Laura Hare

UK Marketing Lead, Mirakl

Recent Posts

Don’t Want to Miss a Thing: 5 Must-Attend Sessions for the UK Event Season

By Laura Hare on September 4, 2018

As we wave goodbye to the summer holidays, lament that our next bank holiday isn’t until December and mummerings about Peak Season become harder to ignore.. It can mean only one thing….Event season is almost upon us.

As we get back into the post-summer activity we can start to look forward to the new ideas and insights that come with the event season. It’s at this time of year that the UK retail industry comes together to debate the most pressing topics at the front of everyone’s mind wherever you work across the value chain. Not only is it a great opportunity to hear from the brightest minds in tech, eCommerce and CX… it’s also the perfect chance to network with peers and forge new relationships.

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The Rise of Online Marketplaces in Digital Grocery

By Laura Hare on September 4, 2018

Grocery retailing is being profoundly transformed. It’s predicted that within a decade, grocery shopping as we remember it will be unrecognizable. Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods in 2017 marked a milestone in the evolution of the grocery store, bringing an eCommerce first, technology-driven approach to a sector noted for its digital latency. The Food Marketing Institute and Nielson together estimate that 70 percent of consumers will buy at least some groceries online in the next five to seven years. In fact, online grocery sales are predicted to reach $100 billion by 2022 in North America alone.

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B2B Marketplaces are Blossoming

By Laura Hare on August 16, 2018

Last year we wrote about the Spring of B2B Marketplaces: how they were beginning to prosper and what this meant for the industry. This year we’ve teamed up with Roland Berger and Webhelp to bring you the next step in this evolutionary journey. Read on for a snapshot of what to expect and some of the key findings we unearthed.

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The Services Revolution

By Laura Hare on August 8, 2018

 

In a time of unparalleled flux, UK and US retailers have something in common. They are increasingly looking for the next point of differentiation to stay relevant to their customers. As consumer behavior evolves, many are seeking ‘experiential’ or ‘service-based shopping’, and this new way of conducting commerce could just provide the beacon of hope the industry needs.

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How to Make the Most of the Back to School Shopping Spree

By Laura Hare on July 26, 2018

Whether the impending end of the summer break fills you with joy or dread (no judgement here!), there’s no denying back to school shopping has become big business for retailers. This year, spending on the second highest retail peak in North America is expected to reach $27.5B (when combined with back to college shopping that figure soars to $87B), equating to a spend of $685 per household.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The Industry Strike Back

By Laura Hare on July 19, 2018

Touted as the ‘biggest global shopping event in Amazon’s history” - Prime Day 2018, was bound to set new records. So much so, that within hours of launch, the vast web traffic had brought Amazon servers down, losing an estimated $90+ million in sales. The discount day was also marred by the ongoing strikes at Amazon warehouses in Europe. With workers in Spain and German arguing against the poor working conditions. The strikers were urging shoppers not to buy from Amazon for the duration of a strike that is set to last for 72 hours in Spain.

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Why Hasn’t Amazon Stopped Fraudulent Sellers? (And how to do it)

By Laura Hare on July 2, 2018

Last week Amazon announced that the Vice President of the Amazon Marketplace (a 12-year company veteran) would lose a number of his responsibilities to Doug Herrington, leader of Amazon's retail group. Amazon marketplace now makes up over half of the retailer’s total revenue, however the marketplace has been recently fallen victim to a surge in seller counterfeits and scamming tactics.

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Are consumers more cost conscious than ever before - and could retailers could be missing a trick?

By Laura Hare on June 28, 2018

Findings show that Amazon is the go-to site for research as shoppers seek greater product selection and availability, and will reject those that can’t meet their standards.

We polled 1,000 shoppers to understand how they feel about the choice available to them, the impact of out-of-stocks on their experience and what keeps them loyal? And the results are in!

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Marketplace and Platform Summit 2018 - The Highlights

By Laura Hare on June 12, 2018

On Thursday 7th of June we celebrated the 4th Annual Marketplace and Platform Summit, saying bienvenue to 400+ change agents in businesses across the world representing 20 countries. Held at Station F, the World’s largest start-up incubator, we knew this would be a day of innovation and inspiration, and we weren’t wrong! Here are just a selection of our highlights from this not-to-be-missed day.

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Plan Your Day at the Mirakl Marketplace and Platform Summit 2018 #MPS18

By Laura Hare on June 1, 2018

The only event dedicated to marketplace and platform growth is almost upon us! On Thursday 7th June, one of the most inspiring locations in the world - Station F, will be transformed into a hub of tech innovation and eCommerce best practices. Attendees should expect to hear from world class speakers sharing their experiences and growth stories, meet with cutting-edge technology partners and of course, as your hosts are French, you should expect delicious food and drink!

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