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From the Internet Retailing Awards 2014 to the rise and rise of mobile in the digital mix

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We’re starting to get excited about the Internet Retailing Awards party this Thursday. In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter we hear from not one but two finalists shortlisted for the awards on what they are doing to make their businesses stand out in a digital age. They are Doug Glenwright of Tui Travel on why digital store design matters, and Dressipi founders Sarah McVittie and Donna North on how and why their service works in creating confident consumers who are three times as likely to buy. We’re also delighted to announce the three winners for Venda’s ‘Scratch and Tweet’ competition – congratulations to Vic Watson, Emily Barun and Rob Le Boutillier.

Beyond the party, there’s a certain m-commerce flavour permeating today’s InternetRetailing newsletter, where today we report both on a study that forecasts mobile payments will overtake transactions made on laptops and desktops this year for the first time, and on news that 44% of British shoppers now use mobile to browse retailers’ websites. It’s a fitting theme in the week that the UK debut of Google Glass was announced, with a starting price of £1,000. The Guardian has already explained how it will be using the wearable technology, and we’ll be waiting with interest to see what retailers will do with it – and how soon transactions over such devices start to show up in the research.

Small wonder then that retailers from Sainsbury’s, unveiling its new multichannel website, to Carpetright, which has its full-year results out today, are now routinely explaining how mobile fits into their digital strategy.

Last but certainly not least is the news of Asos’ swift recovery from the fire that closed its warehouse over the weekend. Read on for news of our events, webinars and shared resources.

Our webinars

This afternoon, we’re being joined by Digital River’s Wade Pylka and Andre Allain for a timely session on doing business in Brazil, where the World Cup is currently being staged. Win in Brazil – market entry hurdles and how to overcome them will be held on June 24 at 3pm. Click here for more information to register for the free event.

Click to visit the Internet Retailing webinars page to find out about any upcoming webinars and to catch up on any that you may have missed.

Our awards

Judges for the 2014 Internet Retailing Awards will soon be unveiling this year’s winners. Shortlisted for the awards are retailers from John Lewis and Amazon to Asos and Cult Pens. Click to see the shortlist in full. The winners will be revealed at an exclusive event at One Mayfair on Thursday June 26. Visit for more information or to buy a ticket to the event.

Catch-up on IRX 2014

If you missed an Internet Retailing Expo 2014 presentation that you’d like to catch up on, you can do so now through the post-event website. Visitors to can access all the presentations that we’ve been given permission to share with our audiences.

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