Three-quarters of British consumers believe they shouldn’t have to pay for a click-and-collect service. If they order something online and then decide to pick it up in-store, consumers think it’s more than acceptable to get that order without paying any additional fee. Meanwhile, UK retailer John Lewis revealed last week it would start charging shoppers on click-and-collect orders below £30 (€41.66).
Swiss Post is testing the commercial use of drones. Together with Swiss WorldCargo and Matternet, the postal company is investigating specific uses of drone technology and trying to find out what the cost-effectiveness is of these business ideas. For this purpose it will carry out some drone tests this month.
Consumers in Europe increasingly turn to online stores for their grocery shopping. The global online channel is expected to grow to more than 80 billion euros by 2018. Syndy (previously SyndicatePlus) published a new study on the online grocery industry across the most advances markets in Europe: the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France and Germany.
You might think that new and innovative delivery services are a thorn in the side of established delivery companies such as DHL. But managing director Morten Villberg says there’s plenty of room for Uber-inspired delivery services in the market and he welcomes new initiatives.
The global online sales of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) increased by 28% last year alone and is expected to hit 118 billion euros globally, by the end of 2025. Although the biggest growth is expected to take place in markets like China and South Korea, still online purchasing will reach at least 10% in the UK and France.
People from Greece seek their fortune online, since they are now allowed to withdraw only 60 euros per day. Especially bigger purchases like kitchen appliances or smartphones are popular among the Greeks, while online fashion retailers on the other hand saw their sales decrease the last couple of weeks.
Lidl is growing rapidly in the United Kingdom and to continue this further, the discount retailer is thinking about a move into ecommerce. The online activities could be a new way to compete with the Big Four of UK supermarkets: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons.