E Commerce

China's Billion Dollar Game-Changing M-Commerce Industry

Jessica Anuna | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
Jessica Anuna

By the end of Q4 of this year, m-commerce will grow by 91.1 per cent in China, exceeding $50bn in revenue. One company in particular are leading the business of m-commerce. The Alibaba Group (who is also preparing for one of world's biggest ever IPOs) are the single dominant force of both e-commerce and m-commerce in China.

UK's Online Spending: The Latest Big News for the E-commerce World...

Mark Braund | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Tech
Mark Braund

These observations of UK e-commerce are in fact all the more interesting given that one of the hot topics going into 2014 was the news that more than one third of online sales are now reported to be made via mobile device.

Why Google Needs to Employ More Women

Nathalie Gaveau | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Tech
Nathalie Gaveau

There are notable differences between men's and women's behaviours and advertising needs to adapt in order to capitalise.

Think Alternative to Future-proof Your Payment Strategy

Shane Happach | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK Tech
Shane Happach

The global e-commerce economy is growing at a rapid pace, and with this growth, we're seeing significant changes in the way merchants and consumers are choosing to do business. Whereas to date cards have been king, new research reveals that within the next four years, we'll start to see alternative payment methods make up the majority of online purchases.

SAAS Search the Great Leveller

Davina Lines | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Tech
Davina Lines

Effective search can be a game changer for marketers, as search can now provide a powerful tool to support the customer journey and respond to customer needs. Customer expectations of search have fundamentally transformed over the last five years, with browser searches expected to be clean, clear, accurate and immediate.

Business Rates Don't Have to Rule Our Independent Retailers, But Innovation Should

Shingo Murakami | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Shingo Murakami

The Chancellor's Autumn Statement recently announced that increases in business rates will be capped at 2% in England, instead of being linked to inflation. Business rates were set to rise by 3.2% in 2014, based on September's Retail Prices Index measure of inflation but as a result of the cap businesses are expected to save up to £3,375.

Down the Tubes - Ten Years of NFC

Daniel Lowther | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Tech
Daniel Lowther

Unfortunately, this future has failed to materialise. When I'm commuting home tonight, I'll pass by more than a handful of retailers. And, to the best of my knowledge, only one of them, a purveyor of ready-to-eat sarnies, accepts contactless cards.

How to Utilise Instagram for Sales

Maz Nadjm | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Tech
Maz Nadjm

So, what's the best way for your brand to turn these millions of Instagram users into potential customers? As with every single social media platform, the key to winning the hearts, minds and cold hard cash of social media users is engagement.

Digital Fashion Love Disruptive Technologies

Chloe Watts | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Tech
Chloe Watts

In the beginning, fashion and technology were two separate concepts. Then - boom - we were born into shoes that lit up, wearable music players and screens that magically followed the direction they were flipped. Of course, it didn't just all happen at once.

Buzzword: Social Commerce

Chloe Watts | Posted 25.11.2013 | UK Tech
Chloe Watts

As consumers, our demand is not only directed by our needs, but by the needs of others. The fashion e-commerce has started to spot this notion of 'I want it too' to enable and encourage buyers to upload photos of their products to use as a marketing tool of 'social proofing'.

Cracking the Content Monetization Conundrum

Micke Paqvalen | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Tech
Micke Paqvalen

For brands looking to reach the large number of consumers online, it is not enough to simply place banner ads online and hope for click-throughs. It takes more than a thinly veiled sales message to engage consumers nowadays.

Voucher Codes: The Peaks & the Pitfalls

Richard Stephens | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK
Richard Stephens

As the internet continues its indomitable stomp across the retail landscape, changing the face of high streets and the entire culture of the way we shop, it's a rare breed of retailer that has not added e-tail to its business portfolio.

Big Data and NoSQL for the Enterprise

Matt Asay | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Tech
Matt Asay

Many technology companies assume that everyone out there "speaks the same language" as they do. In the NoSQL and big data arena, there is a lot of confusion and hype. Buzz words like "unified data," "valuable insights," " horizontally scalable," and "heightened availability" have many CIOs scratching their heads in confusion trying to determine what they need in their own particular business model.

Parental Rights - What Do You Need to Know if Your Child Shops Online?

Jean-Marc Noel | Posted 30.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Jean-Marc Noel

Without awareness, parents could be in for a big shock when they receive the next bank statement if the credit card has been 'borrowed'. Parents must understand the impact online shopping has on their children - then they can learn about their rights and obligations to maintain control.

HMV May Have Been Rescued, but We Still Need to Fundamentally Re-Think Our Cities' High Streets

Ben Harrison | Posted 08.06.2013 | UK
Ben Harrison

Last week's news that stricken high street giant HMV has been rescued will be a relief to many, not least those whose jobs will be saved by the deal. But the fundamental challenges facin

The Future of Online Shopping: Anything You See Can Be Yours

Micke Paqvalen | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Tech
Micke Paqvalen

It seems that hardly a day goes by without another high street retailer biting the dust. It's no secret that the traditional retail sector is in deep trouble, and it's clear from news of the closure of Jessops and the recent administration of HMV and Blockbuster that the troubles are real and present.

4G Fiasco

Helen Goodman | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Politics
Helen Goodman

How on earth can you announce you want to raise £3.5 billion from an auction and then not make maximizing the money that you're trying to raise a priority?

Google's Financial Success: Is It That Surprising?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

Google remains a highly valued company, yet the news that Google revenue has touched $50 billion came as a bit of surprise for many. It is intriguing that contrary to the expectations of analysts, Google still continues to raise its profits.

Just Another Manic Cyber Monday': Parcels And Christmas Preparations

Simon Veale | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
Simon Veale

In the run-up to Christmas, the ability to visit digital stores is of real benefit to those many individuals who find themselves with lots of things to buy but not enough time to pop to the shops on their local high street.

Shoppable Films: Fad or Future?

Rachel Arthur | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Tech
Rachel Arthur

If there's one keyword at the centre of the burgeoning fashion and tech scene at the moment, it's 'shoppable'. Just as retailers and brands get a grasp on how to handle content, it's commerce that begins to drive the sector forward again - undoubtedly the effect of greater need for ROI within the social space.

THE 'UGLY' SIDE OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT: E-COMMERCE AND THE PARCEL BOOM

Dr Stephen Dakin | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK
Dr Stephen Dakin

At the risk of offending those who are tender in years or innocent about the ways of the world, the business of delivering Christmas presents does not rest on the shoulders of a jolly, fat man dressed in red and white and pulled in his sleigh by an eight-strong team of flying reindeer.

Office of Fair Trading Puts Online Retailers in the Firing Line

Jean-Marc Noel | Posted 05.01.2013 | UK
Jean-Marc Noel

Earlier this month the Office of Fair Trading wrote to 62 of the top online retailers in the country to let them know their website may not comply with consumer protection law.

Why Consumers Will Stay 'Savvy' Beyond the Recession

Rob Feldmann | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK
Rob Feldmann

When a country is out of recession, history has shown that consumers quickly revert to their old spending habits, however, evidence suggests that consumers will continue to be cautious with their spending long after the current recession ends.

The Environmental Impacts of E-Commerce - A Greener Way to Shop?

Robbie Reddy | Posted 07.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Robbie Reddy

For the time-crunched or the just plain lazy among us, online shopping offers clear rewards. You can buy the week's groceries and tick everything off of your holiday list without the need to set foot outside the house or even put on pants. Yet there's another potential benefit to buying from ecommerce shops: it can help save the environment. Don't get overly smug just yet, because online shopping still uses energy in the form of packaging materials and the fuel used for deliveries. However, overall ecommerce may be better for the environment.

Is F-commerce Dead? No Chance...

Rob Feldmann | Posted 01.08.2012 | UK Tech
Rob Feldmann

Almost every retailer now has the expertise to use Facebook to grow consumer awareness of their brand, however, there are only a handful of retailers that have truly monetised Facebook and extended its reach from a sharing space to a retail platform.