From the beginning of the month, anyone wanting
a specialist car with a particular trim and
individual specification can arrange the whole
thing via computer.
WOWGO a portal designed specifically for
teenage girls has recruited 300 girls to tell it
what teenage girls want in their community. This
market is notoriously difficult to reach, but the
portal expects 175,000 girls aged 12 to 17 to be
registered by the end of the year.
COSTS SET TO
According to a recent study by London HSBC
Investment Banking plc, the US generates about 80%
of worldwide e-commerce, with Western Europe
lagging behind with just 10% of the market.
Industry observers have already pointed out that
the UK's lack of e-commerce success has nothing to
do with a shortage of initiative, innovation or
talent. They put the blame squarely at the door of
the telcos and their drive to make money now rather
than investing in the UK's future.
Online retailer amazon.co.uk have announced a
420% rise in fourth quarter sales, up from 4.9
million pounds in 1998 to 26 million pounds for the
last three months of 1999. The company delivered
one and a half million items in November and
December. The figures have lead the company, a
wholly-owned subsidiary of amazon.com, to claim
that UK online commerce has arrived.
is the most popular day for surfing the web
worldwide, according to industry researchers
Statmarket.com. For the week Jan 30 to Feb 5, 15.1%
of all Internet traffic was recorded on a Saturday,
with Wednesday the least popular at 13.4%. Friday
was the second most popular day, with Thursday
third, then Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
OF THE WEEK
Two wonderful new bits of jargon to drop into
THOSE OF A NERVOUS
Online businesses were told they could reassure
nervous consumers by adopting an accreditation
scheme for net traders. The scheme called TrustUK
has been drawn up by an umbrella of trade
associations including the Confederation of British
Industry, led by the Direct Marketing Association.
Though it is voluntary, it is also backed by the
Department of Trade and Industry.
LONELY WORLD OF THE
According to research from America, the
Internet is creating a world of socially inept
loners who rarely leave the house and dislike
British fashion is already noted for its
innovation and flair, and one designer has taken
that one step further by displaying his new
collection on the Internet.
DOWN TO DATA
At the beginning of March, the new data
Protection Act comes into force. This means that
any company which has anything to do with personal
data, whether they are holding it, studying it,
collecting it, whatever, will have to comply with
strongest regional growth in the B2B market can be
found in Europe. B2B revenue in Europe in 1999
totaled $31.8 billion and by the year 2004, the
European B2B market is expected to grow to more
than $2.34 trillion, according to the Gartner
Group, Inc. This is a serious business already and
yet still many organisations in the UK have done
little to move into the arena.