By Claire West

As severe weather disrupts delivery services across the UK leaving many doubting that their online purchases will reach them in time for Christmas, Nick Robertson, CEO of ASOS who was recently voted the most influential person in online retail by Retail Week speaks exclusively in this video about the internet based retail model and its advantages over its high street cousin.

He also reveals the evolution of retail to its latest form - mobile shopping - and where the future of retail lies.

Key figures from the retail industry and parliament came together at the House of Commons to discuss the findings of Understanding the Impact of Online Trading on UK Retail 2010, an independent report which examines the growing influence of e-commerce within the UK economy.

Looking to the future, the report questions what this phenomenal growth means to the UK economy, and crucially employment; retailers are the UK's largest private sector employer, employing one in ten of all UK workers.

The gathering of industry leaders and politicians at the House of Commons demonstrates the significance of retail to the UK economy and the growing importance of online retail to the industry as a whole. Ensuring that retailers have access to the right training and skills is essential to the continued growth and health of the sector and the economy at large.

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