Online shopping ‘increased in Feb’


Online shopping saw a significant year-on-year rise in February 2014, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

It was found that shoppers in the UK spent £678.8 million a week online in February. This is a significant 12.4 per cent more than at the same time last year.

According to its February sales report, 10.7 per cent of all retail spending took place online during the month, excluding petrol sales.

Some areas saw bigger growth in ecommerce than others, with growth in department store sales growing by 22 per cent on last year. A significant 9.1 per cent of all these sales occurred online.

This compared to textile, clothing and footwear stores, which enjoyed ecommerce sales growth of 15.3 per cent. This equated to 11.1 per cent of all total spending seen in this sector.

Looking at food stores, online spending rocketed 12.2 per cent on last year. Despite this, it makes up just 3.9 per cent of the proportion of all spending – a relatively small percentage.

Total retail sales grew by 3.7 per cent in February, when it came to quantity, compared to a year previously. What’s more, the amount spent also increased by 3.7 per cent.

SmartTask POD enables companies to manage peak volumes, tracking and tracing incoming and outgoing deliveries.

Downloaded onto an incumbent worker’s smartphone, ruggedised or semi-ruggedised device – including the Motorola TC55 touch computer – the mobile software can run alongside Skillweb’s Houndit technology or a carrier’s current system.

When consumers choose their delivery option during a purchase, the information sent to a carrier relating to the order can be used by the software to generate a communication to the recipient via email or SMS stating an approximate delivery slot. This is based on how long it takes to get from a warehouse to the customer.

Posted by Amy Quayle

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