The conclave of judges for the Internet Retailing Awards – sponsored by Venda – has gathered and are considering the entries to the ten categories in this year’s awards and we expect to see white smoke from the chimney next Tuesday when the shortlist is unveiled.
M&S is poised to start a limited mobile payments trial using new start up technology from Paddle. The trial, due to go live in June, will allow users who sign up to Paddle to buy from selected M&S web sub-sites and mobile sites using a simple one click process.
As thoughts turn to summer holidays, TUI Travel , owner of Thomson, is going mobile, offering an app to its customers that can take them through from choosing a holiday, to getting to the airport and even how to find their hotel once they arrive.
William Hill, the UK’s largest bookmaker, has placed all its 2390 high street retail location on the NearMe location based mobile application, confirming William Hill’s continued adoption of mobile technology to support the increasing demand from its customers for convenient access to betting, casino and bingo services. Adding a location (more…)
Despite wanting to shop in bricks and mortar stores – especially boutique and independent shops – consumers are being put off because they simply can’t find them as they have no mobile or online presence, suggests a survey.
Almost two-thirds of smartphone and tablet users access websites on a daily basis and more than a half shop via their mobile device at least once a week, according to new research from e-commerce and digital marketing solutions provider EPiServer . However, the mobile e-commerce experience is falling short of (more…)
BT has signed an agreement with Fenwick Ltd giving shoppers free, unlimited wifi at its 11 UK premier department stores – visited by some 64 million shoppers annual, all of whom can now browse for free.
High street retailers who offer free wifi look set to reap the benefits with one in seven people (14%) insisting wifi access is crucial for them to consider entering a coffee shop while one in ten have changed venue because of a lack of internet access, according to a new (more…)
The annual – and much coveted – Internet Retailing Awards, this year sponsored by Venda , are looking for nominations for this year’s gala dinner to rival the Oscars on 26 June. This year, the awards feature a new category dedicated to mobile retailing, along with honours for innovation, omni-channel, (more…)
Debenhams , Expedia and Argos have topped the UK Mobile Commerce study by EPiServer, published this week. The report scored the mobile websites and apps of 30 of the UK’s top retailers against a detailed best practice benchmark informed by research into current consumer attitudes to mobile usage and experience.
Technology appears to be playing a role in reversing the stereotype of the male dislike of shopping. As the number of people owning a smartphone continues to rise, research from Kantar Media’s Global TGI reveals that men lead the way when it comes to mobile shopping.
A third of businesses, regardless of size, believe that 20% of their revenues will come from mobile by 2014, with smaller merchants expecting more growth in the mobile channel and are as likely to have an app as businesses with turnovers of $50million of above.
Following a dip in sales through mobile in February, the latest figures from Affiliate Window out today show that things picked up again markedly in March – with 14.2% of online sales coming through mobile through the month compared to 13.7% in February and nudging ever closer to December 2012’s (more…)
Arcadia Group, the UK’s largest privately-owned retailer, is to launch five new iPad apps for its main high street brands – Topman, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Wallis – as sales through mobile have grown by 250% across the group.
With Internet Retailing Expo 2013 continuing as you read this, we take a look at some of the key take aways from the SoLoMo (Social-Mobile-Local) session on day one. Look out in the coming weeks for more fulsome reviews of all the conference tracks – as well as videos and (more…)
A study by Stibo Systems has found that 59% of consumers have made a purchase on mobile so far this year – twice as many as did this time in 2011. And one in five of these has been made on a tablet, up from only 5% in 2012 and (more…)
Just 50% of the top 100 UK retailers have optimized their websites for mobile devices, compared to 100% of Top US retailers, finds a study by Skava, a mobile app company headquartered in San Francisco.
Most consumers are turning to showrooming on their mobile phones in stores not just because it saves them money, but because staff are unhelpful and ill-informed, according to research carried out by retail training company Beyond The Box.
Research in the US by Adobe suggests that apps are actually winning out over apps in m-commerce. Could the apps vs m-web battle be reaching a conclusion – and what does it mean? Ahead of IRX 2013 at the NEC on 20-21 March, Mark Inskip, UK managing director of Group (more…)
Mobile commerce went mainstream in 2012, says the IMRG, unveiling figures that showed £7.5bn was spent over mobile devices in 2012 and accounted for 12% of digital sales.