ASOS presses pause after fire

Global online fashion retail giant ASOS has been forced to take a bold move and press pause on their online store after a fire ripped through their only warehouse. The fire in the ASOS warehouse in Barnsley, West Yorkshire (UK) spread over four floors and more than 500 staff were evacuated. Thankfully no-one was hurt during the blaze that is currently being reported as a malicious arson attack. Continue reading

Everyone’s talking about Flash Sales

From daily deal websites offering great deals on products for one day only to Click Monday and Click Madness, websites that bring many online retailers together for the ultimate online sale day – online shopping has gone discount crazy!

The next craze to hit the world of online bargain shopping is Flash Sales, where websites offer you products at up to 80 percent off the recommended retail price. Just like a flash mob, these Flash Sales pop up from nowhere and are gone again in a flash!  When you see these hugely discounted products you have to wonder if they’re really a bargain or is it too good to be true? Continue reading

Huge Demand for Easter Sales Online

On the 14th May 2014 Statistics New Zealand reported that there had been a rise in retail spending in the first quarter of 2014. In this report Statistics New Zealand said that after adjusting for seasonal effects, the volume of retail trade sales rose 0.7 percent in the March 2014 quarter following a rise of 1.4 percent the previous quarter.
The value of total retail sales was $18.3 billion in the March 2014 quarter, up 3.4 percent compared with the March 2013 quarter with the largest increase seen in electrical and electric goods. Continue reading

Vend, is this the next big thing in retail?

 

If you haven’t already heard of Vend, you will hear a lot about them this year. This cloud-based point of sale retail software company was launched in Auckland, New Zealand in 2010 and is set to be the next XERO type success story. With a recent investment round raising a huge $25 million of new capital Vend is now set to open offices in London later this year, with future expansion plans across Europe. Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Released

The latest Samsung phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, has just been released.

Early reviews suggests that it lives up to expectations: it’s slimmer (just 8.3mm), larger and more capable than its predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The third generation Note’s screen is equipped with an a 5.7-inch HD screen, and the design looks really impressive. New features include a 13 Mega pixel camera and an upgraded pen.   Continue reading

Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch

The Samsung Galaxy 4 smartphone was announced yesterday in the US by Samsung’s president.

Consumer’s worldwide have shown great interest in Samsung’s next flagshsip model. Samsung also promoted the announcement heavily this time, and that seems to have worked really well.

So what do we know about the S4? Here’s a summary of the most talked about features:

– Larger dislay (5 inch compared to S3’s 4.8 inch screen)
– Eye-tracking software. For example, the S4 detects when you’re looking at the screen, and will pause a video for example if you look away. How cool is that?
– 13 Megapixel Camera. Many of the popular cameras on PriceMe have less resolution (MPs).

The Samsung Galaxy phones are very popular at the moment among PriceMe users. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is the most popular product overall for several months now, and the Samsung Galaxy S2 the third most popular one. Hence, it’s likely that the Galaxy S4 model will join its predecessors when it launches.

The Galaxy S4 will launch  in the second quarter, and it’s believed that it becomes available in New Zealand at the end of June. It should be listed on PriceMe before this date, since parallel importers normally beats offical distributors for product luanches.

How much will it cost?

It’s rumoured that the phone wont undercut the Galaxy S3 model, which currently retails at $659 for the 16GB version on PriceMe.

PriceMe On TV1 News

TV1 News recently covered the new trends in online shopping in Online Christmas shopping taking off. The video is also available if you want to watch it online.

The importance of researching products and prices online was highlighted in the news clip. PriceSpy and PriceMe, New Zealand’s two leading shopping comparison websites, were also mentioned in the news clip. This is encouraging news that shows that consumers have a lot to gain by researching and shopping online.

Importance of Shopping Comparison Increases

Hitwise presented data today that shows that the “Rewards and Directories” segment, which includes comparison shopping websites, accounted for about 10% of total traffic in Hitwise’s Shopping & Classifieds industry in Australia in December 2008. Only auctions generate more traffic than the “Rewards and Directories” segment.

This is evidence that comparison shopping to sites like PriceMe is growing, and that its importance as an affiliate sector is increasing. The main reason why shoppers prefer comparison shopping sites is that it saves both money and time. Researching online stores is a time consuming task that PriceMe has already done for shoppers. Comparing prices online also enables shoppers to find great deals.

The Hitwise report also shows that electronics, sports, apparel, classifieds and home and garden are growing categories.