Keep up to date with the latest Mercury Order news and online developments


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Keep up to date with the latest Mercury Order news and online developments

Retailers must compete for online trade as Covid restrictions tighten

Local retailers are moving online to compete with the ecommerce giants and save their Christmas trade, according to digital growth agency, Grofuse.   Amazon and other ecommerce sellers have done significantly well out of this pandemic, and in order to compete with the ecommerce giant and keep their customers, smaller retailers must be selling online, says Grofuse Director Ian Cullen. He adds: “Black Friday is just one week away and with Christmas fast approaching retailers can capitalise on increasing online demand to compensate for the decline in footfall. The trade of local retailers who are not already selling online is ...

Which online ordering platform is best for your retail business?

Consumer demand for home delivery and click and collect services is soaring, and as retailers seek out solutions many are confused as to which online ordering system is best for their businesses. Mercury Order has compiled a table to compare multiple features such as software integration and pricing to help you determine the best online ordering system for you and your customers as the winter lockdowns continue to take their toll. The Mercury Order Story Mercury Order was created during the Covid-19 crisis to help protect staff and customers of small retailers while promoting responsibility around social distancing. The software was born out a ...

Can retailers still capitalise on Halloween amid Covid-19?

With Halloween approaching, retailers can leverage seasonal shifts to great effect with the right e-commerce solution, according to digital growth agency, Grofuse. As consumer habits change due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are questions as to how retailers should make the most of Halloween this year. The most recent data from Statista found that the UK spent £419 million on Halloween products in 2018. Grofuse digital director, Denis Finnegan, said: “Seasonal shifts are incredibly important for retailers as they provide benchmarks to measure sales. Every season is important but as footfall has dropped significantly, retailers are scrambling to navigate demand ...

Retailers go online to prepare for a Covid-Christmas

E-commerce may represent the most effective opportunity for retailers to make it through lockdown, particularly by allowing them to maximise on essential festive trade this winter.   The last three months of the year in the run up to Christmas are generally responsible for the majority of sales in retail. It is also going to be a challenging time for shoppers too, as they try to get organised for an unfamiliar Covid-Christmas. As a retail store owner in the run up to the busiest time of the year for retail, you will be well aware of how important it is ...

Mercury Order R&D project supported by EU and Invest NI

Mercury Order is being further developed thanks to financial support from the European Union’s Research & Development Fund and Invest Northern Ireland. The proposed one year R&D project is designed to facilitate Grofuse in continuing to develop Mercury Order as a leading online ordering platform for smaller, local, independent retailers – to help make shopping local digital. With this vote of confidence from the EU and Invest NI, the Mercury Order team is undertaking extensive market research fuel our growth plans by further developing our system to make e-commerce simple and affordable for smaller businesses wishing to sell ...

Is your retail business prepared for the second wave?

The number of daily infections is rising and business owners must start to ‘pandemic proof’ their business. Retailers may already have prepared for a second wave of the virus by investing in an e-commerce strategy, which could become their business’ lifeline. More than 3,700 businesses closed as a result of the first lockdown, with Primark losing an estimated £800 million due to its inability to sell online. Despite this, 54% of existing retailers have not made any changes to their model in order to prepare for the second spike. Overall, just 42% are planning any further digital investment to better ...

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