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Posts in Ecommerce

Tesco takes on Argos with home shopping service

Not content with 30% of the UK retail market and a huge lead in the online grocery sector, Tesco has announced an aggressive drive into home shopping for non-food products.

In what is seen as a major challenge to Argos, the retailer is preparing to launch an internet and catalogue service that will offer customers a range of 8,000 goods.

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Daily Mail buys SimplySwitch.com

The owners of the Daily Mail have expanded their web presence with the £22m purchase of Simply Energy Limited.

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Tesco takes lead in online supermarket sector

Tesco is winning the online supermarket war in the UK, although Sainsbury’s internet customers spend more per order and incur lower delivery charges, according to a new study.

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Piracy of football coverage hits Premium TV

Premium TV, the company which manages the Premiership and Football League’s online services, has been forced into a security upgrade because of “increasing piracy”.

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Google Checkout struggles against etailer resistance

Retailers are continuing to turn their backs on Google Checkout because of fears that they will be relinquishing ownership of their customers to the search giant, according to research published by the analyst house Piper Jaffray. 

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Google secrets? Leaked AOL data provides insight on search strategies

Although there are many sometimes confusing and contradictory statistics around search engine marketing and especially SEO, the AOL data provides a rare chance to see accurate statistics from a major engine fed by Google.

The results should be analysed by anyone interested in SEM…

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UK online spending to double by 2010

UK web shoppers will spend £6.25 billion on groceries a year by 2010, an increase of 235% over last year, according to a study by Paypal.

Research by the payment firm suggests British online spending will double to £39 billion, with the grocery sector taking the lion’s share of the market.

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Thousands of holidaymakers duped by fake sites

Scammers have fooled thousands of British consumers into paying for non-existent summer holidays online, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has warned.

The Metropolitan Police has launched an investigation into at least five UK-based websites pretending to sell package holidays to European destinations.

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New website targets ticket touts

Viagogo.com , a new website aiming to muscle in on touts' earnings from football matches, has gone live in the UK.

Backed by lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and David Katz, head of Yahoo’s sports and entertainment unit, the site provides an online exchange for fans to buy and sell unused tickets to games.

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Window shopping gets literal on the high street

I've been watching this story about Polo Ralph Lauren's ever-so-literal 'window shopping' for the past week, wondering if most people were thinking just what I was thinking.

Supposedly inspired by Spielberg's film adaption of Minority Report, Ralph Lauren has come up with a hybrid touch-screen shop window, where passers-by can shop by touching the window and selecting the items they see in the window.

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Myspace to sell Fox video content

Twentieth Century Fox is planning to use Myspace and other News Corporation websites to sell its movies and TV shows.

The move will see Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corporation, marketing its content on the gaming download site Direct2Drive from October.

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Paypal refunds users after technical error

Paypal, eBay’s online payment system, has refunded some of its UK customers after a technical glitch saw them charged twice for transactions.

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