Industry Comment

  • Black Friday or Bleak Friday?

    By ieradmin on December 7, 2017
    Optiseller stats have revealed that Black Friday isn’t as important to all sellers as might be expected. The company used this year’s Black Friday as an opportunity to look at how some of the largest sellers on eBay UK performed on what is perceived to be one of the most important trading periods of the year for online retailers. Optiseller COO […]
  • Small businesses can capitalise on stronger November sales

    By ieradmin on November 24, 2017
    Following news from CBI that retail sales in November have picked up after a sluggish October, Loyalty Pro managing director Rob Meakin suggests that small businesses can take advantage of an uplift in consumer confidence using personalised, loyalty offerings. He commented: “The news from CBI that retail sales have far outperformed expectations will be a welcome respite for retailers after […]
  • Black Friday sees opportunities in-store and e-tailers failing to attract new customers

    By ieradmin on November 24, 2017
    With Black Friday officially upon the UK population, despite many retailers having already highlighted discounts for some time already. With online, and especially mobile, spend predicted to increase again this year, some commentators are advising retailers not to lose sight of opportunities in bricks and mortar. “Black Friday isn’t just a day, it is now potentially the biggest event in […]
  • Budget considerations for retailers welcomed

    By ieradmin on November 22, 2017
    With the Chancellor Philip Hammond (pictured) having announced the Autumn Budget, NFU Mutual business sector specialist Mark Easy was among those to comment on the implications for retailers. “It was encouraging to see some measures made by the Chancellor to keep the vibrant social spaces of the community alive – our high streets and pubs,” he said. “It is promising […]
  • Sluggish speeds show UK’s e-retailers are unprepared for seasonal splurge

    By ieradmin on November 22, 2017
    A study of the UK’s leading e-retailers has revealed that poor page speeds are putting their Black Friday and Christmas sales at risk. The research, carried out by ecommerce and digital agency Visualsoft, found that 54% of leading e-retailers page speeds rated as ‘poor’, taking over nine seconds to load, and 32% only rated as fair, taking between six to […]
  • Numbers of online retailers taking ‘showroom’ stores increases as internet sales slow

    By ieradmin on November 20, 2017
    A growing number of formerly ‘pure-play’ online retailers are taking physical stores as the rate of internet sales growth looks set to slow during the next few years, according to new research. The findings from Colliers International shows that by 2021, the rate of growth in e-commerce sales is expected to decline from the current level of around 11% to […]
  • eBay reveals Black Friday insights

    By ieradmin on November 17, 2017
    Online sales portal eBay has released some figures from Black Friday 2016, ahead of the sales event this year, to outline how key consumer electronics categories enjoy greatly increased attention. Last year, UK sellers on eBay had their biggest ever Black Friday. The Dyson V6 cordless vacuum models were particularly popular, selling at a rate of 24 per hour over […]
  • Volume shows slight growth in October retail sales, but issues persist

    By ieradmin on November 17, 2017
    The latest retail sales statistics for October revealed slight growth – but this was seemingly just a bump in the night, according to one retail expert. The key findings from the Retail Statistics showed the underlying pattern in the retail industry in October 2017, as suggested by the three-month on three-month measure is one of growth, with the quantity bought […]
  • Black Friday is back: how to fight the battle

    By ieradmin on November 13, 2017
    Cloud EPoS innovator Ian Tomlinson of RetailStore talks Black Friday and how retailers can deal with the changes to this Americanised marketing stunt in 2017 If there’s one tradition that retailers often look forward to then it’s Black Friday. The American marketing ploy designed for the retail industry to sell as much as it can at a discounted rate to […]
  • BRC: October marks ‘meagre month’ for retail sales

    By ieradmin on November 8, 2017
    October was a challenging month for UK retailers, according to the latest figures released by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG. UK retail sales decreased by 1.0% on a like-for-like basis from October 2016, when they had increased 1.7% from the preceding year. On a total basis, sales rose 0.2% in October, against a growth of 2.4% in October […]