Online Shopping

Black Friday: Who Is Really Paying The Price?

Raquel Wallace | Posted 23.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Raquel Wallace

So consumed are we by bagging a bargain we have detached ourselves from the reality that someone, somewhere is making and sacrificing their lives for ...

Tesco And Sainsbury's Whistleblowers Reveal Dirty Home Deliveries

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK

Whistleblowers at two leading supermarkets have said crates used for deliveries are so filthy customers “would stop shopping online” if they knew ...

Facebook Apologises For Drugs, Guns And Hedgehogs On Its New Marketplace

Press Association | Oscar Williams | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK Tech

Facebook has apologised after guns, drugs and even baby hedgehogs were listed for sale on its new Marketplace section, saying a technical issue preven...

Mum Is Unhappy With The Way Mothercare Are Advertising Children's Clothes

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK Parents

A mother has questioned the way retailer Mothercare are advertising a children’s jacket on their website. Sydney Lanier Burke, who lives in Belfast,...

Dip Advisor

Caragh Little | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Tech
Caragh Little

I've always loved bad reviews. Opening the weekend papers, I hope that AA Gill or Giles Coren will have had a negative restaurant experience or watched some bad TV, because their negative comments are written with such exquisite disgust and delicious, satisfying venom.

The 15 Best Drunk Purchases Ever Made

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Millennials have to deal with many problems that their parents never experienced in their youth. Not being able to buy a house, peak avocado, Brexit m...

Customers Now Prefer Shopping Online To In-Store

Mark Hillary | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

I have been reading several research reports from both sides of the Atlantic recently that talk about how customers are starting to favour the online shopping experience over the real, in-store experience. How could this be? Haven't retailers always found that some customers prefer to see and touch products before purchasing?

Online Interest Drives Offline Sales

Mark Hawtin | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Hawtin

The tough macro environment is a compounding issue impacting growth for all players within the space. It has been a particularly prominent topic on Chinese companies' earnings calls, and appears to be a greater concern in the region. Online apparel is not as attractive a tech investment as it once was, although select names look set to benefit as industry players clammer to find dominance in the space.

Making Jeans Shopping Easy

Sarah McGiven | Posted 16.05.2016 | UK Style
Sarah McGiven

Jean shopping is almost as heinous as bra shopping so buying online is a great way to reduce the stress of it all. Order a bunch of different sizes and styles to try on in the convenient comfort of your own home then send back what doesn't work (just check the returns policy first).

Online Security: Quit Asking the Kids

Nicholas Shaw | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Tech
Nicholas Shaw

We've all been there. Either sheepishly asking our kids, 'how do you do that thing that makes it stop beeping', or on the other side sighing as you pick up your father's phone and see 36 notifications in the task bar. But those days could be numbered.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of 'Regretful Tuesday' Following a Weekend of Frenzied Sales

Henning Ogberg | Posted 27.11.2016 | UK Tech
Henning Ogberg

Joining the likes of Barbie and Beyoncé, the hamburger and powered flight, it seems that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two more American imports that have taken up a permanent berth in the British consciousness.

Christmas Catastrophes

Amy Clarke | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Clarke

Christmas should be a merry time of year, but if you are in charge of Christmas shopping then it can be far from relaxing. Black Friday last year was very manic, especially in the big cities. I think it's a good idea to start your Christmas shopping as early as possible.

By Disrupting the Retail Landscape, We're Rocket Fuelling the UK's Small Businesses

Tanya Lawler | Posted 20.10.2016 | UK Tech
Tanya Lawler

What was the last thing that you bought online? Perhaps it was something you couldn't find in a shop near your home. Maybe you wanted to browse as many different options as possible before you made a choice. Or maybe it was just the most convenient way to get that item that you really wanted.

Amazon Is Trying To Unmask People Posting 'Fake' Product Reviews

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Tech

Retail giant Amazon is suing more than a thousand people it believes have been posting fake product reviews on its website. The company says 1,114 ...

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.

I Shop, Therefore Who am I?

Caragh Little | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

This weekend, I went on a shopping expedition to a popular Belfast shopping centre. I more often shop online, but just this once, as the Autumn sunshine made the indifferent summer seem a million years away, I spent a couple of hours in the shops.

Eight Reasons I Won't Return to Your Clothes Shop

Vicki Marinker | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK Style
Vicki Marinker

And we are a nation of shopkeepers so we really can do better. Which is why I'm starting a new series called 'Reasons I won't return to your...' So here, I appeal to the UK's clothes shop owners and managers to improve the customer experience, with my eight reasons I won't be returning to your shop.

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 ...

What Happens After a Cyberattack?

Graham Welch | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Around this time last year a large online auction website went public to announce they had been breached and millions of customer records were compromised. They were not alone, 2014 was marked by high-profile cyberattacks to high street and online retailers. Immediately after the attack, most companies asked their customers to change their passwords, either as a security fix or as a precaution, but is it enough?

Like Buying Ridiculously Pointless Tat While Drunk? There's An App For That

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Tech

Have you ever come home from a night out feeling the effects of your favourite tipple, only to open up your computer and go on a random eBay shopping ...

High Street Blues?

simon baldwin | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Politics
simon baldwin

The election result was a big shock: no one predicted the Conservatives would win an outright majority and no one forecast the SNP tsunami. It has shown us that the old rules no long apply. What once was does not have to be. Despite the perceived political differences, if towns and cities across the UK grasp that, the future doesn't have to be blue.

Criminals Shopping for Your Data

Graham Welch | Posted 30.05.2015 | UK Tech
Graham Welch

Loss of trust, though, goes far beyond the cost of lost orders and visitors; many studies have concluded that businesses that suffer a significant data breach or hack experience record drops in innovation and staff numbers as a result.

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.

Publication paradise

Danielle Wood | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Danielle Wood

It is not only the magazines which cost a small fortune that catch my eye, it's the freebies that are distributed at underground stations for your journey home: Stylist and Shortlist. My publication passion stems from my obsession with culture and need for current affairs across all realms.

Last Christmas Delivery Dates In One Handy Infographic

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

More of us than ever will be ordering presents online this year, rather than making the trek to the shops. But you could be cutting it fine if you'...