Online Shopping

Let's Face It: No One Knows What's Happening With Online Shopping

Duncan Keene | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Tech
Duncan Keene

The story is very different online. According to ContentSquare data, online shopping sites tend to average at about 1.5% conversion rate (the percentage of visitors that go on to buy). Imagine being the owner of a shop where for every 100 visitors, only one would buy anything: you'd be getting nervous, to say the least.

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.

How Location Intelligence Can Reveal How Long Resolutions Last

Theo Theodorou | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Tech
Theo Theodorou

Brands usually think that in January and February we're hitting the gym, avoiding the pub and eating more healthily. However, although we all want to keep up these good behaviours at the start of the year, is that really happening?

8 Tweets About Online Shopping Disasters That Make Us Want To Burn Our Debit Cards

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Style

We’d be lying if we said we weren’t frequently lured in by online shopping; the ease of browsing when your boss isn’t looking, the simplicity of...

March Into Tech - The Battle For Equality Will Be Fought In Code

Lucy Ward | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Tech
Lucy Ward

The last couple of weeks in global politics proves that the average woman still has to fight for her right to be heard. Hundreds and thousands of wome...

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.

Seven Tips To Shop Safe This Holiday Season

Sheheryar Ahmed Khan | Posted 30.12.2016 | UK Tech
Sheheryar Ahmed Khan

Traffic in malls and stores is usually at its peak during these days. It's almost impossible to find relevant staff to fulfill your queries since they are usually busy handling a bunch of other potential customers. You also encounter inventory issues during this season, with much of the popular stuff already being sold out.

How To Minimise The Stress Of Picking The Perfect Christmas Present

Sara Griffiths | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sara Griffiths

Sometimes it's difficult to find the right time, the place or the words to express how we feel about someone, but don't wait until it's too late. Maybe Christmas is the perfect opportunity! Heal that rift. Say it while you can and put the 'Happy' back into Christmas.

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?

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 29.01.2017 | 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.