25% of UK’s leading brands charge consumers for returning online purchases

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A quarter (25%) of the UK’s leading brands such as Zara and Boohoo are now charging shoppers to return purchases they have made online; a year-on-year increase of 14%.

The State of Operations Experience Management Study Series 2022, conducted by parcelLab, the Operations Experience Management platform, found that of those consumers being charged for making a return, the average cost is £3.53 and it takes an average of nine days for refunds to be processed. To undertake this...

43% of Brits ditch online checkouts at the last minute in favour of Amazon

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14% of consumers browse online stores every day without any intention to buy anything at all, according to a study by Ve Global.

In addition, the tech ecommerce specialist's report, in which 2,000 British consumers were questioned, reveal that while in the early stages of the research process, 37% of consumers are adding items to their basket to save them for later, not necessarily to purchase.

The report shows that the missed sales opportunity for retailers lies in the...

How Leicester City Council improved its online experience with website monitoring

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Leicester City Council is a unitary authority responsible for local government in the city of Leicester, England. It consists of 54 councillors, representing 22 wards in the city, overseen by a directly elected mayor. It is currently controlled by the Labour Party and has been led by Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby since his election on May 6, 2011.

As a unitary authority, the council is responsible for running nearly all local services in Leicester with the exception of the...

Build-A-Bear reinvents online shopping experience with 3D workshop

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Global retailer Build-A-Bear Workshop has teamed up with multicloud computing firm Nutanix, Buzz3D and TierPoint to develop the tech behind its Bear Builder 3D Workshop, an interactive online shopping experience that virtually brings furry friends to life during the purchasing process.

As a part of the iconic brand’s effort to accelerate its digital transformation, Build-A-Bear began exploring opportunities to create an immersive and engaging online experience that builds on...

To survive post-COVID, marketers must ensure their online customer experience is up to scratch

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Over the past 18 months, the move to online retail has gathered remarkable pace. Our data from clients across the beauty, fashion, home & garden, and food & drink sectors shows that Q2 online retail sales were up a staggering 64% compared to the same time period in 2019. While easing lockdown restrictions may have buoyed in-store retail for the moment, these sectors are tracking just 2% down from where we’d typically expect them to be at this time of year.

But the story...

Half of UK consumers plan to do Christmas shopping exclusively online

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48% of consumers in the UK plan to shop exclusively online ub the run up to Christmas 2021. 

A survey of more than 1,000 consumers by recommendation platform Outbrain revealed that only 6% of consumers plan to shop exclusively in-store. 

The news comes as the UK high street attempts to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by encouraging consumers to return to bricks and mortar shops. 

Brand values will also play a role informing the brand that...

94% of online brands have lost EU customers since December 2020

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Disruption caused by Brexit has had a drastic impact on Britain’s e-commerce economy, with 94% of online UK brands stating they have lost EU customers since the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. 

E-commerce platform ChannelAdvisor and research firm CensusWide surveyed 304 CMOs working at UK brands that sell items online. ChannelAdvisor asked if these brands had lost business due to Brexit disruption, such as added complications around border delays and...