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How UK retailers are moving towards a global, omnichannel future

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The twin focus of today’s InternetRetailing newsletter is on joining up sales channels and international expansion. Today, we report on how more store sales will be influenced by the internet by 2018. We also look at how brands are moving towards omnichannel, both through research from SLI Systems that predicts many brands will have achieved omnichannel status within 18 months, and through the news of Lacoste opting for an order management solution on its own journey to that goal.

On the day that the dot London domain launches, we consider how the appetite for British and London goods is extending across the globe.

We also report on innovation from Norwich Football Club as it launches the first responsive website in the premiership.

Finally, we feature a podcast featuring Internet Retailing editors discussing their nomination choices for the upcoming Internet Retailing Awards. There’s still time to vote.

Click to read more on our upcoming events.

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 responsive design for marketing messages. 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 May 5 (date extended).

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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