The digital revolution can help spark a ‘retail renaissance’, Dan Cobley, Managing Director of Google, told the 2012 World Retail Congress today. With 15% of shops empty versus 3% just four years ago, it would be very easy to be gloomy about the high street’s future prospects, he told the 1,100 delegates at London’s Excel. Centre.
Transport for London (TfL) has appointed VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, as their management agent for the promotion and distribution of the Visitor Oyster card internationally. VisitBritain will act as the single point of contact for all distribution partners and for the sale of the highly popular transport smartcard to trade partners outside of London. The partnership means inbound visitors will be able to have their Oyster card ready to go prior to arriving in London, reducing queues at airport ticket halls and London Underground stations.
Waiting at home to take delivery is not the only option, says home shopping giant. ONLINE SHOPPERS will now find that getting their hands on the latest fashions, gifts and home wares is even easier thanks to a new method of smart delivery.
Access to the National Fraud Database now available via TraceIQ. Tracesmart, a leading provider of identity verification and fraud investigation software, has announced it is now a CIFAS Direct Agency. The South Wales based company provides access to the CIFAS Portal Service which will be supplied via its TraceIQ tracing and investigation software. The provision of this service will aid Tracesmart customers in the prevention, detection and investigation of fraudulent activity.
With just a little effort, you can turn your competitor's low prices into a competitive disadvantage to grow your own online sales. Keeping prices slightly higher than your online rivals while still increasing sales is every Internet retailer's dream scenario.
The privately held British retailer Matalan have just gone live with MetaPack’s Delivery Manager and is in the process of implementing the full suite of services including integration with their website for delivery options and UK multi-carrier services. The decision was taken to use MetaPack during a review of the services offered to their customers. Selling on-line is becoming increasingly important and Matalan has selected MetaPack as a key component in their multi-channel strategy.
ReD, a leading provider of fraud prevention and payment services, is proud to announce that Kevin J. Sprake, President of ReD’s business in North America, has been elected to serve for a second three-year term on the Global Board of Directors of the Merchant Risk Council. Kevin is one of 10 industry experts contributing to the leadership of this important trade association for electronic commerce and multi-channel merchants. He was re-appointed by merchant members of the association.
Myvitamins, sister brand to Myprotein, has launched its new ecommerce website in conjunction with an exclusive affiliate programme with global performance network, Affiliate Window. myvitamins is part of The Hut Group which incorporates several brands including Zavvi, Lookfantastic, I Want one of Those and HQhair, all of which work exclusively with Affiliate Window.
ByBox, the UK market leader in field service solutions, has won a
contract with the UK’s leading integrator of wireless and conventional
network systems, Ensign.
The report provides a framework to identify and promote best practice merchandising within the apparel industry in the UK. Recognising that the apparel sector, perhaps because of the sheer dominance of apparel as an online industry sector or because apparel is inherently about fashion and style, is leading the market in merchandising practice.
Sir Paul Smith, Lew Frankfort, Dickson Poon and Sir Stuart Rose honoured with membership of World Retail Hall of Fame. Leading retailers selected to join over 100 retail greats in the World Retail Hall of Fame at the 2012 World Retail Congress. The World Retail Congress is delighted to announce this year’s inductees into the World Retail Hall of Fame.
This infographic outlines the growth in mobile commerce in general, and trends seen here at Affiliate Window. Mobile Commerce activity has ramped up significantly over the past 18 months. With consumers increasingly turning to mobile devices for connecting to the internet, savvy advertisers and publishers have been able to take advantage
With retailers reducing store numbers and investing heavily in their online business, it is imperative that they know exactly what the competition is charging for products. Retailers are adjusting their business models to service shoppers who now prefer to do their purchasing online. Consumers are becoming more price savvy and are happy to carry out research on price comparison websites to find the best price for a product.
Almost every one of the UK’s major parcel delivery companies has been forced to adapt its service to cope with the strains of the forthcoming Olympic Games in London. Only myByBox.com, which delivers goods overnight to secure lockers in ultra-convenient locations for collection on demand, has avoided Olympics surcharges, late deliveries, additional facilities and costs, and revised routes.
Sage Pay has today announced a partnership with leading mobile commerce (mCommerce) provider, The MoBank Group.The partnership will enable Sage Pay’s 40,000+ merchants to easily integrate onto the mobile channel via MoPowered, The Mobank Group’s secure Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) mCommerce solution.This means Sage Pay’s customers will be able to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by mobile commerce, allowing them to generate new revenues while providing their customers with greater choice and flexibility.
City Link, the UK’s premium express delivery company, has helped a charity which fulfils the wishes of many of the UK’s bravest children.The company has handed £3,257 to Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK, which every year arranges to fulfil the wishes of hundreds of children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses.
ByBox Technical Courier service delivers savings for Qcom. International technical outsourcing company Qcom has turned to ByBox, the field solutions specialists, to help streamline its operations while simultaneously offering customers enhanced support.
The World Retail Congress has now revealed the list of retailers shortlisted as finalists for this year’s World Retail Awards. Following a record number of entries from one of the most extensive range of countries and retail sectors, the teams of expert judges have now selected the retailers they believe are the most outstanding and worthy of a place in the final.
Onepoll undertook the study on behalf of MoPowered in which 89% of SME retailers cited mCommerce as essential for capturing new business. The merchants surveyed also believed that mCommerce sales would grow by a third within the next 5 years.
Early data shows massive consumer acceptance of Cookies post-Privacy Directive. Data from online customer data platform QuBit shows a widespread acceptance of cookies amongst consumers, with 99.9% of website users agreeing to receive cookies using some methodologies. The data indicates that the EU Privacy Directive, which came into force on 26th May, will have a minimal effect on those sites deploying appropriate cookie consent processes.
OpenTag Tag Management system launches Universal Variable – the world’s first open, self service Universal Tag implementation. Customer Data Platform QuBit today launches Universal Variable, a new implementation of a Universal Tag architecture, for its hugely successful OpenTag Enterprise tag management system.
Ikea and BestBuy win site speed benchmark, TicketMaster and Barnes and Noble come bottom of the table. Slow page loading speeds are costing online retailers globally more than £1.7 billion in lost sales according to new research from online customer data platform QuBit. The research, based on more than 60,000 pieces of consumer feedback, found that 8% of shoppers had abandoned an intended purchase as a result of slow websites.
QuBit research identifies hidden costs of compliance with EU Privacy and Communications Directive. Research from online customer data platform QuBit predicts that compliance with the forthcoming EU ‘cookie law’ could cost the UK economy as much as £10 billion if implemented incorrectly.
iForce has announced another highly successful year, continuing its strong growth path as the company continues to lead the way in providing online retail fulfilment (known as e-fulfilment) and returns processing for its clients.