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Online retail sales begins 2017 with "steady" growth

Monday 20 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Online retail sales in the UK began 2017 on positive note, with sales up by 12 per cent year-on-year in January. According to the latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, growth in January was also up by 15 per cent when compared to December. The average ba...


Indie of the Month: SilkFred

Monday 20 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

When Emma Watkinson was asked why she devotes her career to supporting and providing a platform for independent brands to sell their wares, her response was simple. “Working with them is an incredibly rewarding thing to do,” she said. “From a business angle it just works. They...


Amazon poised to use parachutes for drone deliveries

Thursday 16 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Amazon has filed a patent for its drones to deliver online purchases with the aid of parachutes. This means Amazon’s drones would be able deliver goods without needing to land on properties, thanks to the help of parachutes slowing the descent of parcels and keeping the items ...


Amazon poised to enter fashion market with own-label range

Wednesday 15 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

Amazon is set to launch its own fashion label in the UK and has recruited senior buying experts from Primark and M&S, according to Drapers. Sources stated that the recruitment drive is focusing on poaching M&S veterans, although Primark’s menswear buying director Glen George i...


Mobile purchases in the UK expected to smash records in 2017

Tuesday 14 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

New research has revealed that the UK is expected to spend £27.02 billion on purchases on mobile devices this year, an increase of 26 per cent from £21.51 billion in 2016. According to the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) and online retailer, the UK will mak...


Tesco wants to double click-and-collect spots to 8000

Tuesday 14 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The chief executive of Tesco has revealed plans to rapidly expand the grocer’s click-and-collect spots following its acquisition of Booker. Mentioned in a conference call with City analysts after the announcement of the surprise acquisition, Tesco boss Dave Lewis said the prop...


Retailers expected to flock to Snatch, a new Pokemon Go-style app

Friday 10 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Topshop and Topman are among the first 25 high street and consumer brands that have signed up to be part of the new Snatch app, a Pokemon Go-style smartphone game that puts players through virtual treasure hunts for physical prizes. The augmented reality game, which is current...


NotOnTheHighStreet's technology chief departs after just one year

Thursday 09 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

The head of technology at online retailer NotOnTheHighStreet has stepped down just one year after being hired for the role. According to Retail Week, it is not yet known if chief technology officer Hugh Fahy has left the etailer to take up another role, but a spokeswoman said ...


Boohoo wins intellectual property rights to Nasty Gal

Thursday 09 February 2017 - Posted by Ben Stevens

The acquisition of US womenswear retailer Nasty Gal has been finalised, with Boohoo gaining legal permission to attain its intellectual property rights and customer databases. The court has approved Boohoo's request and the £16 million takeover is now on track for completion b...


YNAP records growth across all sectors

Wednesday 08 February 2017 - Posted by Elias Jahshan

Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP) recorded a 17.7 per cent rise in net sales in its preliminary full-year report, boosted by sales of the luxury brand flagship stores it operates and strength in the Asia Pacific region. This is the first full-year report for YNAP – which operates onlin...