Discount retailers post record market share
Discount retailers Lidl and Aldi now have a record share of the UK grocery sector, at 10.5 per cent, new figures by Kantar Worldpanel have shown. The latest stats for the 12 weeks ending 19 June 2016 revealed that Lidl held 4.4 per cent of the market, while Aldi claimed 6.1 per cent. The figures also found that overall, the sector slipped into decline for the first time since January, with supermarket sales falling by 0.2 per cent as like-for-like grocery prices declined by 1.4 per cent on last year.
InPost extends parcel locker network
InPost UK, a collect and return parcel locker service, has announced three new partnerships to extend its network of lockers. There will be new lockers at three new Transport for London stations, four Great Western railway stations and Virgin Trains’ Birmingham International railway station. The new TfL locations – Newbury Park (Central line), Chalfont & Latimer (Metropolitan line) and Chorleywood (Metropolitan line) – will be rolled out by the end of August.
Ocado posts strong half year results
Online grocer Ocado has reported a 5.7 per cent rise in first half core earnings, while announcing that talks to secure an overseas deal are ongoing. The firm said it made earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of £40.4 million in the six months to May 2015, compared with £38.2 million last year.
Retail Systems Awards 2016: still time to enter
The Retail Systems Awards are back for their eleventh year, celebrating technology excellence and innovation within the retail sector. There is still time to submit your company’s entries before the 6 July deadline. There are 26 trophies up for grabs, and we are introducing six new categories for 2016: In-Store Innovation of the Year, Online Solution of the Year, Mobile Technology Vendor of the Year, Customer Experience Initiative of the Year, Ethical Retail Award and Startup Company of the Year.
Pepper.com websites see Euro 2016 boost
Pepper.com has analysed traffic data for its European voucher sites to compare online shopping habits during Euro 2016 football matches. Compared to the same day of the week when a football match is not being played, traffic to the HotUKDeals marketplace increased by an average of 5.5 per cent during football matches throughout the tournament.
E-commerce continues to grow at Debenhams
Debenhams has released its trading update for the 15 weeks and 41 weeks to 11 June 2016, revealing online sales growth of 7.0 per cent and 9.1 per cent respectively. Group like-for-like sales increased 0.2 per cent (15 weeks) and 0.7 per cent (41 weeks), while group gross transaction value also rose. Online sales grew 7.0 per cent in the 15-week period, with cumulative growth for the year-to-date of 9.1 per cent.
Smartphones ‘driving e-commerce sales’
Impressive growth in mobile shopping has fuelled total UK retail e-commerce sales, which are set to exceed £67 billion in 2016, according to eMarketer’s latest forecast. The study also predicts that by 2020 digital retail sales in the UK will represent a 22.6 per cent share of overall retail revenue. In 2016, sales made through mobile devices will account for £25.2 billion – an increase of more than 25 per cent on the previous year.
Number of EMV chip payment cards hits 4.8bn
There was sustained growth in the worldwide adoption of EMV chip technology last year, according to the latest figures from EMVCo. The number of EMV payment cards in global circulation increased by 1.4 billion during 2015 to reach 4.8 billion by the end of the year. Furthermore, EMVCo reported that 35.8 per cent of all card-present transactions conducted between January and December 2015 used EMV chip technology, up from 32 per cent for the same period in 2014.
Payments Awards 2016 – deadline extended
The deadline for this year’s Payments Awards has been extended to 6 July, so there is still time to submit your organisation’s entries. Now in their fourth year and hosted in partnership with Retail Systems and FStech, there are 24 categories to choose from, with four new awards up for grabs, including Card Innovation of the Year.
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