A new forecast from Forrester Research credits greater online spending by Canadians, lower shipping costs and more selection for the spending increase.
While Internet Retailer, the organizer of the Internet Retailer 2006 Conference & Exhibition, tripled this year’s conference session space and quadrupled exhibitor space from last year’s sellout event, IR2006 is approaching another sellout.
While Internet Retailer, the organizer of the Internet Retailer 2006 Conference & Exhibition, tripled this year’s conference session space and quadrupled exhibitor space from last year’s sellout event, IR2006 is approaching another sellout. Paid attendance through last night reached 2,103, and show organizers expect that number to hit 2,200 by the time they close down the IR2006 online registration system at midnight tonight. After that, anyone wishing to register for the event will have to do so on site at the IR2006 conference registration desk across from the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. However, onsite registration to the conference will be limited to the first 150 people signing up to register at the conference registration desk. After that level is reached, only Exhibit Hall Only passes will be sold on site and those will not be limited.
“We are extremely grateful for the incredible support that this conference has received from conference attendees and exhibitors,” says Internet Retailer publisher Jack Love. “We will do our very best to continue to earn the confidence the e-retailing industry has shown in Internet Retailer.”
When plans were made a year ago for IR2006, Love says, the publisher assumed that paid attendance to the conference would grow 50% from last year’s 845 paid attendees and it reserved enough conference space to handle up to 2,250 paid attendees. “I never dreamed we’d be facing another possible sell-out given this huge expansion of capacity,” says Love.
The 70,000-square-foot exhibit hall at IR2006 has been sold out for two months with 184 exhibitors purchasing a total of 230 10’x10’-equivalent booths. With 850 exhibit staff registered for the show and another 80 speakers in attendance, total attendance at IR2006 will exceed 3,000 people, making it easily the largest event ever held in the e-retailing industry. By comparison, 1,178 people attended IR2005.
Love advises anyone planning to register for the conference on site to visit the conference web site (internetretailer.com/IR2006) before they travel to Chicago to obtain details on onsite registration availability.