Aldi Starts Selling Wine Online

Aldi have launched a site selling wine online. From looking at the cookie we can see they are using a JEE application, which points towards Hybris as we know they are developing their Grocery site on Hybris. Aldi have placed their wine site very prominently on aldi.co.uk home page. The Aldi online wine store launched today (19 January), with the retailer offering home delivery for the first time to UK shoppers. More than 90 wines will be available online and customers will be able to choose Read more [...]

What are the key digital strategies for 2016?

https://econsultancy.com/blog/67431-what-are-the-key-digital-strategies-for-2016-stats The strategy and operations arm of our Internet Statistics Compendium is one of the fastest growing documents within the ISC series. Last month saw the addition of data published by ourselves in-house and a wealth of freely-available stats from a number of other research houses in the UK and beyond. I thought I would use this post to share some of the most notable digital strategy trends according to Read more [...]

Home Retail Group Confirms Homebase Sale

http://internetretailing.net/2016/01/home-retail-group-confirms-homebase-sale-enabling-it-to-focus-on-argos-transformation/ Home Retail Group today confirmed its plans to sell Homebase for £340m, in a move that will enable it to focus on transforming Argos [IRDX RARG] into a digital retail leader. The sale of £1.5bn turnover Homebase [IRDX RHMB], which trades online and through 265 stores and is a Leading IRUKTop500 retailer, to Bunnings, a subsidiary of Australian group Wesfarmers, is subject Read more [...]

Asda consulting on jobs as shoppers change the way they buy

http://internetretailing.net/2016/01/asda-consulting-on-jobs-as-shoppers-change-the-way-they-shop/ Asda is consulting on head office jobs as retail goes through a generational shift towards online and away from stores. Up to 300 jobs are reported to be under threat, at a time when more shoppers are turning to websites to buy rather than visiting their local store. The speed of change appeared to step up a gear over Christmas, when all sales growth was ascribed to mobile commerce, and today Read more [...]

Digital is Not IT by Sridhar Ramakrishnan

With an increasingly connected world, businesses have to think "digital" in order to tap into this huge opportunity. "Digital is not IT" - Quite often the confusion is due to the fact that it sits within the IT function. So how are they different ? IT = Science & Digital = Art: IT is an engineering science aimed at "how" best to use technology in order to solve a business problem. It involves the know how of different products, latest technology trends, programming languages, provisioning Read more [...]

Product Detail Page Layouts

Tackling the topic of product detail page layouts is daunting because there is no short answer. Saying one element such as large product images increases conversion, though it's proven, does not tell the full story.   The product detail page needs to be dealt with as a whole. The following article on Econsultancy does just that. It  focuses on the 'must have' page elements, recommends where they should appear on the page, explains why, and provide tips on how to maximize the value of each. https://econsultancy.com/blog/63462-ecommerce-product-pages-where-to-place-30-elements-and-why/ Read more [...]

Sainsbury’s bids for Argos and Homebase (HRG)

I enjoyed working at Sainsbury's for 18 months and Argos / Homebase for over a year, so this is particularly interesting for me. Both use IBM WebSphere Commerce. HRG definitely has a more mature Multichannel operation, but Grocery is a very different beast to General Merchandise, so they can both learn a lot from each other. I will be watching with interest! Here is an article from Internet Retailing. There was a similar article in the FT yesterday, but it said it could not work out what each Read more [...]

Very Sensible Principles for All Digital Projects From Government Service Design Manual

https://www.gov.uk/service-manual/digital-by-default The Service Standard can easily be reworded to apply to any business, not just the government. A transactional service must meet each criteria to pass the Government Digital Service assessment. If a service doesn’t pass it won’t appear on GOV.UK. Assisted digital support is an integral part of any service, helping users who can't complete the service on their own. The criteria Understand user needs. Research to develop Read more [...]

Amazon Shares Hit All Time High

Shares in Amazon have touched a record high after a stellar performance over the Christmas period. In morning trading, Nasdaq-listed shares in the online retailer and increasingly jack-of-all-trades touched $694.55, an intraday all-time high, after reporting record sales of devices and Prime membership over the festive season. More than three million members joined Amazon Prime in the third week of December alone, giving them access to free delivery and Amazons TV show and movie streaming service. Read more [...]