Call for Speakers

IRCE @ RetailX
expo & conference | June 9-11, 2020
McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago

Speak at IRCE 2020

Calling all Retailers, DTC Brands, Industry Analysts and E-Commerce Experts! We are looking for you!

We are in search of industry experts with insightful, knowledgeable e-commerce content to speak at the re-envisioned IRCE 2020. Content is king, and next year’s IRCE is seeking top-notch, best-in-class speakers from the e-commerce world. 

What we want

We are in search of new, fresh, current topics focused on new retail thinking, research, data and analytics, consumer behavior, future thinking and the evolving retail transformation. What were your biggest successes and “ah-ha” moments and how did you get there? What were your biggest challenges, obstacles and screw ups and how did you overcome? 

Our audience repeatedly tells us that while they want to hear brand stories, they also want actionable insights, quantifiable results, learnings, takeaways and research/data. We also prefer specificity over ambiguity, meaning a topic titled “10 Mobile Marketing Hacks You Can Implement Now” would carry more weight than the vague “How to Grow Your Business.” A strong topic contains practical ideas e-retailers can implement regardless of how deep their pockets are. Include a phrase such as “E-retailers will learn…” to clearly explain what the specific takeaways will be. The e-commerce industry is changing rapidly, and we are building a conference lineup that can help educate, inspire and tell the story of e-commerce to an advanced masters-level digitally native, DTC and legacy brand audience*.

*Beginner and entry-level e-commerce education for small- to medium-sized e-commerce companies will be dedicated to our Pre-Conference Workshops called “E-Commerce University.” To submit a topic or speaker for E-Commerce University, please contact RetailX Director of Content Alison Embrey Medina at alison.medina@emeraldexpo.com.

What we don’t want

Dated topics based on case studies that are a year or more old, and do not offer new insights and ideas. Recycled content that has been presented before will not be considered. Vendor solution-oriented topics that focus on how a specific vendor solution will solve a problem are not considered (the IRCE stage is a promotion-free zone). We have a strict policy that vendors who are invited to speak and then abuse the privilege by promoting their products/company from the stage do not get invited back. Speaker decks are reviewed in advance to ensure promotional content is not present. THIS WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED FOR 2020.

The deadline for submissions has passed.

Tech Talks
Introducing “Tech Talks.” Are you a technology vendor servicing the e-commerce world with subject-matter expertise around a certain tech topic the industry should know about? Introducing “Tech Talks,” a feature stage on the show floor of IRCE combining tech expertise with a limited amount of speaking sponsorship opportunities available. If interested, contact Allie Banks at allie.banks@emeraldexpo.com.

Register now for the opportunity to connect with thousands of attendees and vendors.

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