Social shopping start-up
is in the process of securing Series-A funding to help it expand internationally and into new vertical sectors.
The London-based company, which provides ‘real-world’ reviews to technology etailers such as Comet and Jessops, has recruited First Capital to advise it on the new financing round.
UK local search site Yell.com has announced the launch of a new channel to help its users find specialist independent food and drink suppliers.
Online marketing outfit
has bought UK-based shopping comparison network
in a £6.7m deal.
The move follows ValueClick’s acquisition of comparison shopping site PriceRunner.com two years ago and will see Shopping.net positioned alongside ValueClick Europe’s other online marketing services.
UK shoppers are expected to spend some £180m online today, making it the busiest day of the year for UK etailers.
The IMRG predicts today will see the most ever goods sold online in a single day, with etailers generating 40% more sales than last year's high of £131m.
Yell.com has unveiled a major redesign of its site, incorporating enhanced search and mapping features.
The new mapping features allow users to plot a selection of local information onto any chosen location within the UK. For instance, if you have searched for a shop, Yell will display near-by cashpoints and parking spots.
Security concerns are proving a major barrier to the growth of e-commerce, according to a study by Gartner.
Gartner estimates that online sales to the value of $2bn were lost in 2006 because of concerns about malware and the theft of personal and credit card information.
I recently participated in Selfridges' mystery shopper programme, run by ABA Research. The deal is - and it's a crafty one - Selfridges runs its mystery programme in such a way that typical cost-to-business-research is actually a boost to sales.
I originally came across the programme when trying to find a product online. It was a no-brainer to apply, as I'd be shopping there anyway.
It seems the internet is now a growing source of ‘pester power’, as children are beginning to ask parents for toys they have seen online.
A survey, by cashback shopping website GreasyPalm.co.uk has shown the growing influence of children’s’ online activity on the terrible business of parent-pestering.
Over two thirds of UK retailers are missing out on potential revenues by not offering their goods for sale online, according to a survey by Barclaycard.
The company said many retailers are reluctant to embrace e-commerce because of the perception that set up costs are too high and that a high level of technical know-how is needed.
Online spending rose by 42% on ‘Black Friday' - the day after Thanksgiving in the US - according to figures from analysis group comScore.
Total US online spending for the first 24 days of November reached $8.31bn, a 23% increase over the same period in 2005. Black Friday saw a 42% increase on 2005's figures.