Internet Retailer announced today that VeriSign Inc. is sponsoring the Top 500 Guide Giveaway at the Internet Retailer 2009 Conference & Exhibition in Boston on June 15-18. Under the sponsorship, all IRCE 2009 attendees who have paid to attend at least one day of conference or workshop sessions will receive a free copy of the just-published 2009 Edition of the Top 500 Guide, the 432-page research publication that profiles and ranks the 500 largest e-retailers in America based on their 2008 online sales. “A sponsorship of this magnitude represents a major commitment by VeriSign to serving this important market,” says Kurt Peters, editor in chief of Internet Retailer and chair of the Internet Retailer Conference.
At the current registration rate, Internet Retailer publisher Jack Love predicts that VeriSign will underwrite the distribution of 2,500 free Top 500 Guides, each one valued at a retail price of $65. That puts the total value of the VeriSign-sponsored Top 500 Giveaway at more than $160,000, says Love. “We are thrilled that VeriSign is sponsoring this free distribution of Top 500 Guides to our paid conference attendees,” Love says. “Given all the valuable e-retailing research that we cram into the Guide, it easily justifies being called the Bible of E-Retailing. And it’s a perfect addition to the IRCE 2009 Conference, which features 178 expert speakers on all topics related to improving the performance of web-based retailing operations.”
The free Top 500 Guide will be distributed to IRCE conference attendees in the Exhibit Hall at the show on June 17. Those wishing to register for the conference can pre-register online at www.IRCE.com at save $100 off the on-site registration price. Those who cannot attend the conference can purchase the Top 500 Guide online at www.internetretailer.com/top500/.