A survey by Visa has revealed that 74 per cent of online shoppers in India prefer to make online purchases by credit or debit cards in comparison to 51 per cent preferring to pay by cash on delivery and 47 per cent preferring online bank transfers.
Ecommerce is currently booming in India and online shopping saw 92 per cent of customers by products online in 2014. Fashion products are the most common items bought online while online bills and movie tickets follow in second and third place.
Customers in India are among the most active online shop ...read more
eBay is to pilot a new ‘click and drop’ scheme, designed to enable sellers to enjoy significant savings when delivering items to customers.
The online auction marketplace is to trial the programme at select Argos stores, whereby eBay users can drop any sold items at their nearest branch to be packaged and delivered by eBay. Should the scheme prove successful, the service is set to be trialled in a further 700 Argos stores.
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Robert Goodwill, transport minister, has confirmed that he has been approaches by executives after Amazon had trouble getting permission to fly drones in the UK.
He said: “I had some people from Amazon coming to see me the other day, they want to replace van deliveries with drone deliveries and they can’t do any trials in the Us because they’re over-regulated.”
He added: “We need to make sure that wherever you are in the world, and if you want to innovate and ...read more
Amazon is in talks to buy online luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter, in what is set to be Amazon’s biggest acquisition to date.
News of the possible deal was first reported by Women’s Wear Daily, detailing that should the acquisition prove successful, will value Net-a-Porter lower than its existing valuation of £1.5 billion.
While no statement has been released by either party, this move certainly ties in with Amazon’s desire ...read more
Amazon is set to launch a smaller sized portable version of the successful Fire TV streaming box.
The Fire TV box has been popular among customers since it was released and Amazon has confirmed that it was the most popular item in its category sold on Amazon. The portable version comes in the form of a USB stick and is put into the TV’s HDMI port.
With YouGov claiming that one third of adults now ...read more
Sales of printed books displayed “continuing resilience” last year, with the overall spending on print and digital titles growing across 2014.
Last year, sales of printed titles and books reached £2.2bn – an increase of 4 per cent from 2013.
Ebooks made up 30 per cent of book units bought last year, with the fastest growth deriving from children’s and non-fiction categories. Meanwhile 56 per cent of the 36,000 book buyers in the Nielsen Boo ...read more
Tesco is set to introduce an online shopping and delivery service in some areas of Orkney.
The initiative comes about following an overruling made by the Scottish Government regarding a planning decision by the Orkney Islands Council – whereby the body rejected permission for an extension to be made to its Kirkwall store after an appeal made by Tesco.
The supermarket chain has since won an ...read more
Amazon has hit out at the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) for being slow to give the go-ahead of commercial drone trials, saying that the US is risking trailing behind other countries when it comes to the competitive sector of unmanned aviation services.
Just less than a week following the FAA’s decision to approve outdoor drone deliveries with Amazon.com, the retailer told US lawmakers that the prototype has since expired after the company waited for more than six months for approval.
“We don’ test it anymore. We’ve moved on to more advanced designs ...read more