Weekly news: Tesco expands click and collect, GPeC 2017 is coming, Snapchat’s IPO
Tesco expands same-day grocery click and collect
Tesco shoppers who order before 9 AM can now pick up their groceries from midday onwards. This extends an existing service that sees customers order by 1 PM for pick up from 4 PM and will be available from more than 300 sites across the UK, Monday to Saturday. The move comes as more of the supermarket’s shoppers use click and collect to pick up their groceries. In the last year, the number of people using the service has grown by 20% – with 10% of all such orders picked up on the day they were ordered.
World Consumer Rights Day 2017
World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) was started in 1983 and is an awareness day which is observed on March 15. It is celebrated annually to instigate action among citizens for the international consumer movement. In an age where Facebook, Instagram, and other digital communication platforms dominate everyday life, consumers need to be aware of the impact of online services on them. No doubt, such technologies are brilliantly helping people in every field. However, blind trust can prove detrimental to anyone.
E-commerce experts’ voice
On the GPeC blog, we continue to publish videos with interviews from the November 2016 GPeC Summit. The experts interviewed by Gabriela Bejan talk about the e-commerce market in Romania and abroad, conversion optimization, niche e-commerce websites, online payments etc. Here are some of the most interesting interviews:
- Răzvan Acsente, OLX: The Romanian e-commerce market continues to be more reactive and less proactive
- Mara Cristina, MiniPrix: Generation Z youngsters want and are used to a simple, easy and natural online experience
- Bogdan Tufeanu: In the online dental sector, Dentstore.ro is the most visited website in Europe
GPeC 2017 is about to start
Registrations for GPeC 2017 will begin on March 27! For nine months, an expert jury will examine the registered e-commerce websites, based on more than 100 criteria inspired by the current legislation and goo practices in e-commerce. Registrations will be open until May 25 and, immediately after that date, the jury will start working. There will be an early-bird period and the e-shop owners will be able to choose among several participation packages. Every shop will receive a detailed report and advice about how to fix the issues from the audit.
Snapchat goes public
The popular video messaging service Snapchat went public this month under the name Snap Inc. It’s the largest tech IPO since Alibaba in 2014. But Snap faces big obstacles, including how to broaden its audience, boost advertising sales and fend off competitors. Shares of Snap closed up 44 percent on its first day of trading. The company’s core audience, 18- to 34-year-olds, is highly sought after by advertisers. On the other hand, Facebook Stories, a feature that puts photos that disappear after 24 hours at the top of the Facebook mobile app, is rolling out to users in Chile, Greece, and Vietnam, Facebook confirmed. However, it is not available to users in all markets.