In previous blogs, we’ve written about how vital it is for retailers in this extraordinarily challenging business environment to move towards an omnichannel business model. Industry trends were already making this critical, but with the massive increase in online shopping due to Covid-19, it has become essential. Becoming a true omnichannel retailer means integrating your online and offline systems and operations to provide a truly seamless, unified service to your customer, no matter how they wish to purchase from you.Continue reading
Over the past 20 years, the continuing trend has been for online sales to grow steadily year on year. 2020 not only continued this trend but, for obvious reasons, accelerated it significantly. It was predicted that online sales would increase by 11% in 2020. Thanks to COVID-19, shoppers had to do much of their purchasing online, and it is now thought that online shopping increased by 19% during 2020. We can’t know what 2021 will bring, but we can be reasonably sure that online sales will continue to grow and grow even as the pandemic abates.
This trend means that it is becoming even more critical for retailers to have a robust and effective e-commerce website to cater to the increasing number of online customers. Easy to say, but what do you need to think about when selecting the right e-commerce platform for your business?Continue reading
In our last blog, we discussed ‘omnichannel retail’, what it is, and why you need to start thinking about how to turn your organisation into a true omnichannel retailer. Online sales have been growing steadily year-on-year for the last twenty years, and COVID-19 has only accelerated that trend. We can’t know what this year will bring, but we can be sure that online sales will continue to grow and grow for many years to come.
It’s no longer enough to operate a traditional bricks-and-mortar business. It’s not even enough to branch out and have an online business too. Shoppers are increasingly expecting retailers to have fully integrated online and offline operations which provide a seamless, unified, cohesive user experience. If a store doesn’t have an item in stock, customers expect the staff to be able to tell them if it’s available online instead, and vice-versa.Continue reading
It has undoubtedly been a tough few years for the high street with many shops closing and the loss of many big-name brands. However, it is possible to breathe life into bricks and mortar retail stores with e-commerce.
The internet is often blamed for the demise of the high street, as more and more shoppers order goods from the comfort of their homes and spend less time in bricks and mortar stores. However, this simple argument demonstrates a lack of understanding of how digital works in the retail environment.Continue reading