I read this morning that Marks and Spencer's Chief Executive, Marc Bolland is blaming a 8.1% fall in online trading on the company's new website. The BBC article that I read, described teething troubles with the website and said that existing customers were required to re-register on the new site and that there had been problems with site navigation.
Last week saw the unveiling of the highly anticipated clothing line of French fashion designer Isabel Marant. In a collaboration with high street retailer H&M, many fans were left disappointed when H&M's website crashed due to load.
According to recent news articles, such the Guardian’s “UK retailers ready for record online sales this Christmas”, or ComputerWeekly’s “Online retail spend reaches record high as Christmas approaches”, UK retailers are expecting record sales through their online channels this year.
The sight of Nipper and his gramophone on our high street is in danger of being no more. It has been confirmed that HMV, the UK institution for all things music, films and games, has called in the administrators. With 250 stores nationwide and over 4500 employees, the loss of HMV is another hammer blow to the UK high street. In the last month or two, Britain has lost several of its favourite stores such as; JJB Sport, Comet and Jessops.