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Ampersand finds a third of online retailers not ready for Christmas

One in three UK retailers isn’t ready for this year’s peak Christmas period, according to new research by Ampersand, the ecommerce agency.
Ampersand’s research looked at four basic services that retailers should be implementing to increase sales from the 95% of UK adults who now shop online. These include offering a persistent cart (the ability to add items to your basket on one device and checkout on another), a transactional mobile site, express delivery (Sunday, same or next day) and free easy returns. One in three of the top 100 online retailers are not offering their customers at least one of these services that are essential to a good cross-channel customer experience.
Research highlights include:
- 26% of online retailers do not offer free returns including Next, Holland & Barrett, Boden, Matalan and Sports Direct
- Retailers appear to have a mobile focus as only six of the top 100 do not offer a mobile site, including Zara, Next and Pets at Home.
- 64% of the top online retailers offer next or same day delivery, while only four currently offer a Sunday slot
- 41% do not provide a persistent cart, including John Lewis, Debenhams, Laura Ashley and Monsoon. 
Darryl Adie, Managing Director at Ampersand, said “With £8.7 billion being spent via smartphones and tablet devices between May and July of this year*, retailers need to do everything in their power to make the mobile shopping experience easy for consumers, especially during the Christmas rush. Those that are yet to offer basic services that consumers demand are in danger of missing out on potential revenue and customer loyalty.”
* IMRG Capgemini Quarterly (Q2 2014) Benchmarking Report.
About Ampersand
Ampersand is an award-winning commerce agency that helps major retailers build better online stores using open source technology. Founded in 2009 and based in Manchester, Ampersand has helped international multichannel retailers, such as Harvey Nichols, Poundland and Bensons for Beds, increase conversion and efficiency through the strategic use of open source technology. / @AmpersandHQ
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