Fundamentals not Very good at Littlewoods Direct
The rebranding exercise of Littlewoods Direct strikes me as being a different matter altogether as it not only marks a switch in the look and branding of the site to become the more fashionable Very but also shifts the focus more strongly onto the younger shopper - in the 25 to 45 age bracket.
This sounds a sensible move as Littlewoods Direct was already attracting many of these people but the removal of the Littlewoods name and a concerted effort to convince new younger shoppers to try the site will undoubtedly have it risks. It could lose some of its existing shoppers who feel comfortable with its link to the established Littlewoods brand.
What is more worrying however, is that Shop Direct Group is taking on board so much change when it might not have nailed some of the fundamentals of online retailing within its existing operations.
Littlewoods Direct performed particularly poorly in the recent testing of the top 50 UK retail sites, undertaken for The Retail Bulletin by Sitemorse, with it committing schoolboy errors like broken links and missing titles on many of its web pages. It is hoped that these issues will have been addressed as part of the rebranding, provided management has not spread itself too thinly to focus on small but important details.
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