Shoppers used their payment cards to spend £12.6bn online in June, through 156m purchases, according to new payment data. The UK Cards Association (UKCA) card expenditure statistics for June 2016 suggests that online spending accounted for 24% of all spending on payment cards, which totalled £53.1bn. While all spending was (more…)
Did the vote to leave the EU send shoppers running from the high streets, or provide a deterrent to online shopping? According to the latest official figures, the short answer to that question is no. The Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) Retail Sales report for July 2016 suggests spending increased (more…)
UK entrepreneurs who are set to shape the future of retail now have the opportunity to share their products with Camden Market’s 500,000+ weekly visitors thanks to IncuBus Venture’s new partnership with one of London’s most popular tourist attractions.
In a bid to shake up the ‘stagnant’ mattress market by injecting some online nous, Innocent Smoothie founder Richard Reed is joining forces with leading investors and a family of bed makers to launch Simba.
Morrisons has struck a new deal with Ocado that will help the grocer expand its online retail business to cover the whole of the UK at significantly reduced costs over its existing deal.
The number of visits to the top 25 UK online retail sites has dropped by nearly 4% between Q1 and Q2 2016. While eBay.co.uk and Amazon.co.uk continue to lead the top 25 online retailers in the UK, they too saw declines on more than 3% each. Only six retailers – lead (more…)
Best-practice approaches to online merchandising from retailers as diverse as Disney Store, Watch Shop, Currys, Amazon and Shop Direct are analysed in the 2016 IRUK Top500 Merchandising report, published this week. The report features an in-depth look at how these leading retailers, who all stood out in the InternetRetailing research, (more…)
Retailers in search of an ever more flexible shopping have looked to mobile scan and pay technology to create an easier customer journey through the store or supermarket. It’s now common to see customers scanning and paying for products in store, before walking out with them. But criminologists from the University (more…)
Figures out this week from both Domino’s Pizza and Just Eat , the marketplace that enables customers to find and order a takeaway online, have given useful insights into the way that takeaways are changing in a digital age. Meanwhile, the launch of Amazon Dash for AmazonFresh customers will no (more…)
The John Lewis Partnership is working with investment fund TrueStart to find and fund the products, services and technologies which will define how we live in the future. Through the Eureka Initiative, a partnership between TrueStart and the John Lewis Partnership, the owner of John Lewis and Waitrose will give (more…)
Furniture Village has a new fully responsive website. Designers looked at how customers used the site as they set about developing the new site for the retailer, a Top250 company in IRUK Top500 research. Georgina Stoaling, director of ecommerce at Furniture Village , said: “It was essential that our new (more…)
Online sales of value clothing are set to see rapid growth over the next five years, according to a new study from Verdict Retail. The analyst says in its UK Value Clothing Market 2016-2021 report that 11.5% of value clothing sales currently take place online, compared to 22.5% of sales (more…)
Now that a fifth of UK retail sales take place online, as documented in the latest online sales figures, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how quickly that has happened. We spoke to Barclaycard’s Simon Pounds and Howard Wallington, as the credit card company celebrates 50 years in business, to (more…)
Online shoppers spent £944.3m on UK retail websites in June, 14.1% more than they did a year earlier, official figures suggest today. Ecommerce accounted for 14.2% of all retail spending, excluding automotive fuel. That’s up from 12.6% in June 2015. Overall UK retail sales rose by 4.3% in volume, and (more…)
Shoppers spent 17% more online in June than they did at the same time last year – despite the Brexit vote, according to IMRG analysis. The strong performance came amid fears that retail spending would slow following a vote to leave the European Union – which happened three weeks into (more…)
Distractions from the EU Referendum to Euro 2016 and Wimbledon fortnight added up to the sharpest fall in the number of visitors to UK high streets and shopping centres in more than two years, figures from the British Retail Consortium suggested today. The analysis suggests that rather than visiting their (more…)
Amazon saw online visits increase by more than a third over the course of Prime Day, according to new analysis. SimilarWeb measured mobile and desktop visits to the top 25 retail sites on July 12 and found that visits to Amazon.co.uk reached 14.3m over the course of the 24-hour event. (more…)
Amazon’s Prime Day event is now well underway. The first deals went live at midnight, with new ones added every few minutes. The event is the culmination of a week of deals that are helping, says Amazon UK managing director Doug Gurr, to establish the day as “a major summer (more…)
It’s been in the offing for months, and today Marie Claire and Ocado put a name to their new joint venture: Fabled by Marie Claire. Details of the new retail venture, first announced in February, are now emerging, as Marie Claire publisher Time Inc announced today that the new multichannel (more…)
Online sales growth slowed to single digits in June, said the British Retail Consortium – though it did not as yet see a confirmed Brexit effect on spending. Ecommerce non-food sales growth of 9% outpaced the performance of stores, leading the organisation to say that as shoppers stop seeing a (more…)