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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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Podcasting company Audible has reported widening losses in Q3, despite turning a profit at its UK subsidiary and seeing growth in subscribers.
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.
An 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.
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.
Tesco reportedly plans to begin selling clothes over the internet next year via its non-food etailer, Tesco Direct.
Employment experts suggest that the cost to business of employees surfing the net for their Christmas shopping on company time could be £7 billion this year, although frankly this research is somewhat misleading.
The prediction comes from the Employment Law Advisory Service (ELAS), which advises employers to lay down rules for staff to minimise the risk of losing hours to internet shopping.
All things considered, this sounds a bit Orwellian for our liking. But first, let's look more at this ELAS research...