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July Fourth apparel shoppers go online

BY Dan Berthiaume

Palo Alto, Calif. – Forty-three percent of consumers planning to purchase apparel for the July Fourth holiday will shop at online stores. According to a new survey from fashion site Snapette, other popular Independence Day apparel destinations will be major department stores (28%), discount stores (16%), local boutiques (10%), and party stores (3%).

In terms of July Fourth apparel spending, 15% of consumers will spend $25 or less, while 23% will spend $25-$50; 22% will spend $50-$75; and 20% will spend $75-$100. Only 14% plan to spend more than $100 and 6% plan to spend more than $200.

The most popular July Fourth apparel item consumers plan to wear is anything red, white and blue (53%), followed by jeans or cut-offs or tank top (19%) and anything involving stars and stripes (12%). Eighty-two percent of consumers plan to celebrate July Fourth.

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Cardtek Group launches Cardtek USA

BY Dan Berthiaume

Chicago – Cardtek Group, a provider of software for financial transactions and EMV migration, is launching Cardtek USA. The company’s North American headquarters, based in Chicago, will facilitate the U.S. adoption of Europay-MasterCard-Visa (EMV) technology in an effort to help prevent credit card fraud and data breaches.

Since 2010, Cardtek Group has been providing issuers and acquirer banks with payment product options in North America. Now, Cardtek has established domestic operations to help expedite the transition to EMV chip technology in the U.S.

“The American consumer is the most vulnerable consumer in the world for credit card fraud – Americans deserve an upgrade,” said Gokhan Inonu, president of Cardtek USA.

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eBay ‘Click & Collect” gathers U.K. momentum

BY CSA STAFF

Following a successful test last fall, eBay and U.K. retailer Argos have expanded a click and collect program which addresses a key deficiency of many online-only retailers’ fulfillment strategy.

Argos is a U.K retailer with about 650 stores and in September 2013 it began a program with 50 eBay sellers that allowed for the pick up of purchases in 150 Argos’ stores. The program worked well enough that the companies have embarked on a dramatic expansion. By the end of 2014, around 65,000 eBay sellers will offer products available for collection at all Argos stores and by 2015 the number of sellers is expected to grow to 80,000.

According to a statement from the companies, the service is being expanded after, “the trial service proved successful operationally and incredibly popular with customers. A clear majority of those who have used the service and other click and collect services rate eBay’s Click & Collect at Argos as one of the best available.”

“Retail has changed and shoppers are in the driving seat like never before. They want to shop anytime, anywhere, on any device and British shoppers love to click and collect,” said eBay U.K. vp Tanya Lawler. “It’s a service being rapidly adopted by larger retailers and this partnership with Argos now gives tens of thousands of sellers the chance to capitalize on Click & Collect, even if they have no high street presence of their own.”

The way the system works for buyers is simple. They choose ‘Click and Collect at Argos’ as the delivery option in their eBay checkout and select their most convenient Argos store. Buyers receive a message when their item is ready for collection and then they pick up their purchase from a dedicated collection point in Argos stores.

David Robinson, COO of Argos said the recent agreement is about figuring out how to scale the partnership with eBay.

“Fulfilment is the next retail battleground and Argos’ unique model is well placed to leverage this,” Robinson said.

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