Boxing Day is notorious across the UK for its annual outburst of online shopping. With an astounding £600m spent online last Christmas, there is no doubt that this year will be no exception to the eCommerce phenomenon. Long gone are the days of popping to the local retail park to bag a bargain after Christmas dinner; eCommerce has revolutionised the way we purchase products and retailers are under pressure to deliver like never before.
Our CTO, Alistair Stead, brought MagentoLive UK to a triumphant close yesterday as he delivered the final session of the event on scaling the world’s largest eCommerce platform.
Presenting to a full house and an audience spilling out of the room, Alistair offered his advice on how to scale databases horizontally behind Magento in preparation for seasonal trends such as Cyber Monday.
Just nine months after we opened our Edinburgh office, Session is expanding again - this time with a brand new office in bonny Glasgow.
As one of the largest Magento partners in Europe, we’ve seen our client roster grow significantly in the last 12 months including prestigious brands such as Gift Library and Imperial Leather.
Two years after its approval by the EU, the Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) comes into force today to bring clarity to consumers on their rights when buying goods and services.
But what does the Consumer Rights Directive mean for retailers?
With the Formula One season well underway, it’s an apt time to consider one of the simplest ways to increase the success of any mobile website: performance.
Forty percent of visitors will exit a site if it does not load within three seconds.* That’s a potential forty percent of visitors ready to make a sale that won’t think twice before clicking off your website if it’s chugging along at the speed of a slow 2CV.
Fashion Digital UK brought together over 350 attendees in London earlier this week to discuss the intersection of commerce and couture. From payments to global expansion, here are our 10 key takeaways:
1. It’s not how much you do, it’s how you do it
Aiming for ‘best in class’ customer service used to be the domain of luxury brands. These days, all brands selling online need to provide a superior shopping experience. Rapidly firing websites into all markets may leave you feeling like you’re serving the world, but unhappy customers left struggling with poor checkout services and clumsy design will disagree.
To step onto Bond Street is to step into the home of London luxury. Revered for its elegant facades and decadent clientele, it is the epitome of high-end retail. For sophisticated shoppers, it is the one-street stop for the world’s most prestigious brands.
Yet while it remains a much-loved landmark of England’s capital, Bond Street’s luxury brands must contend with the rise of the digitally savvy shopper, who insist on the highest quality service regardless if they are physically browsing in-store or are halfway across the world.
The following post was written by Roy Erez, Co-Founder and CEO, Loop Commerce, a partner of Session Digital.
It’s not enough to “just” have an eCommerce front any more - it’s how you use it that matters.
After Black Friday 2013 marked the biggest e-commerce day in history, retailers braced themselves for another year of intense online shopping activity.
According to the National Retail Federation’s latest holiday survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, roughly half of the holiday shoppers polled said that they would wrap up their shopping lists online, representing the highest percentage observed over the survey’s 11 year lifespan.
2013 was the year that saw mobile shopping come of age. Mobile has been on the rise for a while now, but only in the last few months has it challenged desktop for the lion’s share of overall web traffic. UK Ecommerce figures for Boxing Day, provided by IBM, illustrate just how big mobile traffic and transactions have become.
Boxing day, which is consistently among the biggest retail days of the year, saw an overall jump in online sales of 40% when compared to the same day 2012. As well as strong sales figures, traffic was also up, with 129 million visits to retail sites, making it the busiest ever online shopping day in the UK. This increase was due to a 42% rise in mobile and tablet browsing, which accounted for a total of 58% of all traffic on Boxing Day.