Welcome!

@CloudExpo Authors: Elizabeth White, Liz McMillan, Richard Hale, Ram Sonagara, Pat Romanski

News Feed Item

Bumper M-Commerce Christmas Ahead - But Consumers Set to Gamble on Shopping for Gifts

- New Research Report Sponsored by NetSuite, 'The Christmas Gamble', Reveals Expected Consumer Shopping Trends This Christmas

Key findings:

- Almost one in five consumers surveyed plan to shop through their mobile for Christmas presents this year.

- Almost one in four (23 percent) consumers surveyed plan to spend more on presents this Christmas than last year.

- Only half of consumers surveyed have started their shopping, putting them at risk of finding their dream gifts out of stock – the biggest challenge faced by half of our seasonal shoppers.

LONDON, Dec. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Research sponsored by NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading vendor of cloud-based financials / ERP software suites, today revealed that almost one in four consumers surveyed plan to spend more on their Christmas shopping this year compared to the last three years. Mobile commerce is expected to play a key role in driving sales during this festive season; almost 20 percent of consumers surveyed say they plan to shop through a mobile device this Christmas and one in 10 of consumers aged under 35 said that a mobile device is their primary shopping tool of choice. The research is based on 2,000 UK consumer surveys conducted by Vanson Bourne and announced by NetSuite today ahead of its upcoming report, The Christmas Gamble.

However, when it comes to getting their hands on the perfect gift, consumers are set to gamble this Christmas. Looking back over the last three years, almost half of the consumers surveyed said that a gift they had planned to buy was out of stock, with 80 percent of these consumers experiencing products being unavailable online. Gifts most frequently out of stock include clothes, accessories and toys – with 40 percent of consumers surveyed stating they have been unable to buy these products in the past over the Christmas period. With only half of the consumers surveyed having started their Christmas shopping, many are gambling on whether they will be able to get the gift they really want for their friends and loved ones.

More spent on Christmas presents…for ourselves

The good news for retailers is that almost a quarter of consumers surveyed plan to spend more this Christmas, proving that shopping is still high on the agenda despite the economic gloom. However, austerity may have had an impact on Christmas spirit, with consumers being more selfish in their shopping habits: one in five 18-24 year olds surveyed and one in ten of all consumers surveyed plan to spend more money on themselves this Christmas than on friends and family. The NetSuite-sponsored report also reveals that the UK is a nation of literally laid-back shoppers, with almost 20 percent of consumers surveyed aged under 35 doing their Christmas shopping from the comfort of their bed through eCommerce and m-commerce channels.

Andy Lloyd, General Manager, Commerce Products at NetSuite says: "The Christmas gamble is challenging for both retailers and consumers – while retailers can't afford to be left with too much stock after the Christmas period, being out of stock means they can miss out on critical revenue opportunities and be left with disgruntled customers. Consumers stated that a lack of product availability is the most frustrating thing about Christmas shopping, and almost a quarter of consumers can go to a competing retailer to purchase an unavailable item. With people spending more on their Christmas shopping this year, it's vital that retailers embrace this opportunity and find the right balance between gambling with the right amount of stock and meeting consumer demand and, when faced with an out-of-stock item, that they help consumers find it in another store or have it delivered to their home from the eCommerce site."

Preview of the top trends highlighted in the Christmas Gamble report:

  • We're still traditional at heart – despite a dramatic rise in m-commerce, consumers are still loyal to the High Street - the average consumer surveyed carries out 43 percent of their shopping in-store and 57 percent online. However, 68 percent of these consumers plan to spend more online than in-store this Christmas, rising to 75 percent in the East of England.
  • Traditional gifts are also at the top of our wishlists with almost a third of consumers surveyed asking for clothes and chocolate, ahead of the iPhone at 13 percent.
  • Surprisingly, only one in ten consumers surveyed are disappointed with the Christmas presents they receive, suggesting that shoppers are more on target to get Christmas shopping right.
  • Londoners look to spend the most, with 31 percent of those surveyed stating that they plan to spend more on Christmas presents this year, compared to 19 percent in the South West of England. 

To ensure consumers can get their hands on their ideal gifts this Christmas before they are out of stock, NetSuite's commerce expert Andy Lloyd has these top tips:

  1. Shop early to ensure availability – but expect to miss out on some sales, as just over half of retailers are planning pre-Christmas discounts.
  2. Check product availability online from a retailer's website before going to the store. Many retail websites let you see what products are in stock in a specific store.
  3. Shop around to find what you want, both online and in-store – although you may need to pay a premium on eBay or elsewhere if you're shopping for a really hot item this Christmas.
  4. Create your own wishlist and ask people for theirs – in an age of austerity you can't add to the 'regift' pile after Christmas – don't gamble more than you need to!
  5. Don't assume the best deals are only online – High Street businesses are providing more compelling offers and deals to engage consumers.
  6. Use your smartphone to capture thoughts and ideas for gifts as inspiration strikes, or even use an App or mobile store to buy the gift there and then.

About the research
The report is based on primary research conducted by Vanson Bourne at the end of November 2012 amongst 2000 consumers across the UK.

About Vanson Bourne:
Vanson Bourne is a specialist research-led consultancy carrying out user research within a technology context. Vanson Bourne's clients range from start-ups to well-known companies that need expert guidance, delivering robust and credible research-based analysis.

About NetSuite
Today, more than 12,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud ERP suites for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organizations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems. NetSuite excels at streamlining business operations, as demonstrated by a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing top 10 financial management systems vendor in the world. NetSuite has continued its success in delivering the best cloud ERP/financial suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud is accelerating.

Follow NetSuite's Cloud blog, NetSuite's Facebook page and @NetSuiteEMEA Twitter handle for real-time updates.

For more information about NetSuite, please visit www.netsuite.co.uk.

NOTE: NetSuite and the NetSuite logo are service marks of NetSuite Inc. Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between NetSuite and any other company.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to expectations, plans, and prospects including expectations relating to the future growth of the retail and m-commerce markets. These forward-looking statements are based upon the current expectations and beliefs of NetSuite's management as of the date of this release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements including, without limitation, the risk of continued adverse and unpredictable macro-economic conditions. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and NetSuite disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090924/SF81218LOGO-b)

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@CloudExpo Stories
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addres...
You think you know what’s in your data. But do you? Most organizations are now aware of the business intelligence represented by their data. Data science stands to take this to a level you never thought of – literally. The techniques of data science, when used with the capabilities of Big Data technologies, can make connections you had not yet imagined, helping you discover new insights and ask new questions of your data. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sarbjit Sarkaria, data science team lead ...
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) has announced that NoviFlow Inc.has deployed IxNetwork® to validate the company’s designs and accelerate the delivery of its proven, reliable products. Based in Montréal, NoviFlow Inc. supports network carriers, hyperscale data center operators, and enterprises seeking greater network control and flexibility, network scalability, and the capacity to handle extremely large numbers of flows, while maintaining maximum network performance. To meet these requirements, NoviFlow in...
"delaPlex is a software development company. We do team-based outsourcing development," explained Mark Rivers, COO and Co-founder of delaPlex Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The competitive landscape of the global cloud computing market in the healthcare industry is crowded due to the presence of a large number of players. The large number of participants has led to the fragmented nature of the market. Some of the major players operating in the global cloud computing market in the healthcare industry are Cisco Systems Inc., Carestream Health Inc., Carecloud Corp., AGFA Healthcare, IBM Corp., Cleardata Networks, Merge Healthcare Inc., Microsoft Corp., Intel Corp., an...
Is your aging software platform suffering from technical debt while the market changes and demands new solutions at a faster clip? It’s a bold move, but you might consider walking away from your core platform and starting fresh. ReadyTalk did exactly that. In his General Session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Chambliss, Head of Engineering at ReadyTalk, will discuss why and how ReadyTalk diverted from healthy revenue and over a decade of audio conferencing product development to start an innovati...
Continuous testing helps bridge the gap between developing quickly and maintaining high quality products. But to implement continuous testing, CTOs must take a strategic approach to building a testing infrastructure and toolset that empowers their team to move fast. Download our guide to laying the groundwork for a scalable continuous testing strategy.
Early adopters of IoT viewed it mainly as a different term for machine-to-machine connectivity or M2M. This is understandable since a prerequisite for any IoT solution is the ability to collect and aggregate device data, which is most often presented in a dashboard. The problem is that viewing data in a dashboard requires a human to interpret the results and take manual action, which doesn’t scale to the needs of IoT.
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
CenturyLink has announced that application server solutions from GENBAND are now available as part of CenturyLink’s Networx contracts. The General Services Administration (GSA)’s Networx program includes the largest telecommunications contract vehicles ever awarded by the federal government. CenturyLink recently secured an extension through spring 2020 of its offerings available to federal government agencies via GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. GENBAND’s EXPERiUS™ Application...
“Being the one true cloud-agnostic and storage-agnostic software solution, more and more customers are coming to Commvault and saying ' What do you recommend? What's your best practice for implementing cloud?” explained Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist at Commvault, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Security, data privacy, reliability and regulatory compliance are critical factors when evaluating whether to move business applications from in-house client hosted environments to a cloud platform. In her session at 18th Cloud Expo, Vandana Viswanathan, Associate Director at Cognizant, In this session, will provide an orientation to the five stages required to implement a cloud hosted solution validation strategy.
As companies gain momentum, the need to maintain high quality products can outstrip their development team’s bandwidth for QA. Building out a large QA team (whether in-house or outsourced) can slow down development and significantly increases costs. This eBook takes QA profiles from 5 companies who successfully scaled up production without building a large QA team and includes: What to consider when choosing CI/CD tools How culture and communication can make or break implementation
IoT generates lots of temporal data. But how do you unlock its value? You need to discover patterns that are repeatable in vast quantities of data, understand their meaning, and implement scalable monitoring across multiple data streams in order to monetize the discoveries and insights. Motif discovery and deep learning platforms are emerging to visualize sensor data, to search for patterns and to build application that can monitor real time streams efficiently. In his session at @ThingsExpo, ...
UpGuard has become a member of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), and will continue to help businesses expand visibility into their cyber risk by providing hardening benchmarks to all customers. By incorporating these benchmarks, UpGuard's CSTAR solution builds on its lead in providing the most complete assessment of both internal and external cyber risk. CIS benchmarks are a widely accepted set of hardening guidelines that have been publicly available for years. Numerous solutions exist t...
"There's a growing demand from users for things to be faster. When you think about all the transactions or interactions users will have with your product and everything that is between those transactions and interactions - what drives us at Catchpoint Systems is the idea to measure that and to analyze it," explained Leo Vasiliou, Director of Web Performance Engineering at Catchpoint Systems, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York Ci...
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Yahoo's operating business for approximately $4.83 billion in cash, subject to customary closing adjustments. Yahoo informs, connects and entertains a global audience of more than 1 billion monthly active users** -- including 600 million monthly active mobile users*** through its search, communications and digital content products. Yahoo also co...
"Tintri was started in 2008 with the express purpose of building a storage appliance that is ideal for virtualized environments. We support a lot of different hypervisor platforms from VMware to OpenStack to Hyper-V," explained Dan Florea, Director of Product Management at Tintri, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The best-practices for building IoT applications with Go Code that attendees can use to build their own IoT applications. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Indraneel Mitra, Senior Solutions Architect & Technology Evangelist at Cognizant, provided valuable information and resources for both novice and experienced developers on how to get started with IoT and Golang in a day. He also provided information on how to use Intel Arduino Kit, Go Robotics API and AWS IoT stack to build an application tha...