Ramos to Enrique: Every victory will be yours

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos has paid tribute to former coach Luis Enrique after the ex-Barcelona man stepped down from his role as boss of the national team.Having taken on the role at short notice ahead of last year’s World Cup, the 49-year-old brought to an end an 11-month tenure in the post having been absent from the international camp since March due to personal reasons.Enrique was appointed last July after Fernando Hierro stepped down following their round-of-16 exit to the hosts in Russia, with the latter himself having been hired at short notice to replace the unceremoniously sacked Julen Lopetegui. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Having led them to safety in their Nations League group alongside England, he missed out on reaching this year’s finals in Portugal.Subsequently, he missed three European Championship qualifiers earlier this year, with Roberto Moreno overseeing the assorted victories since March.Former assistant Moreno has now been handed the job until next year but in a statement on Twitter, Real Madrid star Ramos paid tribute to Enrique while lending his full backing.The captain had previously stated that the whole squad understood and respected Enrique’s decision to stay away from the national camp.”Every victory of the national team will also be yours, coach,” Ramos wrote on his official Twitter account . “All our support and our encouragement.”As a manager, Enrique guided Barcelona to two La Liga titles, a Champions League crown and three Copa del Rey trophies before spending a year out of the game.He was named La Liga and FIFA’s Coach of the Year in 2015 for his efforts, when he won the treble.He subsequently took the Spain job and masterminded results such as a 6-0 thrashing of World Cup finalists Croatia and a 2-1 victory against semi-finalists England at Wembley.Such form saw the nation secure sixth in the most recent FIFA World Rankings, behind only Belgium. France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Croatia.Spain next face Romania in September when they travel to Bucharest before they host a return clash with the Faroe Islands in Gijon, having trumped them 4-1 in Torshavn earlier this month .last_img read more

Ecommerce growth slowing in Canada as shoppers look to overseas estores

by Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 6, 2013 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO, Cananda – E-commerce growth is slowing in Canada after “dropping dramatically” earlier this year, says one industry analyst, who notes Canadians have become increasingly wise to how much better online shopping can be in other countries.According to MasterCard Advisors, monthly Canadian e-commerce sales have grown on a year-over-year basis for 55 consecutive months, but the trend began losing steam earlier this year.A streak of more than 15 months of year-over-year growth exceeding 20 per cent was broken in the spring when online sales in Canada began slumping, said Sarah Quinlan, a senior vice president with MasterCard Advisors.There are economic factors at play that slowed down online shopping in Canada but a nagging detriment to the e-commerce market is a relative lack of options consumers have at their disposal, especially in comparison to what’s available in the U.S., U.K., and European countries.While many of Canada’s biggest retailers host robust e-commerce platforms, there are some glaring omissions.When Target made its big launch into Canada in March it didn’t include an online store and the U.S. retailer has given no indication when it may enable online shopping. Canadian Tire only sells tires online and although it plans to enact a wider e-commerce strategy next year, it will focus on letting consumers ship purchases to their nearest store, not to their home.“One of the biggest challenges right now is there aren’t as many (e-commerce) options,” said Quinlan, who noted that consumers aren’t blind to the fact that there are often better deals and more selection available if they do some cross-border online shopping, even after factoring in the exchange rate, duties and shipping.Canadian shoppers who visit the websites of U.S. retailers including J.C. Penney, Macy’s and Nordstrom are greeted by pop-up windows that promise an easy transaction with all the extra fees tallied at check out and no surprise costs.“It’s very critical to give respect to the consumer, the consumer is extremely aware. You can see it in the overall volatility of total retail sales … you can absolutely see the consumer is very sensitive to any change in overall policy that might affect their purchasing power or their wallet,” said Quinlan.In September, Google commissioned Ipsos to conduct an online poll to gauge consumer intentions heading into the holiday season. Consumers estimated they would do about 18 per cent of their holiday shopping with Canadian online stores and four per cent with American e-tailers. Those figures barely budged up from last year’s numbers, acknowledged Google Canada’s head of industry and retail Rafe Petkovic.According to another Ipsos poll, a global survey commissioned by coupon site RetailMeNot.ca, 27 per cent of Canadians said they wouldn’t do any online shopping this holiday season, which was third highest among the 11 countries surveyed. Just 10 per cent of Canadians said they’d do the majority of their holiday shopping online, compared to 44 per cent of the Brits surveyed, 40 per cent of Chinese respondents and 33 per cent of German shoppers.Compared to G8 nations and other similarly sized markets, Canada is just about last when it comes to e-commerce sales and sophistication, Petkovic said.“The closest equivalent is Australia and they’re still two to three years ahead of where Canada is in terms of the level of investment behind technology and infrastructure and capabilities,” he said.“We know Canadian consumers are a highly engaged online audience, where we fall behind is when it comes to e-commerce as a proportion of total retail sales relative to those other G8 markets…. Certainly when it comes to e-commerce as a proportion of retail sales, (Canada) is down at the bottom there.”While Canadians aren’t shopping online as much, we are increasingly leaning heavily on the Internet to inform purchasing decisions, Petkovic added.“Digital is not just about e-commerce, it’s about influencing consumers and driving them into your store,” he said.“While e-commerce sales may not be that great in this market we’re certainly seeing mobile influence in-store purchasing.”Seventy-six per cent of the consumers polled in the Google survey said they would use the web to help them decide which stores to shop at this holiday season and the brands of products to purchase.About half said they’d use their mobile phone as a shopping tool. Tellingly, almost 80 per cent of those consumers who commonly use their phone while shopping said they’ve left a store without making a purchase because of information they found on their mobile device.“Everyone’s walking around with mobile phones, super-computers, in their pockets … people’s path to purchase has forever changed,” Petkovic said. E-commerce growth slowing in Canada as shoppers look to overseas e-stores read more