InternetRetailing Expo (IRX) / 25 March 2015 - A drone will be carrying an Apple Watch, IRX Express - let the train take the strain, IRUK Top500, IREU 'footprint'

Ian Jindal writes .. InternetRetailing Expo (IRX) is a fortnight away.  I wanted to highlight three reasons to be with us on the first day, 25 March.

Remember, registering is free (visit and during the process you'll be able to select meetings, workshops, grab your free train tickets and register your colleagues.

Three activities on 25 March are:

- Drone Delivery Demonstration, including the chance to win the first drone-delivered Apple Watch...
- IRX Express - the free networking, breakfast-serving, day-planning, convenient executive train for Top500 delegates
- the reveal of the European Top500 footprint - IREU - at 4.15pm in Theatre 1.


Drones - so hyped, so nearly 'now', so many considerations... We'll all have pondered them in theory, but few of us (whether pro or anti) have had a chance to play with one. Fear not - don the mirrored Aviator sunnies and meet our qualified pilot who'll put a drone through its paces in this CAA-sanctioned demonstration.

Best of all the drone will be carrying an Apple Watch, and one lucky visitor will be its new owner (thanks to the kindness of our sponsor, Scurri).

How to win? Just register at and keep your fingers crossed
How to watch? You'll get details of the flight times by email, but they'll be on the morning of 25 March

Further info here:

IRX EXPRESS - let the train take the strain.

We have hired a train carriage on Virgin Trains to transport delegates from the Top 500 retailers in the UK, allowing them to network with other retailers during the 70 minute journey. We will also be transporting people back to London after the cocktail party on the first day and again just before show close on the second day.

Guests will not be required to pay for travel on the IRX Express but tickets restricted to employees of the Top 500 Retailers – subject to availability.

Plan your day, debrief and share afterwards. Simple


25 March 2015 at 09.03am London Euston – Birmingham International
25 March 2015 at 18.20pm Birmingham International – London Euston
26 March 2015 at 09.03am London Euston – Birmingham International
26 March 2015 at 16.00pm Birmingham International – London Euston

Full information when you register or here:


Following the enthusiastic reception of the IRUK Top500 ( we will unveil at the show the workings for the IREU 'footprint' - selecting the 800 or so 'heftiest' multichannel retailers in Europe, from whom the Top500 will be selected and ranked.

At this intimate and conversational session - 4.15pm in Theatre 1 - we'll explain our approach and then lead a discussion on how to assess the capability and performance of retailers across the 34 countries we've included. for more information. Free to attend.

I look forward to seeing you and your colleagues at IRX. As ever if you've any questions, suggestions or requests to make this a better use of your time please just let me know. Our whole team will be at IRX and the sole shared objective is to make it a valuable use of your time.

Ian Jindal

Co-Founder and Editor in Chief