Ecommerce News

Monday, February 28, 2005

Online retail sales up 22% in first week of February

Online retail sales up 22% in first week of February

Online retail spending for the week ending Feb. 6 was up 22% from the corresponding week a year ago, reaching $1.53 billion from $1.26 billion, reports comScore Networks Inc.

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Millard Finds Higher Online Holiday Shopping Satisfaction, Problems

Millard Finds Higher Online Holiday Shopping Satisfaction, Problems

Online holiday shoppers' satisfaction level reached 51 percent for the 2004 season compared with 46 percent in the previous year, according to a study released yesterday by Millard Group Inc., Peterborough, NH. However, the percentage of problems reported also increased.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Online Shopping Trends Mark Big Changes In 2005

Online Shopping Trends Mark Big Changes In 2005

The 2004 holiday shopping season faded quickly from the minds of most people, but for the savvy online retailer, it marked a new way of doing business in 2005.

Hidden beneath the $8.8 billion in holiday sales, a 24 percent jump from 2003, were four important trends in consumer behavior. Together, these trends reflect a tipping point that represents a deepening and acceleration of changes in the U.S. retail marketplace.
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Brits turn to the Web for online shopping and banking

Brits turn to the Web for online shopping and banking

The research shows that the rise is partly due to the increasing number of UK consumers with broadband connections and improvements in the quality and range of goods available online.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Online Orders Boost Home-Delivery Sales

Online Orders Boost Home-Delivery Sales

Online orders accounted for more than a quarter of sales in the fast-growing home delivery sector last year, according to research. Retail analyst Verdict Research says home-delivery purchasing grew by 5.9 percent during 2004, ahead of the 4.2 percent increase in the UK retail sector as a whole.

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Online shopping nets fastest growth

Online shopping nets fastest growth

ONLINE shopping is the fastest growing part of the retail sector, a new report out today has revealed.

According to market data group Verdict, buying goods over the internet now attracts 25 per cent of all shoppers. Last year saw growth of 27.4 per cent in online shopping - about six times greater than the growth enjoyed by traditional high-street retailers.

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Monday, February 21, 2005

The Evolution of E-Commerce

The Evolution of E-Commerce

A quick glimpse at the data promises much more evolution in the years to come. Forrester Research, for example, predicted American firms alone would sell US$316 billion in goods and services via the Web by 2010. That figure would more than double 2004's online spending to account for some 12 percent of all retail sales, up from about 7 percent today.

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Is The Ebay Fee Increase Actually Good For Business?

Is The EBay Fee Increase Actually Good For Business?

Much of my email from readers this month concerned the recent announcement from eBay that it will increase many seller fees on February 18, 2005. Since many business people use eBay's online store system as their primary ecommerce point of sale, it's no surprise that most of the emails I received were of the angry variety.

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Google under fire over autolinking

Google under fire over autolinking

Comparisons with Microsoft's long-dead and much-maligned 'Smart Tags' technology have cast a shadow over Google's latest toolbar.

Google's browser toolbar for Internet Explorer is raising eyebrows over a feature that inserts new hyperlinks in web pages, giving the internet search provider a powerful tool to funnel traffic to destinations of its choice.

Many web publishers and ecommerce companies have filed suit against application makers like Claria, formerly Gator, and WhenU for using their software.


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