As traditional brick-and-mortar retailers adapt to an evolving consumer, their e-commerce arms have become a critical part of the business, and e-commerce companies have emerged as successful competitors. E-commerce operates in an environment of fierce competition and, as a result, consumers have increased visibility of product availability, pricing, and convenience options, and they also have access to innovations including internet crowd funding, mobile price comparison apps and shopping, and virtual dressing rooms. As an epicenter of fashion, finance, and media, New York is an important hub for the e-commerce industry.
What do venture capitalists see on the e-commerce horizon? As these businesses mature, how will they shift their business models to sustain growth? How will the industry change as traditional retailers shift into digitally-centered, multichannel business models? How can successful e-commerce businesses enter into emerging markets? What will the likely challenge be as these companies seek to customize both their market models and product offerings to meet local needs and preferences?
Join a discussion with Chicago Booth alumni and industry professionals in New York who will share their expertise and perspective on the current conditions as well as their views on the future outlook for the e-commerce industry.
Robert H. Gertner
Joel F. Gemunder Professor of Strategy and Finance; Deputy Dean for the Part-time MBA Programs, University of Chicago
Cindi Rosner, '00
VP, Marketing, HomeDecorExpress.com
Mark Anglin, '99
Partner, Kurt Salmon Associates
Director, Retail Innovation, Warby Parker
Todd Ertel, '09
Vice President, Finance & Operations, Gifts that Give.com
Founder and CEO, I-ELLA.COM