Oh I do love a massive trade show. While I await Internet Retailing Expo on 26-27 March at the NEC with bated breath, I sought to salve my show-lust with a week in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. Usually walking around the enormous Mobile World Congress, you get fatigued by (more…)
I love it when a plan comes together – just as it is as Internet Retailing Expo (26-27 March at the NEC) hoves into view. I particularly love it when lots of plans come together. And this week I have been in rapture, not just because of Valentine’s Day, but (more…)
The move by House of Fraser to redesign its websites around responsive design and with a ‘touch screen first’ approach so as to tap into the more mobile centric shopping habits that are rapidly emerging puts the company at the vanguard of online retailing. For we are witnessing a real (more…)
So mobile payment users are buying more stuff on mobile than those who haven’t yet embraced this nascent technology. So finds the MEF’s latest global study that shows that 91% of mobile wallet users regularly engage in m-commerce and spend more when they do than non m-wallet users. However, only (more…)
Well happy mobile new year to you. And it is going to be year propelled by mobile, but not as in previous years by the tech, but rather by the way consumers have demonstrably shifted how they want to shop.
Well if 2013 wasn’t the year of mobile, then the past few weeks have certainly been the season of mobile commerce. After all the breathless hype around Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Gentle Tuesday (for all those really old Primal Scream fans), Wobbly Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and TFI Fridays, the figures (more…)
According to my favourite news source – The Daily Mash – this week marks the start of when the likes of Amazon, eBay and online offshoots of stores start to see the rise in the search terms “woman gift’, ‘Kiera Knightley motorbike perfume’ and ‘books about relationships’ as men start (more…)
While the mobile retailing world abounds with tales of how this is going to be a mobile Christmas and how mobile is going to account for varying percentages of online sales this year, many advocates of mobile – from Google downwards – are starting to get itchy that even with (more…)
With just mumble-mumble shopping days to go until Christmas, retailers – if not consumers – are already well into the run up to their seasonal selling frenzy. And this year will be the first really omni-channel Christmas we have experienced. While much of the talk is that it will be a (more…)
Two people, separately, said to me at the Internet Retailing Conference in Hammersmith this week that it’s “not about omni-channel, it’s about retail”. And this pretty much sums up where retailers have got to right now.
There can be do denying that we are ever so slightly moving towards the utopian dream of having simple, ubiquitous mobile payments. Imagine, before the year is out, we may yet be paying for everything by waving our phones about, or just by waving our face about in front of (more…)
The release at the start of this week of Barclays’ latest iteration of its PingIt payment app to allow users to buy by scanning QR codes on adverts, billboards or anything on which a QR can be printed is a big deal in the world of mobile payments – and (more…)
Hate to say I told you so: but I told you so. The Portas Review was a failure and totally missed the point – it totally overlooked technology and looked at high street retail through the prism of hindsight, not through the lens of the internet. Mary Queen of Shops? (more…)
Ah the heatwave. Everyone is happier, more relaxed and friendly, there is a proliferation of knees on display and slowly the pasty Brits are going slightly pink. But not everyone is happy. All these people outside, barbequing anything fleshy that sits still long enough are causing a drain away from (more…)
There can be no doubt that consumers are embracing mobile shopping with some degree of alacrity – it accounts now for at least 20% of e-commerce sales at the last count, and that is sure to rise this Christmas – however, it could be a lot bigger. The trouble is (more…)
Following the Portas Review and the TV spin off – if indeed you can have a spin off from a governmental report – Mary Queen of Shops, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has issued a report on the progress made since the review. And for a fan (more…)
This week’s Reply Xchange event in London showcased some insanely interesting visions of the (near) future of converged, multi-channel retailing, bringing together all platforms – including stores, payments and traditional advertising – to offer a seamless and, I have to say, eye-opening vision of how mobile can really glue together (more…)
Last night’s lavish – there can be no other word for it – Internet Retailing awards at SushiSamba atop the Heron Tower (which boasts Europe’s highest balcony) certainly show cased how the cream of the e-commerce industry gets things done.
After something of a death in mobile news in the retail sector these past few months – one can only hope that it is just technology bedding in and people getting on with it, rather than the collapse of the m-retailig space – we are faced this week with a (more…)
The race to get the hegemony in mobile payments is on. June – hard to believe that its just around the corner, given the weather – sees a raft of small, focused events from various vendors and interest groups offering to lift the lid on the secrets of mobile payments: (more…)