Industry News: Wal-Mart Eyes Amazon in Potentially Costly E-Commerce Battle

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said that it would take a dif­ferent approach to online growth than Amazon.com Inc by using its large net­work of stores as dis­tri­b­u­tion points. But if the world’s largest bricks-and-mortar retailer is serious about com­peting more directly with Amazon – as it has sug­gested by testing a free ship­ping club – then it may have to spend well … Click to continue…

Industry News: Wal-Mart Eyes Amazon in Potentially Costly E-Commerce Battle

Industry News: Consumers not getting the payments innovation they demand: Sage Pay

A sig­nif­i­cant minority (22%) of shop­pers say they would be more likely to shop some­where that offers a choice of pay­ment methods, including new ones, a new report has found. But while con­sumers are keen to find new ways to pay, busi­nesses are slow to pro­vide them, according to the Sage Pay 2015 Pay­ments Land­scape Report Internet Retailing – Con­sumers … Click to continue…

Industry News: Marks & Spencer online sales fall 2% in a year after customers took time to warm to its new website

Marks & Spencer [IRDX RMAS] today said online sales had fallen 2% in a year that saw it launch its in-house devel­oped plat­form and in which its new Castle Don­ington dis­tri­b­u­tion centre expe­ri­enced dis­rup­tion. The retailer, ranked Élite in Internet Retailing’s IRUK 500 research, today admitted that the new site, though tech­ni­cally resilient, was ‘a bigger … Click to continue…

Industry News: Divide between ‘winners and losers’ of retail set to widen as omnichannel continues to evolve: Land Securities

Land Secu­ri­ties [IRDX VLSC] today said that the retail envi­ron­ment would remain “chal­lenging” as omnichannel retail con­tinues to evolve, reflecting changing con­sumer demand. Robert Noël, chief exec­u­tive of the prop­erty devel­op­ment and man­age­ment com­pany, said only the retail loca­tions which best reflected that demand would ben­efit as shop­pers spent more. Internet Retailing.net – Divide between ‘win­ners and losers’ … Click to continue…

Industry News: Divide between ‘winners and losers’ of retail set to widen as omnichannel continues to evolve: Land Securities

Industry News: How Google Could Change Online Shopping With 1 Button

Your Google searches could be get­ting pricier in the next few weeks. The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, reports that the search giant plans to add “buy” but­tons to pages showing search results for prod­ucts avail­able for online pur­chase. The but­tons, which will take shop­pers to another Google product page where they can actu­ally … Click to continue…

Industry News: Tango receives new mobile commerce feature

Pop­ular mobile mes­saging appli­ca­tion Tango, which is backed by Alibaba, is receiving the ability to par­tic­i­pâté in e-commerce. The app has become a resounding suc­cess among con­sumers, giving them a con­ve­nient way to com­mu­ni­cate with one another. A new ser­vice called Tango Shop has been launched that will allow app users to browse for prod­ucts and make pur­chases. … Click to continue…

Industry News: US proximity payments will rise, but slowly says Aite

The US retail m-commerce sector will be worth $536.5bn by 2020, from a base of $112.5bn in 2015, Aite Group is pre­dicting in its new report enti­tled ‘Mobile Prox­imity Pay­ments: A Dis­rup­tion in the Force’. It is pre­dicting the spe­cific mobile prox­imity seg­ment will lag behind, how­ever, reaching $487bn by 2020 from just $7.5bn now. Finextra – US prox­imity pay­ments … Click to continue…