Online sellers dreaming of a successful Christmas!

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Online sellers dreaming of a successful Christmas!
16 Oct 2014
After the summer lull, it’s full steam ahead in the run up to the Christmas rush. For many online sellers, this will be the busiest time of the whole year. For most, the planning may have already began, and in many cases, the planning phase will already be over.

The traditional scene of people heading to the shops in droves is still alive, but more and more people are shunning wet weekends on the high street and busy car parks and instead going online to buy their Christmas presents. They can buy faster, more cheaply and whenever and wherever they want – the perfect antidote to those stressful days at the shopping centre.

Last year was the best ever holiday season for Amazon, with a record breaking 36.8 million items ordered worldwide (that’s 426 items per second). In the third week of December alone, more than 1 million customers around the world became Prime members. This resulted in more Prime items being shipped worldwide than ever before on Amazon’s peak shipping day.

This Christmas, online spending will continue to soar. Economists predict that with a stronger economy this year, increased spending powers will translate into solid holiday sales. According to shop.org, online sales could grow as much as 11% this Christmas period, a significant increase from last year’s 8% increase. With consumers expected consumers to spend, on average £345 on gifts this year, there’s all to play for online sellers.

25% of Brits said they will be shopping online more this year for Christmas, and according to Sage Pay Online, spending will top £13bn for the first time this Christmas period.

In 2014, it is estimated that in the UK alone there will be an additional 9 million internet users taking the total to around 17 million by the end of 2014. This increase will take the value of the online retail market in the UK to approximately £56 Billion.

A key part of this growth is the increased popularity of shopping online via smartphones and tablets. With 41% of consumers shopping via smartphones and 35% shopping on tablets.

This year, Amazon will be taking on 2,500 temporary workers for Christmas at its Rugeley base in Staffordshire, 100 more than last year. In 2013 Amazon created around 15,000 temporary positions to cope with demand during the Christmas period. While the major online marketplaces are getting ready for the rush, smaller businesses will also want to make sure they’re prepared.
With euro currently struggling, those importing goods from the Eurozone will be able to get a lot more for their money. But those who are selling in Europe and want to repatriate their profits from local bank accounts to their UK one will be hoping that euro recovers so that their euros translate into more pounds. Currency companies like World First can bring your money home at better exchange rates, so you keep more of your money.
Here’s hoping your business has a profitable Christmas and prosperous new year. All this talk of Christmas… online sellers will be all Christmassed out by the time the big day comes around!
Luke Trayfoot
Partnerships
0207 801 3022
luke.trayfoot@worldfirst.com
www.worldfirst.com/uk/online-sellers/?ID=1812
Newcastle Australia
Thomasservices
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Re: Online sellers dreaming of a successful Christmas!
16 Oct 2014
Hi Luke,

From an australian angle, our Christmas tends to be something akin to bipolar in terms of the November highs for business services , prior to the annual holiday period. Then the two or three weeks either side of Christmas and new year is quiet as people enjoy the festive season.

By January 27, the day after the Australia day holiday, activity picks up.

So if anyone needs assistance or service during the lull, just enquire via our website, www.thomasservices.com.au .

Many of the e services we now offer can be done either on a self serve or assisted basis.

The choice is yours.

Steven
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London United Kingdom
World First
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Re: Online sellers dreaming of a successful Christmas!
16 Oct 2014
@Thomasservices - That is very interesting. Thanks for your input. Australia is a great market and consumers are usually more open to longer delivery times and premium pricing due to a need to import a lot of goods. We can also assist you with AUD accounts if you are interested in listing there.

Thanks
Luke Trayfoot
Partnerships
0207 801 3022
luke.trayfoot@worldfirst.com
www.worldfirst.com/uk/online-sellers/?ID=1812

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