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Long Live The Virtual High Street

  • 11 Dec 2015

When I was younger, (cue the nostalgic music) shopping was very much a physical experience. A slow meander into my leafy town centre was a highlight of my Saturday afternoon as it was filled with a plethora of sights and smells.

My favourite weekend haunt was a sleepy little model shop, which stocked WWI & WWII self-assembly kits of replica Boats, Planes, and Tanks.  I spent many a Saturday afternoon in there spending all my hard earned pocket money.

But today’s generation has witnessed the rapid rise of the “mega mall” encompassing major Towns & Cities somewhat quashing and ousting these type of shops from our high streets. The modern shopping experience as we know it has become a conformed, Americanised “all under one roof” environment.

So what about all those wonderful bespoke specialist shops? Where have they gone? The perception to the untrained eye is that these have all but vanished and today’s generation is sadly missing out. But it seems that these unique bazaars and Aladdin’s caves have only disappeared from our High Streets and not our lives.

The internet has taken the place of the High Street and become a haven for the virtual shopper offering even more unique and wonderful retail experiences. Successful online retail entrepreneurs have realised that to survive and thrive in a tough market the switch to an online presence is the only way forward and with the massive increase of E-commerce, online marketplaces, and support services at hand, business is booming.

Last year, E-commerce was classed as the fastest growing retail market in Europe, with the UK reported online sales for 2015 being in the region of £52.25Bn, a 16.2% growth on 2014.

This statistic shows that independent retailers no longer need to have a physical presence on the High Street as the digital generation still prefers to shop in those unique shops albeit from the comfort of their homes. Supporting industries and services have underpinned this as they are now more than capable to offer help, fulfil and facilitate any online retailers need to any suit any capacity. 

QMS offers a full support package for the online retailer. We ensure that the key aspects of secure storage, Pick’n’Pack excellence and strong communications and systems free our clients up to do what they do best i.e. develop their businesses.

With a 10,000sq ft. fully monitored 24/365 secure warehouse based just off the A3 in Guildford, the QMS Pick & Pack service can offer the following to any growing online retailer business:

  • Easy systems integration - scalable and flexible, quick set-up and management
  • Ability to fulfil single orders, consignments, & pallets
  • A wide understanding of many different market sectors and product types
  • A comprehensive range of competitive postal and courier rates
  • Flexible reporting and stock control to suit your needs

To Find out more about our Pick & Pack fulfilment service solution and how we can support your online retail business you can get in contact by emailing us at [email protected] or call us on +44 (0)1483 863 300 to speak to one of our team.


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