Knight of the realm among trio of retail aces to share insights at Internet Retailing Conference 2013

Sir Stuart Rose, Laura Wade-Gery and Ilan Benhaim are three of the biggest names in retail set to share their expert views of the sector with key industry players at the Internet Retailing Conference (IRC) 2013 this October.


Sir Stuart Rose, Chairman of Ocado, Dressipi and more recently Fat Face, will share his thoughts and insight into the customer, the retail business and the future of the industry.


Knighted in 2008 for his services to retail, Sir Stuart is a retail legend and perhaps best known for his role as CEO of Marks and Spencer as well as board positions at Argos, the Arcadia Group and Booker plc.


Current Board member at M&S, Laura Wade-Gery is a much-anticipated Keynote. Executive Director of Multi-channel E-commerce, Laura will share details of the company’s journey to cross-channel operations and explain how the company combines start up agility though the digital lab with its core business in order to move with even greater pace and deliver first to market technology and experiences for its customers.

Previously CEO of, Laura joined the Marks & Spencer board in July 2011 with the vision of the brand becoming a market leader in the multichannel world. She has since introduced iPads into stores to give customers the opportunity to shop the full catalogue in-store and drive online growth.


French retailing magnate, Ilan Benhaim, Co-founder of vente-privé the flash sales phenomena will fly to London from Paris to speak to retailers about how they can develop their top line, by establishing an international presence and applying the strategies of cross channelling.


Taking place at the Novotel in Hammersmith, London on October 16th 2013, the conference is in its eighth year and will attract over 500 delegates and 45 exhibitors who will gather to learn about ‘The New Basics’ of retail.

There will be three clear themes for the conference, with industry experts sharing their knowledge of The Customer, The Business and The Industry as well as a further eight free workshops.


The Customer specific conference stream will explore what the customer sees and what they expect. This will track customer behaviour, experience and interaction. Looking at how retailers are matching and exceeding customers’ expectations while differentiating from competitors will drive the content in The Business stream, whilst The Industry related stream will look past expected practice to the leading edge that could be the ‘retail basics’ of future years.


Talking about the importance of the conference for the sector, Editor-In-Chief, Ian Jindal, said:


“Over the last 8 years IRC has brought the board-level conversation to life in an intense, multi stream day. The conference is at the nexus of multichannel retail – crossing skill silos, professional domains, business sector and country boundaries.

“From our keynotes to our workshops, via the expert speakers and our compact expo, InternetRetailing is the best use of a day out of the office for senior, strategic commercial leaders.”


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