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DIT welcomed over 100 delegates to Europe's large retail academic conference

Posted: 5 July, 2017

DIT hosted the 19th European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD) Conference from 4th to 6th July 2017.

Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton T.D. officially opening the conference in Dublin City Hall.

The conference, attended by senior retail academics from over 24 countries, explored a range of retail themes such as the impact of online selling on traditional retailers over two days of research presentations and seminars. 

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.”

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. 

About the European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (EAERCD)

The EAERCD is a contact point for retail academics that aims to stimulate discussion and contribute to an international exchange of ideas, through the presentation of research and practical experience amongst researchers and practitioners within the distributive trades.  Retailing and the distributive trades are undergoing significant transformative changes with developments in web-based platforms and partner ecosystems. The research presented at the conference aims to interpret the implications of these changes as well as other strategic developments in retailing.