HMV, an entertainment retailer that operates in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is about to launch an official ecommerce website. This will allow consumers to buy online from the company ever since it financially collapsed two years ago.
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Ebay is planning to expand its click and collect service across Europe. The American ecommerce company saw its buyers collect 1.5 million parcels from British store chain Argos during the first year and a half the service is running. Ebay noy wants to boost its presence in Europe by entering into several partnerships.
The ecommerce industry in the United Kingdom has seen a strong quarter in terms of on-time and attempted deliveries. Although the performance was on an all-time low in December, due to the massive amount of orders process on Black Friday, the industry bounced back: 94% of orders were delivered on-time or attempted within the promised timeframes.
Nimber, the Norwegian service which enables people to “ship anything with someone going that way anyway”, is now also available in the United Kingdom. The Brits now can use the peer-to-peer service and send something from one place to another with the help of other people.
Ordering something online and then picking it up in retail stores or other locations is incredibly popular in the United Kingdom. Almost 3 in 4 online shoppers (73%) say they have used click-and-collect services. Another 10 percent of British consumers intends to use the service in the near future.
Poundworld, a popular single price store in the UK, has launched its online store. Most items can be bought for just 1 pound, but there are also items that sell for higher prices. It’s an interesting move to see a bargain retailer operating online. It may open doors for others, like discount store-chain Action from the Netherlands.
The yearly Global Retail Ecommerce Index shows that in Europe the UK, Germany and France are still the most attractive ecommerce countries to set ground in. However, the score is highly influenced by the online market size. Smaller countries such as Belgium, Denmark and Spain have less impact but do increase fast in score.