Pureplay online retail venture, Appliance Sales Direct began as an experiment in selling direct-to-market via the internet. One year on and the model is proving popular among local and overseas manufacturers.
Australian surfwear e-tailer SurfStitch is gunning toward an ambitious 500-brand target online for 2013, reaching a 400-brand milestone this month.
As the offer of free shipping and free returns tempts more consumers to buy online, the rate of returns is increasing towards 50% in the UK.
Greater regulation for the e-commerce industry in the UK is being called for following a spike in delivery issues during the recent Christmas period.