November 30th, 2011

Cyber Monday: Big increases in mobile traffic, payment and, thanks to iPad, sales

Increase in mobile shopping

A number of companies and researchers leapt to analyse consumer purchase patterns on “Cyber Monday” – part of the 4-day Thanksgiving Weekend – traditionally a retail discount-rich event to kick-start the winter holiday shopping season – to asses what it might tell us about online retail sales.

Combining the data and research from PayPal, eBay, […]

November 25th, 2011

John Lewis opens virtual store

John Lewis Virtual Store

John Lewis, the UK department store, has opened a virtual shop within its sister firm Waitrose’s Brighton branch, allowing customers to order from the virtual wall of products by scanning QR Codes with their smartphones.

The trial will run until the end of December, and the products on offer include items from John Lewis’ “top […]

November 11th, 2011

eBay’s ‘Mobile Manifesto’ could boost UK economy by £4.5 bn


eBay has submitted a Mobile Manifesto to the UK Government setting out what industry and policymakers must do to support the UK’s growing mobile driven economy.

eBay’s research revealed that mobile shopping could deliver a £4.5bn boost to Britain’s economy by 2016.


June 7th, 2011

eBay beefs up its end-to-end ecommerce service with acquisition of Magento

eBay announced that it has agreed to acquire Magento Inc., the company behind the open source ecommerce platform Magento.

In conjunction with PayPal, and the various PayPal X initiatives, Magento is an opportunity for eBay to offer businesses an end-to-end ecommerce solution, from hosting to payment processing to mobile.

In the announcement, eBay said that […]

May 27th, 2011

PayPal sues after Google announce wallet app

PayPal and its parent company eBay are suing Google and two of its employees for misappropriating trade secrets and violating terms of employment, after Google unveiled their NFC-based (Near Field Communication) Google Wallet app and supporting stakeholders and processes.

Google Wallet, which was announced on Thursday, is currently being “field-tested”. Initially it will be available […]