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Facebook enhances its online shopping feature

Friday 24 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Facebook has announced a new shopping ad format called Collection to help brands showcase their products in a more visually engaging way. Collection increases the likelihood of discovery and a purchase by featuring a primary video or image above relevant product images. Clicki...

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Amazon acquires Dubai-based ecommerce site Souq

Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Amazon is set to acquire Middle Eastern online retailer Souq, Retail Gazette understands. While Amazon declined to comment and Souq has not yet provided a comment, a source close to the deal has told the Retail Gazette that an acquisition deal has been finalised. According to ...

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Instagram to roll out shopping feature after successful trial

Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Instagram has announced plans to roll out its shopping options within the image-sharing app. The news comes after social media giant said its trial with brands last year produced “great results”. The app’s new shopping feature allows brands and retailers to “tag” up to five in...

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Supermarkets could soon have online "Buy British" buttons post-Brexit

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Online grocery shopping could soon see consumers use a “Buy British” button to help filter out non-UK produce as part of post-Brexit policy proposals. The plans – revealed in Houses of Parliament yesterday – means grocery retailers would update their websites so consumers can ...

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Bunnings to launch ecommerce platform

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Bunnings business plans to launch an e-commerce platform in the next 18 months as it aims to capitalise on the UK's £38 billion hardware market. In a presentation to investors on Monday, Bunnings UK managing director PJ Davis said digital engagement in the UK was “very importa...

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COMMENT: Mobile is the strategy for sellers, designers & buyers

Wednesday 15 March 2017 - Posted by Philip Rooke, CEO, Spreadshirt

Mobile purchases in the UK are set to smash records in 2017, according to the Centre of Retail Research (CRR). The UK is expected to spend £27.02 billion on purchases on mobile devices this year, up 26 per cent from 2016. This prediction would mean the UK will make more transa...

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Ocado confirms beginning of the end for grocery price war

Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Online grocer Ocado has reported a boost in sales for its first quarter while confirming the grocery price war is beginning to wind down. Gross sales for the 13 weeks to February 26 rose by 13.1 per cent year-on-year, alongside a 16.7 per cent growth in orders per week to 252,...

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Amazon cuts ties with firm at heart of Sports Direct scandal

Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Amazon has severed ties with employment agency Transline Group, which hit headlines after being caught in Sports Direct’s workers’ rights scandal last year. The online retail giant has halted its collaboration with Transline, reportedly following a routine review. Although it ...

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YNAP sales skyrocket as it demonstrates "superiority" over market

Thursday 02 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Online fashion retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter (YNAP) has revealed stellar full year results for last year as it “consolidated its leading position”. Net sales across the group skyrocketed 17.7 per cent to £1.6 billion, while adjusted EBITDA rose a further 17 per cent to £133.8 mil...

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Eve Sleep prepares to go public

Wednesday 01 March 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Eve Sleep is poised to go public as it considers a stock market flotation to fund expansion plans. The online British mattress retailer has reportedly approached broker Peel Hunt to handle the Initial Public Offering (IPO) and an announcement is expected in the coming weeks. A...