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2018 IR Strategy & Key Findings Research Reports


Internet Retailer has long been considered the authority on e-commerce, and the same research team that brought you the Top 500 is producing more than 30 research reports that rank and analyze top players in multiple product categories.

Ranking Reports

E-commerce research based on Top 1000 and Global 1000 retailer metrics and marketed to the entire IR database.

Technology Reports

Exclusive research, data and interviews with retailers and experts to provide in-depth analysis on key technology topics.

Merchant Category Reports

An in-depth look at product categories, and provide exclusive benchmark data, market analysis, and interviews with category leaders.

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2018 Calendar Click to expand for report description


The 2018 Guide to E-Commerce Platform Leaders Published
This report will include a host of information on top platform providers, including pricing and key features of each technology, an update on what’s new with each of the top e-commerce platform providers, and key questions retailers should be asking any potential technology provider.
The E-Commerce Startups Published
This exclusive report will identify the next wave of e-commerce stars, including an analysis of product categories showing particular promise on the web.technology provider.
The Rise of the Web-Only Brand Published
This report will explore the rise of the online-only brand. What makes these fast-growing e-retail companies so attractive to investors, and so appealing to consumers? Which strategies are driving the highest ROI, and are they profitable?
Digital Marketing Report Published
This key report analyzes a variety of digital marketing programs to help e-retailers better understand and prioritize their digital marketing goals and opportunities.
2018 U.S. Top 1000 Report APRIL
This top-line summary of U.S. and North American e-commerce markets highlights the growth of online retail business and the trends affecting them.
2018 U.S. Top 500 Report MAY
The secrets of success among the biggest and best players in e-commerce are detailed and explained in this special summary report.
Often dubbed the “Bible of E-Commerce,” the Top 500 Guide, now in its 14th year is the quintessential ranking of America’s largest e-retailers. We draw upon more than a decade of relationships with e-retailers to pull together an in-depth report on the secrets of success among the biggest and best players in e-commerce. Rankings by category and by merchant type are included in the report, as are web sales growth numbers for each e-retailer, and a range of their web sales volume.
Omnichannel Winners of the Top 500 MAY
This report details what more than two dozen of the largest U.S. retail chains are doing to link their stores with their online and mobile assets, and a competitive analysis of who is winning and losing in omnichannel retailing.
Online Marketplaces JUNE
A comprehensive analysis of the top online marketplaces around the globe driving more than half of global e-retail sales.
Cross-Border E-Commerce Leaders JULY
The most effective strategies top cross-border online retail players are using to sell into top e-commerce markets like the United Kingdom, Canada, China and Germany.
Online Apparel Report JULY
A detailed analysis of the largest category in online retail and how its biggest players are shaping the category.
The Amazon Report AUGUST
Timed for release just after Amazon Prime Day, this report will detail key components of Amazon’s business that all merchants, investors and e-commerce technology providers should understand, including the ins and outs of its fast-growing Amazon Web Services business and its push into new product areas like grocery and fashion.
Click, Ship & Return AUGUST
State of Online Shipping: This report studies the delivery and return practices of dozens of Top 500 e-retail players.
The Online Personalization Report SEPTEMBER
This first-of-its-kind review of the online personalization strategies of Top 500 merchants will report on email, site merchandising, site search and other capabilities to determine which merchants have the most advanced personalization strategies, and which ones fall behind.
Online Food Report SEPTEMBER
This report looks at the online food category and identifies pockets of opportunity for competing with Amazon, Wal-Mart and others in the online food business.
Leading Vendors to the Top 1000 OCTOBER
An analysis of the top technology and service providers powering Top 1000 e-retail sites and what retailers expect from their technology partners.
The Peak Season Report OCTOBER
This report focuses on the top online shopping seasons, including Christmas/Hanukkah, Back to School, Easter and Valentine’s Day, and identifies winners and losers in each of the large peak seasons.
Global Leaders in Luxury E-Commerce OCTOBER
This report on the world’s luxury e-retailers will delve into the online marketing, branding and omnichannel strategies of the leaders in this hot market, and educate readers on what the largest high-end brands are doing to reach more affluent shoppers online.
Canada 100 NOVEMBER
A report of the largest 100 online retailers in Canada, including an analysis of growth potential in the Canadian market and key strategies for U.S. merchants looking to sell into Canada.
Guide to Website Design DECEMBER
This report provides an analysis of the leading trends in retail website design and the key features that could make the difference in closing a sale.

IRCE 2018

TOP 500 Giveaway Program

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Top 1000 & Top 500

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