Overview and key topics:

Join 40 of your peers as we embark on a summer boat party along the River Thames! Experience the perfect blend of networking, knowledge exchange, stunning summer views, gourmet cuisine, and refreshing beverages.

With international markets presenting the most promising growth opportunities, we’re taking the time to focus on strategies for cross-border growth. If you are looking for insight on entering new markets, accelerating growth in existing ones, and assessing the value each territory offers, this event is just for you!

Aboard the Dixie Queen, you’ll discover the findings of a director-level retailer survey, unveiling current cross-border challenges, pinpointing opportunities, and outlining key strategies for addressing them.

As the sun is shining, the Tower Bridge will be raised, momentarily bringing London’s traffic to a halt. We’ll cruise past Canary Wharf and Greenwich, round The O2 peninsula and through the Thames Barrier.

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Agenda:

08:00 – 09:15Boarding and complimentary breakfast
09:15 – 09:45A review of UK shopper attitudes toward purchasing cross-border

Andy Mulcahy

How willing are UK shoppers to buy from cross-border retailers, and what are they willing to pay?
09:45 – 09:50Captain’s safety briefing
09:50 – 10:10Tower Bridge opensUpper deck for Tower bridge opening
10:10 – 10:30Roundtable discussionsAn opportunity for retailers to discuss their cross-border proposition, how to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities
10:30 – 10:35Which cross-border strategies are working best?

Matthew Walsh

IMRG’s latest retailer survey reveals the areas in which they find success trading internationally
10:35 – 10:55Roundtable discussionsAn opportunity for retailers to discuss their cross-border proposition, how to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities
10:55 – 11:00Where are the biggest cross-border challenges?

Matthew Walsh

Which specific cross-border markets are the most challenging for retailers and why?
11:00 – 11:20Retailer roundtableAn opportunity for retailers to discuss their cross-border proposition, how to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities
11:20 – 12:10Peer to peer sessionsA series of quickfire meets where retailers get to share insight and ask questions in focused 1-2-1 sessions
12:10 – 12:30Roundtable discussionsAn opportunity for retailers to discuss their cross-border proposition, how to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities
12:30 – 12:35Structuring delivery propositions for cross-border markets

Andy Mulcahy

How do retailers structure their delivery and returns propositions for cross-border markets?
12:35 – 13:45LunchLunch on the lower deck with drinks of your choice
13:45 – 13:50Structuring delivery propositions for cross-border markets

Matthew Walsh

How do retailers structure their delivery and returns propositions for cross-border markets?
13:50 – 14:10Roundtable discussionsAn opportunity for retailers to discuss their cross-border proposition, how to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities
14:10 – 14:15What reasons prevent retailers from selling internationally?

Matthew Walsh

IMRG’s retailer survey reveals the key that factors that prevent retailers from selling internationally
14:15 – 14:35Roundtable discussionsAn opportunity for retailers to discuss their cross-border proposition, how to overcome challenges and make the most of opportunities
14:35 – 14:40Differences in trading peaks across markets

Matthew Walsh

How do ecommerce demand patterns vary across the world?
14:40 – 15:30Drinks receptionOn upper deck
15.30 – 15.45Tower Bridge opensOn upper deck
15.45 – 16.00DisembarkAt Tower Pier
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Key topics of discussion:

  • Cross-border growth: Learn which countries are currently generating the best revenue growth
  • How are your peers performing? See how your cross-border offerings compare to that of your peers
  • Seamless expansion: Find out how to create a seamless expansion strategy in 2024
  • Overcoming obstacles: Listen to expert advice on overcoming the greatest obstacles in cross-border trade
  • Peer advice: Meet fellow retailers and learn from each others’ experiences
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Am I eligible?

The event is free for IMRG members. To ensure a relevant experience for all attendees, limited free seats are available for non-members who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Retailers who hold a manager-level position or higher within their organisation.
  • Retailers who represent a retail business with an annual turnover of £2 million or more.

By adhering to these criteria, we aim to create an environment where attendees can network with peers facing similar challenges and opportunities.

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Dixie Queen

Event Format

Step aboard the luxurious paddle steamer, The Dixie Queen, for a journey down the iconic River Thames. This exclusive event will blend networking opportunities with invaluable knowledge sharing. Engage in insightful roundtable discussions and eclusive presentations led by our esteemed team of data experts.

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