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A new report by JiWire, which provides ad-supported wi-fi, finds that retailers needn't fear the mobile shopper.
Australians spent $504m on group buying sites in 2012, a rise of 1.4% on the year prior, leading some industry experts to predict that group buying is here to stay.
According to a new Telsyte study, in Q4 2012 Australians spent more than $130m on group buying sites and the combined revenues of the top five deal sites saw a growth of more than 9% year-on-year.
Groupon and Scoopon showed the strongest performances, seeing a combined 40% year-on-year rise.
The global edition of our Internet Statistics Compendium saw a bumper update this month, collecting some of the most interesting freely accessible data published about all things digital – including social media, mobile and ecommerce.
One area which I think is particularly deserving of our analytical curiosity is multichannel commerce, and PwC’s recent report on the subject is excellent reading at a time when shopping across offline and online internationally is still a relatively mysterious beast.
How many times have you been into a physical retail store wanting to purchase a product, but needed a question answered first?
As soon as you begin looking for help, you find an employee who provides a response giving you the confidence to purchase. This is usually a great experience.
But, what about the same scenario, only this time there are no employees around to help?
The ecommerce landscape in Australia is becoming increasingly complex and although consumer spend continues to grow via online channels, retailers and marketers are seeing various positive and negative elements emerging in the marketplace.
The number of NFC-enabled smartphones available in Australia is expected to rise dramatically, growing from 375,000 in Q1 2012 to 2.125 million in Q1 2013 - a growth of 467% year-on-year - according to Tapit.
It has also been forecast that by Q4, the number of NFC handsets in Australia will reach some 4 million - or 30% of all smartphones on the market.
According to many industry experts, Australian retailers need to start incorporating new technologies into their stores this year in order to better engage consumers.
The use of technology in stores has grown significantly over the past few years, and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down. QR codes on shopfronts, iPads in restaurants and businesses, mobile wallets, interactive advertising walls - the list goes on.
At the end of 2012, we saw record numbers in online shopping over the holidays and that is only going to increase as our ecommerce experiences improve.
This will only happen if we increase personalisation and make our shopping experience more relevant.
Also as we increase to use new devices in our day to day lives, those retailers and companies who ensure their sites and shopping experiences extend into tablets and mobiles will be ahead.
This year may see more of this especially when it comes specifically to tablets.
With the UK being rocked by the closure of major retail chains such as video rental chain Blockbuster and music store, HMV, it's an important for us all around the globe to look at what the face of retail will be in 2013 and how shopping needs to continue to change with technology.
Some retailers like Nordstrom are already aware of the need to innovate. Major retailers can't sit back any longer and watch their competitors crumble without thinking they could be next.
Two Australian retailers have made it onto a list of the top-20 global retailers, showing that despite the current economic situation, some businesses are still thriving.
Both Woolworths and Wesfarmers made it on to Deloitte’s Top-250 retailers list, which was released in their 16th annual Global Powers of Retailing report. Ranked 17 and 18 respectively, they were the only Australian companies to have the required $3.5bn turnover needed to make the cut.
Nobody likes filling out forms. They are a constant source of frustration for consumers, but even more so when they fail to take account of the various idiosyncrasies in name and addressing conventions used all over the world.
I have come across countless examples where the web form has been designed without the user’s country in mind.
Simple, silly mistakes that could easily be fixed end up costing businesses millions in lost revenue.
Online sales in Australia reached a record high in the year to November 2012, with Australian consumers spending some $12.6bn online.
November proved to be the peak month for internet sales, with online retail surging by 15% and the National Australia Bank Online Sales Index rising to 241 points, up 32 points from October.