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Posts in Ecommerce

Google Checkout launches in UK

Google has finally launched a UK version of its Checkout online payments processing platform.

The service is designed to compete with PayPal in the market to mediate customer-to-merchant transactions.

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Interview: Jay Bregman, CTO of eCourier

Jay Bregman  is one of the founders of eCourier, a hi-tech start-up targeting London's often-inefficient courier industry. It cuts costs by supporting online orders and tracking, as well as using software to automatically match couriers and customers.

We spoke to Jay about eCourier's benefits for online retailers - including potentially offering lower-cost same-day delivery.

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Airline launches women-only site

In a move designed to woo more female flyers, American Airlines has launched a new website section for women only.

Women Travelers Connected offers tips on safety, information from fellow travellers and advice on saving travel time.

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Web retailers cause wilfing

Shopping, news and travel sites are among the most likely to benefit from aimless web surfing or ‘wilfing’, according to a new survey.

Commissioned by Moneysupermarket.com, the study found UK internet users spend an average of two days a month browsing the web without any real purpose.

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Index invests in 'Russian Amazon'

Rusian book, music and game retailer Ozon.ru has landed £9.1m in an investment round led by Index Ventures, and also involving Holtzbrinck Ventures and Cisco Systems.

Ozon.ru intends to use the capital to develop its logistics, expand product lines and establish new distribution centres across Russia.

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Woolies recruits Reevoo for customer reviews

Customer review provider Reevoo has landed a contract with Woolworths in its first move outside the consumer electronics sector.

Reevoo will help source and publish independent customer reviews of Woolworths.co.uk products, including toys, household appliances, mobile phones, music, video and games.

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eCourier targets online retailers with API

eCourier, the start-up best known for its hi-tech assault on London’s delivery companies, is now targeting the online retail sector with an API it plans to launch later this year.

The firm, which cuts costs by managing its couriers through software rather than human controllers, hopes the API will encourage etailers to use its system for short notice deliveries to shoppers.

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Interview: Tim Curtis, head of Mothercare Direct

Tim Curtis has been at Mothercare Direct for five years now, helping the company shift towards multichannel retail and more recently overseeing its switch to Amazon Services' e-commerce platform.

We asked him a few questions about the challenges of integrating different channels within Mothercare, and what opportunities there are for retailers within Web 2.0, mobile and digital TV.

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Sports Direct to buy web retailer?

Sports retail giant Sports Direct is apparently set to buy online rival M and M Direct for around £75m, in its first acquisition since listing on the LSE.

The Telegraph reports that Sports Direct is leading negotations for the firm and that the deal could be completed within weeks.

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M&S launches new Amazon-powered website

Marks and Spencer has revamped its online retail site with a little help from Amazon, hoping that its new multichannel approach to retailing will increase its online sales.

At the launch of its interim results for 2006/2007, M&S chief executive Stuart Rose said that the company intends to double its online sales from £100m in a short period of time.

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Borders goes it alone on the web

Borders Group has announced plans to end its relationship with Amazon and reopen its own e-commerce website early next year.

The move follows a similar decision by rival bookseller Waterstone's in 2006, and came as Borders posted losses of $73.6m (£37.5m) for the fourth quarter of last year.

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Firms could improve customer self-service

Some 57% of UK companies offer little or no web self-service for their customers, potentially resulting in loss of revenue for etailers, according to research.

eGain assessed the web self-service functions of 125 major companies in the UK across a range of sectors. Only 17% of companies were found to be offering acceptable customer service solutions.

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