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Top 10 e-commerce stories in 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to look back at the year’s biggest e-commerce stories, as chosen by you, our readers.

The most-viewed articles on Internet Retailing in 2016 reflect what a tumultuous year it was in online retail.

While some companies like Mon Purse went from strength to strength, securing concessions in Myer, Selfridges and Bloomingdales (not to mention $3.1 million in a Series A funding round), others, like online furniture retailer Temple & Webster, have been clawing their way back to profitability. Still others, including Seduce and Dick Smith, shut their doors for good.

2016 was also the year of the big online shopping festival, with more Australian retailers participating in Singles Day, Click Frenzy, Black Friday and Cyber Monday than ever before. These events also showed the increasing significance of mobile commerce in online retail.

Missing from this list is any mention of US e-commerce giant Amazon’s rumored 2017 entry into the Australian market. While the story generated plenty of headlines, and not a small amount of angst, the facts on the ground have proven scant. Perhaps next year’s round-up of e-commerce stories will show otherwise.

Lastly, Internet Retailing has experienced change as well this year, with the departure of editor Tess Bennett, whose keen news sense is evidenced by her byline on many of the stories below. Since stepping into the role of editor in August of this year, I have aimed to further Internet Retailing‘s reputation as the go-to source for e-commerce news in Australia.

I look forward to bringing you more news and insights in 2017.

Top 10 e-commerce stories on Internet Retailing in 2016:

10. Speedmaster gears up for Amazon Prime Day

9. Winning Group appoints head of neurostrategy

8. Myer lifts online revenue on omnichannel investments

7. Temple & Webster boss Brian Shanahan resigns

6. Catch of the Day founders invest in Mon Purse

5. Kogan buys Dick Smith’s online business

4. Online disruptors arrive to unsettle the Australian mattress market

3. Inside Catch of the Day’s multi-million dollar distribution centre

2. Woolworths head of digital commerce departs for AMP

1. 2016 Top 50 People in E-Commerce named

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