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Looking forward to the future of commerce

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In today's InternetRetailing newsletter, we have stories of new and exciting developments from UK retailers across the industry. We have news of Asda as it introduces intelligent click and collect pods that seem set to have a significant impact on the way it delivers goods, and of Burberry, in at the beginning of Twitter's venture into ecommerce with new buy from tweet functionality.

We have the latest from Dixons Carphone as it moves towards becoming a connected retailer that vows to 'improve customers lives through technology', and from Rakuten as it buys a cash back shopping site in a move that it says will 'revolutionise ecommerce'. These are all ambitious claims, but what's interesting is the spirit of optimism that infects them. And that comes just at a time when online and multichannel sales are growing at their fastest rate for some time, according to the latest analysis from the British Retailing Consortium, which says August internet sales were 19.8% up on the same time last year.

Last, but not least, we have a new feature of our own today as we bring you a review of Boots' website from the team of reviewers that analyses sites in InternetRetailing magazine.


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