The upcoming PCR Retail Boot Camp will feature two panel sessions devoted to improving retailers’ businesses and we’d like you to get involved by sending us questions.
The first session, entitled ‘Why you should leave PC sales to Tesco’, will look at how dealers can cope with the increased competition for PC and IT products at retail, and will cover the following areas:
* How to make money from games, without selling them
* Customer service - the big differentiator
* The in-store experience
Panel members will include Carl West from market analyst GfK; Donna Demain from the integrated sales support organisation, Retail Profiling; Alicia Shepherd from distributor VIP Computers; and Craig Hume from the retailer Utopia Computers.
The second panel session is called ‘Online Retail: threat or opportunity’, and as the name suggests, it will cover the thorny topic of internet trading, including:
* Online – Retail’s beacon of hope or bête noire?
* Amazon & eBay – friend or foe?
* Harnessing social media
* Groupon and other daily deal services
The panel will include Mark Banfield of software solutions provider Autotask; Shane Redding of marketing services provider Cyance; Steven Lightfoot of Pudsey Computers; and Phil Meacham of the Synaxon buying group.
Both sessions will be chaired by CompTIA's vendor and distribution engagement manager, Adam Harris.
We want all dealers to get involved in these discussions. Debate on the day is encouraged and we are also inviting retailers – and other suppliers – to get involved by sending us questions in advance.
You simply need to email Lisa.Carter@intentmedia.co.uk. We'll collate all the suggestions and they will be put to the panellists on the day.
PCR Retail Boot Camp is an exciting new conference and expo for the UK PC and IT channel, taking place on Wednesday May 2nd at The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London. It is free for retailers to attend and will provide a day of conference sessions, expo showcases and networking – all designed to help dealers improve their business. In addition, all dealers who attend the event will go home with a VIP Gift Bag, including an Apple TV, worth £99.
In addition, there will be a series of 'Break-Out Sessions' during the afternoon, giving distributors and vendors the opportunity to present technical or service sessions with smaller groups of dealers.
Meanwhile, an after-show party, sponsored by VIP, will provide networking opportunities to round off the day's events.
Supporting the PCR Retail Boot Camp are Innergie (Headline Partner), Micro-P (Connected Home Partner), GData, VIP Computers, Arctic, Westcoast, Lygo/Turtle Beach, EntaTech, ESET and Zotac/Kuoda (Platinum Partners), plus AVG, AOC, Philips, Avance Technologies, Computers Unlimited, Koch Media, Autotask, Samsung, TP Link, Wasp, Synaxon, Realtime Distribution, Avance, Cisco and Hama (Gold Partners).
CompTIA, Brigantia and the Network Group are also Associate Partners of the event.
Dealers can register their interest in attending the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A dedicated website, at www.pcrbootcamp.com, has just been launched, providing up-to-date information about the event.
Retailers can register their interest in attending the event via the website, while suppliers can also find out more about getting involved in the conference and expo.
And don't forget to follow our Twitter feed @PCRBootcamp.