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Here at Internet Retailing, we’re getting excited about the Internet Retailing Awards 2013. We’re looking forward to finding out who the judges – and our readers – have placed in top position in the awards. And we’re also looking forward to catching up with colleagues from the industry in a great City vantage point, 663ft up in London’s Heron Tower. Read all about it in the newsletter story below.

Today we also report on how digital retailing has paid off for Carpetright , on’s success with personalisation, and on how the retail industry is being urged to act now to address future problems related to digital commerce and the likely shortage of resources. And we have the latest in our daily series of interviews with sponsors of the Internet Retailing Awards, each giving different and fascinating insights in the world of online and multichannel retailing.

Our final call for the Internet Retailing Awards (more info here). The shortlist of award winners can be seen here and in our story below. Do take a look, and information on tickets is here.

We’re also excited to announce the first details of the 8th Internet Retailing Conference. The event will be held on October 16 in London. Keynote speakers will include Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Ocado and Dressipi, and Laura Wade-Geary, executive director, multichannel ecommerce, Marks & Spencer. For more details and early bird supersaver registration, visit

And a reminder too that it’s catch-up time for anyone who missed that vital briefing at Internet Retailing Expo (IRX2013). Presentations and panels from the across the six conferences of the event, the workshops and Innovation TV Studio are now available to view online at


We have a number of upcoming webinars to let you know about today. On Wednesday June 26 Amazon UK’s director of merchant services Chris Poad will be with us for a webinar on the Total cost of ownership for ecommerce. He’ll be looking at how merchants can keep costs low and act quickly to launch into ecommerce, whether setting up a primary or secondary stores online. The event takes place at 2pm, and more information is available on the Amazon webinar page.

And on Tuesday July 2, we host Sitecore and Blueleaf for a webinar on Personalising the user journey for premium retailers. The event will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, when the speaker will be Rob Smith, strategy director at Blueleaf. More information is available here, on the Sitecore webinar page.

Finally, on Tuesday July 16, SLI Systems bring together Snow + Rock and Javelin Group to discuss SaaS (software as a service): risks and rewards in retail. The event takes place at 11am, when Fraser Davidson, director, technology services, at Javelin Group, and David Kohn, head of multichannel at Snow + Rock, will speak. Find out more and register for the free webinar here.

More information about our webinar programme is available here.

Today’s stories


Retail industry urged to act now for sustainable future growth

Focus on digital pays off for Carpetright in a flat market boosts average order value by a third

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INTERNET RETAILING AWARDS Interview with Eric Abensur of Venda

INTERNET RETAILING AWARDS Interview with Bas Nawijn of Magento

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