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Posts in Ecommerce

Tesco boosts web sales by 30%

Tesco has posted a 28.7% rise in sales at its online division, with revenues coming in at £554m in the first half of this year.

The supermarket giant, which dominates the UK’s online grocery sector, said profit at Tesco.com increased 43.1% to £33.8m, excluding the launch costs of its non-food operation Tesco Direct.

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Amazon gives search engine a facelift

Amazon has scaled back its A9 search engine by canning personalised features and no longer requiring users to log in.

The etailer removed the functions late last week, with a spokesperson telling the Associated Press it was "shifting its priorities to areas where it can provide the greatest benefit for customers."

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Local search gains momentum, says study

A study by ComScore , focusing on the US, has shown an increase of over 40% in the number of users performing local searches online in the last year.

According to the research, 63% of US internet users (around 109 million people) performed a local search during July, a 43% increase over the same month in 2005.

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Currys to launch online movie and music sales

Currys has announced plans to launch a low-cost online DVD and CD store aimed at undercutting major offline and online retailers. 

The electrical goods firm said it would offer around 180,000 CDs and 40,000 DVDs for purchase online, with free delivery and chart and new releases priced from £8.99 and £12.99 respectively.

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Online casino shuts down as gaming crisis deepens

The Ritz Hotel's online casino has been shut down amid growing fears over the crackdown on internet gambling in the US and Europe.

"In light of the current confusion and inconsistency in online gaming legislation worldwide, the owners of The Ritz Club London Online have, regretfully, decided to close the site to new customers with immediate effect," the firm said in a statement on the site.

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SEO as effective as paid search, study says

WebSideStory has released an interesting study that indicates paid search is only slightly more effective than optimisation when it comes to conversion rates.

The research, which focused on 20 major B2C sites over the first eight months of this year, basically suggests that neither paid or organic search advocates are right to claim their methods are better.

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Dr Martens launches new website freedm2.com – beautiful but flawed?

Dr Martens has launched a new website at freedm2.com through Saatchi Interactive. The site aims to increase engagement with customers using a range of multimedia interactions and ‘social’ elements, such as creating and sharing videos and music.

But it is all in Flash, you can’t buy shoes, and the registration doesn’t seem to work…

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Michael Grade becomes Ocado chairman

BBC chairman Michael Grade has been recruited to Ocado’s board but the online grocery firm has denied it is gearing up for a stock market flotation, reports The Independent.

Starting next month, Grade will become non-executive chairman of the loss-making group, which was founded by three former Goldman Sachs bankers four years ago.

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Napster considers sale options

Napster has hired investment bank UBS to review its options after receiving interest from potential buyers.

The once hugely popular music-downloading service said it was considering whether to sell up or form a joint venture, with potential suitors thought to include mobile operators or media companies such as Viacom.

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eBay sellers promise more protests

Angry eBay store-owners have vowed to continue their fight against fee hikes after the end of their five-day protest yesterday. 

A spokesperson for the Campaign of Rebuffed Ebayers, which asked sellers and buyers to boycott the site between Thursday and Monday, said it would be arranging more demonstrations to promote eBay competitors such as Ebid, Tazbar and Amazon.

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Red tape and protocol hinder web development

I have noticed a worrying shift in attitude in large companies which needs addressing.

Five or so years ago, our clients would use web analytics to continually carry out small tests on the website, measure the improvements and test again. This iterative web development process now seems to be hugely hindered by red tape and protocol.

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Stakes raised in online checkout wars

It's still early days but things are definitely hotting up in the battle of the online checkouts. 

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