Each week we gather the top three eCommerce news items of the week. Here’s what stood out for us this week!
Thousands of people hit the high street in England on the first Saturday since the second and month-long national lockdown was lifted.
Hordes of people could be seen filling up town centres in places such as York, Colchester and Bournemouth – as families scouted for deals during their Christmas shop.
Queues formed along London’s Oxford Street as shoppers made the most of the relaxed Covid-19 restrictions under the new tiered system, which came into force on Wednesday. Read the full article here.
Black Friday retail sales have dropped despite the rapid surge in online shopping as non-essential stores remain closed in England during the second lockdown.
Sales made in physical stores and online fell by more than a 10th compared with Black Friday a year ago, according to figures from Barclaycard.
John Lewis said Friday would break all of its previous records for online spending, with sales up by 35 per cent compared with its busiest day during the same period a year ago. Read the full article here.
The Royal Mail has urged people sending presents through the post to do so “sooner rather than later” as a Christmas season like no other means many people are completing their Christmas shopping online.
The postal service said it is experiencing unprecedented demand, with coronavirus restrictions and a rise in online shopping adding extra pressure to its busiest time of the year.
The Royal Mail said it has seen a 34 per cent increase in demand for Christmas deliveries year-on-year, and urged senders to ‘Shop Early, Send Early for Christmas’ in an attempt to avoid disappointment. Read the full article here.