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12 Dec 2014

Seasonal items offered at a discount

We’re always excited to discover new trends in retailer discounting. Usually there are similarities year-on-year, but an increasing number of websites we monitor have...

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08 Dec 2014

Christmas is a pricey occasion for parents

At Competitor Monitor we always find some interesting insight in our data. This week we decided to dig into this data in a slightly different way, combining our existing...

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02 Dec 2014

Black Friday starts Christmas discounts of up to 70%

Although still a relatively new concept in the UK, Black Friday was anticipated to be the biggest and most successful shopping day in the British retail calendar this year....

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21 Oct 2014

Can Rejection Pay Off for Retailers?

High-end retailers are famous for being intimidating and supercilious. Whether it's a cultural artifact or an actual reality, the perception exists that high-end stores tend to...

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13 Oct 2014

When Online Goes Offline

The e-commerce revolution has sparked a number of major changes in the way customers interact with businesses. Massive changes in the way they browse, in the way they shop, and in...

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30 Sep 2014

The Crucial New E-Commerce Tactic

It's an almost unavoidable fact that the e-commerce world moves at the speed of light - thanks to fiberoptic global communications, this is literally true. But even figuratively,...

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27 Sep 2014

China Leading the World in Online Retail Adoption

Much comment has been made about the recently booming Chinese online retail market, which is forecasted to double in size each year for all the years that projections have...

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19 Sep 2014

Reaching Emerging E-commerce Markets

The e-commerce world has always been a rapidly changing one. As little as 10 years ago, it was still a relatively new thing to many people in the Western world, and not necessarily...

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16 Sep 2014

Should Online Shopping Reviews Work Both Ways?

One of the most celebrated trends recent in online retail websites has been the functionality that allows customers to post reviews of the products being sold, as well as reviews...

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13 Sep 2014

Brick and Mortar Stores Closing Left and Right

When talking about online retail, the news is generally positive. After all, most markets around the world are posting incredible growth numbers that vastly outpace the statistics...

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10 Sep 2014

M-Commerce Dominates Traditional Online Sales in Some Markets

Mobile commerce, or 'm-commerce', has long been a sort of holy grail for e-commerce retailers - tantalizing, but nearly impossible to find successfully. A number of different...

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01 Sep 2014

Are Online Retailers Going the Wrong Way with Returns?

One of the most interesting things to watch as the e-commerce revolution begins to come home to roost is how the various companies involved cope with and adapt to issues that many...

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29 Aug 2014

Russian Competition for Amazon Unfazed

In the discussions we've been having recently about the BRIC economic bloc and its incredible rise through the ranks of global e-commerce, we've yet to mention the 'R' - Russia....

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22 Aug 2014

Automating the Logistics Behind Online Retail

Logistics has always been the largest stumbling block when it comes to a smooth online shopping experience. No matter how well crafted a website is, and how minimal its shopping...

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16 Aug 2014

VAT Changes Across EU Shake Up E-Commerce

Perhaps the most intriguing loopholes in the e-commerce world is the widely varied way that sales taxes are applied. In much of North America, purchases made from a business...

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