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Recapping the fun times at IRCE 2013!

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June 13, 2013

 

Man, last week was busy. We started participation in the #SocialMandess contest (by the way, go here to vote for us, pretty please?), and even started using Vine. And, oh yeah, we went to IRCE 2013 in Chicago.

Chicago Skyline @ Night

We met with a lot of people, and our feet were killing us, but we had a really great time. In case you missed our tweets & pictures, there were four of the ShipStation crew at IRCE 2013.

The ShipStation Crew @ IRCE

(From left to right): Angel, Curtis, Robert, & Erin

It’s sometimes difficult to see just how booming the ecommerce industry is, because it is so digital with online marketplaces, orders, payments, customers, etc. However, as I scanned through aisle after aisle of exhibitors and spoke with dozens of customers and partners, I was struck by how HUGE this industry really is. I ran into companies that can help build your search index, analyze customer data and trends, market your product, design your website—there’s so much!
– Angel, Tech Support Extraordinaire

While there, we also met with a bunch of our partners, including Shopify, StitchLabs, Brightpearl, ChannelAdvisor, Magento and more! It was great to catch up with the guys we work with on a regular basis, but don’t really get to see all that much.

There were also some epic times at the FedEx, Endicia, and other companies’ after parties, where we got to let loose a teeny bit with our partners and connect with both old and new friends.

Favorite moments: Connecting with all of the people who we saw, whether it was dinner with Blair and Mat from Shopify and Jake from Stitch Labs or at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, or Chicago’s Alder Planetarium.
– Curtis, Business Development Wizard

dinner

I thought it was great having dinner with Shopify & StitchLabs; getting to personally know our partners build relationships with them was a great experience. I also enjoyed being able to meet with accounts I previously had only corresponded with by phone and email. It was rewarding to hear in-person how much ShipStation has played a hand in helping to grow their businesses. I also enjoyed meeting face-to-face with prospective accounts and showing them just how much ShipStation can help to overcome their current shipping challenges.
– Erin, Senior Account Guru

For me, just being able to reconnect with all the vendors I once knew as a merchant was awesome to do from the other side of the table.
– Robert, Marketing Genius

All in all, it was a fantastic conference, and we can’t wait to go back next year. Luckily, IRCE will be stationed in Chicago at least through 2020. It runs next year from June 10th – 14th, and we really hope we’ll see you there!