June 21st, 2009.
From 1st January 2010 there will be a change to the basic rule regarding the place of supply of services. This is the rule which identifies the country where services are deemed to have been ‘supplied’. Currently, if a supplier has established its business in the UK, then the place of supply will be deemed to be the UK and any services charged for will be subject to UK VAT. There are, however, numerous exceptions to this rule. Establishing whether a service falls under one of the exceptions â€“ and if so, which one â€“ constitutes a major headache for businesses.
The new basic rule states that if the recipient is a business customer then the place of supply is the country where the recipient belongs. Therefore, when the new rule applies, if a UK business supplies training services to a business customer in Spain and delivers the training in France then the place of supply will be Spain and the reverse charge will apply. The existing rules dictate that the place of supply is France, with the result that the UK business may need to register in France.
The new basic rule also states that if the recipient is not a business customer then the place of supply is the country where the supplier belongs.
As is now the case, there will be some exceptions, but these exceptions are in many cases different from those currently in force. It will be important to ascertain just how your business will be affected.
The changes may affect businesses which receive services from abroad. Such businesses may already account for VAT using the reverse charge mechanism, but may in future have to do this in situations where the reverse charge currently does not apply.
Another significant change, which is being introduced as an EU anti-fraud measure, relates to EC Sales Lists. Businesses supplying services to commercial customers in other EU countries will be affected. Currently, EC Sales Lists are required only for supplies of goods. Although this comes into force on 1st January 2010 you should be preparing now to collect the necessary data.
Â The above was copied from an email sent to me by UK Training (Worldwide) Limited
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As ever Datadial are here to assist you in implementing your e-commerce sites to the specification you desire.
We took a dogs dinner of an old website and transformed it into a work of art that converts users to buyers. AsÂ always the project was delivered on time and on budget.
Yapp Wine Merchants website now has a fresh, modern design, packed with tools to help you find the wine you need.Â It is unfrightening and designed to cater to Yapps broad user base.Â We’ve made searching for wine fun and easy whilst retaining Yapp’s connoiseur edge.
Everyone has their own ways of looking for wine so we implemented 4 ways to navigate the site:
- The Easy Wine selector uses dynamic searching
Watch your search results change dynamically with easy to use search sliders. Have a play.Â The great advantage of this is thatÂ it all happens onÂ one page with no hopping backwards and forwards to and from search results.
- The Food and Wine selector allows you to search for wine by Food Type by clicking on images of different food types.Â This is not rocket science but is dis-armingly useful.
- Advanced Search - for those who really know what they are after.
Search by Regional maps
- “You recently looked at”
Isn’t it annoying when you look at lots of different items and then have to re-find them by re-doing the searches.Â Well we eliminated this problem with the “You recently looked at section” so you dont have to re-do previous searches.
- Tell a friend / Bookmark tools
Not strictly a navigation tool but so simple and effective.Â How else can you let your loved one know what you want for Christmas?Â Simply post your choices to your Facebook page and invite others to have a look.
Search engine friendly
As always with Datadial, the site is built to be search engine friendly
All pages from the old site have been redirected to the relevant new pages.
The site uses Friendly URLs so http://www.yapp.co.uk/Wine-List/Rhone-South/Chateauneuf-du-Pape/ instead of
Integrated stock control – the site is integrated to draw stock levels from Sage accounts.
The site is fully content managed, giving Yapp control over all aspects of the site including creating offers, mixed case offers and product information.
The site is also integrated with Datadial’s email marketing system.
Given that shoppers are a fickel lot it’s probably best not to annoy them too much, particularly if they have bothered to visit your website.Â
However, a survey of 2,400 UK online shoppers commissioned by MoreComputers.com has revealed the irritation many shoppers feelÂ when shopping online.Â
Particularly, the most annoying thing an online retailer can do is something calledÂ “philfing”.Â The term ‘philfing’ stands for ‘purposely hiding what I’m looking for’, and the survey found that 93% of UK web users are annoyed by such things as hidden delivery charges or credit card charges.
Other e-commerce practices which irritated shoppers included:
- Having to register before buying – this annoyed 57% of those surveyed, while 14% said this would make them abandon a purchase.
- 35% found hidden delivery costs annoying, while this would prevent 64% from buying from a website.
- No phone number being supplied for the site annoyed almost everyone, and rightly so.Â 48% found this annoying, while 50% would never purchase anything from such a site.
- Interestingly, 36% found the type of ‘people who bought this, also bought…’ information typical of Amazon annoying, while 5% said this would put them off buying.
At the end of the day it’s all about trust.Â Establishing customers’ trust in the buying process is essential, and it’s difficult to re-establish once it has been broken. Not providing a phone number or hiding extra charges until the customer has gone through the checkout process is guaranteed to break this trust. This is all obvious stuff youo might say but it’s amazing the number of companiesÂ ignoring these simple steps.
According to a new report from Marketing Sherpa shows that almost half of all online retail transactions are abandoned at the checkout stage. This constitutes the single biggest loss of revenue for many e-commerce sites.
There are large variations on abanodment rates ranging from as low as 15% to as high as 90%. The chart below shows the results of survey, and gives an idea of the variety ofÂ reasons for customers leaving the checkout process.
Some reasons may be omitted from these answers, such as customers’ level of trust in a website, but the data suggests some important conclusions:
- Many e-commerce checkout processes are suffering from design and usability problems which can be easily rectified.
These include hidden charges, lack of clear delivery details, or poor usability.
- Business processes within the checkout area give customers problems
User registration, shipping costs that customers consider too high, or overlong checkout processes.
- Some carts are abandoned for reasons beyond the control of the retailer.ï¿½
Some people will add items to their basket and reach the checkout when comparison shopping, with no intention of buying.
These conclusions suggest that there is much that online retailers can do to reduce their abandonment rates. Case studies suggest a 10-15% reduction can be achieved through redesign, split-testing or a combination of the two.
For more, see our the full report by E-consultancy’s website (Online Retail 2007: Checkout Special by Dr Mike Baxter, which examines checkout best practice) or talk to me, Robert Faulkner on 020 8600 0500 for a verbal digest of the report.
June 25th, 2007.
You may or may not be aware of the recent changes that have happened to Switch cards.Â Switch is no more and has been fully replaced by Maestro (part of the MasterCard family).Â This change occurred earlier this month and all websites have been updated to remove the Switch logo and replaced with the Maestro logo.
Further to this Mastercard are implementing security to all Maestro transactions from 30th June 2007.Â From this date all online retailers will have to use a security protocol called “3D Secure” if they wish to continue to accept Maestro transactions.Â 3D Secure encompasses Verified-By-Visa and MasterCard SecureCode andÂ is basically an extra layer of security used to prevent against card fraud.Â During the checkout process, after entering their card details, customers will be redirected to their bank or card providers website where they will need to enter a password which they set up with their bank or card provider.Â If they have notÂ set up a password they are given theÂ option to do this online.Â If all the security details check out then the transaction is completed as normal.Â
3D Secure has already begun to be implemented by us on all of our e-commerce websites.Â For clients who use Protx as their payment provider the changes do not need to be in place until August 2007.
For more information on these changes click here.