The question of imposing GST on online retail sales from overseas websites has periodically made its way into headlines in recent years and it has once again in recent weeks. So does the GST-threshold really need to be lowered?
E-commerce spending in Australia is expected to increase by 6 per cent year-on-year in the lead up to Christmas, according to new research from Adobe.
Shopping anywhere anytime is now the new normal, according to research by New Galaxy Research.
Lack of education and transparency are hindering advertisers' ability to reach Australian consumers as they become more mobile than ever, new insight from Google shows.
As eBay celebrates the fifth birthday of its mobile application, the company has released a report revealing mobile shopping is only expected to grow.
Everybody loves a gift, but in the eCommerce world, selling a wide range of gifts and hampers presents navigational challenges for retailers.
One in two department store customers also shop online, the latest Roy Morgan research shows.
Internet downloads have increased by a third in volume over six months to June 2012 quarter, according to the latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Consumers continue to shop online, according to an AVG Technologies survey.
Online shopping is one of the top five industries expected to soar this year.
Australians still want to shop locally online, research by MasterCard shows.
Sunday 9 December was forecasted to be the busiest online shopping day ever, according to eBay, PayPal and Australia Post.
U.S shoppers have been taking part in a clicking frenzy with online sales jumping during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
A third of Australians have fallen victim to an online scam or know someone who has, according to a study released by McAfee.
Research from Google Australia shows 2012 will be Australia’s biggest online Christmas yet.
ACCC has advised consumers on how to avoid potential safety issues when making online purchases
The amount of Australians shopping online is not looking to slow down any time soon based on Getprice's 2012 Shopping Report which details how Australian shoppers are researching and buying online.
Consumers are being urged to protect their digital wallets with new research from and the Centre for Internet Safety revealing two thirds are more careful with their ATM or credit card PIN than with their online passwords.
National Australia Bank's nline Retail Sales Index valued online sales in Australia in the year to July 2012 at $11.7 billion.
Kirsty Dollisson from TorchMedia explains the benefits of providing Click and Collect as an option for shoppers.
An Australian-based company is giving independent supermarkets and grocery stores the opportunity to have access to e-commerce technology in order to remain competitive against major supermarkets while increasing customer satisfaction.
New research from PwC and Frost & Sullivan indicates that as online shopping reaches record levels retailers are being forced to rethink their strategy.
According to a study compared to a recent, similar survey in the UK, Australians are about half as likely to use an app or a smartphone for online purchases.
According to a recent survey by Rackspace Hosting, online shopping is a booming category in Australia with 90 per cent of connected consumers spending online.
Google Maps has taken photos of Seattle’s Archie McPhee store to show off the potential of virtual shopping and a new form of online shopping.
Australia Post has decided it will opening 30 superstores across the country, in addition to giving a free Australia Post Digital Mailbox for every Australian.
inStore has been setup to help connect retailers and their products with shoppers, enabling them to locate products in bricks and mortar stores nearby.
Retail executives must 'know their place' if their businesses are to successfully emerge from the sector's worst performing year in a generation, geo-retail specialist Esri Australia said.
The 360° Mall replicates a lifelike representation of a shopping centre; complete with an elevator, advertising and all the shop fitouts, where users can ‘walk’ through a shop door.
Online shopping is one of five industries that IBISWorld has nominated in its annual list of top five industries that are set to soar in 2012.
Melbourne-based e-commerce pureplay Vinspi.com.au is reaping the benefits in the growth of online shopping.
More evidence has been released that shows more consumers will jump online to grab a bargain this Christmas based on a survey from Getprice.
Its been forecasted that this will be the busiest ever online shopping week with expectations it will peak on eBay.com.au on Sunday 11 December, according to PayPal, eBay and Australia Post.
Retailers who do not plan ahead may find themselves missing out on valuable traffic this Christmas as web traffic is expected to grow over the next five weeks.
Online shopping USA will attempt to broadcast America’s Black Friday event live via Twitter on November 25.
Convenience and price are the main drivers for why approximately 62 per cent of Australians have made a purchase online in the six months to April 2011.
Nearly 80 per cent of consumers admit to making online purchases at work and almost two thirds are planning to use office hours to search online for Christmas gift, according to a PayPal Australia survey.
An AMP Capital Shopping Centre study shows that 85 per cent of shoppers are online using some for of digital media to support their in-store shopping.
Anticipated to launch in September, Spruiks.com.au is an online shopping website that creates a new marketplace for retailers to promote deals and specials online.
A report released by Deloitte Access Economics on Australian internet use has said that growth in online shopping is expected to increase by $10 billion over the next three years.
Co-founders James Harris & Ei Sabai Nyo setup the website Online Shopping USA earlier this year, taking advantage of the growing consumer trend of buying more products from international online websites
Using smartphone technology, commuters can take photos of corresponding QR codes of the products they wish to purchase, check-out online and have the goods shipped to their home.
One of the key factors that are driving Australian consumers to shop online is that it saves them money, a study from The Australia Institute reveals.
The secure payment channel said the fashion sector is now PayPal Australia’s second largest eCommerce category, behind electronics.
The MeStore features full e-commerce and 'buy now' functionality and enables retailers to promote and sell the full range of their goods and services for as little as $30 per month.
Collins Booksellers has acquired Seek Media, an online book retail company that also provides website hosting arrangements and order fulfilment services for third party book retailers and affiliates.
It appears that Australia is at the back of the pack when it comes as an option for international retailers to expand their store networks and in adopting online e-store capabilities, a survey says.
A survey by Salmat, Google and the ACRS indicated that a 5.1 point average of consumers are making contact via the online space before they even make a purchase.
USA Shopping Affair is an Australian-owned and operated package forwarding company that will allow Australian online shoppers to buy from multiple US retailers and have it delivered directly to them.
Having previously made threats to launch a China-based retail website Myer has gone live with an experimental offshore online shopping site, myfind.com.
With REDgroup Retail announcing it entered into voluntary administration last week, RetailBiz caught up with book chain Dymocks' CEO Don Grover to see whether they were feeling the pressure of online shopping.
A new survey from the ANRA showed that at least three quarters of Australians used the internet to help them out with their shopping in the past three months
The RBA said that the number of inbound postal items delivered through the Australia Post network suggests there's been a growth in online purchases from overseas.
Australian retailers are being encouraged to explore online business options by Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy Stephen Conroy.
It seems that brick and mortar retailers' worst nightmare of seeing a growing number of customers buying online is becoming more apparent after the world’s largest online retailer reported another strong quarter.
According to the IbisWorld Industry Inside report Australia's biggest bargain hunting state is New South Wales, where a third of online purchases originate.
More Australians are choosing to buy online, a Roy Morgan research reveals with travel items such as tickets and accommodation being the most common purchase.
Based on the last three to four years worth of research, eBay.com.au has forecasted that this Sunday 12 December will be the busiest online shopping day of the year for them.
Australian Geographic Retail has partnered with brand and design agency phdcreative to extend its retail offering online with the launch of its e-commerce website.
After realising there was a gap in browsing, discovering and shopping for soft goods online a year and half ago, Google has launched Boutiques.com.
As part of the first stage launch, it will feature more than 100 retailers, not only existing retailers but also 'brick and mortar' retailers that are not currently trading in a Westfield centre, as well as retailers who currently operate purely online.
Hitting the 1000 retailer milestone comes off the back of Getprice signing agreements with retailers such as Bing Lee, Big W, Dick Smith and Rebel Sport.
The news.com.au technology product finder is now being powered by Getprice allowing consumers to search, compare and buy technology products from across hundreds of stores.
There has been a continued year-on-year surge in online shopping complaints, according to Queensland Fair Trading Minister Peter Lawlor.
Already offering mobile apps for iPhone, Android and Blackberry, PayPal has announced the availability of the Mobile Express Checkout, a two-click checkout experience allowing customers to opt-in and remain logged in across apps.
Based on a Frost & Sullivan report, it is estimated that Australian consumers will spend in excess of $12 billion dollars online this year and almost half of that will be spent offshore.
As smartphones become more prevalent in the market, it is changing the way consumers are shopping as more are gaining access to online stores through their mobile phones.
eBay.com.au has announced it will be releasing an application suitable for the new Windows Phone 7 in mid-October 2010.
Online media company Yahoo!7 and online comparison shopping destination Getprice have joined forces to create a new online comparison shopping initiative - Yahoo!7 Shopping.
Independent online price comparison site Shopbot.com.au has released details that online buying activity in Australia is continuing to surge despite a lot of uncertainty in the retail market.
A recent study conducted by Galaxy Research for eBay revealed that Australian households are hoarding 120 million unwanted items worth more than $5 billion.
Minister for Fair Trading, Virginia Judge, has urged consumers to be careful when shopping online after over 3000 complaints were received in 2009 about online trading.
Online retail spending increased in March 2009 compared to February 2009 (month over month) according to Coremetrics, a provider of online marketing and business optimisation solutions.