European cross-border online sales will top €40bn by 2018, rising from €29bn this year: Forrester

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It’s time to prepare for a future of selling online across borders, a new report suggests. European cross-border online sales will pass the €40bn (£28.5bn) mark by 2018, growing from €29bn (£20.8bn) this year, according to Forrester report Western European Online Cross-Border Retail Sales Forecast, 2013 to 2018. That represents (more…)

Retailers and town centre management must give omnichannel shoppers reasons to go to the high street: BRC

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Omnichannel services are helping retail parks attract shoppers who click and collect their online purchases. But retailers, town centre managers and local authorities must work together to give those shoppers a reason to come to the high street, says British Retail Consortium director-general Helen Dickinson. “The pace of change in (more…)

UK merchants can now source direct from Alibaba.com suppliers, thanks to Brightpearl deal

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UK merchants can now source goods directly from Alibaba.com suppliers and list them on a variety of sales channels thanks to a new partnership struck between the Chinese online marketplace and Bristol-based Brightpearl. Using a new Brightpearl app, traders can access product information from Alibabalcom’s supplier list, negotiating on price (more…)

Divide between ‘winners and losers’ of retail set to widen as omnichannel continues to evolve: Land Securities

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Land Securities today said that the retail environment would remain “challenging” as omnichannel retail continues to evolve, reflecting changing consumer demand. Robert Noel, chief executive of the property development and management company, said only the retail locations which best reflected that demand would benefit as shoppers spent more. His comments (more…)