Shopping is going through a great revolution with the continuing advancements in technology. Gone are the days when one would carry a shopping bag to the market or spend days in the stalls looking for a certain commodity. With online shopping dereliction of such errands has meant ordering, delivery, and payment with just a click. For instance, in countries with stable economies especially in Europe and more precisely England many shoppers prefer to go it the online way in spite of the few accompanying challenges like failed deliveries and rogue sellers. Like recently in a report by Independent ( a UK journalistic website), many online shoppers have expressed halts in deliveries with the blame lying on the delivery drivers who are co-accused of giving excuses of “we missed you”.
The Brits and Online Shopping
Even as the British shoppers continue to notch up the aspect of online shopping and retailing, the latest news by several business insiders and sites reveal that clothes and electronics are the highest-selling goods. As a testament of how the trade is booming, the below highlights reveal important updates as observed by the UK Office of National Statistics concerning online shopping.
- Recently, sales recorded outside physical stores had an increase of 9.4% in the 1st quarter of 2019, which is the largest increase since record comparison began in 1988. This leaves the status of online shopping on stable grounds with e-commerce sites and online stores coming live on a daily basis. All this success is however an attribute of the warm weather and as aforesaid, many shoppers were cramming up their wardrobes amid the incoming spring season.
- On sole basis, the UK is a major contributor to trend and fashion wear. In fact, it is arguably right according to rumors that many Brits consider a garment old after two or three wears. Surprising this fast fashion trend opens up the room for many prospective buyers to start surfing for the latest designs at cheaper prices on online stores which despite the hiccups is hailed to be fast and efficient.
The BBC has also reported amazing headlines pertaining to UK stuff and as part of the news round-up, catch important briefs below affiliated to online shopping as discussed therein.
Mark and Spencer (M&S) report falls in the profit and sales records – M&S is one of the biggest names in UK business headlines with over 1000 retail stores where they also oversee online transactions, orders, and deliveries. 2019 has continuously been a detriment to their sales and profits, which continue to drop amid its implementation of a major turnaround programme. By the 1st quarter of 2019, M&S indicates that the overall pre-tax profit was already down by a 10% scale.
Elsewhere in Wolver Hampton, E-bay, which is a blossoming online retailer, opened a physical store – it is an investment that will aid the small businesses in showcasing and selling of products as it also challenges the retail climate and this is according to the town’s city council.
With all the hype, other business briefs have put London into the limelight as a capital of scams and fraud with one-third of UK’s online buyers channeling negative reviews. Therefore, it is all about buy and beware.