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Posts in Ecommerce

Majestic Wine sees increase in online orders

Majestic Wines, the bulk wine retailer, has announced an increase of 43% in online sales but expressed concern about an upcoming EU ruling on tax duty on alcohol purchases via the web.

In its interim results for the 26 weeks ended 26 September, the company made a pre-tax profit of £6.5 million, a rise of 17%. Online sales were responsible for 6.4% of its UK retail sales.

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How to be PDQ on your PDA – Adaptex goes live

This week saw the official launch of Adaptex, the software from Keypoint Technologies that can help users of PDAs enter data and text much faster and easier. Communicating and buying via your PDA or smartphone whilst on the road can be a lot easier potentially.

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Eight second rule for e-commerce websites now halved

Four seconds is the maximum length of time the average online shopper will wait for a web page to load before potentially abandoning a retail site.

In the research by Akamai, poor site performance ranked second only to high product prices and shipping costs as leading factors for dissatisfaction among online shoppers.

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Christians split over online shopping

Around one in four Christians are unsure whether they should buy products online, or say they shouldn’t, according to a poll by ChristiaNet.com .

Seventy five per cent of people surveyed by the portal were pro-internet shopping, but others declared the activity to be non-Christian.

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Like.com image search engine lauched by Riya

A new kind of image search is being launched today by Riya, which will allow users to search for images using both text and images as queries.

Other image searches rely on text queries, which depend on the data attached to the image file. This is not necessarily a reliable way to search, which is where Like.com comes in.

And boy, the technology is stunning...

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Online shopping growth driven by men

Men who can’t be bothered to go out shopping are helping to drive rapid growth in online retailing, according to a survey by the British Council of Shopping Centres.

FT.com reports that men have a ‘hunter’ approach to shopping – they know what they want and want to get it as quickly and painlessly as possible. Online shopping is the perfect way for them to do this.

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Government mulls closure of etail VAT loophole

The government is considering closing a tax loophole that is apparently being used by big retailers such as HMV, Tesco and Amazon to sell DVDs and CDs more cheaply over the web.

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Asda embarks on online sales drive

Asda, the UK’s second largest supermarket chain, is to massively expand its etailing capacity after admitting it underestimated demand for online shopping.

The Wal-Mart-owned group wants to regain ground on arch-rival Tesco, which dominates the online grocery space.

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Audible’s losses grow, rolls out new marketing plans

Podcasting company Audible has reported widening losses in Q3, despite turning a profit at its UK subsidiary and seeing growth in subscribers.

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IT vendors need to consider broader business audience

As solid web platforms have increasingly become a pre-requisite for business success, there is now more interest in technology from marketers and broader business folk right up to the boardroom.

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Utube sues YouTube, seeking pay-out

uTube sues YouTubeAn American tubes and pipes manufacturer whose website is registered at utube.com is suing YouTube after being deluged with traffic from millions of users mistakenly seeking the video sharing network.

Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment Corporation said the cost of hosting utube.com had skyrocketed in the last couple of months thanks to the word-of-mouth popularity of youtube.com.

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Pay-as-you-go VISA voucher to lure wary shoppers online

A new pay-as-you-go Visa voucher for online shopping has been released today, in an attempt to get more people shopping online.

Figures from the 3V Transaction Services ‘online shopper’ study reveal that around a fifth of people want to shop online but are reluctant to do so, and that over 9 million people in the UK are left behind by the online shopping boom.

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