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Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads - Shop Direct boss warns rivals to expect even bigger Black Friday next year as he unveils plans to sell more than everByNeil Craven, Financial Mail on Sunday Published: 22:27 GMT, 11 January 2015 | Updated: 22:27 GMT, 11 January 2015 View comments Alex Baldock, the boss at Britaina£á?s biggest online retail group Shop Direct, has warned other Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads retailers that Black Friday will be even bigger next year and says he plans to push hard to sell more than ever.His prediction will come as a blow to his rivals who were wrong-footed in November by the magnitude of the sales event a£á¡§ initially seen as a business opportunity a£á¡§ which degenerated into a nightmare when Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads they were forced to match the big discounts being offered elsewhere.Many retailers also faced massive difficulties when trying to arrange for online purchases to be delivered to customers. Discount frenzy: Many retailers were wrong-footed by the magnitude of this year's Black Fridaya£á?The sheer volume of it took everyone by surprise,a£á? he declares. a£á?But we were better prepared Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads than most.a£á? One of the most intriguing weapons in Shop Directa£á?s armoury is its specially-designed UX Laboratory a£á¡§ jargon for a£á?user experiencea£á? a£á¡§ where customer behaviour and reaction is put under the microscope like never before.Baldocka£á?s group is bigger than Next Directory and John Lewisa£á?s online business. It includes the A¢G700million turnover Very as well as Littlewoods Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads and Woolworths. More... Black Friday will be bigger next time, say online retailers' bosses as rivals hope discounting will not be repeated a£á?Black Friday has fundamentally changed how people shop,a£á? said Baldock. a£á?It was great for us. Real traders thrive in this environment and wea£á?re planning to make it even bigger and better for our customers next Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads time.a£á?You cana£á?t just blunder in thoughtlessly. If you get it wrong, you risk losing out or just pulling forward profitable, full-price sales you would otherwise have made in December.a£á?This week the A¢G1.7billion turnover group is set to reveal record Christmas figures with sales at Very growing by more than a fifth.His comments on Black Friday will jar Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads with many retailers whose websites crashed and whose delivery services became overloaded.Andy Street, John Lewis managing director, said last week: a£á?My personal hope is that this is the high water mark for Black Friday. I dona£á?t think we can put the genie back in the bottle, but do we need to stoke that fire anymore? I personally Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads hope not.a£á?The event has proved problematic for fashion retailers, but was embraced by those selling electrical goods, such as Currys owner Dixons Carphone, which persuaded customers to part with cash lump sums earlier than usual in the run-up to Christmas.Baldock says Very, which he points out is a£á?twice as big as Asos in the UKa£á?, was at Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads the forefront of the groupa£á?s Black Friday strategy.a£á?We had constant updates on the site and new deals coming in by the hour. Wea£á?d planned this for months and had done a lot of work with our suppliers,a£á? he says.Baldock arrived at Shop Direct in September 2012 and quickly set about establishing a five-year plan. Unable to find Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads the right calibre of executive within the retail sector for some of the key changes he planned to make, the former RBS and Barclays banker began to scour elsewhere.a£á?We looked across retail and ecommerce for people to help understand the customer data we had, but we werena£á?t particularly inspired,a£á? he says. a£á?So we looked outside to places Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads like online gaming where they are much more advanced than retail.a£á?As well as mining customer data the company is closely tracking shopper behaviour in its UX Laboratory where every aspect down to the movement of the eyes to different parts of the screen is studied.Baldock says that even minor changes to the way sites operate can have Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads a massive impact on sales and returns amounting to tens of millions of pounds. An entire team is employed to ensure that the colour of merchandise displayed on computer screens exactly matches how it appears in real life. Many retailers do not bother doing this.a£á?For every hundred people that come on to a shopping website, only 2.7 Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads buy anything,a£á? he says. a£á?It doesna£á?t take much improvement to that 2.7 per cent to start adding value and even apparently trivial things a£á¡§ like the colour of a message a£á¡§ can make a big difference. If you can find at what points in the process they are giving up, you can zero in on the problem.a£á?Things Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads at the company have stabilised significantly since the dark days a decade ago when a massive restructuring at the former Littlewoods company saw thousands of jobs lost.What was once a catalogue retailer that was unlikely to survive in the brave new world of the internet is fast becoming a lean technology giant and forms part of the Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads Northwesta£á?s ecommerce hub with other firms such as AO World, Boohoo, N Brown and The Hut.Profit increased to A¢G40.4million in the year to June from A¢G6.6million the year before. Group sales increased 3 per cent to A¢G1.74billion.The majority of customers at Shop Direct buy on credit provided by the company and pay back in instalments. Like slightly Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads more upmarket rival Next Directory, it is part retailer, part finance company.But he says: a£á?When wea£á?ve put more famous brands in front of our customer, like The North Face, Sonos and GHD this year, she has lapped them up.a£á?Our customers said theya£á?ve got an appetite for accessible luxury high street products.a£á?Next month Shop Direct will launch Very Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads Exclusive, a separate website. My-Wardrobe founder Sarah Curran has been drafted in to spearhead the launch and more than 100 brands have so far been signed up. Those include McQ by Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwooda£á?s Anglomania, C By Chloe and Reiss.a£á?Customers said if we are able to democratise luxury theya£á?d be up for it and thata£á?s what Nike Blazer Black Friday Ads wea£á?re doing. We can bring these brands to millions of new customers,a£á? he says.a£á?This company used to be in a sleepy backwater of retail. But we are creating a beacon and we are on the trajectory to make this a world-class digital retailer.a£á? .