IAMAI (Internet and mobile Association of India) is organizing a conference on online retailing at ITC Park Sheraton,Chennai on 26th July. The broad agenda is to evaluate the current status of online retailing in India and avenues of growth in the coming years. If you are interested, I have pasted the agenda below. They have roped in quite a lot for entrepreneurs for this event. Must be interesting.
09:00– 09:30 hrs Registration
09:30-09:40 Opening Remarks :Murugavel Janakiraman, Chairman IAMAI & CEO, Bhartamatrimony Group
09:40-12:00 hrs Panel Discussion I: Online Retail – The Future in Indian Scenario
What are the facilitators and debilitators in India?
Are there global models to follow?
How will the growing offline organized retail impact the online retail?
Is online retailing just another channel or is it a different way of doing business?
09:40-09:50 hrs Session Moderator inesh Wadhawan, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Times Internet*
09:50-11:20 hrs Panelist
C K Ranganathan, Chairman, Cavin Kare*
Bhaskar Bhat, Managing Director, Titan Industries*
Sankorshan Banerjee, Chief Executive Officer, Future Bazaar*
Bijou Kurien, President & Chief Executive – Lifestyle & Luxury, Reliance Retail*
V Sivaramakrishnan, President – Portals, Sify Ltd
R Subramaniam, Chief Executive Officer, Subhiksha Trading Service*
Dinesh Agarwal, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Indiamart Intermesh*
G Sankar, Managing Director, LifeStyle*
Satya Prabhakar, Founder & CEO, Sulekha
11:20–11:40 hrs Panel Discussion
11:40-11:55 hrs Q&A Session conducted by Session Moderator
11:55-12:00 hrs Concluding Remarks
12:00-12:15 hrs Tea/Coffee Break
12:15-14:05 hrs Panel Discussion II: Technology & Beyond – Making the Right Choice and Leveraging the Same
How important is Technology?
Build, Buy or Partner?
Customer Acquisition, Servicing and Retention – Role of Technology?
Knowing what technology works for you?
Is good user experience available using off – the – shelf technologies or is this something that still needs to be customized for each platform despite years of evolution of the Internet?
Does Technology help in reducing intermediary and offering better prices?
How to make online shopping an experience beyond ease?
How do you leverage your knowledge about your customers?
How do you leverage your customer’s knowledge about you?
12:15-12:25 hrs Session Moderator :K Vaitheeswaran, Chief Operating Officer, India Plaza
12:25-13:25 hrs Panelist
Rajesh Nahar, Co-founder & Vice President, Chennai Bazaar
Chetan Uberoy, Chief Technology Officer, Makemytrip.com
Tarun Bangari, Akamai Technologies*
13:25–13:45 hrs Panel Discussion
13:45-14:00 hrs Q&A Session conducted by Session Moderator
14:00-14:05 hrs Concluding Remarks
14:05-14:50 hrs Lunch
14:50-16:40 hrs Panel Discussion III: Online Payments – Costs and Benefits of Alternative Payment Methods
How does adoption of various payment methods help increase bottom-line?
Which new forms of e-payments are really worth while to implement and which may be better left in the box?
Are the low margin online payment business models viable given the distribution costs and the loss ratios? If so, what are high margin revenue streams?
Is there a resistance among merchants to adopt new payment methods?
How can one overcome the challenges faced in Online Payment mechanism?
In digital payments is it better to be Safe than Sorry?
14:50-15:00 hrs Session Moderator :Suresh Rangarajan, President, TimesofMoney*
15:00-16:00 hrs Panelist
Vishwas Patel, Chief Executive Officer, Avenues India*
Navin Surya, Executive Director, ITZ Cash Card
Aditya Menon, Chief Information & Technology Officer, Obopay Mobile
Ajay Adisheshan, Chief Executive Officer, Paymate
Rajib Saha, President & Chief Executive Officer, Indepay*
Sourabh Jain, Chief Executive Officer, Jigrahak*
16:00–16:20 hrs Panel Discussion
16:20-16:35 hrs Q&A Session conducted by Session Moderator
16:35-16:40 hrs Concluding Remarks
16:40-16:55 hrs Tea/Coffee Break
16:55-18:45 hrs Panel Discussion IV: Supply Chain Management – Ground Realities
Why do online stores have limited merchandise?
How do you deliver where your store is seen?
Do online retailers face Sales Tax issues similar to Multicity Offline retailers or are they any different? And what it takes to overcome same?
How do you ensure your goods reach in same condition as they are being shown on the website?
How do online retailers manage logistics in a country with underdeveloped infrastructure? What are the unique challenges which do not exist in developed economies?
16:55-17:05 hrs Session Moderator :Sanjay Aggarwal, General Manager (Operations), IRCTC*
17:05-18:05 hrs Panelist
Rehan Yar Khan, Founder, Flora 2000*
Harish Bahl, Founder & CEO, Smile Interactive Technologies Group*
Pawan Gadia, Vice President, Ferns n Petals*
Uday Sondhi, Vice President, Rediff.com*
Hemu Ramaiah, Managing Director, Landmark E-Tail*
Subhanker Sarker, Chief Operating Officer, Seventymm*
18:05–18:25 hrs Panel Discussion
18:25-18:40 hrs Q&A Session conducted by Session Moderator
18:40-18:45 hrs Concluding Remarks
18:45 hrs Onwards Cocktails