Issue #53: Bricks versus Clicks

Bricks versus Clicks. In the same week that the 309 year old Fortnum and Mason announce 12% growth in
Issue #53: Bricks versus Clicks
By Ross Chapman • Issue #53
Bricks versus Clicks. In the same week that the 309 year old Fortnum and Mason announce 12% growth in sales this December, 105 year old Ben Hayward Cycles of Cambridge announce that they’re closing down (and sadly Meesterknecht in Amsterdam is closing too!). 😵
Success can be determined by the power of brand, but also in strategy. Fortnum’s growth can be attributed by increased online sales and a successful pop-up shop strategy. 
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eCommerce 💳
“Imagine walking into one of your favourite stores. You’re expecting a quality visit as always, but this time you find it hard to locate the products you’re most interested in.” Inspired Mag share what they think are the vital parts of UX in eCommerce. TL:DR: Figure out a system to bring users back and bring down the average online shopping cart abandonment rate (currently sits at 68.63%).
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Cycling 🚴
Idea Hunt
Idea Hunt
IdeaHunt is a place to crowdsource product ideas, including bicycle business manufacturers. Whether you’re a business on consumer, needing feedback or wishing to give up, IdeaHunt is there for you.
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Where bricks are learning new tricks! Velorution are leading the way. “We make sure customers are met right away and by the time they leave they have some of our own branding in their hands.
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Riz Ahmed
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“I’ve done three or four solid films now that became cult classics. And everyone’s like, ‘What’s it like being a Muslim?’ That’s offensive.“ Fantastic read from Riz Ahmed someone who has always had something to say.
Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better
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