Guys, First of all I am so sorry this post took so long to get written, I've been going almost non-stop since my return from Philadelphia which means I didn't get a chance to write up any posts for you! That is going to change I am committing myself to keeping a semi-regular posting schedule. Now on to the good stuff, my last day in Philadelphia!
My day started bright and early at 8am at the Convention Center again to listen to a keynote speaker from QVC where I learned that Zulily was purchased by QVC which I was not previously aware of and I do love me some flash sale sites and have used Zulily frequently. I would definitely recommend you check it out. Anyway after the keynote was done I wandered over to the Expo Hall where I planned on walking around and listening to more talks. I wasn't really sure what to expect from the Expo Hall but it certainly wasn't what I found! I was immediately bombarded by people and booths as far as the eye could see. So I wandered aimlessly and then I decided to make the most of it and began talking to different booths. I learned about technology that I had no idea existed and that makes a lot of the companies that I shop from or know about function smoothly especially on the e-commerce platform.
Then I started handing out business cards and making those important connections people are always telling me about and I wasn't just connecting with retail companies I was connecting with up and coming software companies and anyone that could put my talent to use. It was worth it I made so many connections and I left way more knowledgable than I was when I walked in.
I even got to use a smart mirror which is technology that we have talked about in class but I hadn't used before! It was really interesting even if it wasn't perfect. Someone even brought a bus into the convention center!
I had to end my last day at the Shop.org Digital Summit with a bang and I could not think of a better way to end it than with a Fashion Show! TrueFit hosted a fashion show at their booth featuring retail executives, real models, and Ray Greenly Finalists. Well, I'm just going to let the photo's speak for themselves!
After all that hard work spent networking my butt off I went back to my hotel and iced my back and rested letting myself take a mental break and then I was off to see another tourist destination, Reading Terminal Market! I fell in love! I really wish Savannah had something similar, although it's probably better we don't since I would be spending all of my money there! While there I found so many cute locally owned stands and of course that meant I had to purchase! The most fateful one for me was of course the book stand, where I bought two cookbooks, a bag, and some cute cards! Worth it to support small businesses.
Then it was time for one last hoorah in Philadelphia. This took the form of the TrueFit gathering at the Hard Rock Cafe. I got to drink a beer and network on a more causal level with co-founder of TrueFit Romney and people from Adidas and Tommy Hilfiger. This was such an amazing opportunity and I was so grateful to Romney for reaching out to us students and inviting us to attend. Not only was it a great networking experience I also got to listen to some really great music by Eric Hutchinson! If you haven't heard of him I strongly recommend you give him a listen, he was so great live and interacted with the crowd so well!
It was bittersweet to tell Philadelphia goodbye but I was glad to be headed back to warmer weather and my own bed. I learned a lot and got a little more life experience and a lot of amazing opportunities and I just need to take the reigns and I think I'll be okay!
Stay tuned to hear my thoughts on U.S. Airways, the Sheraton, Uber, and Lyft. Straight from experiences I had on this trip!