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A few members of the Nextopia team had the chance to jet off across the pond to Birmingham, UK for the Internet Retailing Expo. Bringing together like-minded eCommerce entrepreneurs and developers, IRX 2016 offered insights on products and services essential in multichannel retail.

Running from April 27-28, the show offered various workshops, conferences, and speakers. The Nextopia team had the opportunity to join retailers and other eCommerce experts from across the world as exhibitors at IRX16.

After a long flight from Toronto, and a layover in Amsterdam, the team didn’t waste any time once they landed in Birmingham. After quickly setting up our booth, they headed to downtown Birmingham for some delicious Vietnamese Pho and some UK chocolates.

Derek & Chantal in Cab

The team hit the show Wednesday morning, and had the chance to converse with many current and potential partners. Our maple syrup was such a big a hit that we had to ration our supply after day one!

It was great to meet with current partners, such as James Noon from Voracio who talked about how to further our relationship in the future. We also met plenty of retailers who were interested in learning more about the impact of on-site search on their online stores. Many potential developer partners mentioned that on-site search was a big issue for their clients and they were looking for an efficient and affordable solution, like Nextopia.

with Chris Hartwell from Voracio Commerce

Wednesday evening Derek, Chantal, and Michael attended a networking event sponsored by SAP Anywhere where the Nextopia team had a chance to mingle with their staff and some of their partners.

Thursday they had a chance to connect with more partners and current clients, such as Patrol Base, whom we’re excited to hear is growing by leaps and bounds and wants to utilize Nextopia even further!

“The show was busier than ever, and we’re looking forward to working with the many potential partners, current clients and prospects we connected with during the show,” shared Derek.

By the end of the show, our information packages and brochures ran out, our maple syrup supply was exhausted, and everyone’s feet were sore from all the running around during the show and connecting with as many people as possible.

Although the Expo has only just finished, we’re already looking forward to next year. Many thanks to everybody who came by the booth to say hello – including Qam (pictured below), one of the event organizers!

with Qam (IRX organizer)

Overall, the Nextopia team had a very successful trip! We want to extend a warm thank you to the organizers, speakers, and fellow industry leaders at the show for making it another successful year at IRX 2016!

Missed us at IRX 2016? The Nextopia team is headed to Chicago for IRCE 2016 in June. Click here to read more!

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