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UK online shoppers set to spend more than £100bn in 2014

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We already knew that the UK’s army of online shoppers were the biggest internet spenders in the world. But in today’s Internet Retailing newsletter we report on how they spent £91bn in 2013, and this year are set to bust through the £100bn barrier, according to the latest online sales figures. We round up the December figures from Ocado, N Brown Group, Dixons, Argos, Halfords, and Thorntons in today’s stories and consider how Morrisons’ online delivery service is faring, one week in.

In today’s preview of IRX 2014 we take a look at the first of our conferences, the Internet Retailing In-Store Conference, and report on research suggesting ways online grocers could use big data to boost their profits. Our guest comment today continues the theme, as Tom Smith of SDL takes a look at the retail potential of unstructured data.

Our events

Next Wednesday (22nd January) we are looking forward to the annual Internet Retailing Beringer Tame Ecommerce Charity Pub Quiz (IRBTECPQ). There is still room for one retail team or two (at a push), so if you want to take on Selfridges, the White Company and M&S in the quiz to beat all quizzes, please contact Ashley Tirri quickly.

We’re now gearing up for Internet Retailing Expo 2014 (IRX 2014) in Birmingham. The event will be held on March 26 and 27 at the NEC in Birmingham, where there’ll be an array of conference streams, workshops and a wide range of exhibitors showing off the latest cutting edge technologies. Watch the Internet Retailing website for the latest news on speakers and exhibitors, but registrations are already open on the IRX 2014 website.

Catch-up on IRC 2013

If you missed an Internet Retailing Conference 2013 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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