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From Amazon to the Brexit effect: factors that drive the development of retail

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Today's InternetRetailing newsletter comes as Amazon's Prime Day – and competitors' sale events – are in full flow. According to analysis, last year's Prime Day was the UK's sixth biggest online shopping day of the year, so we look both at what Amazon is doing – and at how some of its competitors are responding. Not for the first time, Amazon is acting as an external force that's reshaping the way that its competitors sell.

Today we're also thinking about other external forces. The BRC, in retail figures released today, says it's too early to see the Brexit effect on June's figures, but analysts detect that Asos, which has a trading update out today, is already benefitting from the weakness of sterling.

Publishing is another force that's making its mark on ecommerce. Today we report as the new ecommerce meets publishing launch from Marie Claire and Ocado gets a name and a rough launch date.

We also bring you our take on figures out today from Hotel Chocolat.

Today's guest comment is from Amir Schlachet of Global-e, who considers some of the key issues that retailers need to think about when they replatform.

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