The total spend via UK online marketplaces is forecast to reach over 30.4 billion euros in 2019. It’s also expected to rise 15.2 billion euros over the next five years. This corresponds to an increase of 50.1 percent. And it’s mostly Amazon and eBay who dominate the online marketplaces market.
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Most of the top fashion retailers in the United Kingdom fail to offer a post-checkout experience to its customers. For example, they don’t send tailored delivery messages and thus miss out on a upsell opportunity.
Enjoy, an ecommerce startup best described as an online mobile store, has raised about 135 million euros in Series C funding. With this money, the company wants to further expand in the United Kingdom and launch in new markets.
Online shoppers in the United Kingdom have left about 250 million euros worth of uncollected products at click-and-collect sites last year. This was due to long queues and understaffed collection points.
Amazon has extended its anti-counterfeiting program Project Zero to Europe. With this initiative, which launches in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, the ecommerce giant wants to drive the number of counterfeits on its platform to zero.
Dutch food delivery group Takeaway has confirmed it wants to acquire its British competitor Just Eat. If Just Eat and Takeaway successfully end talks, the combined company will be one of the largest food delivery companies in the world.
Consumers in the United Kingdom want greater transparency and product information around sustainable purchases. Almost two thirds of young consumers would even reconsider their purchasing decision if retailers better communicated the impact they have on the environment.
RevLifter, a deals personalization platform from the United Kingdom, has raised 2.3 million pounds (2.56 million euros) in seed funding led by a group of investors. With the money, RevLifter wants to further develop the platform and expand further into the United States.
Opumo, a British online department store with design-led products from around the world, has raised 1.2 million pounds (1.33 million euros). The successful round of investment happened thanks to Danish fund North-East Venture and a crowd raise from over 400 customers.
Meeting consumer demands for more environmental goods and services are the biggest challenge for marketers and supply chain managers in the United Kingdom and France. Remanufacturing products costs nearly 3.5 million per year in these two countries.
Ecommerce in the United Kingdom will account for 53 percent of the country’s total retail sales by 2028. Factors powering this online growth are the fact Generation Z and Millennials will be half of the adult population in ten years, faster, cheaper and in-home delivery and fewer physical stores.
The majority of UK retailers are not aware of the impact and value that delivery options have. Three out of four consumers leave their shopping card because they don’t like the delivery options, while 47 percent of retailer don’t even know their cart abandonment rate or why consumers leave their online store.
Amazon has announced the launch of Amazon Business Prime in the United Kingdom. The new service offers one membership for a company’s business account and gives access to Prime delivery benefits like unlimited one-day, same-day and nominated-day delivery.
Consumers in Europe think security is more important than convenience when it comes to paying online. But in the UK, the difference is quite small. Over half of Brits chose security, while 43 percent selected convenience.
Online supermarket Good Club from the UK has successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign to raise 400,000 pounds. The grocer has the ambition to become the world’s first zero-waste online supermarket. With the money, Good Club wants to try out reusable product packaging.