UK Focus: Why is it so hard to integrate suppliers into eCommerce (and what to do about it)?

By Laura Hare on November 1, 2018

Recent research finds that 86% of consumers now expect more product choice, even in the same category. Retailers are under increased pressure to provide a differentiated and diverse experience, in a time when 56% of product searches begin on Amazon. This enhanced consumer demand for both product depth and breadth has forced UK businesses who operate an eCommerce environment to consider just how to expand their product assortment profitably if they want to survive this uncertain time.  

Increasingly retailers are experimenting with integrating suppliers or third-party brands onto their site in an effort to add a new product category, bolster existing range or improve supply chain efficiency. And the reality is, whether the experiment has been a success or not, integrating a third-party can be an intensive process requiring resources across IT, eCommerce, Merchandising, Product and Supply Chain teams.

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Halloween Hits and Misses: Amazon, Party City, Michaels and more

By Jess Iandiorio on October 24, 2018

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you’re psychotic about Halloween, like me, Thanksgiving and Christmas bring a lot of stress, but Halloween is pure fun. This year I went BIG. The National Retail Federation recently forecasted $8 Billion in Halloween spending, and I spent $7.5 Billion of that.

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Why the Grocery Sector is Poised to Join the Platform Revolution

By Laura Hare on October 17, 2018

The global grocery market is on the cusp of transformation. It’s predicted to double in value from  $150 billion in 2017 to $334 billion by 2022. And whilst it remains the largest retail category in the US, it’s also the least penetrated.

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