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The future’s brighter for rescued HMV, both online and off

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The future’s looking bright for HMV, saved out of administration by restructuring specialist Hilco this morning. Find out the detail, and what analysts are predicting for its future, in today’s newsletter story below.

Read on too for more on Lovehoney’s hopes for expansion in the US market that more than half of UK retailers, research suggests, find the most difficult to crack. Today we also report on a senior analyst’s view that Click and Collect won’t save the high street, on Domino’s continued strong online performance, and on what marketers think of their own email performance. Our guest comment today comes from Peter Veash, of The BIO Agency, who’s taken as his subject no less an issue than the future of ecommerce. Read on in our stories below.


We have some upcoming webinars to tell you about. Take part by registering for the free events on our webinar page.

On April 11, at 4pm, the focus is on tag management, in How to Win with Tag Management: Strategies for Achieving Business and Marketing Agility. The event, which features QuBit’s CMO Ian McCaig and technology partnerships manager Harry Hurst, will look at how tag management works, what its benefits are, and how to use it to best advantage. Find more and register here.

And on April 18, at 11am, we’re joined by Will Cook, VP of multichannel at HP Autonomy and Colin McFarland, head of group CEM at Shop Direct, for a session on Marketing Optimisation for Online Retailers. The focus in the session will about what marketing optimisation can do for retailers, helping to personalise the customer experience and boost performance against key KPIs. Find out more here.

Our last webinar of the month is on April 30, Stibo Systems and Bazaarvoice join forces for a webinar on Staying relevant: creating a personal shopping experience that drives sales. In the 11am webinar, speakers Aurelien Dubot, product marketing manager EMEA at Bazaarvoice, and Simon Walker, director, ecommerce innovation, Stibo Systems, will discuss why it’s so important that retailers focus on their customers as they create shopping experiences that reflect both shoppers’ feedback and needs. They’ll be considering how to harness and learn from social data.

To find out more about the webinar and to register for free, click here.

Today’s stories

HMV lives to trade another day after rescue operation

Lovehoney looks to US expansion in the week that survey suggests it’s the most difficult retail market

Click and Collect cannot save the high street: analyst

GUEST COMMENT: The future of ecommerce

Email still performs though marketers admit they don’t spend enough time optimising

Domino’s ecommerce investment continues to pay off as online sales grow and grow

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