IRCE

June 25-28, 2019
McCormick Place South, Chicago

FAQs

General

The baggage/coat check schedule and location will be available in the spring 2019.

IRCE does not accept checks or wire payments from domestic attendees and will not issue invoices for vendor-style payments.  If you are based outside the U.S. and have restrictions on the method of payment, please contact Laura Porter at laura.porter@irce.com.

Absolutely. Badges may be transferred to another individual, provided they are a colleague within your organization. Substituting a different person on an existing registration can be done by calling IRCE registration customer service at (800) 465-5514.

The attendee cancellation policy will be available in fall 2018.

Badges may be picked up on-site only.

Badge Reprint Policy:

PLEASE TREAT YOUR BADGE LIKE AN EVENT TICKET.  ONCE PRINTED, IT CANNOT BE REPLACED OR TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER ATTENDEE.  NO EXCEPTIONS. If you misplace your badge, you must purchase another at the full on-site price. are absolutely no exceptions to this policy.

Badges may only be picked up by the individual named on the badge.  You must provide state or federal-issued identification when picking up your badge at the registration desk.

Badges will not be mailed. They must be picked up on-site and proof of identification is required for all attendees.

Our local office is here to help, live and in-person.  You can reach our Chicago team Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:30p CST.  E-mail is best, please contact customerservice@irce.com.

The wire transfer cut-off date will be available in 2019.

IRCE Registration Terms and Conditions

Show Policies
No one under 21 will be admitted to IRCE 2019.

Photography and Video Rules

Exhibit Hall
Cameras and video equipment (including smartphones and other handheld devices) are allowed on the exhibit floor for use by individual exhibitor staff and attendees.  Exhibitor staff and attendees may take pictures and video on the exhibit floor for purposes of company communications, marketing materials and social media efforts. Under no circumstances will anyone be permitted to take pictures or video of an exhibitor’s product, staff or booth without the permission of the exhibitor. Exhibitors have the right to report to security any instance of inappropriate recording of company products, staff or displays.   All photographs or video recordings should be attributed to IRCE.  Non-exhibiting vendors are not permitted under any circumstances to take photography or video at IRCE, including within the sessions, exhibit hall, common areas or any exhibiting company’s booth. Unauthorized photography or video recording is prohibited and will result in expulsion from the exhibition and conference without refund.

Sessions
Photography and video/audio recording of any kind are strictly prohibited in all IRCE sessions. Only IRCE approved show photographers or videographers and credentialed news media are allowed to record any image or portion of educational sessions. Unauthorized photography or video during sessions will result in expulsion from the exhibition and conference without refund.

Press
Media credentials are reserved exclusively for working members of the editorial media, including print, broadcast, radio or online, at the sole discretion of IRCE management. Public relations, advertising, and marketing personnel do not qualify for media credentials. All media are required to follow the photography and video policy outlined below. Approved media who abuse privileges or misrepresent themselves may have their credentials revoked and be removed from the conference.

Photography and videography at IRCE, both in the sessions and in the exhibit hall, is permitted for those with approved press credentials. You will require a camera tag issued by IRCE in order to take photography or video in the sessions.  Bring your camera with you to the Press registration room to pick up your press credentials and camera tag. The camera tag must be affixed to your camera AT ALL TIMES. Only accredited press are eligible to receive a camera tag. Please note: flash photography is only allowed during the first five minutes of any session.  Individual speakers and IRCE management have the right to restrict photography and video recording in any individual session, and media must comply with this instruction, or they may have their credentials revoked and be removed from the conference.  All photographs and video should be attributed to IRCE and the appropriate exhibitor and/or speaker as applicable.

A daily events schedule will be available in spring 2019.

IRCE 2019 @ RetailX will be held in Chicago at the McCormick Place South Convention Center on June 25 – 28, 2019.

A full breakdown of the event schedule will be available in spring 2019.

Registration/Badge Pick-Up Dates & Hours:

Tuesday, June 5 | 7 AM – 6 PM
Wednesday, June 6
 | 7 AM – 5:30 PM
Thursday, June 7 
| 7 AM – 4 PM
Friday, June 8 | 7:30 AM – Noon

On-site registration must be paid via credit card. Checks, wires, and cash will not be accepted.

IRCE does not have a formal dress code policy. Business casual is the most common dress for the event.

2452, 2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

If arriving by Taxi, please let your driver know to drop you off at McCormick Place South Building.

If parking, Lot A is the preferable parking lot for IRCE. Find more details here.

Please note: DO NOT use this address for shipping. Shipping information for exhibitors will be available in the Exhibitor Services Manual closer to the event.

 

Hotels begin selling out early and are booked on a first come, first serve basis. We do not keep a waitlist. The Hyatt McCormick is extremely popular and sells out quickly. If your selected nights are not available, please choose another hotel. If rooms at the Hyatt McCormick become available due to cancellations, we will notify all holders of reserved rooms within the IRCE block first. A direct booking link will be available in fall 2018.

 

Hotels for IRCE start selling out on popular dates in early January. Limited rooms may become available once guest name and deposits are required to be submitted and any held rooms are released. We recommend booking your hotel as early as possible, then checking back in May when TBD rooms are released back into the block.

Please visit the McCormick Place website for detailed information on parking at the convention center. See map here.

Complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation is provided by IRCE between McCormick Place and other official hotels. Shuttle routes and more information will be available in spring 2019.

IRCE does not sell or otherwise provide the attendee list to any outside party, including exhibiting companies.

IRCE 2019 @ RetailX Speaker Proposal Procedure

IRCE’s conference agenda is news-driven. We seek to dissect current and future challenges e-retailers face and provide innovative strategies and tactics to overcome them. We look for topics that demonstrate a unique understanding and expertise, relevance and timeliness.

Speaking opportunities at IRCE are filled by invitation only. There is no relationship between exhibiting/sponsorship at IRCE and securing a speaking slot on the conference agenda. While IRCE does not actively solicit speaker proposals, we will consider ideas for speakers and topics during the review period June 9, 2018, until July 15, 2018. Speaker submissions received after July 15, 2018, become backup proposals that supplement the initially developed agenda as needed. The agenda is completed by early fall and invitations are sent to prospective speakers in October. Please submit your proposal via email to 2019speakers@irce.com. Please send your proposal as a Word attachment or pasted into the body of an email message. Excel, PDFs and other formats will not be accepted. Please include:

Proposed Speaker(s): Company, Name, Job Title, Phone, Email. If a bio is available, please include (bio not required).

Proposed Topic: Please describe the topic the speaker would address. Be specific about why this topic is timely, relevant and compelling to the IRCE e-retailer audience and what attendee takeaways will be. We ask that speakers present fresh content not delivered previously from other retail industry stages.

Proposed Speaker’s Experience: Provide the speaker’s prior speaking experience, especially to large audiences, the topics of past presentations and any additional information relevant to past experience. Links to online video of presentations (not interviews or panels) are welcome.

Additional Presenters: We seek out retailer speakers because our retailer attendees want to hear directly from their peers. Nonretail speakers are required to recruit a retailer co-presenter to ensure the retail point of view is represented. Nonretail speakers who accept an invitation and fail to recruit a retailer co-presenter are replaced with a new speaker and new topic. Please provide proposed retailer co-presenter’s name, job title, company, contact information, experience and expertise.

Format: The IRCE agenda is built on expert commentary prepared in advance, supported by a slide deck and timed to the allotted duration. IRCE does not feature “fireside chats.”

Attendee

Yes. Group purchases of 3 or more passes are eligible for discounted rates. To take advantage of group pricing, your group roster must be finalized at the time of registration. No discounts may be applied retroactively should any additions be required.  Exhibit Hall Only passes are not eligible to receive this discount and will not count toward your group headcount.

Please note, any attendee registered under the group discount program remains ineligible for the standard terms of IRCE’s cancellation policy. No cancellations or refunds will be permitted for attendees who are registered with a group discount. Should the need arise, we would be happy to substitute another member of your organization for an existing registration. Please submit group substitution requests via email only to jim.dezutel@irce.com.

Group discount rates are available for retailers only. Credentials must be provided and will be reviewed prior to approval.

A group discount breakdown will be available in the fall.

How do I complete a group registration?

  1. Finalize your group roster, select a single person who will register your group and serve as the main contact, and collect the following information for each individual attending:
    • First and last name
    • Company email address
    • Title at company
    • Role in company purchase decisions (Final say, Specify supplier/product, Recommend, or No role)
    • What is your department? (Customer service, e-commerce/e-business, executive/corp management, finance, fulfillment/operations, marketing, merchandising, IT, web/mobile dev, sales/business dev, or other)
    • What is your job level? (Analyst, CEO/owner/president, c-level exec, EVP/SVP, VP, director, manager, or other)
    • Are you a member of an industry association or organization? If yes, please specify.
    • Are you an Amazon Marketplace seller?
    • If choosing a pass with lunch options – Do you have any dietary restrictions? (None, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Kosher)
  2. Begin your registration at IRCE.com. Please note you must select YES under “Are you registering as a group?”
  3. Add your attendees one by one. When you finish the first attendee, you will see an option to add another.  Keep adding until you have input everyone into the system.
  4. Once your attendees are added, the appropriate discount will show on the payment summary page. You will not be able to add group members once you finish, so please make sure your entire roster is shown on the summary page before you pay and exit registration.

Should any questions arise, please contact Jini.Taylor@irce.com.

Please note, group discount rates are available for retailers only. Credentials must be provided and will be reviewed prior to approval.

  1. Finalize your group roster, select a single person who will register your group and serve as the main contact, and collect the following information for each individual attending:
    • First and last name
    • Company email address
    • Title at company
    • Role in company purchase decisions (Final say, Specify supplier/product, Recommend, or No role)
    • What is your department? (Customer service, e-commerce/e-business, executive/corp management, finance, fulfillment/operations, marketing, merchandising, IT, web/mobile dev, sales/business dev, or other)
    • What is your job level? (Analyst, CEO/owner/president, c-level exec, EVP/SVP, VP, director, manager, or other)
    • Are you a member of an industry association or organization?  If yes, please specify.
    • Are you an Amazon Marketplace seller?
    • If choosing a pass with lunch options – Do you have any dietary restrictions?  (None, Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Kosher)
  2. Begin your registration at IRCE.com.  Please note you must select YES under “Are you registering as a group?”
  3. Add your attendees one by one.  When you finish the first attendee, you will see an option to add another.  Keep adding until you have input everyone into the system.
  4. Once your attendees are added, the appropriate discount will show on the payment summary page.  You will not be able to add group members once you finish, so please make sure your entire roster is shown on the summary page before you pay and exit registration.
  5. Should any questions arise, please contact Jini.Taylor@irce.com.

Please note, group discount rates are available for retailers only. Credentials must be provided and will be reviewed prior to approval.

Exhibit hall only passes are valid for the duration of the event when the exhibit hall is open. A copy of the event schedule will be available in the fall.

A cancellation policy breakdown will be available in fall 2018.

There are many ways to customize your IRCE visit for your organization’s goals and needs.  We charge admission on a tiered pricing model, based on the date of purchase.  Pricing and pass options will be available in fall 2018.

One day passes for the main conference are not available. Workshop-only passes allow access to the workshop day on June 25 OR June 28, 2019.

Workshop Day: a back-and-forth discussion where you can get help with issues that are a little more specific to you personally.

Offers concurrent workshops centered around a single theme/topic, with all sessions covering specific issues pertaining to that topic. The workshops take place June 25 and June 28, 2019. All sessions can be mixed and matched during the day you attend.

Conference Session: more like a college lecture with a featured speaker and very little if any audience participation.

Noted on agenda as “Main Day 1”, “Main Day 2” and taking place June 26 & 27 – offers morning keynotes followed by multiple sessions categorized by track, such as “Managing Technology”. All sessions can be mixed and matched during the day you attend, you do NOT need to stay in one track or workshop the entire time.

Tracks: are like a college major – a set of classes related to a specific subject.  By no means, however, would you be beholden to stay within a certain track, you can definitely bounce around to whatever piques your interest.

Retailer-only promotional pricing is not guaranteed and is subject to the discretion of Show Management. Show Management reserves the right to change, amend, modify, suspend, continue, or terminate any and all of the guidelines below.  Show management reserves the right to refuse service.

Please be advised that the Retailer pricing program does not extend to employees/owners representing a valid retail business but currently holding additional positions under any other companies that fit the descriptions below.

Non-Retailers include, but are not limited to:

Any service provider to retail organizations, including the following:

  • Software & technology vendors
  • Internet developers
  • Solution providers
  • Third-party logistics providers
  • B2B equipment
  • Service providers
  • Wholesalers,
  • Manufacturers not selling direct
  • Distributors
  • Financial services
  • Digital merchandising / photo services
  • Consultants
  • Analysts
  • Web marketing firms/marketing services
  • Companies with primary revenues resulting from commissions, subscriptions, publications/newsletters/whitepapers, events or performances, travel bookings and/or advertising.
  • Sale aggregator and/or comparison/intermediary sites or services
  • Self-published authors or retail, e-commerce, or sales industry-focused booksellers

Exhibitor

Exhibitor FAQs can be accessed here.