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UK teens losing interest in BlackBerry
There’s no word so far on costs to the seller (or buyer), but when you simply just gotta have it … Update: Oh, and just like that, if collect in store wasn’t convenient enough, Wenig has just announced that eBay now, its one hour delivery service will be coming to Europe, starting in London early next year. Show full PR text New service enables eBay sellers to offer collection at Argos eBay and Argos trial national service offering Click & Collect opportunity to eBay merchants London, 24th September 2013. eBay, one of the world’s largest online marketplaces and Argos, the UK’s leading general merchandise retailer, have joined forces to offer a Click & Collect service, enabling shoppers to purchase products from selected eBay merchants and pick them up at Argos stores throughout the UK. eBay’s marketplace and Argos’ store network make a powerful and unique combination – a first for the UK. At least 50 eBay merchants will participate in this trial, enabling a wide range of merchandise to be readily available for collection by customers from around 150 Argos stores in primary locations nationally. As shoppers continue to use digital channels and demand a variety of convenient fulfilment methods for their orders, Click & Collect is expected to grow significantly in the UK. According to the Econsultancy Online Shopping Survey, 40% of UK shoppers used some form of Click & Collect service over Christmas 2012. This trial delivers what shoppers want: choice, convenience and speed the opportunity to shop anytime, anywhere, on any device. Customers want to feel inspired by the product on offer; engage in the shopping experience; feel reassured that their transaction is secure and that their purchase will be delivered on time to a location convenient to them. As Devin Wenig, President, eBay says; “The distinction between offline and online shopping continues to blur. At eBay we continue to find new ways to connect buyers and sellers. Our mission is connecting people with the things they need and love.
BlackBerry established itself by being seen in the hands of lawyers, bankers and politicians and became the smartphone of choice for British teenagers and young adults. It held 35 percent of the British market for 16-24 year olds early in 2012, according to Ofcom data, beating Apple and Android, but fell to 17 percent a year later while Apple and Android had 40 percent and 35 percent respectively. Facing the loss of a key demographic, BlackBerry announced it would make BBM available for Android and iPhone, but, in another stumble, the roll out was paused on Saturday after an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online. “Everyone has moved on from BBM. iPhones are more reliable and you usually get unlimited texts with an iPhone contract. The screens are bigger, the apps are better, so why would you want a Blackberry?” said 17-year-old London student Freya Bowen. CCS Insight’s Wood, however, said BBM could be one of BlackBerry’s most valuable assets if it can keep the loyalty of its remaining customers and add more on other platforms. “If BlackBerry really deliver a slick application, that draws on the heritage where all the people that used to love BBM can get it again, and they get all of the immediacy and the privacy, (…) then there is a chance they could ramp it up to 200-250 million users and get up there with WhatsApp,” he said. Kik, created and launched in October 2010 by a team of students at Canada’s Waterloo University and located next to BlackBerry’s HQ campus in Canada, now has 50 million users. Kik founder and CEO Ted Livingston said he expected one of the big five cross-platform messaging services to emerge as a dominant force in the next year or so as Facebook did as a social network, and that was fuelling interest in the sector. “Already it is very clear that these five companies are very valuable and we’ve had a lot of interest,” Livingston, 26, told Reuters in a phone interview. “But we are interested in Kik for the long haul.