How To Stay On Top Of Your Game In Retail Tech


If you’re not learning, you’re falling behind.


In retail tech this is especially true – you have to be constantly honing your skills to keep up with the pace of change. This is an industry that doesn’t sit still for long.


The good news is that keeping up with the latest trends doesn’t have to be a chore. Take our tech events here at River Island. A good tech meetup should bring people together to find new ways to solve problems and make the world a more convenient and dazzling place, leaving you with a brain spinning with new possibilities.


Opening Up To Shoreditch


This is why, each month, River Island opens the doors of our new Shoreditch office to host events highlighting key trends in tech, retail and the wider business world. We aim to achieve a roughly 50/50 split of engineering-focused and general innovation or business-focused events.


It’s all part of our active involvement in the wider tech ecosystem, an opportunity to engage our teams in a diverse set of tech trends or engineering domains while, at the same time, highlighting some of the cool and innovative work we're doing here at River Island.


Take our next two events – first up, #FashHack are hosting ‘The Future of Fashion and Retail - Blockchain Technology’ on 27th September, where we’ll be discussing how the new technology can support the fashion industry in the years to come. Just use the code RIwelcome for your free ticket. While UXPA-UK’s event on 17th October will take a closer look at user experience in mobile apps.




Hacks and snacks


The events programme at River Island focuses on building communities of shared interest and developing professional networks. The events are typically free or low-cost and you get to hear from people at the forefront of their respective fields, do some great networking and enjoy some drinks and nibbles while you’re at it.


A window into River Island


With all these driven, innovative people visiting our offices, we can be forgiven for sometimes snapping up talent that’s too good to miss. A number of our tech team first met us at one of these events.


Minal Patel, a River Island Business Analyst said: “I’ve attended a number of tech events, however the one hosted by The Agile Roundabout at River Island’s Shoreditch tech office was especially thought-provoking.


“The event gave me a fantastic insight into the Agile transformation journey that the River Island technology team were on, and it showcased some of the innovative projects that they were planning to deliver as a result of this. When a role became available within the BA team later in the year, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of this exciting transformation."


Tech events like this are just another way we collaborate and innovate here at RI. If this sounds like somewhere you’d like to be, find out more here…



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