ASOS scoops online retail award

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Online retailer Asos was the big winner on the night at the Internet Retailing Awards 2014.

The Best Retailer award was presented to ASOS last night at the annual party to mark the awards, held at One Mayfair, attended by more than 400 ecommerce and multichannel traders, brands and suppliers.

Presenting the award, House of Fraser executive director Andy Harding said Asos, which counts watches among the products it sells, was a “truly incredible” retailer.

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Referring to the fire that broke out at Asos’ Barnsely warehouse last weekend, he added: “Anyone who can come back from losing 20 percent of their stock to be selling again in two days shows true resilience.”

Asos was also presented with the International Award for its work in reaching out to customers as far afield as China and Russia, beating off competition from Mothercare and Puma.

Tesco was the first winner of the night, taking the Innovation Award, ahead of a shortlist that included House of Fraser, Argos, and Marks & Spencer.

The supermarket launched its own tablet computer this year, broadening access to ecommerce.

The winner of the Capability Award, sponsored by VirtualStock, was Amazon , coming ahead of Argos and John Lewis. The company was recognised for “setting a standard for online retailing” and focusing on competiveness and convenience.

Readers of Internet Retailing magazine and website nominated retailers in each of the 11 categories.

A judging panel, consisting of executives from House of Fraser, eBay and Google UK, then named the shortlist before choosing overall winners for each category and finally, an overall best retailer.

Internet Retailing co-founder and editor-in-chief Ian Jindal said: “Congratulations to the deserving winners of the Internet Retailing Awards. The prestigious shortlist and ultimate winners show the depth and extent of capability within our dynamic industry.”

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