DIT School of Retail & Services Management host Europe's large retail academic conference, EAERCD 2017

5 July 2017

DIT College of Business, host for the first time in Ireland, the 19th International Conference on Research in the Distributive Trades of the European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD)

DIT College of Business, School of Retail and Services Management host the European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD) Conference from 4th and 6th July. The conference, attended by senior retail academics from over 24 countries, will explore a range of retail themes such as the impact of online selling on traditional retailers over two days of research presentations and seminars. 

The opening ceremony took place at Dublin City Hall on Tuesday the 4th of July with the Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton TD formally opening the EAERCD 2017 Conference and key Note Address by Chief Economist of KBC Bank Ireland, Mr. Austin Hughes. 

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Commenting on the event, Dr John Murray, Senior Lecturer at DIT School of Retail & Services Management said, “I am delighted to welcome to DIT so many esteemed retail academics, particularly as the EAERCD 2017 Conference is taking place at a time of great change in the sector. Not only is retailing emerging from a number of difficult trading years, the sector is also undergoing significant transformative change with developments in online retailing moving at an unremitting pace.”

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Just one of the themes to be examined at EAERCD 2017 is the rapid growth of retailers such as Amazon, which pose a significant threat to the continued vitality and viability of Ireland’s main shopping streets. The conference will examine how traditional retailers are evolving to compete with large online retailers by using omnichannel retailing and in-store technologies to improve the customer experience. 

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The EAERCD was formed in 1990 to act as a contact point for academics involved in research and teaching in the distributive trades. The biennial international research conference aims to stimulate discussion and contribute to an international exchange of ideas, through the presentation and analysis of research and practical experience amongst researchers and practitioners within the distributive trades.

The School of Retail & Services Management located at DIT College of Business is one of the oldest schools within the Dublin Institute of Technology, and is currently one of the largest specialist retail business schools in Europe and the only in Ireland with 1,800 students. The School of Retail & Services Management has a rich heritage in retail education in the city of Dublin, nationally and internationally.

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