Valentine’s Day, the annual cringefest, with its red roses, soppy Facebook statuses and overt PDA, is the first big retail event of the New Year. As discussed by Tim Hinds of Neotys, February 14th is an important day for e-commerce sites that are selling flowers card and chocolates.
We are now into the final week of January and at the point where New Year’s resolutions are either continued or stopped. Like most, mine was to go to the gym more. Now, I can't say that I enjoy the gym much, as I prefer playing sports such as cricket and football. With this in mind, at the gym, I go by the mantra ‘looking the part to feel the part’ (some may say it’s ‘all the gear, no idea’). With my motivation starting to waver, I decided the only thing to keep me in the gym was buying some new sports ‘stash’.
Last week saw the unveiling of the highly anticipated clothing line of French fashion designer Isabel Marant. In a collaboration with high street retailer H&M, many fans were left disappointed when H&M's website crashed due to load.
Last week saw the release of Rihanna's second range of clothes for retailer, River Island. Officially launched in store on Thursday 12th September, there was much hype about the new garments; especially after the success of her maiden release in spring 2013. With this is mind, we were interested to see if the River Island website would be affected by eager punters wanting to get the Rihanna look.
On Wednesday, both Ian and I went to the eCommerce Expo in Manchester. Held down the road from our office at Manchester Central (or the GMex to the locals), the event was for anyone involved in online retail and covered a number of areas such as; digital & mobile marketing, ecommerce & mcommerce, payment & security as well as fulfilment, delivery & retention.