Ecommerce

Hashtag Serendipity: The Rise Of Experiential Retail

Amelia Kallman | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Tech
Amelia Kallman

E-commerce has forever altered customer expectations, but now it's bricks and mortars changing the way we engage with brands. From engineered serendipity to personalised environments, new technologies are giving retailers the opportunity to deliver exciting, unique, and sharable experiences you can't get online or in an app.

Spoiling Mum This Mother's Day? You'll Be Surprised What Gifts Come Out On Top

Jon Lord | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Lord

Mothering Sunday is steeped in history, marking the first Sunday in the lead-up to Easter and the day when Christians traditionally visited their 'mother church'. These days, Mother's Day is one of the most important dates in our cultural and social calendars: a day for the family to congregate and celebrate our amazing mums.

The Reality Of High Street Shopping: Virtually Different

Ralf Gladis | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Tech
Ralf Gladis

However, now that this shiny new electronic world is within reach of a wider audience, leisure, hospitality, and retail industries are all trailing ways to make VR shopping, well, a reality, with everything from virtual shop shelves to 3D product views.

Manchester United Announce Deal With Halal Online Shopping Site

Lauren Booth | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK Sport
Lauren Booth

Manchester United, on Wednesday, announced a five year sponsorship agreement with the world's first halal e-marketplace. The club's latest branding ...

How Retail Brands Will Be Feeling The Love For Valentine's Day 2017

Jon Lord | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Tech
Jon Lord

Last minute shopping on Valentine's Day is nothing new but how shoppers are shopping is. Aphrodite might be the goddess of love but mobile is the god of Valentine's Day retail - and, more than ever before, these lagging lovers are making their purchases on the go.

Make 2017 The Year To Get Online

Murray Lambell | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Tech
Murray Lambell

One such example is Bristol-based Bookbarn International, which specialises in second-hand and antiquarian books. The company launched as a physical book store back in 2000, but in 2008 started selling on a website and through eBay as well. Today, it has an annual turnover of £1.2m, with up to 85 per cent of this coming from its online business alone.

A 2017 Message To All The Startup Suffragettes - Let's Get Out There!

Emma Scott | Posted 06.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Scott

According to Startup Britain, a remarkable 80 new businesses were born every single hour in the UK last year, with 325,000 new companies registering between January and June alone. These are incredible figures and I am incredibly proud to say that my e-commerce venture can be included in them. I am also incredibly proud to say that I. Am. Female.

Just Another Manic Monday: As December Descends, Christmas Shoppers Get Online Early In The Week

Jon Lord | Posted 08.12.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Lord

But in the UK, it's not just high profile dates like Black Friday and Cyber Monday that are driving sales in the run up to Christmas: last year, Mondays proved the busiest online shopping days of the week (post-Cyber Monday) ahead of Christmas Day. After all, who doesn't fancy a touch of festive retail therapy to brighten up a dreary Monday morning?

The Rise Of The Social Shopper

Jon Lord | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Lord

We don't need to look too hard to uncover some of the motivation between these frequent m-shopping trips. Social media feeds are awash with inspirational images and every product imaginable. This means that every day, shoppers are flicking through catalogues-worth of products, styled and validated by their friends as well as an army of digital influencers that comprise their online network.

Small Business Morale Shows Us How to Shake the January Blues

Tanya Lawler | Posted 08.01.2017 | UK
Tanya Lawler

Ask most people what their overriding feeling is these first few days back in the office after Christmas and their response is unlikely to be 'optimism'. As Britain collectively shakes off its hangover, heads to the gym and wakes up in darkness, we can all be forgiven for a bout of the January blues.

Cashing on Fairy Dust

Lisa Ma | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Tech
Lisa Ma

Murmurs trending that the online market site, Taobao, is supported by these quiet female shopaholics as a form of activism. Whether or not we're being too quick to place political idealization on a opportunistic convergence of the times, Taobao's wealthy owner Jack Ma is now worshipped as a deity.

Why Black Friday Will Spread Across Europe - But Not Until Next Year

Tim Barber | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Tech
Tim Barber

We love online shopping. As well as the thrill of being able to shop for anything, anywhere, anytime, now we can receive items at our convenience too:...

Welcome Amazon on to the High Street

Gordon Fletcher | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Tech
Gordon Fletcher

The launch of Handmade this month drives Amazon into the complicated world of selling individually crafted items with varying quality and pricing strategies. More importantly it pushes Amazon directly into a realm that is already occupied by retail aggregators such as Etsy and Folksy.

Why Is Email So Terrible?

Matthew Hussey | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK Tech
Matthew Hussey

I have an alarm clock that works out the best time to wake me up so I don't destroy it, I have a program running on my desktop that automatically adjusts the redness in my screen to prevent glare at night. Yet I have an inbox stuffed full of messages that haven't changed since the days of Hotmail and AOL.

Apple Pay: Accelerating the rise of M-commerce

Jon Buss | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Buss

As Apple Pay reaches the UK, we have to ask ourselves the question, will we ever shop the same way again? The way we shop online and offline has fund...

We've Got the Power: Why Consumers Are in the Driving Seat When It Comes to Online Shopping

Tim Barber | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK
Tim Barber

What do Apocalypse Now, Escape from Alcatraz, and online shopping have in common? Surprisingly to some, all had their seminal moments in 1979. During ...

Shoppers Like Me

Luis Alvarez | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Tech
Luis Alvarez

Online retail is easy and convenient, but shopping is also a social experience and this is where 'bricks and mortar' retailing continues to excel. A visit to a physical store can mean time with family and friends. And there are many purchases that people like to make, where they are able to see, touch and even smell products before making a choice.

Tech Changes Everything

Bertie Stephens | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Tech
Bertie Stephens

Year by year more parts of our lives are becoming impacted and influenced by technology. It has made us more connected than ever but arguably also less social (in the real sense of the word). But love or loathe 'this sort of' technology it is fair to say that most of us couldn't now live without it without taking a serious drop in our standard of living.

The Digital High Street 2020 Report Shows Why High Street Needs to Be Ready for Mobile

Daniela Cecilio | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Daniela Cecilio

High-street shops need to compete online more effectively, as retailers are losing £12 billion in sales a year simply because they do not have suitable websites. So what is the solution to this problem? This report proposes not one, but four.

What to Know to Survive as a Startup

Bertie Stephens | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Bertie Stephens

Do you know why most startups fail in the first year? Because it usually takes longer than a year to build real traction and create a successful business, something many entrepreneurs totally underestimate.

Gone in Five Seconds! Online Shoppers Will Wait Just Five Seconds Before Switching Brand

Gary Newe | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Tech
Gary Newe

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend exposed the shaky digital infrastructure of a number of Britain's most prominent retailers. Major brands experienced online outages, succumbing to the sheer quantity of customers logging on to splurge their festive millions.

Why Shopping Apps are now the Biggest Growth Area in the Mobile World

Daniela Cecilio | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Tech
Daniela Cecilio

Shoppers are now savvier than ever before, moving between both offline and online channels to find exactly what they want. This has raised a real challenge for brands who now need to keep up with the new pace of tech savvy consumers.

It's Not the Health of the High Street It's the Chemistry of Commerce

Intelligence Squared | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK
Intelligence Squared

You ask 10 people and you will get 10 different views on the health of the high street. Then you will get others asking if the high street is still relevant any more. It's not that the debate is polarised, as much as the fact that the changes that have hit retail have been so profound and have happened in such a short space of time that we struggle to make sense of them. Data and statistics only cloud the issue further.

The Problem With Fashion and Online Shopping...

Monty Munford | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Monty Munford

It's been 14 years since Natalie Massenet launched her revolutionary ambition on the world: women could buy clothes online. Online! On the internet! Who could imagine? Fast forward to 2014, and it's hard to imagine anything different.

10 New Innovations In eCommerce

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

It should come as no surprise if future eCommerce innovations stem from these regions, rather than more established areas like North America and Western Europe.