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How retail growth will change the high street in years to come

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In today's InternetRetailing newsletter we have a tale of growth to tell. That's growth not only now, both in today's UK retail figures, online and off, and in Amazon's report of 32% growth in its profits in its latest quarter, and in SecretSales' investment  win, but also projected as far forward as 2020. For then, according to an O2 report, shopping will both have grown and will be different as the high street plays a different role in the way we shop.

It's to just such stories of growth that we look each year for the winners of the Internet Retailing Awards 2014. Right now we're asking for your nominations for those awards - and yes, you can put yourself forward. Find out more about the awards and how to nominate here.

Today's guest comment comes from Maria José Gonçalves of WeDo Technologies, who considers how retailers can prevent losses through their omnichannel operations.


Click to read more on our current research and events, including our third annual Internet Retailing Awards, for which nominations are now open.

Our webinars

On May 8, Martin Newman, chief executive of usability specialist Practicology, and Stephen Lovell, head of product at retailer Chemist Direct , join Tim Callan, CMO of SLI Systems, for a revealing webinar that will consider how understanding customers' shopping behaviour can help retailers give them a more relevant experience online. SLI Systems: Connecting shoppers to products to accelerate ecommerce revenues will be held at 11am on May 8. Find out more and register for the free webinar here.

On May 20, Amplience founder and chief executive James Brooke leads a hands-on webinar that will show how retailers from Tesco to L'Oreal are using rich and dynamic media to creating compelling shopping experiences. Amplience: Customer experience masterclass takes place at 2pm on May 20. Click here to find out more and register for the free event.

Finally, on May 21, Jim Davidson, managing of marketing research at Bronto, will host a webinar demystifying the use of responsive design in marketing. Bronto: The responsive inbox: marketing to multidevice consumers takes palce at 2pm on May 21. Click here for more information and to register for free.

Our awards

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Internet Retailing Awards. Last year the winners of these multichannel and ecommerce industry awards included Tesco, Burberry, Asos, Lakeland, eBay, Amazon, Oasis/Warehouse and LoveHoney, who celebrated their wins at a roof top party in the middle of the City. Who will take this year's titles? This year's awards will be announced at an exclusive event at One Mayfair on Thursday June 26. There's also plenty of time to snap up a discounted early bird ticket to the event – though be warned, the opportunity expires at midnight on Thursday May 1.

Catch-up on IRC 2013

If you missed an Internet Retailing Conference 2013 presentation that you'd like to catch up on, you can do so now through the post-event website. Visitors to www.internetretailingconference.com can access all the presentations that we've been given permission to share with our audiences.
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