly been focused on the IBM Websphere Commerce platform, but with the many recent IBM acquisitions (Coremetrics, Sterling Commerce, Unica, etc…) the show’s scope is much broader. I’m looking forward to seeing how much progress IBM has made in integrating their acquisitions, and am particularly eager to see how IBM is responding to the dramatic emergence of Social, Local, and Mobile in our shopping behaviors.
It will be my first time attending the RIS Cross-Channel Summit, but other RIS events have been a lot more “conference” than “trade show” which gives them a much more intimate, less hectic feel.
I’m a fan of industry conferences and am an advocate of getting out of the office and collaborating with your peers. I know It can be a challenge for busy retail leaders to make the time to attend a few of these events, so it’s critical to choose wisely. I’d love to hear about your experiences. What are your favorite events?
Feel free to leave a note in the comments or drop me a line, and if you’re going to be attending it would be great to meet up.