Online Shopping

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'...

The Colour of Money

simon baldwin | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
simon baldwin

Magi Monday? Camel Tuesday? No ... Wise Wednesday. A day when you buy gifts in person ... to be delivered in person. Price does matter, but not as much as the act of giving. So Merry Christmas ... and I hope it's a white one.

The Joy of Christmas Shopping -Without Being Scammed!

Jacqui Hames | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Tech
Jacqui Hames

We've had black Friday, Cyber Monday and still the online shopping spree goes on, but in our haste to nab bargains we need to stay vigilant and take great care with what were buying, who we're buying it from and how we pay. So for me there are 3 golden rules.

Clickaholics - To Click or Not to Click? That Is the Question

Vanessa Lloyd Platt | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Vanessa Lloyd Platt

Do remember the next time you are tempted to click away on your iPhone or tablet, think before you click. This could be a click too far.

6 Warnings That Cyber Monday Has Become Too Easy, Too Fast

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

The 1st December is Cyber Monday, which is set to be the biggest day of the year for online shopping. It is noticeably different from Black Friday ...

Why It's Time for a British Black Friday

Claude Nahon | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK
Claude Nahon

Why, though, must such a key moment in the retail calendar be confined to the sofa? It's one thing entertaining people at home with a wonderful two-minute film, quite another to entice them into shops to stock up on Christmas gifts and order the turkey.

Best Black Friday And Cyber Monday Deals In The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 27.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If your computer screen is filled with "Black Friday this" and "Cyber Monday that" but you don't have half a clue what's going on then fear not dear i...

15 Of The Best Children's Christmas Pressies

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Parents: if you're feeling overwhelmed by the thousands of toys your department store catalogue has to offer this Christmas, you've certainly come to ...

We Must Embrace the Future or Our High Streets Will be Consigned to the Past

Intelligence Squared | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Tech
Intelligence Squared

Technological progress won't wait for planners to help capture this wind of change, it'll happen regardless. But it won't happen everywhere and wouldn't it be better if technological innovation was nurtured and supported to help revitalise high streets that have lost their way and become symbolic of a desperate Britain lacking in confidence?

10 New Innovations In eCommerce

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

It should come as no surprise if future eCommerce innovations stem from these regions, rather than more established areas like North America and Western Europe.

Buying on the Fast Track

Tej Rekhi | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK Tech
Tej Rekhi

New technologies are also blurring the line between the online and brick and mortar shopping experiences. Shoppable windows are giving online retailers a physical "brick and mortar like" user experience while using digital technology to streamline the purchasing process and to speed up product deliveries.

Heat Wave Style Observations: The Good, the Bad and the Bang on Trend

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daisy May Sitch

Having an actual British summertime is amazing. On the matter of style, it's all too easy to throw everything up in the air and opt for something cool and comfortable - I get this, I really do - but in the last few weeks I've seen some real no-nos.

Up the Amazon Without a Paddle - A Bad Reviewers Review

Andrew Telling | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Tech
Andrew Telling

Companies placing responsibility in the hands of the public is both bold and precarious. Nowhere is this more evident than in the review sections that gild the product pages of Amazon. Of course, the majority serve as a valuable steer for would-be customers. Many, however, fail to reach even the most basic criteria required.

Amazon Will Now Pay YOU To Deliver Stuff More Slowly

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Tech

Like any business, Amazon is always looking for ways to cut costs. Now it has a novel idea -- give you money for letting it deliver items more slowly....

How Etailers Can at Long Last Capture the Passing Online Customer

Dr. David Patterson | Posted 21.09.2014 | 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 02.09.2014 | 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 05.08.2014 | 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...