The Royal Mail has stopped deliveries to mainland Europe, Canada and Turkey due to a UK travel ban caused by a new strain of coronavirus.

Royal Mail halts deliveries to mainland Europe

The Royal Mail has stopped deliveries to mainland Europe, Canada and Turkey due to a UK travel ban caused by a new strain of coronavirus.
Retail hiring drops 20%

Retail hiring drops 20%

Retail sector second-worst affected sector for hiring. "In-store staff are paying the highest price" in switch to online shopping, says LinkedIn.
Retail footfall surges 85% for England as shoppers return

Retail footfall surges 85% for England as shoppers return

Shoppers return to high streets and shopping centres after a month of lockdown in England. Consumer desire to 'stay local' attributed to 96.8% week-on-week rise in footfall in market towns.
Amazon’s conduct during its landmark union vote this month “could be grounds for overturning the vote” according to the National Labour Relations Board (NLRB).

Amazon is partnering with the US government to tackle counterfeiters on its marketplace

Amazon is partnering with the US government’s counterfeit watchdog as it ramps up efforts to tackle the prevalence of fake goods on its platform.
Burberry pretax profits down 62% for first half

Burberry pretax profits down 62% for first half

Burberry saw pretax profits by more than half after impact of coronavirus. Luxury fashion brand saw demand pick up in Q2 after store sales fell 45% in Q1. Emphasis on digital experiences to offset impact of store closures.
WHSmith reports back on £226m loss after “challenging year”

WHSmith reports £226m loss & announces store closures

// WHSmith posts pretax loss of £226m after its travel and high street stores are heavily impacted by coronavirus restrictions // Travel business swung to...
Yoox Net-A-Porter and The Prince’s Foundation to launch sustainable luxury collection

Yoox Net-A-Porter and The Prince’s Foundation launch sustainable luxury collection

Prince Charles' charity announces new initiative with Yoox Net-A-Porter. Titled The Modern Artisan, project looks to train young textile designers in UK and Italy in heritage and luxury fashion design.
M&S launches guide dog awareness training after blind shopper turned away

M&S launches guide dog awareness training after blind shopper turned away

M&S has launched guide dog awareness training for its staff after a customer was refused access to the retailer’s (...)
DHS says deliveries will continue despite national lockdown

DFS says deliveries will continue despite national lockdown

DFS says all English, Welsh and Republic of Ireland showrooms are currently closed under lockdown measures but deliveries will continue. Furniture retailer says it would temporarily transfer some showroom staff to support remote web sales. DFS adds that it doesn't expect closures to impact trading in first half.

Muji launches payment app across UK stores

Japanese household and lifestyle retailer Muji has launched a new customer payment app across its eleven UK stores.

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