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Leading minds in e-commerce to gather at GSI Client Summit

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Apr '10
GSI Commerce Inc announced it will hold the company's annual client summit on April 21 and 22 at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City. The summit will provide insight on how the Internet is changing the retail industry and the strategies that executives from leading retailers and brands are implementing to adapt to these changes.

With an impressive roster of speakers, the event has record attendance from GSI's base of more than 500 clients. Keynote speakers include:

• William J. Lynch, Jr., CEO of Barnes & Noble, Inc., recently promoted from his role as president of Barnes & Noble's website.

• John Batelle, journalist, best-selling author of The Search and co-founding editor of Wired magazine will host a panel discussion on how the Internet is impacting panelists' businesses. Panelists include:

o National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern. More than $2.5 billion of NBA-branded merchandise is sold in retail stores and online.
o The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.'s executive chairman William Lauder. The company has annual sales of $7.3 billion and sells products in more than 140 countries.
o John Thompson, senior vice president and general manager of BestBuy.com. BestBuy.com is a top 10 Internet retailer, achieving $2 billion of online sales in fiscal 2010.

• Scott Thompson, president of PayPal, will share his views on changing consumer needs in e-commerce.

GSI founder and CEO Michel Rubin stated, “Online retail is experiencing significant changes. To remain relevant, retailers and brands must keep their fingers on the pulse of what consumers want now. They must also stay on top of the direction in which the industry is moving and ensure that their businesses evolve.” Rubin continued, “The summit is an opportunity for our clients to hear from the leading minds in e-commerce and leave with the knowledge they need to have winning online businesses.”

Rubin himself will deliver a keynote address in which he will reveal the 10 most significant trends impacting online retail today.

GSI Commerce Inc


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