list of e commerce companies in uk

One of the world’s most dynamic countries for e-commerce, the United Kingdom is a rather large and very solvable market for online shopping. Dominated by American e-commerce companies, the UK still has some space for some strong, local companies, both established stores, and pure e-commerce players. who are the biggest and best e-commerce stores in the whole of the UK? Well, here’s the List Of E Commerce Companies In Uk.

The British internet and e-commerce landscape can be compared to the United States: even though it only has 65 million internet users, a fraction of the US digital population, the wealth of the Brits, and their habits of using e-commerce make the UK one of the world’s most sophisticated e-commerce market. They use both computers and mobile devices for online shopping, purchasing a wide array of goods and services on the internet.

Since the UK market is technologically advanced, with high penetration and solvency, competition for online spend is very fierce. And given that American companies have developed an advantage thanks to their home market size and early development in the UK, British e-commerce is under the domination of US platforms that operate through multiple segments, especially Amazon and eBay, who are by far the largest e-commerce players in the UK.

best e commerce companies uk

However, some traditional brick-and-mortar retailers focusing on specific categories, like Argos for electronics and home equipment or Screwfix with tools and hardware, are still able to take a share of the market. Some key British food and grocery retailers, like Tesco, have been able to make a mark through online selling, even though Asda, owned by the American retailer Walmart, is also a close contender in this digital segment.

list of e commerce companies in uk

Key digital numbers in the UK 2020

1. Amazon UK –

Seemingly always top of the pile, Amazon continues to strengthen its position as the place to go online shopping

2. Argos –

Surprisingly Argos sits above Play, proving that function is ultimately more important than presentation.

3. –

Usually the second stop after Amazon when looking for CD’s, DVD’s and Games, Play remains one of the big hitters in UK e-commerce.

4. Apple –

Home of iPods, iMacs and iPhones, it’s no wonder that Apple with their design consious website are in the top 4.

5. –

The same Amazon but this time importing goods from all over Europe and the USA. Could their high placing in this list be due to UK customers getting confused about which Amazon they wanted?

6. Tesco –

Selling everything from trousers to tangerines, Tesco remains the only one of the large supermarket chains within the top 30 (Tesco Direct is at 13 and ASDA 30).

7. Marks & Spencer –

Interestingly the longest domain name on the list, Marks and Spencer can sometimes seem dated but is a well used and reliable store.

8. John Lewis –

Clean, simplistic and always classy; the John Lewis website (ignoring some of the heavy Java it uses) can be a delight to use.

9. Next –

A much improved recent redesign brings clothing retailer Next into the top 10.

10. Easyjet –

Home of the bargain flight, Easyjet’s site is easy to use unless you are on a mobile which can be extremely frustrating. Our top ten comes courtesy of the IMRG-Hitwise Hot Shops List – 

Internet shopping: how to buy online

From concert tickets to washing machines, groceries to holidays, there’s bound to be a website that sells just what you want. If there’s a particular brand or store you like, you can go straight to their website or you can visit a shopping website such as eBay or Amazon, which carry broad ranges of new and second-hand items. If you’re a bargain hunter, you can use a price comparison site such as, which lists the websites that sell your product according to price

In this guide, we’re going to show you how to find a product online and make a transaction.

You’ll need:

  • a computer with an internet connection
  • a credit or debit card.

Follow these step-by-step instructions to learn how to buy online

Step 1: Search for a product using Google shopping

Type the name of the item you want to buy into the search box of a search engine such as Google – for example, ‘Roberts radio’ – and click Search or press enter on your keyboard.

You will see a range of websites, from actual department stores such as John Lewis to large websites simply devoted to shopping, such as Amazon. You can also use the Shopping option on Google itself. Clicking on this will give you items available based on product reviews and price. You can also ask only for results available in shops near to you by clicking on ‘Available nearby’.

image of google shopping

Step 2: Find an item you like using Google shopping

If you click on one of the suggested items you will see product details as well as details of the sellers available. Do bear in mind that these are sponsored by the merchants and there may be other sellers available in your area or online.

Step 3: Search via Google

If you’ve searched for a particular brand, you may also see the brand’s own website. Choose one of these websites and click on the link.

Step 4: Searching for and buying a product from a website

A new page will open, taking you to the website. You can now narrow down your search by typing in more specific details such as a model name (for example “revival”) in the search box, which is usually at the top right of the screen.

picture of roberts radio website

Then click on the magnifying glass in the top right hand corner. Some websites will have Go or Search next to the search box. Alternatively, you can click into a specific category (such as “Retro radios”) and browse until you find a product you like. Most websites will have a global navigation where you can explore the rest of the website this is normall located at the top of the web-page with drop down menus. 

We have clicked into “Retro radios” and a selection of matching products is now shown. Click on any of them to see more details. We have selected the Revival Mini.

Step 5: Adding a product to your basket

Many websites let you have a closer look at the product by hovering your mouse over the image. There are two boxes next to the image one to choose the quantity that you want to buy and one to choose the colour that you want.

buying a a radio form Roberts

Once you have chosen the amount and colour click on ADD TO BASKET. Doing this will save the details of this item until you’re ready to buy it, just as if you’ve popped something you want to buy into a real shopping basket. 

Step 6: Continue shopping or buy your product

You now have two choices either to Continue Shopping if you wanted to buy other items from this website or to click on Go To Cart and pay for the item you have chosen. 

continue shopping or go to cart buttons

Step 7: Checkout and pay

To pay for your item click on the Checkout button.

Some websites ask that you create an account; some give you a choice whether you want an account and some allow you to buy items without creating an account. If you intend using a site that gives you a choice on a regular basis then signing up for an account will make paying for items much quicker as your basic information is stored

Step 8: Create an account before you buy

On this website you have to create an account in order to buy your item. Click Create An Account.

Most websites will let you checkout as a guest.You can choose to create an account at a later time. 

create an account

Step 9: Finalise checking out

You will need to complete all the boxes marked with an asterisk such as your email, name and address. If the item you are buying is a gift then complete the box with the address of the person you are sending it to. Please note however that some websites will only send items to the same address as that of the bill payer so this might not be possible.

image of the checkout process

If the item is coming to you make sure there is a tick in this box to save having to enter information twice.

Don’t forget to tick this box too and then click on Continue To Next Step.

Next you will be given an opportunity to Review Your Purchase. This is your chance to make sure that you have ordered the item you want and the right quantity as well as given the correct name and address that the item is to go to.

If all is OK click on Continue To Next Step.

Finally, enter your credit or debit card details and any other information required. Click Confirm Card Details if you’re happy to make the payment.

At this point, you may be asked for another password if you’ve signed up for 3-D Secure, an added layer of security for online credit and debit card transactions. This includes Visa’s ‘Verified by Visa’ and MasterCard’s ‘SecureCode’. Once you’ve given the right password, your order will go through.

You should receive an email confirming that your order has been received. Retailers often send a second email once an item has been posted.

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