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Amazon now dominates the retail market. In the past year, Amazon alone accounted for 53% of all eCommerce growth.


What does this rapid rise to success mean for the rest of the retail industry? Can retailers even compete with the force of Amazon?


Join Bluecore for a panel discussion and roundtable event (topped off with a happy hour, of course) as we unpack these questions and explore topics like:


  • The pros and cons of partnering with Amazon

  • How you can drive direct engagement with consumers on your company’s eCommerce site

  • What gives Amazon such a seemingly untouchable competitive edge

  • How retailers have already adapted to compete with Amazon


Don’t miss out on this opportunity to get hands-on advice from our panel of experts and exchange challenges, successes and ideas with your peers!

Meet Our Panelists

Web Smith, Director of eCommerce at Gear Patrol

A serial entrepreneur, angel investor and consultant, Web Smith currently develops and manages the eCommerce strategy for Gear Patrol. In this role, Web manages direct to consumer eCommerce marketing in the areas of SEO, PPC, email, CSEs, third party platforms and referring partners. He also advises on all aspects of the digital ecosystem, including social, content strategy and seasonal marketing plans.


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Stefan Pepe, Former CEO at ideel and former Amazon executive

Currently an advisor to several organizations, Stefan Pepe has 15 years of eCommerce and consumer-facing internet experience. Stefan previously served as the Chief Product Officer at Gilt Groupe and the CEO at ideel, which was acquired by Groupon under his leadership. He also spent over a decade at Amazon, where he held a variety of key leadership roles, including Director & General Manager of North American Books and Magazines.



Ryan Slyper, VP of eCommerce at Kenneth Cole Productions

Ryan Slyper currently leads Kenneth Cole’s global eCommerce division with the goal of engaging with consumers on their terms. Prior to joining Kenneth Cole, Ryan held eCommerce roles at a variety of retailers, including New York & Company, Tommy Hilfiger and Donna Karan. Ryan’s areas of expertise include email marketing, CRM, loyalty programs, partnership distribution and more.



Jared Blank, SVP of Data Analysis and Insights at Bluecore

Jared Blank is a senior level digital marketer with deep expertise in eCommerce management, omnichannel implementation and online strategy. Jared has 15 years of experience creating digital commerce businesses from the ground up, including eCommerce replatforming, site redesigns and managing full P&L responsibilities for large scale online retail and apparel businesses. Prior to joining Bluecore, Jared served as the VP of eCommerce at Tommy Hilfiger.



Event Details


Glasshouses at the Chelsea Arts Tower

545 W 25th Street

21st Floor

New York, NY 10001



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

4:00 - 7:00 PM


4:00 - 4:15: Arrival and check-in

4:15 - 4:30: Introduction and overview of The Amazon Effect led by Jared Blank

4:30 - 5:15: Panel discussion on the relationship between Amazon and retailers, hosted by Jared Blank and featuring Web Smith, Stefan Pepe and Ryan Slyper

5:15 - 5:45: Roundtable discussions led by the featured panelists

5:45 - 7:00: Happy hour


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