Internet Retailing

Online shopping or e-shopping is a form of electronic commerce which allows consumers to directly buy goods or services from a seller over the Internet using a web browser.  Alternative names are: e-web-store, e-shop, e-store, Internet shop, web-shop, web-store,  online store, online storefront and virtual store. Mobile commerce (or m-commerce) describes  purchasing from an online retailer's mobile optimized online site or app.

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Online sales boomed over 60% in October to lead the retail fightback

Online sales boomed over 60% in October to lead the retail fightback

October’s retail sales estimates, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), reveal sales volumes soared by 5.8% YOY, up 1.2% from September’s results.

Leader at major UK logistics provider warns supply chain resilience critical to Christmas cheer this festive period

Leader at major UK logistics provider warns supply chain resilience critical to Christmas cheer this festive period

An executive at one of the UK’s largest multi-modal logistics platforms has warned that a surge in online demand for goods this Christmas as a result of the pandemic will test supply chains to the limit in the lead up to the festive period.

TrueCommerce acquires B2BGateway

TrueCommerce acquires B2BGateway

TrueCommerce, a global provider of trading partner connectivity and integration solutions, has acquired B2BGateway, a global provider of managed cloud service solutions for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and API data connectivity to suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers.

Hundreds of millions of eCommerce parcels into the US set to be rejected unless higher data quality threshold is met from 1 January 2021

Hundreds of millions of eCommerce parcels into the US set to be rejected unless higher data quality threshold is met from 1 January 2021

Several hundred million mail parcels destined for the US will be rejected when the requirement for a higher threshold of advance electronic data comes into force on 1 January 2021.

Retailers reminded to focus on e-commerce H&S as England enters second lockdown

Retailers reminded to focus on e-commerce H&S as England enters second lockdown

With a second national lockdown forcing shoppers online this winter, compliance authority Bureau Veritas is reiterating to retailers and logistics firms extending their e-commerce capacity to put in place the extra health, safety and hygiene measures this inevitably requires.

Safety is too important to rely on ‘off the shelf’ products. When sourcing safety solutions, consultation is key

Safety is too important to rely on ‘off the shelf’ products. When sourcing safety solutions, consultation is key

By David Thomas, General Manager, ZoneSafe - Proximity Warning & Alert Systems.

The boom in online retail in recent years has undoubtedly boosted warehouse and logistics operation in the UK while the circumstances of 2020 continue to fuel further growth within the industry as consumers steer clear of the high street; opting instead for online shopping and delivery.

55% of brands are set to run their Black Friday campaigns as normal

55% of brands are set to run their Black Friday campaigns as normal

More than half of UK and Irish businesses plan to run their Black Friday campaigns as planned or with further investment than originally planned, despite the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Retail success post-COVID will rely on understanding new customer mindsets, says Conversity

Retail success post-COVID will rely on understanding new customer mindsets, says Conversity

Six months after COVID-19 started making its mark across the world, lockdown restrictions and widespread working from home offices have caused many consumers to rethink their shopping habits. Retail technology company Conversity believes that understanding the intricacies of these new mindsets is vital if brands are to thrive in the post-pandemic world.

Brits slash Christmas shopping budgets by 6%

Brits slash Christmas shopping budgets by 6%

The global pandemic has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives this year, including Britons' Christmas shopping budgets, according to research by the Fashion Retail Academy.On average, people are planning to spend £341 on gifts this Christmas - 6% less than in 2019. 

Hitachi Vantara to offer Lumada industrial solutions on AWS, accelerating and optimising business outcomes with IoT and AI

Hitachi Vantara to offer Lumada industrial solutions on AWS, accelerating and optimising business outcomes with IoT and AI

Hitachi Vantara, the digital infrastructure and solutions subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., has announced an expanded Strategic Collaboration Agreement (SCA) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to offer Lumada industrial solutions on the AWS cloud platform.

Omni-Channel Retailing is the evolution of Multi-Channel Retailing, but is concentrated more on a seamless approach to the consumer experience through all available shopping channels, i.e. mobile internet devices, computers, brick-and-mortar, television, radio, direct mail, catalog and so on. Retailers are meeting the new customer demands by deploying specialized supply chain strategy software. To use all channels simultaneously, retailers using an omni- channel approach will track customers across all channels, not just one or two.

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