Online Retail

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

Mark Braund | Posted 16.04.2014 | 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.

'No-Mates Rates' - Will BIS' Proposals Kickstart Radical Reform of the Business Rates System?

Darina Kerr | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK
Darina Kerr

Radical reform is needed and the BIS committee's review has much to recommend it. Now it's over to the Chancellor to show that the Coalition will support and implement reforms urgently.

New Adventures, News Beginnings

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Kelly Hoppen

Filming for the next series will start again soon and I can't wait to see the passionate individuals that come up the lift to face their fears and us Dragons to pursue their business dreams.

Am I Bothered? Why Customers Will Drive the High Street Revival

simon baldwin | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

All the talk over the last few years around the death of the High Street continues to bother me. It assumes one thing: that online is killing traditional retail and will be the final nail in the coffin. But as I have continued to ask, is that really the case?

The High Street Needs a Technological Revolution

Jon Worley | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jon Worley

The future of the high street is hotly debated. Industry experts, politicians and retailers constantly argue about what could or should be done to preserve our high streets and town centres against a growing attack from online retailers.

You Are Your Smartphone

Andy Kahl | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

To an advertiser you are many things: you are where you are, what you read, the tools you use, the games you play, and the people you contact. This means that the data inside your smartphone is a gold mine to advertisers, and many companies have begun mining that data through tracking on mobile websites and in mobile applications.

Does Broadband Make Christmas Shopping Less of a Chore?

Andrew Ferguson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Ferguson

With just over a month to go until Christmas, the high streets are filling up with shoppers braving the cold and searching for a perfect gift. Except for the growing number staying home and doing it all online, that is.

Cash, Card or Click? How Online Retail Is Driving a Change in the Way We Pay

Jonny Ross | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Jonny Ross

As consumers, we now demand more choice in payment than ever - both offline AND online. Online retailers need to meet this demand or see their customers go elsewhere. And businesses not currently offering online payment are missing out on our custom.

Shopspotting: The Complete Guide to the New Shops on Britain's High Streets

Darina Kerr | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Darina Kerr

For modern retailers, a combination of pop-ups, top-ups, pick-ups and lock-ups ensure that customers get what they want when they want it. Which means that some things haven't changed. When you think about it, getting what you want, when you want it, if you want it, isn't that much different from shopping like a seven year old child...

Playing Catch-up in Digital Is Not an Option

Peter Veash | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK Tech
Peter Veash

Brands must put themselves in the minds and bodies of the customer. Personalised digital customer experience ensures that brands communicate in a relevant way.

The Importance of Online Reputation Management for Small Businesses

Reno Charlton | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK
Reno Charlton

Having a good digital footprint for your small business is absolutely essential in the modern age of information technology. Your company's digital fo...

Can Online Retail Success Translate to the Art World?

Jo Taylor | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jo Taylor

Consumers of fine art and luxury goods have high expectations, so although e-commerce online is available to all, for the top end market it must be designed to appeal to the selected few.

Task Force to Save the High Street?

simon baldwin | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
simon baldwin

This week, the latest 'task force' - The Future High Streets Forum - meets in Westminster to help shape the future of our High Streets. Oh goody.

Handbags and QR Tags: What Does the Future Hold for Luxury Mobile Shopping?

Sarah Watson | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Tech
Sarah Watson

One of the traditional barriers to online shopping has been the fact that consumers like to hold items in their hands and examine the quality up close. Clever technologies, such as the Retina screen of the iPad, are helping the most innovative in the industry to experiment with things like textured screens to emulate the feel of items.

My Experiment: Is Shopping Online or Offline Better?

Cherry Healey | Posted 29.07.2013 | UK Tech
Cherry Healey

Pretty much anything that saves time and money now I'm a mum is generally given a big, universal thumbs up. So when I was set the challenge of spending 24 hours carrying out only online transactions and then comparing it with 24 hours entirely offline to see which one really gives you value for money, I jumped at the chance. I was surprised to hear that, whilst 43.5million adults (86%) in the UK have used the internet, 7.1million people aren't online and, as someone who is probably slightly addicted to the internet, I wondered whether I had become too dependent on online activities.

If Your Website Is Not Built in Responsive Design, What Are You Waiting For?

Kiyan Foroughi | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Tech
Kiyan Foroughi

For those of you who don't know, responsive design is a way of designing and coding websites with a fluid layout, so that images and other elements of the site adapt to the screen on which the site is being viewed.

Morrisons' Profits Drop After 'Difficult Year'

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 14.03.2013 | UK

Morrisons, Britain's fourth biggest supermarket, is in partnership talks with online supermarket Ocado in a deal which would allow customers to shop o...

Amazon: The Siren of the World of E-Commerce

Jean-Marc Noel | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Tech
Jean-Marc Noel

"We'll do that like Amazon". I have heard this so many times in my concept workshops that I've lost count. It's true that Amazon does a lot right and swallows about 25% of the German e-commerce pie chart. But anyone who wants to be like Amazon is setting themselves up for a failure.

Charlie Thomas

Fashion Chain Republic On Brink Of Administration

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK

Another high street retailer is set to bite the dust after sources confirmed to the Huffington Post UK that fashion chain Republic is set to go into a...

Charlie Thomas

Is Romance Dead? Figures Show We're Spending Less On Valentine's Day

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK

Businesses normally look forward to 14 February as a much-needed boost after the highs and lows of the Christmas period, but new statistics show Brits...

Charlie Thomas

Why 2013 Is Make Or Break For Ocado

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK

Online grocer Ocado will be hoping for a strong 2013 after revealing it failed to make a profit in 2012, despite increasing its sales from £598.3 mil...

Amazon Made £498 A Second In Last Three Months Of 2012

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 30.01.2013 | UK

As high street retailers continue to suffer, their pain will no doubt be made worse by learning that Amazon pulled in £498 EVERY SECOND in the last t...

Think Companies Care About Keeping Your Data Safe?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Thomas | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

More than half of UK businesses expect to lose data, but won't beef up their security systems despite the threat of fines of up to hundreds of thousan...

Charlie Thomas

Can Sir Stuart Save Ocado?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK

Online retailer Ocado has secured Sir Stuart Rose as its new chairman in a move the company hopes will steer it into calmer waters. Ocado has been ...

Charlie Thomas

'I Used To Wrap Up Jewellery In Newspaper And A Ribbon In The Early Days!'

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK

Amber Atherton is the founder of online jewellery business MyFlashTrash. As well as modelling, readers may also recognise Amber from her stint on rea...