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E-commerce pros give tips for a cracking Christmas

Wednesday 22 October 2014 - 15:37
E-commerce pros give tips for a cracking Christmas

With the busiest time of the year around the corner for most online storeholders, The Guardian has gathered a series of choice tips from four leading figures from the UK’s e-commerce sector.

Just over two months from the big day, Sebastian Dreyfus, boss of one of Europe’s leading media and marketing agencies, notes that, with festive season sales accounting for up to 40 per cent of a firm’s yearly sales, “it’s critical to get it right”.

He says store-owners need to learn from their exper ...read more

eBay gold medal sails sale to benefit Simpson fund

Celebrity  |  eBay
Wednesday 22 October 2014 - 10:59
eBay gold medal sails sale to benefit Simpson fund

A trio of sails which helped power British Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie to gold medals at three successive Olympic Games is up for auction on eBay.

The proceeds from the auctions will go to ‘Bart’s Bash’, a foundation set up in memory of fellow sailor Andrew Simpson, who died last year while training to take part in one of the sport’s ‘blue riband’ events, the Americas Cup.

The sails from the games in Athens i ...read more

Double blow sends ASOS profits slipping 14pc

Tuesday 21 October 2014 - 11:33
Double blow sends ASOS profits slipping 14pc

A fire at one of its major British warehouses, and the strength of sterling, were the two main factors blamed by ASOS for reporting a 14 per cent drop in profits.

This morning’s figures showed that the company’s international sales had grown by 22 per cent year-on-year – but this was half the rate it had expected.

However, the figures were sweetened slightly by a stronger-than-expected performance in the UK, where sales rose by 35 per cent in the year to the e ...read more

E-sales growth falloff ‘reflects barriers to buying’

Monday 20 October 2014 - 16:28
E-sales growth falloff ‘reflects barriers to buying’

A new survey has supported suggestions from last week that growth in online shopping is starting to moderate to similar levels being seen in bricks-and-mortar stores.

E-commerce tech agency Geometry Global has issued a worldwide survey entitled ‘Connnected Shopper’, one of the major findings of which is that the proportion of people who say they buy goods or services online on ‘most days’ has only grown from five per cent in 2011, to seven per cent this year.

The ...read more

UK’s bosses call for major supply chain improvements

Monday 20 October 2014 - 11:02
UK’s bosses call for major supply chain improvements

Business and industry leaders in the UK are calling for major investment into research aimed at improving all levels of the supply chain, to ensure it does not undermine the current strong economy.

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) believes a long-term target of spending three per cent of the UK’s total economic output on research could create up to half a million new jobs, and add £30billion to the value of the nation’s economy.

The organisation said it was willing ...read more

Blog explains how eBay judges its sellers

Friday 17 October 2014 - 11:10
Blog explains how eBay judges its sellers

Staying on top of the eBay search rankings requires sellers to constantly keep abreast of what buyers are saying about them.

And as the busiest time of the year for most merchants nears, blog eBaystrategies has just published an updated guide pointing out the factors vendors need to attend to in order to achieve this.

It notes that eBay has devised a metric known as the ‘defect rate’, which pulls together data from complet ...read more

EU competition head’s departure spares Google probe

Friday 17 October 2014 - 09:31
EU competition head’s departure spares Google probe

Google has been let off the hook by European competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia, after he said he would leave any decision over investigations into whether its Android mobile operating system suppresses competition from other providers to his successor.

Mr Almunia leaves his post at the end of this month, and has several times been expected to launch a full-scale investigation into Android, the most popular phone operating system in the world.

He has also taken the opportunity of his imminent departure from his office in Brussels to attack members o ...read more

Same-day service delivers good coverage for Amazon

Thursday 16 October 2014 - 14:55
Same-day service delivers good coverage for Amazon

Yesterday was a good news day for Amazon, as it garnered a lot of positive media coverage for the launch of its same-day order collection service.

The facility, being offered in collaboration with newsagents’ trade wholesaler Smiths News, is being promoted to members of Amazon’s Prime subscription programme, as they can use it unlimited times for nothing for a limited period.

It is also being offered to non-Prime members for a limited period, a ...read more

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