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In today’s Internet Retailing newsletter we’re celebrating after online and multichannel retailers were named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. We also have news from retailers including Majestic Wine of the striking effect seen when the minimum online order was reduced from 12 bottles to six, The Hut Group on a year of fast growth, on its innovative tie-up with the Big Brother house, and Vente-Privée on its move to a new SpinMe studio management system.

In our latest previews of the Internet Retailing Awards we also focus on capability and customer awards, and interview Steve Dukes of PayLater.

Tickets for the Internet Retailing Awards (more info here) are now available to book. The shortlist of award winners has is now out. Do take a look.

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. Later today (June 18) Gary Lombardo, solutions market lead at Demandware will be joining us, along with Nick Rawlings, marketing director at Lands End, to tell the story of how the US retailer has grown from a catalogue business into a digital commerce business with global operations in North America, Europe and Asia. The event, Global brand, local commerce: evolution of Lands’ End into a digital commerce powerhouse, will be held at 4pm today, and is free to attend. There’s still time to register: visit the Demandware webinar page here.

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 looking at how one tailor used personalisation online. Personalising the user journey for Emmetts Shirts is at 2pm, 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.

Jumpstart events

Internet Retailing’s signature JumpStart events offer a chance for retailers to get quickly up to speed on the latest developments in a given area, hearing directly from expert suppliers and identifying and presenting the key questions retailers need to ask when procuring their own systems. Each full-morning event is held in Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London and retailers can register to attend for free here.

The customer experience is in focus for tomorrow’s event (June 19), when we’ll be looking at how to provide an enhanced customer experience, not only optimising each channel but also considering how to bridge the experience over time and across channels. Topics will include interaction design, service planning, testing and customer service, delivery and logistics, and extend to how best practice analytics and behavioural tracking can help us towards that elusive ‘single view of the customer’ in order to sell more effectively. Find out more and register to attend here.

Today’s stories

Online and multichannel retailers win birthday honours

Majestic Wine’s online order numbers grow by a quarter after reduction in minimum order

The Hut Group moves into the black after 30% boost to sales

INTERNET RETAILING AWARDS Focus on the shortlist: customer and capability awards

INTERNET RETAILING AWARDS Interview with Steve Dukes of PayLater

Vente-Privée opts for new SpinMe studio management system

Viewers can now shop the Big Brother house thanks to deal

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