The new Waitrose website

Today Waitrose launched their new website. Overall a more streamlined sophisticated look with more to do on the home page. Gone is the enormous site map in the footer replaced with a neater version. Navigation is cleaner and the ‘value’ bright green is replaced with a more elegant textured brown and olive green. In the details of particular note are the areas on the introductory slideshow Read more …

Ecommerce, Retail design, Supermarkets, Waitrose, Web stuff

Cross merchandising the Harvey Nichols way

It’s always important to up sell in retail and being obvious about it is not always going to work. Sometime a bit of lateral thinking can go a long way. These ads from Harvey Nichols take cues from ecommerce sites as in ‘people who bought that also bought this’ but really in quality retail this kind of cross merchandising should be the norm, although generally it isn’t. Three Read more …

Advertising, Ecommerce, Harvey Nichols, Luxury, Retail

New Uniqlo UK

Today Uniqlo launched their new UK ecommerce website. Of particular note is the immensely long home page, scroll all the way down to read a huge amount of information. We’re still getting comments regularly about designing ‘above the fold’ so it’s refreshing to see a client that understands that scrolling is probably easier than clicking through and keeps customers on the home Read more …

Ecommerce, Marketing, Retail, Retail design, Social Media, Twitter
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More ecommerce retail design

It wasn’t just Apple who launched their new season’s range yesterday. Over the past week or so a couple of big players in the fashion stakes have added ecommerce to their UK sites. Gap and Zara have very different approaches. The Gap model is pretty standard while Zara goes for the big centre stage image route as well as a lot more readable content and options for iPhone, iPad as well Read more …

Apple, Ecommerce, Retail, Retail design, Trends, Web stuff
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Ecommerce checklist

If you’re setting up shop online there’s a lot of questions you need to have the answers for, here’s 80 to start with: Why do you want an ecommerce website? What has lead you to this decision? What are your expectations of having an online store? (turnover/profit, life change, more spare time/less spare time) What is your USP? Are you competing on price? Who are your competitors? Who Read more …

Ecommerce, Retail, Web stuff
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Setting up shop – online

If you’re thinking about setting up an ecommerce or mail order shop, or even adding ecommerce functionality to your website you need to be aware of UK distance selling and e-commerce regulations. Here’s a link from to help in writing those all important terms & conditions. Also much more useful ecommerce set up information on the site.  Read More …

Ecommerce, Retail, Web stuff

Rapha Cycle Club

A good piece about the Rapha Cycle Club café from Noisy Decent Graphics. Also worth looking at his flickr group of the café. The Rapha website’s not too shabby either and a nice video on Monocle. These days there’s no reason not to have a shop, a pop up shop, a twitter, a facebook page, a van, go to festivals, write a book, a photo essay, a magazine, have a loyalty card, a website, a Read more …

Advertising, Branding, Ecommerce, Marketing, Retail, Retail design, Twitter, Web stuff
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Made up

Just spotted, a new furniture website and to make it even better for a new visitor there’s a pop up money off voucher. Nice idea. Originally spotted (and more info) on the very fine Design Milk.  Read More …

Ecommerce, Retail, Web stuff
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Square away

A new way of accepting payments for retailers of all sizes devised by a team including Jack Dorsey of Twitter fame. An interesting use of the audio jack makes me wonder how soon before you can ‘bump’ your cash from phone to phone? More on the Square website and follow them on twitter @Square could be interesting.  Read More …

Ecommerce, Retail, Trends, Twitter
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New Google Internet Stats

Launched today but hidden away Google Internet Stats is a neat little site to back up those all important presentations/proposals. Five main areas are covered (with room for expansion) and the opportunity to submit your own stats. Originally from Read Write Web via twitter  Read More …

Ecommerce, Google, Social Media, Trends, Web stuff