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

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 and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Local retailers turn to online selling as footfall drops by 31%

Local retailers are going digital to prepare for the ‘golden quarter’ and Christmas trading period by offering online ordering services to their customers, according to digital growth agency, Grofuse. Grofuse director, Ian Cullen, said: “More and more small retail businesses are considering the addition of click and collect and/delivery services, as in-store trade plummets due to the current Covid-19 situation. Footfall on the UK’s highstreets fell by 31.1% in September and the tightening of restrictions is further impacting retailers’ recovery.” Mercury Order, an online ordering software as a service (SaaS) developed by Grofuse, is experiencing a high number of enquiries and sign-ups ...

Mercury Order wins ‘Best e-commerce in lockdown’ nomination

Mercury Order is designed to help make ‘shop local’ digital by giving local, independent retailers everywhere a cost-effective online ordering system for their customers. The software was designed during lockdown by Derry-based digital growth agency Grofuse to allow smaller retailers to offer online shopping for home delivery and collection, as well as helping them to compete online against supermarket multiples. Mercury Order has now been nominated as a finalist in one of the world’s leading e-commerce trade exhibitions. The E-Commerce Expo 2020 has shortlisted the retail software in two separate awards categories: ‘Best E-commerce in Lockdown’ and ‘Best E-Commerce Technology Innovation/Best ...

Retailers must ‘recession proof’ business as Ireland enters recession

With the Irish economy facing an unprecedented challenge due to the economic effects of Covid-19, independent retailers must make the move to e-commerce to stay profitable, according to digital growth agency Grofuse. “The outbreak has accelerated what has been a hesitant embrace of e-commerce. With online shopping predicted to grow by a third by the end of 2020, retailers who have not taken the plunge to online selling risk allowing competitors to gain greater ground amid the economic decline,” says Grofuse Director, Ian Cullen.               Mr Cullen adds: “It’s now a necessity for business ...

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