Editor's Comment

From Amazon to House of Fraser: developing multichannel strategies that work

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In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter, we’re looking at how retailers from Amazon to House of Fraser and Spreadshirt are combining multichannel and international strategies to strong effect.

For all three, international markets are a key to enabling growth, and go hand in hand with multichannel in order to bring shoppers the kind of convenience that they want to see. That’s borne out by figures from the latest BRC-Google online monitor that shows overseas shoppers taking an interest in British brands both from their desktops and via their smartphones.

By way, perhaps of background, we also look at how visitors to the next InternetRetailing Expo will be able to learn more about the ins and outs of achieving multichannel success at the From Clicks to Bricks conference, which we preview today.

Today’s guest comment comes from Hugh Fletcher at Salmon, who considers the potential effect of multichannel shopping and the Internet of Things on parents and, more widely, on looking after baby.

Today we’re also offering retailers the chance to win a free pass to Retail without Borders, the marketplace conference and exhibition, being held at London’s QEII Centre on March 23. Tweet @etail or email editor@internetretailing.net and tell us why you’d like to go to put your name in the hat.

Webinars
The next InternetRetailing webinar is on February 22, when RedEye’s CCO Matthew Kelleher will consider whether technology companies are giving marketers what they really want. He points to a disconnect between the technology companies and their clients, and will ask what support retailers need from their providers to make their marketing strategies work. In a world of intuitive marketing tech, is there still a part for people to play? will be on February 22 at 2pm. Visit the RedEye webinar page to find and more and register for the free event.

On March 16, Pitney Bowes’ senior vice president, consumer and merchant solutions Jonathan Kapplow will be looking at practical approaches to selling via the global marketplaces that are expected to represent 39% of the online retail market in 2020. How to expand into high growth emerging economies through global marketplaces is at 2pm on March 16. Visit the Pitney Bowes webinar page to find out more and register for the free event.

Click to visit the Internet Retailing webinars page to catch up on the latest webinars.

IRX and EDX
Eight conferences packed with retail speakers and covering everything from omnichannel and international to delivery are running at the InternetRetailing Expo, from April 5 to 6 at the NEC in Birmingham. To learn more about IRX 2017, its sister conference eDelivery Expo and to register for free, visit www.internetretailingexpo.com and www.edeliveryexpo.com.

Attendees can also get a 25% discount on their train fare to the NEC when they book through the IRX or EDX visitor information website.

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