Online Shopping

How Etailers Can at Long Last Capture the Passing Online Customer

Dr. David Patterson | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. David Patterson

Only about 25 per cent of online consumers impulse buy - a lot less than when they are in store. It's clear that online stores are currently missing a significant revenue opportunity. Rather than trying to define future purchases based on previous consumer behaviour, ambient ecommerce focuses on the 'here and now'.

"Appy Shoppers": How a New Breed of Shopping Apps Could Save You Money

Hilary Wardle | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Tech
Hilary Wardle

Remember the bad old days when looking for an online bargain meant trawling through every site you could think of in an attempt to find the cheapest version of a product? ... thanks to some newfangled tools, that could soon be a thing of the past... Here are a few handy apps that may well help you save some serious money.

Technology Will Stop Fashion History Repeating Itself

Peder Stubert | Posted 05.06.2014 | UK Tech
Peder Stubert

Just like history, fashion repeats itself. All fashion trends eventually return to vogue. Padded shoulders, flares and tracksuits. They've all been at points mocked and decried as fashion crimes so awful they could never possibly return to the mainstream ever again. Yet, return they do.

What is Ambient Ecommerce?

Dr. David Patterson | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Tech
Dr. David Patterson

Ten or fifteen years ago, a wonderful new world was promised for digital mankind. Futurologists and preachers of the web, internet and digital media revolutions all confidently asserted that a paradise was beckoning in which advertising would finally, seamlessly and efficiently actually work.

Nine Trends in Mobile That You Should Know

Nathalie Gaveau | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Tech
Nathalie Gaveau

Statistically, people are crazy about fashion and shopping so it's naturally going to extend to their mobile interests. What are the key trends at the moment? I'm a data person and here is a combination of facts and figures and my thoughts on the future of mobile.

Demystifying Heartbleed

David Emm | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

First of all, although it sounds a bit bizarre, people shouldn't simply change their passwords automatically. This should only be done once you know that an online provider has patched the OpenSSL library and regenerated their digital certificates.

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.

The Quantified Mum

Andy Kahl | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Tech
Andy Kahl

No one deserves a day of recognition for their everyday service more than mothers. But mums are equally deserving of control over being recognised online. This Mother's Day, whether you take advantage of data-driven marketing to find that perfect gift or you give the gift of privacy directly, let your browser help you show how much you care.

Building the Super High Street

Mary Portas | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK
Mary Portas

Business is strongest is when it's face-to-face with customers and the beautiful products can be displayed physically in an alluring way. I regularly tell retailers who moan about the web to work out how to compete effectively instead. Innovators in top up grocery shopping, web purchase collection and so on, understand that the future is omni-channel and are making money. Grenson shows us how a perfect customer experience makes people feel special and gets them buying. And everybody please remember, you can't get your hair done, grab a quick drink when you fancy it, have your shoes mended, collect your prescription or dry cleaning quickly on the web (yet).

Inconspicuous Branded Consumption Is the New Business Buzzword in Retail

Jonathan A.J. Wilson | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Jonathan A.J. Wilson

Previously, economists have coined the term the 'lipstick effect' to describe consumers' desire to increase their purchase of goods, like lipstick and chocolate, when faced with an economic or social crisis.

Ocado Still Not Delivering A Profit

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK

Ocado, the online grocer, has revealed growing pre-tax losses and that one of its founders, Jason Gissing, will resign. The online retailer unveile...

Piecing Together the Size and Fit Puzzle

Peder Stubert | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Tech
Peder Stubert

Centuries ago clothing was made to measure. The rich had bespoke tailor-made outfits and the poor stitched their own. Regardless of wealth, clothing was custom made to match each individual's shape.

What Smaller Businesses Can Learn From the Staysure Hack

Mike Foreman | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Tech
Mike Foreman

Keep your security software updated - Don't be tempted to put it off till later. Most updates are improvements by a software company, patching up security threats and fixing bugs - if you don't update, you are creating vulnerabilities in your systems which could be utilised by hackers.

An Email to Calm the Christmas Curmudgeon

Neil Taylor | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Neil Taylor

Your fingers, like mine, are probably close to bleeding from online shopping. Mine has mainly involved scouring the internet for cheap tat as secret s...

Are Retailers Giving Shoppers That Season's Greeting This Year?

Peter Veash | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Peter Veash

If retailers don't look to the future with digital embedded across all facets of the organisation then let the lengthy game of playing catch-up begin. And winning may not be an option unless retailers put digital change on Santa's list.

Is Online Shopping Our Newest National Sport?

Shannon Edwards | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Shannon Edwards

Feeling that sense of competition arising already? So I'll give you a few tips for getting the best of the online shopping discount season...(please try to keep it to yourselves, I don't want to miss out).

Crap Friday

Katie Hopkins | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

See you later Black Friday! So long Cyber Monday! Today is Crap Friday. It is the day that all the things you ordered on Cyber Monday are due to arrive at your home or are ready for collection in store.

It's the Most Wonderful Dangerous Time of the Year

David Emm | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

We're particularly vulnerable at Christmas. Many of us now routinely shop online, because it's quick and convenient. But at Christmas the volume of online transactions goes through the roof.

Santa Baby: Best Xmas Fancy Dress

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 28.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Since the onesie became ubiquitous in festive living rooms up and down Britain, we've all become a little more imaginative in our Christmas wardrobe c...

Everything You Need To Know About Buying Christmas Gifts Online

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Bostock | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Last year was the first year when online shopping outstripped the money being spent on the high street. A survey of 2,000 adults revealed that 54....

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.

Amazon To Start Delivering On Sundays

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

There's no busier time of year for online shopping than the pre-Christmas buyathon. So when there's word that Amazon is considering starting deliverie...

It's 12 Weeks Until Christmas... When's the Next Flight Out of Here?

Anita Naik | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Naik

The problem is I can't do Christmas yet. I can't even get past the fact I have to make a food box for the Harvest festival (tomorrow if you're wondering), buy two witches costumes, haul in pumpkins for Halloween, and find a box of fireworks for November 5th!

Anticipating Porter

Chloe Watts | Posted 04.12.2013 | UK Tech
Chloe Watts

February 2014 will 'seduce, satisfy and serve' you - surprisingly, the verbs promised by no male. Prepare to meet Porter, a clean-cut, 300-page publication and an anticipated addition to Natalie Massenet's, founder, of Net-A-Porter's growing narrative.

'Fashion Week' Is Taking Over Our Lives

Karen Ruimy | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Ruimy

We are creating a world of toxicity. Even the things that are supposed to please us, to lift our mood, are now becoming part of a toxic environment. We are becoming victims of the abundance that is on offer. It feeds our insecurities and shapes our faked dreams.