This week the government questioned Mary Portas on the progress of the review and how it's helped to revive the high street, so far. Consequently, the review hasn't been successful and MPs have claimed it was a "waste of time" and a "failure". In response, Mary Portas has stated the government is to blame due to their lack of input. What's clear is a lot of blame has been bandied about, but what's not so clear is how the high street can be saved, and if there's still hope for it.
Abandonment rates are one indicator of the confidence consumers have in a store. Though some abandonment is normal it can have an impact on the bottom line if a lot of products are being dropped right before purchase. These are customers who were literally about to complete a sale but for what ever reason didn't feel comfortable enough to do so.
Research in Q1 of this year by DestinationCMS looked at a range of major shopping destinations in Britain. Over 90% have websites that do not function properly on a mobile (despite more than 50% of all online traffic being from hand-held devices). Not one has a comprehensive listing of their businesses' offers and promotions - and not one operates effective social media engagement seven days-a-week
Dads can be notoriously hard to shop for - and the tired old joke of a new pair of socks or an ugly tie is important to avoid at all costs. So whether you're relying on online data collectors to help you with your shopping decisions, or you're looking to give the gift of privacy - let your web browser help make this Father's Day special.
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.
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.