Scottish products such as whisky and tartan are famous around the world, but they’re far from the only exports. Last year a record number of Scottish businesses began exporting, with products ranging from software to seafood, tea to television programmes.
We’ve all heard of the BRIC and CIVETS countries, but now attention is turning to a new group of fast-growing markets. The MINT countries – Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey – have been tipped as the hot ones to watch over the next few years.
Global ecommerce sales passed the trillion dollar milestone for the first time last year, according to the latest figures. Much of this growth is in the Asia-Pacific region, which is predicted to account for a third of all online sales this year.
How is mobile technology changing the way we shop? What does the multichannel trend mean for ecommerce businesses? And how will the world of internet retailing change in 2013?
The UK has been called a nation of shopkeepers – but we’re also a nation of online shoppers.
Stepping through the doors of the International Toy Fair, you might think that Christmas has come very early this year. The event is like a high-tech Santa’s Grotto – on a truly mammoth scale. This year, there will be 2,776 exhibitors displaying around a million products, from 62 countries around the world.
It might only be November, but Santa hats, mince pies and reindeer jumpers are already filling up High Street shelves. And online and offline businesses are gearing up for the annual festive shopping frenzy.
A Scottish dating agency are using the foreign language internet to spark love interests in Brazil.