Global Commerce

08:15- 12:00
UK
4.10.2018
Networking Event

Hotel Cafe Royal , London, England, W1B 4DY, United Kingdom

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Global Commerce

London

Networking Event

October 4, 2018

Summary

Global commerce

Whilst it’s still proving to be incredibly difficult for retailers to achieve global distribution, more and more mechanisms are becoming available to test new markets before a full-scale launch.

For many brands and retailers, marketplaces/pop-ups/localised social and International test-beds are becoming an essential component of a wider strategic international plan. No longer is the choice “where”... but how efficiently can you penetrate this new market given the awareness of your brand - and your ability to invest.

At Global Commerce we heard about the experiences from brands and retailers who have been increasingly seeking growth opportunities globally.

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  • How to tackle the brand challenge with selling your products through new international marketplaces
  • Testing the water ahead of a permanent investment with the use of 3rd party relationships, social and other channels
  • Top Tips for scaling your entry - from social to own stores and stand-alone digital
  • The strategic opportunities and challenges with global eCommerce expansion
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Spencer Hudson

Spencer Hudson

Global Technical Solutions Manager

GHD

Spencer is an experienced solutions architect and currently the Global Technical Solutions Manager at GHD (a leader and innovator in hair styling), having worked within the digital team for the past 13 years, gaining extensive experience in all the operational aspects of international eCommerce and performance optimistation. He is responsible for the technical operation and performance of multiple international websites, including the UK.

He is also a keen runner (recently completing two consecutive marathons in support of the 401 Challenge) and an avid consumer of all things Sci-Fi.

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Mark Batty

Mark Batty

Global eCommerce & Marketing Director

X-BIONIC

Mark is a global digital eCommerce & marketing leader with full P&L responsibility, combining significant digital experience, across both DTC and Marketplaces (Zalando, Amazon, Tmall, LaRedoute) with extensive GTM international experience covering all the major large and emerging international markets.

Mark has a proven track record of building and developing high-performance digital marketing teams and strategically scaling brands digitally and internationally. He is responsible for 8-figure marketing budgets, developing, managing and optimising campaigns across the full marketing mix: Meta, Google, Influencers, PR and Affiliates both in-house and alongside partner agencies.

Mark is experienced in working strategically together with senior stakeholders to deliver an outstanding digital, international, and multi-channel experience (covering content, CRO & CRM) that delivers long-term growth and profit.

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Aaron Winsloe

Aaron Winsloe

Head of eCommerce USA

The Hut Group

Aaron works at The Hut Group, a British-founded eCommerce unicorn in the health and beauty space. Aged 29, he has now taken a role overseeing online sales for the company’s beauty brands in the USA, having originally started with The Hut Group 5 years ago to launch their sports nutrition brand (Myprotein) into Asia. His knowledge is specific, focussed and up-to-date in today’s global eCommerce environment.

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Mark Cowdery

Mark Cowdery

Head of International Franchise & Wholesale Operations

L.K.Bennett

Mark is currently Head of International Franchise & Wholesale at L.K.Bennett having joined 6 months ago, prior to this period he worked at T.M.Lewin as Head of International Franchise for just under 10 years. Mark introduced the brand into its’ first international store in Singapore and supported the growth into 11 overseas markets and operating in excess of 100 locations, which ranged from the traditional Middle East to the more ground-breaking region of West Africa. Mark’s is currently remit is developing a strategy plan for China where L.K.Bennett currently trade in 5 locations with a franchise partner and defining a global approach to online marketplaces.

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Anthony Comyns

Anthony Comyns

Head of eCommerce

Hawes & Curtis

Antony Comyns is the Head of eCommerce at Hawes & Curtis – a leading heritage menswear and womenswear brand. In 2007, Antony took the position to run the Hawes & Curtis eCommerce business in it’s second year of trading. Since then, he has taken it from a small localised business to a successful international eCommerce site with four websites, serving more than 80 countries.

Originally from New Zealand, Antony’s first job in the UK was at Liberty of London where he was in charge of mail order and subsequently Muji, where he spent five years. Following that, Antony worked for Jake, a women’s fashion mail order business, where he used his experience from Liberty.

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Aman Anand

Aman Anand

Chief Operating Officer

Ispirare Accessories

Aman Anand co-founded and runs a fashion jewellery supplier called Ispirare Accessories Limited that designs and manufactures for the likes of Boohoo, Zara and everyone in between. He has also had experience of running a fashion ecommerce startup, Lyla Loves, that launched in markets such as China, India and South Africa, to great success.

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Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

VP and Chief Digital Officer

Office Depot

Joined Office Depot in October 2013 as Vice President eCommerce & Marketing Operations. In 2015 this role was expanded to include leadership of the information technology organisation and restructured to create a fully integrated digital function. As CDO Jonathan provides leadership of the digital strategy, information technology, architecture and transformation for the Office Depot and Viking Direct businesses in Europe. Further, he leads the Digital Operations function which encompasses several key capabilities that enable excellence in omni-channel commerce – Product Management, Customer Experience & Journey Optimisation, Master Data Management, Onsite Search Engineering, User Research and User Experience Design.

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18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Spencer Hudson
Mark Batty
Aaron Winsloe
Mark Cowdery
Anthony Comyns
Aman Anand
Jonathan Newman
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes
18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Guest Speaker
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes
08:30
Registration & Networking Breakfast
09:15
Welcome from Commerce Futures
09:25
Ryan Clark, STATSports & Jim Hingston, The Gym Group
Keynote
10:10
Hollie Weatherstone, Muc-Off
Keynote
10:35
Break
10:55
Multi-brand panel – Decathlon, Ellis Brigham, Helen of Troy
Keynote (Main Stage)
Speed dating for delegates
(Breakout Room)
11:50
George Huxford, Apidura
Keynote
12:15
Break
13:15
Rich Philip, Contested
Keynote
13:40
Marc Guisti, Veloforte
Keynote (Main Stage)
David Hanney, Alpkit
(Breakout Room)
14:35
Networking
15:00
Closing Remarks from Commerce Futures
18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Guest Speaker
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes
18:30
Arrival & Welcome Drinks
19:15
Guests Sit
19:20
Welcome
Commerce Futures
19:30
Opening Speech
Guest Speaker
20:00
Starters
Topic One - Discussion at individual tables
20:20
Topic One discussed as a collective
20:40
Mains
Topic Two - Discussion at individual tables
21:10
Topic Two discussed as a collective
21:30
Desserts & Networking
23:00
Event Closes

AGENDA

08:15am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

08:55am

Welcome -  Commerce Futures

09:00am

Aman Anand, Chief Operating Officer - Ispirare Accessories

09:30am

Spencer Hudson, Global Technical Solutions Manager - GHD

10:00am

Coffee Break & Networking

10:20am

Panel Q&A
Moderated by Jamie Hancox, Founder of Commerce Futures, with appearances from;

Aaron Winsloe - UK Managing Director - Myprotein
Antony Comyns - Head of eCommerce - Hawes & Curtis
Jonathan Newman - Chief Digital Officer - Office Depot
Mark Cowdery - Head of International Franchise & Wholesale Operations - L.K.Bennett

10:50am

Mark Batty, Country Director Germany & ROW - Boden

11:20am

Event Close

09:00
Registration & Networking Breakfast
09:30
Welcome & Partner Introductions
09:40
Panel Discussion with Q&A
Spencer Hudson
Mark Batty
Aaron Winsloe
Mark Cowdery
Anthony Comyns
Aman Anand
Jonathan Newman
10:20
Networking Break
10:40
Workshop at tables
11:00
Group Discussion - Moderated
11:20
Final Comments & Networking
11:30
Event Closes
Spencer Hudson

Spencer Hudson

Global Technical Solutions Manager

GHD

Spencer is an experienced solutions architect and currently the Global Technical Solutions Manager at GHD (a leader and innovator in hair styling), having worked within the digital team for the past 13 years, gaining extensive experience in all the operational aspects of international eCommerce and performance optimistation. He is responsible for the technical operation and performance of multiple international websites, including the UK.

He is also a keen runner (recently completing two consecutive marathons in support of the 401 Challenge) and an avid consumer of all things Sci-Fi.

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Mark Batty

Mark Batty

Global eCommerce & Marketing Director

X-BIONIC

Mark is a global digital eCommerce & marketing leader with full P&L responsibility, combining significant digital experience, across both DTC and Marketplaces (Zalando, Amazon, Tmall, LaRedoute) with extensive GTM international experience covering all the major large and emerging international markets.

Mark has a proven track record of building and developing high-performance digital marketing teams and strategically scaling brands digitally and internationally. He is responsible for 8-figure marketing budgets, developing, managing and optimising campaigns across the full marketing mix: Meta, Google, Influencers, PR and Affiliates both in-house and alongside partner agencies.

Mark is experienced in working strategically together with senior stakeholders to deliver an outstanding digital, international, and multi-channel experience (covering content, CRO & CRM) that delivers long-term growth and profit.

LEARN MORE →Close icon
Aaron Winsloe

Aaron Winsloe

Head of eCommerce USA

The Hut Group

Aaron works at The Hut Group, a British-founded eCommerce unicorn in the health and beauty space. Aged 29, he has now taken a role overseeing online sales for the company’s beauty brands in the USA, having originally started with The Hut Group 5 years ago to launch their sports nutrition brand (Myprotein) into Asia. His knowledge is specific, focussed and up-to-date in today’s global eCommerce environment.

LEARN MORE →Close icon
Mark Cowdery

Mark Cowdery

Head of International Franchise & Wholesale Operations

L.K.Bennett

Mark is currently Head of International Franchise & Wholesale at L.K.Bennett having joined 6 months ago, prior to this period he worked at T.M.Lewin as Head of International Franchise for just under 10 years. Mark introduced the brand into its’ first international store in Singapore and supported the growth into 11 overseas markets and operating in excess of 100 locations, which ranged from the traditional Middle East to the more ground-breaking region of West Africa. Mark’s is currently remit is developing a strategy plan for China where L.K.Bennett currently trade in 5 locations with a franchise partner and defining a global approach to online marketplaces.

LEARN MORE →Close icon
Anthony Comyns

Anthony Comyns

Head of eCommerce

Hawes & Curtis

Antony Comyns is the Head of eCommerce at Hawes & Curtis – a leading heritage menswear and womenswear brand. In 2007, Antony took the position to run the Hawes & Curtis eCommerce business in it’s second year of trading. Since then, he has taken it from a small localised business to a successful international eCommerce site with four websites, serving more than 80 countries.

Originally from New Zealand, Antony’s first job in the UK was at Liberty of London where he was in charge of mail order and subsequently Muji, where he spent five years. Following that, Antony worked for Jake, a women’s fashion mail order business, where he used his experience from Liberty.

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Aman Anand

Aman Anand

Chief Operating Officer

Ispirare Accessories

Aman Anand co-founded and runs a fashion jewellery supplier called Ispirare Accessories Limited that designs and manufactures for the likes of Boohoo, Zara and everyone in between. He has also had experience of running a fashion ecommerce startup, Lyla Loves, that launched in markets such as China, India and South Africa, to great success.

LEARN MORE →Close icon
Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman

VP and Chief Digital Officer

Office Depot

Joined Office Depot in October 2013 as Vice President eCommerce & Marketing Operations. In 2015 this role was expanded to include leadership of the information technology organisation and restructured to create a fully integrated digital function. As CDO Jonathan provides leadership of the digital strategy, information technology, architecture and transformation for the Office Depot and Viking Direct businesses in Europe. Further, he leads the Digital Operations function which encompasses several key capabilities that enable excellence in omni-channel commerce – Product Management, Customer Experience & Journey Optimisation, Master Data Management, Onsite Search Engineering, User Research and User Experience Design.

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