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Internet Retailing’s 2013 highlights, inspired by Fibonacci

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This year we’ve eschewed the traditional top ten in our review of 2013. Instead, we’ve decided to use Fibonacci as the inspiration for our ‘golden’ content of the year. Aren’t we fancy?

What follows is our 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 of Internet Retailing. By way of a reminder, Fibonacci refers to a series of numbers in which each number is the sum of the two preceding numbers. It’s found everywhere from algorithms to artichokes – and now here.


Most popular retailer on IRDX


Tesco is the most popular term on the Internet Retailing Directory Index (IRDX). That’s hardly surprising, considering Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer, and has led the way in online shopping.


Most popular supplier on IRDX


On the supplier side, Demandware, supplier of cloud-based ecommerce platforms, rates highly.


Most popular search terms

1. ‘past times’

2. ‘europe online shopping predictions’

These are the search terms that brought people to our site, naturally excluding variations on ‘internet retailing’, ‘internet retailing magazine’ and ‘the highest quality analysis on ecommerce’. Interestingly, number one is heritage brand Past Times . WH Smith shut down the Past Times website when it bought the brand out of administration in April, making us the go-to condolence page for people seeking medieval themed coasters and Victorian inspired oven gloves.

Of course, if WH Smith had used the original site to redirect to the ‘Past Times’ section on the WH Smith site, they could have maintained valuable sales.

‘Europe online shopping predictions’ says it all. Why go to a fortune teller when you can just check in with us?


Most popular events

1. Internet Retailing Expo

2. Internet Retailing Conference

3. Internet Retailing Awards

It’s no surprise that our Expo, Conference and Awards are the big three but it’s worth mentioning that throughout the year we also host Jumpstarts (live procurement sessions on all areas of ecommerce), Research Briefings (a survey of top retailers, followed by a big reveal of the results and analysis) and webinars (all of the quality content you’ve come to know and love from us without having to leave your desk). Keep updated with our events here.

It will be our fourth Internet Retailing Expo next March, with even more highlights to tempt you to the NEC in Birmingham. They include six conferences, more than 60 retailers, Ask the Expert Clinics, the largest Magento partner pavilion in the UK and the launch of our multichannel performance index. Missing it isn’t an option.

The Internet Retailing Conference held in October was keynoted by Sir Stuart Rose, Laura Wade-Gery and Ilan Benhaim and attended by a huge number of the retail elite. Next year will be our ninth, and will be held on October 14 2014 in your diary.

The Internet Retailing Awards have made a name for themselves as the retail party of the year. Last year we took over SushiSamba and on June 26 2014 we plan to outdo ourselves with a Cirque du Soleil themed affair at Number One, Mayfair as aerial waitresses pour champagne and magic permeates the party.


Most popular videos

1. Fighting Show Rooming with Show Rooming, featuring Glen Richardson of at IRX

2. The Future of Commerce featuring Rob Shaw of hybris

3. 13 Trends for 2013

4. Let’s play the who, what, where, when, why and how of live chat, featuring Andy Soloman of Yomdel

5. Staying relevant: Creating a personal shopping experience that drives sales, a webinar with Bazaarvoice and Stibo Systems

Our Internet Retailing TV channel features video content from all of our live events, along with webinars and interviews with leading figures in the industry. Check out our video resources here.


Most popular magazine features

  1. November 2013 issue: M&S Evolving for the New Normal

  2. July 2013 issue: New Look – Existing for the Customer

  3. January 2013 issue: A Growing Marketplace

  4. January 2013 issue: Is the High Street dead?

  5. November 2013 issue: Majestic Wine – Mobile Review

  6. January 2013 issue: The Future of Customer Loyalty is Mobile

  7. May 2013 issue: A searchlight on China’s ecommerce

  8. July 2013 issue: Primark Sells Online

Our magazine and supplement are bi-monthly and this year for the first time we’ve started putting their content online in html form. We still have print and z-mag versions but now you can also browse with ease through our lovely linked publications on our website. If you haven’t seen our wide range of online publications yet, please have a look here.


Most popular news pieces

  1. Past Times website taken down as WH Smith buys the brand

  2. Online retailer speaks out as Royal Mail changes parcel pricing

  3. UK’s four largest supermarkets among European retail elite: Kantar

  4. Argos unveils ‘store for a digital future’ PICTURES

  5. Asos launches real-time parcel tracking with 15 minute delivery slots

  6. More than half of mobile shoppers abandon their carts at checkout as they don’t feel comfortable, study finds

  7. What does 2013 hold for ecommerce retailers?

  8. Why did HMV fail? Interview with George Scott of retail analysts Conlumino

  9. Why the high street still matters: the rise and rise of multichannel retailing

  10. Sainsbury’s unveils plans for first dark store

  11. Ecommerce is surging across Europe, report

  12. SURVEY One in five UK Consumers buy more online than in-store

  13. UK Retail sales rise by 16% in May

Questions, big name retailers and statistics are the commonalities across our most popular news posts for 2013. Watch out for posts entitled ‘Are ASOS staff twice as good looking as the average retail employee?’ and ‘What 67% of retailers didn’t know about M&S’ in 2014 as we attempt to tick all the boxes.*

*Disclaimer – we’re not really going to become upworthy and in our hugely subjective opinion, all retail types are devastatingly attractive.

What do you think? Did we (and Fibonacci of course) get it right? And how can we do better? Let us know in the comments, by emailing, by tweeting @etail or starting a discussion in our LinkedIn group.


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