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Forbes has found that 70 per cent of Brits are using Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services more often as a direct result of the cost-of-living crisis. BNPL schemes enable shoppers to purchase products without needing to pay the full amount up front.
Posted: 02/12/2022
John Lewis is partnering with global investment business abrdn to create 1,000 new homes for rental.
Posted: 2/12/2022
The joint deal with company founder Tom Joule was announced on 1 December, with Next to own 74% of the retailer and the remaining 26% held by Joule
Posted: 02/12/22
Retail Systems is delighted to announce the launch of the Retail Systems Awards 2023, with nominations now open until 3 March
Posted: 01/12/22
Carrefour is rolling out a new AI pricing tool to more than 200 of its stores in Southern Italy. Apulia Distribuzione, the Italian grocery retailer which collaborates with brands in the wholesale sector, has arranged the deal to ‘modernise price management’ in the Carrefour outlets.
Posted: 01/12/2022
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has acquired personalised fashion marketplace Thread. Following the buyout, M&S anticipates that personalisation will generate more than £100 million of annualised incremental revenue for the business.
Posted: 1/12/2022
The Co-op will trial autonomous deliveries in Leeds through a new partnership with Starship technologies. Launching as a three-month pilot in the Adel and Tinshill areas of Leeds, 20,000 residents will be to order groceries though the Starship app to have them delivered from nearby Co-op branches on Spen Lane and Otley Road.
Posted: 01/12/2022
Tesco has announced the launch of Tesco Exchange, a new online marketplace designed to help suppliers offload excess product. By using Tesco Exchange, more than 3,500 suppliers can cut production costs and reduce waste by finding other suppliers to sell or donate excess stock or products to.
Posted: 30/11/2022
Discount retailer Wilko is reportedly seeking a £30 million debt facility amid plummeting sales. Wilko recently sold its Nottingham-based distribution centre to logistics company DHL for £48 million in a move to “unlock additional capital”.
Posted: 30/11/2022
H&M has announced that it is reducing its workforce to cut costs across the business. The fast fashion retailer said that it would get rid of around 1,500 roles in total, but did not specify where jobs would be axed.
Posted: 30/11/2022
Avon is launching a new virtual try-on online shopping experience across nine of its markets, including the UK.
Posted: 29/11/2022
Swedish Buy Now, Pay Later company Klarna has launched a new platform to help retailers and influencers connect. The Creator Platform was built on the back of Klarna’s acquisition of APPRL, a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that allows content creators and retailers to bring shoppable content to global consumers.
Posted: 29/11/2022
Commercial landlord Shaftesbury has said that consumer spending is continuing to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic in spite of the UK’s cost-of-living crisis.
Posted: 29/11/22
Footfall across the UK’s shopping centres increased by nearly 17 per cent on Black Friday. According to figures from Springboard, the number of shoppers at High Streets jumped by around 11 per cent, while retail parks saw a seven per cent rise.
Posted: 28/11/2022
Ocado Retail is opening its fourth Zoom by Ocado site in Leeds to facilitate its rapid grocery delivery service in the northern City. The automated warehouse represents the company’s first Zoom facility outside of London.
Posted: 28/11/2022
Shopify has announced that this year’s global Black Friday sales reached record highs at over $3 billion. The commerce platform said the figures were a 17 per cent increase from 2021, with merchants on Shopify seeing sales peak at $3.5 million per minute. Shopify also recorded a 27 per cent growth in point of sale (POS) sales made by Shopify merchants globally compared to last year’s Black Friday.
Posted: 28/11/2022
Frasers Group has acquired 250-year old Savile Row tailor Gieves & Hawkes. The company was put up for sale after its owner, Hong Kong-based menswear retailer Trinity Group, went into liquidation.
Posted: 25/11/2022
Today hundreds of Amazon employees from the company’s Coventry fulfilment centre are set to protest alongside local MPs over pay and working conditions.
Posted: 25/11/2022
Amazon has announced the expansion of its UK e-cargo bike fleet with the launch of three additional delivery hubs in Manchester and London. The new London hubs in Wembley and Southwark join Amazon’s existing e-cargo bike fleet in Hackney.
Posted: 25/11/2022
The security company which delivers cash and coins to some of the UK's largest supermarkets is planning a 48-hour strike next month, sparking concerns about a possible cash shortage over the festive period.
Posted: 25/11/2022
One in four UK shoppers intentionally give false information about themselves to retailers, according to new research.
Posted: 24/11/2022
Screwfix and B&Q owner Kingfisher has cut its profit guidance by £10 million as the company faces higher energy prices and increased staff wages.
Posted: 24/11/2022
Opensource e-commerce plugin WooCommerce has partnered with Web3 payment start up DePay. The start-up said the new partnership will enable consumers to send payments directly to their own wallet., with “thousands” of tokens accepted on supported blockchains.
Posted: 23/11/2022
Leon is more than doubling its self-serve coffee kiosks in the UK, primarily across Asda supermarkets as well as EG group convenience stores. Four additional self-serve coffee kiosks will open across EG sites ahead of Christmas, with a further 100 launching in Asda stores early next year.
Posted: 23/11/2022
Ikea has said it will not be participating in Black Friday, instead the Swedish furniture company wants to encourage customers to “shop in a more sustainable way”. The retailer has launched Green Friday as an alternative to the shopping phenomenon, where customers will be able to get an additional 50 per cent off new items when they return used Ikea furniture to a store.
Posted: 23/11/2022
By the end of 2022, Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) payments in the UK will reach over $42 billion and have have grown by around 35 per cent.
Posted: 22/11/2022
Home improvement company Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, has opened its first Screwfix store in France.The opening of the new store in Wattrelos, Lille, is part of the company’s growth driving initiative, with the company planning to open three to four more stores in the Hauts-de-France region by the end of January 2023.
Posted: 22/11/2022
Just one in seven Black Friday deals provide a genuine discount for consumers in the UK, according to new research. A study from Which? found that most promotions are cheaper or the same price in the six months before the sales phenomenon.
Posted: 22/11/2022
FatFace is partnering with True Fit to help customers find the correct size and improve their digital shopping experience.
Posted: 21/11/2022
The Foschini Group (TFG), which owns British High Street brands including Hobbs and Phase Eight, is reportedly mulling a bid to take control of failed retailer Joules. Multiple sources told Sky News that the South African retail group’s UK arm, TFG London, is exploring whether it could take control of Joules from insolvency practitioner Interpath Advisory.
Posted: 21/11/2022
Superdrug has launched a new digital health and beauty marketplace on its website. The new e-marketplace, part of the retailer’s digital transformation strategy, has signed 300 brands.
Posted: 21/11/2022
Bang & Olufsen has opened a new flagship store on New Bond Street in Mayfair. Founded in Struer, Denmark in 1925, Bang & Olufsen is a luxury audio and home entertainment brand.
Posted: 18/11/2022
Co-op has launched a scheme Starship to make food deliveries using autonomous robots to customers in Cambridge.
Posted: 18/11/2022
Amazon has said it will axe further job roles in 2023. The news follows an announcement by the e-commerce giant earlier this week, which revealed that it plans to lay off around 10,000 staff.
Posted: 18/11/2022
WhatsApp users will be able find and message businesses from the app, Meta has announced.
Posted: 18/11/2022
Swedish Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) company Klarna has launched a new initiative designed to speed-up the development of Open Banking services. The company's FinTech platform Klarna Kosma, which is behind the scheme, said it will help e-commerce start-ups develop proof-of-concepts.
Posted: 17/11/2022
Just Eat Takeaway has reportedly announced a European partnership with grocery delivery service Getir. Just Eat told Reuters that under the new partnership, Getir's groceries will be listed on Takeaway's platform and can be ordered via its smartphone app but will be delivered by Getir couriers.
Posted: 17/11/2022
Profits at food discounter Lidl have quadrupled as customers switch from traditional supermarkets to cheaper options.
Posted: 17/11/2022
Klarna has added a new search and compare tool to its app, allowing users to compare prices across thousands of retailers.
Posted: 16/11/2022
Nike is launching a new web3-powered platform for its virtual shoes and clothing. The retailer said that the 'SWOOSH' will enable its members to learn about, collect, and co-create virtual creations.
Posted: 16/11/2022
The company said that it had placed the Australian unit into voluntary administration, with KordaMentha appointed as administrators
Posted: 16/11/22
UK inflation has reached its highest in 41 years, with higher food prices a key driver. According to the latest ONS CPI inflation figures, food inflation hit 16.2 per cent – its highest level in 45 years.
Posted: 16/11/2022
TikTok and American Express have announced a partnership for a new programme to help small business owners reach a new generation of shoppers. Small business owners will be given access to tools and resources to “think like TikTok creators”.
Posted: 16/11/2022
H&M Group will be the first retailer to trial a new last mile delivery service from Volta Trucks and Swedish electric motorcycle company Cake.
Posted: 15/11/2022
Homeware retailer Wilko has announced the sale of its Nottinghamshire distribution centre to logistics company DHL for £48 million. The company said that the move is part of a strategic partnership with DHL, designed to “unlock capital” for the home and garden retailer.
Posted: 15/11/2022
YouTube is reportedly increasing the ways consumers can shop via its videos to increase revenue streams following a slump in digital advertising.
Posted: 15/11/2022
Amazon is reportedly planning to lay off approximately 10,000 staff in what would be the largest job cuts in the ecommerce giant’s history
Posted: 15/11/22
UK clothing retailer Joules has said that it plans to appoint administrators after failing to find a new investor
Posted: 14/11/22
Footfall across the UK’s shopping destinations improved marginally last week, new research has found.
Posted: 14/11/2022
Primark has launched its new Click & Collect trial in 25 stores across the UK.
Announced earlier this year, the budget clothing retailer has never sold online until now, and said the service will initially rollout in select stores across the North West of England, Yorkshire, and North Wales.
Posted: 14/11/2022
Sainsbury’s is launching new technology that lets customers pay for their shopping without visiting a till.
Posted: 14/11/2022
WHSmith has said it is now in its “strongest ever position” as the retailer trades ahead of pre-pandemic levels and swings back to profit.
Posted: 11/11/2022
Amazon has unveiled a new robotic system which can move individual products before they are put into packaging and sent out to customers.
Posted: 11/11/2022
Brits are being warned to brace for a surge in purchase scams after Black Friday and Cyber Monday later this month
Posted: 11/11/22
NatWest, HSBC, and ClearBank were among those to scoop up awards at last night’s annual Payments Awards ceremony in Central London. After a challenging year, guests met for a glitzy gala dinner at the Marriott Grosvenor Square.
Posted: 11/11/2022
Waitrose has refuted claims of stock shortages in its stores.
Posted: 10/11/2022
Sustainability initiative Better Cotton has urged leaders at COP27 to prioritise climate justice for the world’s farmers and agriculture workforce.
Posted: 10/11/2022
Fashion retailer Next has announced a deal to buy collapsed homewares seller Made.com for £3.4 million
Posted: 10/11/22
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has announced an increase in profits as the retailer reports “stand-out” performance across its clothing division. The company described trading in the first half as “robust” with both the company’s businesses growing ahead of the market.
Posted: 9/11/2022
Refurbished consumer tech company musicMagpie has completed the installation of 290 kiosks in Asda stores across the UK.
Posted: 09/11/2022
US fashion retailer Gap is to sell off its Chinese business to local ecommerce service provider Baozun
Posted: 09/11/22
Primark-owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has said that it will not increase its prices despite experiencing inflation-related costs worth £1 billion this year.
Posted: 8/11/2022
Etsy has added a new image search function to its platform. Users of Apple’s iOS operating system can now search the independent marketplace by tapping the new camera icon in the search bar to upload or take a photo.
Posted: 08/11/2022
Grocery shopping inflation in the UK hit a record high of 14.7 per cent in October
Posted: 08/11/22
Amazon has partnered with Snap, allowing users on Snap to digitally try on eyewear products in the app before purchasing through the e-commerce giant.
Posted: 08/11/2022
Retail optimisation platform operator Dropit has raised $25 million in its Series C funding round, bringing the total raised to $50 million.
Posted: 07/11/2022
B2B-oriented payments platform Balance has announced the appointment of fintech executive Kim Loftis as its new vice president of customer growth
Posted: 07/11/22
Homeware retailer Made.com is expected to formally appoint administrators on Monday following a court hearing less than two weeks after it stopped taking orders. PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) has previously been appointed to oversee a sale of intellectual property associated with the collapsed firm.
Posted: 07/11/2022
PayPal and Venmo apps on iOS are set to add support for Apple's Tap to Pay on iPhone functionality
Posted: 04/11/22
eBay has reported what it describes as “better than expected” financial results, as the online marketplace expands its luxury range and consumers look towards refurbished goods during the cost-of-living crisis.
Posted: 4/11/2022
Morrisons has announced a range of seasonal cost-saving offers for users of its My Morrisons app as customers struggling with record-high inflation. The supermarket has reintroduced its collector programme for app and card users.
Posted: 04/11/2022
E-commerce payments business Stripe has announced plans to axe more than 1,000 employees. The company's chief executive Patrick Collison sent a note to staff members on Thursday notifying them that the business is cutting 14 per cent of its team.
Posted: 4/11/2022
Sainsbury’s has recorded a decline in profits as the company invests in lower prices amidst record-high inflation.
Posted: 3/11/2022
The German Lidl previously applied for trademarks for a yellow circle against a blue background, and filed a suit against Tesco that argued that the Welwyn Garden City-based retail giant was trying “to ride on [its] coat-tails” by using similar branding to promote its ‘Clubcard Prices’ in-store discounts.
Posted: 03/11/22
Tesco has announced an expansion of its GetGo stores trial to include two further stores in London and another in Birmingham. The new sites, which are based in Chiswell Street Express in central London, Fulham Reach Express in Parrs Way, and Aston University Express in Aston, Birmingham, are due to open over the next few months.
Posted: 03/11/2022
John Lewis has appointed a chief transformation and technology officer, the company has announced.
Posted: 03/11/2022
Ocado has partnered with Lotte Shopping to develop a network of customer fulfilment centres for the South Korean market.
Posted: 1/11/2022
Furniture retailer Made.com is to appoint administrators after failing to find a buyer and halting orders last week
Posted: 01/11/22
Anna Matthiason, vice president of online retail, and chief information officer Mary Demby are stepping down from the company.
Posted: 01/11/22
The Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) sector will surpass $1 trillion by 2030, according to new research by GlobalData. The data and analytics company said that BigTech companies and payments providers becoming more invested in the BNPL sector would spur its capitalisation.
Posted: 01/10/2022
Marks & Spencer has expanded its offering on rental platform Hirestreet, targeting cost conscious customers.
Posted: 1/11/2022
TrueLayer, the Open Banking platform, has announced a partnership with Irish payments firm StrikePay. StrikePay’s instant payment terminal uses NFC and QR code technology to enable its users to tap to pay with any phone, without the need for any other hardware.
Posted: 01/11/2022
Asos has announced plans to axe over 100 roles after recording poor financial results for the year. The news, first reported by Retail Week, comes after the company revealed losses of £39 million in 2022.
Posted: 1/11/2022
The government of Hong Kong has proposed a new measure that would allow retail investors to trade in cryptocurrencies and crypto exchange-traded funds. The city had previously proposed limiting crypto trade to professional investors, but its tough stance on digital assets faced heavy criticism with a large number of start-ups moving to markets such as Singapore and Dubai.
Posted: 31/10/22
Co-op has launched new policy for staff undergoing fertility treatment as part of its commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.
Posted: 31/10/2022
Footfall across UK shopping destinations jumped by more than eight per cent during the school half term compared to the previous week.
Posted: 31/10/2022
Asda has has completed the acquisition of 132 Co-Op retail sites, with attached petrol stations, for approximately £600 million. The grocer said the acquisition – which was first announced in August – is part of its strategy to enter the convenience retail space.
Posted: 31/10/2022
Homeware retailer Made.com has stopped taking orders with the company on the verge of collapse. The retailer had been seeking a buyer but terminated talks earlier this week with a number of interested parties after none were able to meet its timetable.
Posted: 28/10/22
Getir has is piloting a range of Co-op products on its grocery delivery platform. Getir will be working with Nisa Retail, the wholesale division of The Co-op Group, who will be supplying their own brand products.
Posted: 28/10/2022
InPost, the Polish logistics company, has announced a new partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) for its parcel lockers to be installed at bus and Metrolink stations across Greater Manchester. Supporting TfGM’s green initiative to reduce carbon output, the pair-up will see up to 28 parcel lockers rolled out across the Greater Manchester area by the end of the year, with 13 already installed and more planned for 2023.
Posted: 28/10/2022
Amazon has said that it is anticipating a slowdown in growth for the upcoming holiday season in a move which wiped nearly 20 per cent off the company’s value. The retail giant’s valuation dropped by over $200 billion in after-hours trading on Thursday.
Posted: 28/10/22
Online fashion retailer Boohoo has partnered with DHL Supply Chain on its first-ever US distribution centre. The company said the move is part of plans to develop a faster and smoother service for its growing US customer base.
Posted: 27/10/2022
Tesco-backed Trigo, the Israel-based autonomous store business, has raised $100 million in a new equity financing round. The company, which is testing its technology with Tesco in the UK and Aldi in the Netherlands, said the investment would be spent on scaling the roll out of autonomous supermarkets across the US and Europe.
Posted: 27/10/2022
CitySprint is recruiting 600 couriers across the UK to meet increased demand around the festive period.
Posted: 27/10/2022
UK retail destinations saw footfall decrease last week amid the country’s political unrest. According to retail traffic counter and shopper analytics firm Springboard, footfall across the UK was down 2.3 per cent in the week commencing 17 October.
Posted: 27/10/22
Amazon will allow customers to pay for their purchases using Venmo.
Posted: 26/10/2022
Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) spending is set to reach over $437 billion globally by 2027, according to new research by Juniper Research. BNPL allows consumers to pay using regular interest-free instalments, and only requires soft credit checks; making it easier to access than credit.
Posted: 26/10/2022
Adidas has terminated its partnership with Ye – formerly Kanye West – after the US rapper made antisemitic comments on Twitter.
Posted: 26/10/2022
Ocado has partnered with Centrical, the workforce management provider, to improve colleague engagement and employee experience. The online grocer said Centrical’s platform will integrate with its existing planned technology, communication platforms and employee coaching frameworks to provide an “engaging experience” for both new starters and experienced hires.
Posted: 25/10/2022
PayPal is adding passkeys to its platform to improve security and make it easier for users to log into their accounts.
Posted: 25/10/2022
Ikea is opening a number of “plan and order” points in several locations across the North West as part of its expansion in the region.
Posted: 25/10/2022
Superdrug has said that it has seen a “significant increase” in Christmas gift sales as consumers stock up for the festive period early.
Posted: 24/10/2022
Boots has announced a partnership with RangeMe. Boots said it hopes the partnership with the product discovery and sourcing platform, which has over 200,000 registered suppliers, will strengthen its commitment to working with a broad range of suppliers and to support a fair and equal chance for companies to compete for opportunities.
Posted: 24/10/2022
Sainsbury’s is rolling out a cloud first strategy as part of plans to speed up time to market and create new revenue streams. The supermarket retailer also hopes its new cloud strategy will accelerate business growth.
Posted: 24/10/2022
Retail sales volumes dropped by 1.4 per cent in September, around 1.3 per cent lower than pre-covid February 2020 levels.
Posted: 21/10/2022
Klarna has introduced a new price comparison tool which enables consumers to compare products and prices across retailers.
Posted: 21/10/2022
Amazon could face a collective legal claim worth £900 million for allegedly breaking UK and EU competition rules.
Posted: 21/10/2022
Zara is launching an in-house service for UK customers to sell, repair or donate pre-owned clothes, according to reporting by Reuters. The Spanish fashion retailer’s new platform is set to launch on 3 November and will be available through Zara stores, its website and a new mobile app.
Posted: 21/10/2022
H&M has opened applications for The Global Change Award, which aims to make the fashion industry more sustainable.
Posted: 20/10/2022
Hugo Boss is working with Adobe to support its strategy on 3D and immersive design. The fashion brand is using Adobe’s 3D design application as part of plans to explore customer experiences that “blend the digital and physical worlds”.
Posted: 20/10/2022
Food delivery business Deliveroo is trialling subsidised e-bikes for a group of UK riders.
Posted: 20/10/2022
Amazon UK has launched a new online store for home insurance.
Posted: 19/10/2022
Aldi has announced plans to fill 100 roles on its area manager programme. Those who enrol will take part in a 12-month training programme.
Posted: 19/10/2022
Asos has announced plans to write off up to £130 million of stock after recording a loss of £39 million this year. Pre-tax figures were down by 118 per cent from the £177 million profit recorded in 2021.
Posted: 19/10/2022
Just Eat has returned to profit after focusing on improving its operational efficiency. Gross transaction value (GTV), which is the total value of orders, rose two per cent during the third quarter of the year. The company said the figures reflect higher menu costs and increased spending per order.
Posted: 19/10/2022
Karma, a FinTech app which alerts shoppers to price drops and coupons has launched a payment service. Pay with Karma allows customers to purchase goods across different retailers with multiple payment options including Apple Pay, credit cards and interest free instalment plans.
Posted: 18/10/2022
PayPal has announced the introduction of a new rewards programme in the US. The company said the programme gives customers a unified way to shop, earn, track, save when using the PayPal app at checkout.
Posted: 18/10/2022
Asda has announced plans to open its first couple of standalone convenience stores before the end of the year. The supermarket retailer said it wants to step up its presence in the convenience market, opening 30 more stores next year, which will create around 500 new jobs.
Posted: 18/10/22
Primark has announced it will launch a new Click and Collect service across 25 UK stores by the end of the year.
Posted: 17/10/2022
Evri has used AI to develop software aimed at improving customer communication and parcel delivery accuracy, the company has announced. The parcel delivery business said that couriers take photos of parcels left in a safe place as proof of delivery, but some fail to show the parcel and where it has been left, including when the camera lens is covered or is too close to the parcel.
Posted: 17/10/2022
Boots has announced a delivery pilot with Uber Eats. The new initiative will initially be trialled at 14 Boots stores including outlets on London’s Oxford Street, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, and Market Street, Manchester.
Posted: 17/10/2022
Currys has a launched a live repair service, which connects customers to repair experts via video. RepairLive will initially focus on laptops purchased from Currys. It will help customers identify the cause of a fault, guide them through DIY fixes and help to arrange a repair or return of the product.
Posted: 14/10/2022
Apple has announced the launch of Savings, a new high-yield savings account for Apple Card which has been developed by Goldman Sachs. Apple Card users will soon be able to open ‘Savings’ and have their Daily Cash rewards – three per cent cash returns when users buy something using Apple Card at participating retailers – automatically deposited into it.
Posted: 14/10/2022
River Island has chosen Scandit, the smart data capture platform, as part of its plans to modernise its in-store operations. The fashion retailer has issued each store associate with a Scandit-enabled Samsung Galaxy XCover rugged smartphone, equipped with Microsoft Teams to replace shared hardware-based scanning devices.
Posted: 13/10/2022
Shopify is expanding its global programme to allow local European Enterprise Resource planning (ERP) partners to join and build direct integrations to the e-commerce platform.Through the local ERP programme, merchants have access to a variety of apps directly integrated with Shopify. ERP partners can also build Shopify apps which can help businesses to scale.
Posted: 13/10/2022
THG Ingenuity, the e-commerce services provider, is partnering with API integration platform Jitterbit. THG Ingenuity will use Jitterbit’s technology connect to clients’ existing business systems including logistics platforms, ERP software and third party deliver.
Posted: 12/10/2022
Juni, the financial platform for e-commerce, has partnered with Yapily, the Open Banking platform, to help e-commerce businesses gain a real-time overview of their finances. The pair up enables Juni to use Yapily data to fetch and aggregate information from multiple bank accounts – resulting in the completion of faster, more accurate ways to assess creditworthiness, and the ability to reach credit decisions more quickly.
Posted: 12/10/2022
Deliveroo has partnered with buy now pay later (BNPL) service Klarna to offer customers more ways of paying for their food. Customers will see Klarna as a payment option when they arrive at check out. They can either pay immediately, pay the full amount in 30 days or pay in three equal instalments spread over 60 days. Users of the service will not be charged fees or interest.
Posted: 12/10/2022
Marks & Spencer has added nursery retailer Mamas & Papas to its list of brand partnerships. Customers will be able to buy over 700 Mamas & Papas products at M&S stores. Initially, the product line will be available in three stores.
Posted: 11/10/2022
Afterpay, the buy now pay later (BNPL) provider, is extending its services to give customers more time and flexibility to pay. Customers using Afterpay’s monthly payment option can spread the price of purchases between $400 and $4,000 over a six or twelve month period without late fees. There is a cap on total interest charged and no compounding interest.
Posted: 11/10/2022
Sainsbury’s is reintroducing £2 coupons to augment the NHS Healthy Start scheme, which is funded by the UK government, as a response to the cost of living crisis.
The supermarket said it will help half a million pregnant women and children. Sainsbury’s will be providing a £2 coupon every week over the next six months to customers using a Healthy Start card from 12 October until April 2023.
Posted: 10/10/2022
The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has given Morrisons permission to purchase McColl’s, after the supermarket said it would sell 28 McColl stores to address concerns about competition.Last month the CMA into the merger and found that the deal would not harm the majority of shoppers or other businesses, but it raised concerns in 35 areas.
Posted: 10/10/2022
The Post Office has revealed it handled ‘record-breaking’ amounts of cash at over £3 billion in August, despite the month traditionally being a quieter one for cash transactions at its branches. Post Office research found that a record £805 million in personal cash withdrawals took place in August.
Posted: 10/10/2022
Last month there was an almost three per cent increase in footfall across UK High Streets and retail parks, bringing shopper numbers to their highest level since the onset of the pandemic.
Posted: 7/10/2022
Addidas UK saw sales increase by around 26 per cent in 2021 resulting in the largest profit ever recorded for the region, after they dropped by around five percent in 2020. According to accounts filled with Companies House, sales were £1.29 billion compared with £1 billion the previous year. Pre-tax profit rose from £23.4 million in 2020 to £39.8 million.
Posted: 07/10/2022
Marks & Spencer (M&S) is launching Sparks Pay, a new digital way of paying available exclusively to members of its Sparks customer loyalty programme. Since M&S’s Sparks loyalty programme was relaunched as a digital-first programme in 2020, it has reportedly doubled from seven million to almost 16 million customers.
Posted: 07/10/2022
Tesco has announced plans to cut 325 jobs across its office and regional teams. The UK's largest supermarket retailer said that it would increase pay for remaining employees.
Posted: 6/10/2022
Click-and-collect shopping will be worth £42 billion in the UK this year, according to a new report from Barclays. The bank’s research found that click-and-collect now accounts for 40 per cent of sales for retailers who offer the service, up from 37 per cent a year ago.
Posted: 06/07/2022
Aldi will create around 3,000 news jobs ahead of the festive period, the company has announced.

The supermarket has over 2,000 temporary and permanent positions in stores to help with increased demand during the busy period.
Posted: 06/10/2022
71 per cent of online retailers are optimistic about the current state of the e-commerce market, according to new research by eDesk. The e-commerce help desk surveyed over 200 online sellers that market their products online via their own webstores and marketplaces in the US that use the eDesk platform.
Posted: 05/10/2022
Asda is the worst paying ‘big four’ supermarket in the UK, according to the GMB Union. The organisation claimed that while other companies are trying to protect staff from the cost-of-living crisis, Asda is happy to “watch workers struggle”.
Posted: 5/10/2022
Profits at Tesco have slipped following the rise in inflation and lower demand from customers following the end of Covid lockdowns.The retailer said that pre-tax profits fell to £431 million in the first half of the financial year, a drop of almost 64 per cent compared to the same period of 2021. Tesco expects full year profit to fall in the lower range of its forecast between £2.4 and £2.5 billion.
Posted: 05/10/2022
Lidl has announced plans to recruit more than 1,000 new hourly paid roles over the next five months.
Posted: 4/10/2022
Amazon has launched a new service aimed at US customers to help them find the online retailer’s discounts and affordable shopping schemes.Amazon Access also allows customers to buy goods using different payment options including SNAP EBT and Amazon Layaway, said the company.
Posted: 04/10/2022
More than half of consumers want fashion to be more sustainable, but due to the rising cost of living, 61 per cent will prioritise price over sustainability, according to new research by Nosto. The commerce experience platform surveyed over 2,000 consumers in the UK and US.
Posted: 04/10/2022
Nike has chosen JD Sports as its first European retail partner for its Connected Partnership, which gives consumers access to additional member-exclusive Nike products and experiences. The new offering will give JD customers access to Nike member-only footwear and apparel when they link their JD and Nike membership accounts through JD’s mobile app.
Posted: 03/10/2022
Deliveroo will open its first bricks and mortar grocery store in partnership with Morrisons, the company has announced. Delivery HOP is part of the company’s fast grocery delivery arm and will be located on New Oxford Street in London. Customers will be able to order in store through digital kiosks, via the Deliveroo app for collection in store or for local delivery.
Posted: 03/10/2022
73 per cent of retailers have experienced a decline in online payment fraud since the introduction of mandatory Strong Customer Authentication (SCA), according to a new report by Barclaycard Payments.
Posted: 03/10/2022
John Lewis is launching its first womenswear rental platform. The UK department store, which has teamed up with rental platform HURR, said that the new service will include a range of its exclusive John Lewis brands and introduce over 20 new contemporary brands.
Posted: 3/10/2022
The Co-op has said it is taking measures to strengthen its balance sheet and support members throughout the cost-of-living crisis. The grocer says it's taking decisive management action to reduce operational costs, improve operational performance and prioritise capital expenditure.
Posted: 30/09/2022
Deliveroo has announced a new partnership with food saving app Too Good To Go. Too Good To Go connects consumers to unsold food from businesses at lower prices to save it going to waste.
Posted: 30/9/2022
Online fashion retailer Shein said that it plans to cut emissions across its entire supply chain by 25 per cent over the next eight years. The Chinese fast fashion company said that along with reducing carbon emissions, it is accelerating the use of recycled materials in its products. Shein will also focus on nearshoring and onshoring to meet the 2030 target, which Shein claims will reduce reliance on airfreight.
Posted: 30/09/2022
UK shop price annual inflation increased to 5.7 per cent in September, up from 5.1 per cent in the previous month.
Posted: 29/9/2022
Next has lowered its forecast for profit and sales due to the uncertain economic environment. In its half year report, the fashion retailer said sales had risen by around 12 per cent and pre-tax profit had risen 16 per cent to £401 million.
Posted: 29/09/2022
Shopify has announced the launch of POS Go, a new piece of retail hardware which features a built-in barcode scanner. Shopify said the new device is designed to give merchants the ability to deliver a “new kind of in-person shopping”.
Posted: 28/09/2022
Aldi has announced plans to open a new eco concept store in Leamington Spa. The UK store has been designed to reduce carbon consumption, with sustainable building materials and design changes which the budget retailer says could reduce life-cycle carbon emissions by “up to two-thirds”.
Posted: 28/9/2022
Boohoo has announced a 10 per cent drop in sales has warned that revenue will likely continue to decline for the rest of the year.The online fashion retailer said sales had fallen to £882.4 million during the six months to 31 August. Gross margins dropped from around 55 per cent during the comparable six-month period a year ago to roughly 53 per cent.
Posted: 28/09/2022
Gymshark has appointed Mat Dunn as its new chief financial officer to replace Philip Daw, the company has announced. Dunn will join the fitness clothing brand in early 2023. He joins from ASOS, where he worked for almost four years as chief financial officer. He also worked as chief operating officer at ASOS and served as chief executive for an interim period. Prior to ASOS, Dunn held roles at drinks company Britvic and brewer SABMiller.
Posted: 27/09/2022
Card Factory has reported revenue of £198 million in its half-year report ended 31 July – a near 70 per cent increase from £116.9 million in the same period of 2021.
Posted: 27/09/2022
The Spanish Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) provider SeQura has closed an agreement with Citi bank of up to €150 million. Along with existing financial partner Chenavari, the agreement with Citi brings SeQura’s total financing potential up to €200 million.
Posted: 27/09/2022
The UK’s competition watchdog has issued fines totalling £2 million to JD Sports, Elite Sports, and Rangers after it found they fixed retail prices on Rangers-branded merchandise.
Posted: 27/9/2022
Aldi has promised to provide the lowest food prices in the UK to help customers cope with the rising cost of living. The grocer said it has gained 1.5 million extra customers in its stores over the past 12 weeks as consumers look for better deals.
Posted: 26/09/2022
Local bank branch closures across the UK are increasing the demand for access to cash deposit services at the Post Office, according to a new study. The University of Bristol study found that one in 10 UK Post Offices had been affected by a nearby bank closure, resulting in a 27 per cent rise in demand for cash deposit services.
Posted: 26/09/2022
The cost-of-living crisis will drive a significant drop in footfall across UK High Streets in the months leading up to Christmas this year, according to new forecasts.
Posted: 26/9/2022
Amazon has announced a new sale for Prime members in an attempt to boost revenue and help customers navigate economic uncertainty. The Prime Early Access Sale will start on 11 October and last for 48 hours. It will take place in 15 different countries including the UK, the Netherlands, Turkey and France.
Posted: 26/09/2022
Amazon has announced the expansion of its partnership with Affirm, the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) provider, to offer the company’s BNPL option at checkout for customers in Canada. Once selected at checkout, Affirm performs a ‘soft’ credit check on customers. If approved, customers then have the option to split their purchases of $50 or more into monthly payments.
Posted: 26/09/2022
ScS has hired John Walden as non-executive chairman. He will take on the role when the current chairman Alan Smith retires next year.The company said Walden will initially join the board of the furniture and flooring retailer as independent non-executive director in March 2023. He will become chairman in November 2023.
Posted: 23/09/2022
Timpson Group is partnering with Position Imaging, the package logistics and asset tracking firm, to offer a self-service package pickup solution in its stores. The UK and Ireland-based service retailer will be rolling out the technology in its 2,100 stores in the UK and Ireland.
Posted: 23/09/2022
Klarna is reportedly rolling out a second round of job cuts after the FinTech dropped 10 per cent of its workforce earlier this year.
Posted: 23/9/2022
Amazon has announced that it is launching 71 new renewable energy projects around the world. As part of the plans, the e-commerce giant is opening a new solar farm in Brazil, the first the company has opened in South America.
Posted: 22/9/2022
Music retailer HMV has launched a new record label and signed a new artist for the first time in over 20 years. 1921 Records will focus on debut albums from grassroots records, the company said.
Posted: 22/09/2022
Pre-tax profits at JD Sports declined by nearly a fifth in the six months to July. Profits were down from around £440 million during the same period of last year to roughly £384 million.
Posted: 22/9/2022
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has detailed a £15 million support package to support its colleagues throughout the cost-of-living crisis. From 1 October, the retailer will increase 40,000 of its employees’ hourly pay to a minimum of £10.20, which follows a previous pay increase from £9.50 to £10 in April.
Posted: 22/09/2022
The founder of Campaign for Uyghurs has called for “tangible action” from the government to stop forced labour in North Western China.
Posted: 21/9/2022
Food retailer SPAR has announced a partnership with food technology company Whywaste to reduce food wastage. Whywaste offers a variety of services including a digital date-checking app which identifies and keeps track of product about to expire. The company says that this allows retailers to take action and make sure these products are sold rather than wasted.
Posted: 21/09/2022
Sainsbury’s has announced the opening of Sainsfreeze, a new walk-in freezer pop-up store aimed at helping customers to reduce surplus food waste and save money. The pop-up store has the appearance of a regular Sainsbury’s from the outside, with the difference being that all the offerings that customers would normally buy fresh - including fruit, veg, meat and eggs – are frozen.
Posted: 21/09/2022
Mytheresa, the luxury e-commerce fashion retailer, has announced gross merchandise value (GMV) growth of 21 per cent to €747.3 million for its full fiscal year 2022.
The Munich-based company’s results showed gross profit growth of around 24 per cent for the 2022 fiscal year ended June 30, while adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grew by roughly 21 per cent to €66.3 million.
Posted: 20/09/2022
IKEA, Unilever, DPD, Maersk, and JSW Steel are committing to rolling out zero-emission electric truck fleets by 2040.
Posted: 20/9/2022
Kingfisher, the owner of hardware stores B&Q and Screwfix, has seen sales and profit fall. In an earnings statement, the company said in the six months to 31 July group sales declined by 4.1 per cent at constant current to £6.8 billion. Statutory pre-tax profit fell by 30 per cent to £474 million.
Posted: 20/09/2022
Frasers Group has announced that Mike Ashley will step down as director from the company.
Posted: 20/9/2022
Retail sales volumes in the UK declined by 1.6 per cent last month, according to the latest figures from ONS.
Posted: 16/9/2022
B&M has confirmed when Simon Arora will step down from his role as chief executive.

In a letter to shareholders, the discount retailer said that Simon Arora will stop acting as chief exec of the company on 26th September 2022.
Posted: 16/09/2022
Worldwide expenditure on payment cards rose by 23 per cent to over $42 trillion in 2021, according to new research by Retail Banking Research (RBR). RBR said the rise came as economies around the world recovered from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, which had led to a marginal fall in payment card spending in 2020.
Posted: 16/09/2022
Sales at H&M have declined more than predicted over the past three months due to the cost-of-living crisis.

In the retailer’s latest financial results, it said that net sales decreased in local currencies by four per cent.
Posted: 16/09/2022
Walmart has launched a new feature on its app which lets customers virtually try on clothes before buying them.

The new feature, called ‘Be Your Own Model’, lets customers upload a picture of themselves and to see how an item of clothing looks on their bodies.
Posted: 15/09/2022
Amazon employees at a warehouse in Coventry are to become the first in the UK to carry out a formal strike ballot.
Posted: 15/9/2022
Wayflyer, the financing and growth platform for e-commerce businesses, has announced its expansion into four additional European markets. The company now offers e-commerce businesses in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, and Denmark access to funding aimed to help them scale, improve cashflow, and drive sales, Wayflyer said.
Posted: 15/09/2022
John Lewis has announced a pre-tax loss of £99 million for the first six months of the year. The department store recorded a profit of £69 million during the same period of 2021.
Posted: 15/9/2022
Amazon is putting $450 million towards a new education programme, employer-sponsored pensions, and pay rate increases for its drivers over the next 12-months.
Posted: 14/9/2022
Mothercare has announced a significant rise in pre-tax profit following a loss of £21.5 million in the last financial year. Earnings for the year ending March 2022 rose to £12.1 million.
Posted: 14/9/2022
Sainsbury’s has announced a £25 million investment in a support package to help its hourly-paid staff with rising household costs during the cost-of-living crisis. £20 million of the investment will go towards staff pay increases, Sainsbury’s said.
Posted: 14/09/2022
Inditex, the owner of Zara, has reported record high sales growth and income for the first six months of the year. During the period, Zara saw sales increase by 29 per cent to €10.9 billion.
Posted: 14/9/2022
UK spending on retailer own-label lines was £393 million higher in the past four weeks. According to figures published by Kantar, own-brand items now make up 51 per cent of the market.
Posted: 13/9/2022
Bread Financial is partnering card issuing platform Marqeta to enhance the in-store checkout experience for shoppers using Bread PayTM, its suite of Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) products. Using Marqeta’s platform, Bread Financial is set to launch its Bread PayTM card, a one-time use card which delivers ‘Pay in 4’ and instalment loan products in-store and online.
Posted: 13/09/2022
H&M Thailand has announced plans to roll out a virtual fitting feature in its stores next year.
Posted: 13/9/2022
Ocado has warned that rising energy and dry ice costs are likely to weigh on the company's profitability in the final months of the year.
Posted: 13/9/2022
Starbucks has unveiled a new NFT loyalty programme for its rewards members and employees. The coffeehouse chain said that the new programme, called ‘Starbucks Odyssey’, will be an extension of its existing rewards scheme.
Posted: 12/9/2022
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has revealed it will focus more on technology this year with several new appointments and the launch of a new committee.
Posted: 12/9/2022
Amazon is acquiring Belgian mechatronics business Cloostermans as part of plans to ramp up its robotics operations.
Posted: 12/9/2022
The value of contactless payment transactions will reach $10 trillion globally by 2027, according to a new study by Juniper Research. Standing at $4.6 trillion in 2022, Juniper anticipates that investment in the underlying contactless payments ecosystem, such as contactless‑enabled POS (Point-of-Sale) terminals and device-level support, will be the key driver of contactless transactions value growth over the next five years.
Posted: 12/09/2022
Gymshark has announced it will launch its flagship store on Regent Street next month. The 18,000 square foot store will open on 1st October.
Posted: 9/9/2022
Crew Clothing has partnered Planning-inc to integrate a customer data platform aimed at achieving hyper-personalised customer experience. The apparel brand said that Planning-inc’s Unilyze platform would enable it to use real-time data from a wide range of first-party sources, including in-store and and online transactions.
Posted: 09/09/2022
Checkout.com has announced the launch of a new payments solution designed for online marketplaces and sellers.
Posted: 9/9/2022
ASOS has said that after seeing good growth in June and July, last month’s sales were “weaker than anticipated”.
Posted: 9/9/2022
eBay is partnering with clothing repair and resale company Reskinned to expand its second-hand clothing range.
Posted: 8/9/2022
UK Finance has warned that while consumer spending has remained stable in the second quarter of the year, but there are "tough times ahead".
Posted: 8/9/2022
Primark-owner Associated British Foods (ABF) has warned that profits at the budget retailer are likely to decline over the next year amid rising inflation.
Posted: 8/9/2022
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded its Phase 1 investigation into Morrisons’ proposed £190 million merger acquisition of McColl’s and has found that the merger raises competition concerns in 35 areas. The authority concludes that McColl’s or MFG convenience stores will face reduced competition if the deal is allowed to go ahead as planned.
Posted: 08/09/2022
Ocado Retail has appointed chief product officer Hannah Gibson as its new chief executive. Gibson, who is currently chief product officer for Ocado Technology, will step up to the role of CEO of Ocado’s retail division on 20th September.
Posted: 07/09/2022
Boots has announced the launch of a new everyday range of essential products priced at £1.50 or less. The health & beauty retailer's new range includes 60 essentials across toiletries, skincare, dental, haircare and period products.
Posted: 07/09/2022
Klarna CEO Sebastian Siemiatkowski has taken to Twitter to lambast the media's attitude towards the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) giant. In his Twitter post, he highlighted the "full disconnect between media's 'truth' about Klarna vs the actual state of Klarna".
Posted: 06/09/2022
Boots is launching a new online marketplace in the spring of 2023. The health & beauty retailer’s marketplace will be built in collaboration with e-commerce platform Mirakl.
Posted: 06/09/2022
Sales growth has slowed in August as price hikes loom, according to new data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).Sales were up by 1 per cent in August, compared to an increase of 3 per cent in August 2021, pointing to a slow down as the cost of living crisis bites.
Posted: 06/09/2022
Payments made using contactless card-reader technology have risen from 65 per cent to 87 per cent in the last three years, according to new data from Lloyds Bank.
From April 2020, the contactless limit was increased from £30 to £45, and rose to £100 in October 2021.
Posted: 06/09/2022
Wayflyer, the revenue-based financing and growth platform for e-commerce businesses, has announced it has received a $200 million debt financing facility.
Posted: 2/9/2022
Highly dangerous e-bike chargers have been found on Amazon, eBay, AliExpress, and Wish.com, according to an investigation by Electric Safety First.
Posted: 2/9/2022
Selfridges has said it is aiming for 45 per cent of its transactions to come from circular products and services by 2030.
Posted: 2/9/2022
SumUp has launched its new SumUp Pay, a digital wallet with an integrated loyalty scheme, in the UK, Germany and Italy through Apple and Google’s app stores.
The new free app marks the mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) company’s first foray into the B2C payments space.
Posted: 02/09/2022
The majority of Gen Z – 60 per cent – and Millennial – 63 per cent – shoppers prefer to buy directly from international e-commerce brands over marketplace platforms, according to new research by the direct to consumer (DTC) e-commerce solution provider ESW. ESW’s survey of more than 14,000 consumers across 14 countries also found that almost three quarters – 73 per cent – of Millennials and 69 per cent of Gen Z consumers believed DTC channels gave them a more personalised consumer experience and included offers and promotions specifically targeted towards their preferences, compared with 63 per cent of Gen X and 50 per cent of Baby Boomers.
Posted: 01/09/2022
UK footfall improved last month to 13.2 per cent below pre-pandemic levels, according to research from Springboard.
Posted: 1/9/2022
3D printing won’t improve conditions for factory workers in the clothes manufacturing industry, according to new research.
Posted: 1/9/2022
Samsung has opened an immersive experience space at the InMotion flagship store at Heathrow’s T5 terminal.
Posted: 1/9/2022
Klarna has recorded operating losses of around £500 million (SEK 6.2 billion) in the first six months of the year.
Posted: 1/9/2022
Owners of 19 million energy inefficient homes in the UK will see their bills increase by £1,730 when the energy price cap comes into effect in October, according to Kingfisher, the parent company of Screwfix and B&Q. A report from the retail group found that the two thirds of homes in England and Wales rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) D or below would be hit by the projected rise, compared to an increase of £982 per year for those in the third of homes which meet the government’s target energy efficiency rating of C or above.
Posted: 31/08/2022
Ant Group-owned Alipay+ is partnering with global cross-border payments business Thunes to connect Asia’s most popular mobile wallets with European merchants.
Posted: 31/8/2022
Meta has announced the launch of a new end-to-end shopping feature on WhatsApp in India.
Posted: 31/8/2022
The Co-operative Group (Co-op) has announced it is selling its petrol forecourt business to Asda for £600 million. The buyout includes 129 petrol sites across the UK.
Posted: 31/8/2022
UK food inflation rose to 9.3 per cent this month, the highest level since the global financial crisis in 2008.
Posted: 31/8/2022
Footfall across the UK increased by five per cent over the bank holiday weekend in comparison to the previous week.
Posted: 30/8/2022
Farfetch has recorded revenue growth of around 11 per cent to $579 million in the second quarter of the year.
Posted: 30/8/2022
Asda is reportedly in talks to buy Co-op’s petrol forecourt business.
Posted: 30/8/2022
Retail sales grew at the fastest pace in 9 months in August according to new data from the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), but retailers remain pessimistic about the overall business outlook.Retailers reported 37 per cent year-on-year growth in sales in the year to August and are expecting another firm rise next month, according to the CBI’s latest quarterly Distributive Trades Survey.
Posted: 26/08/2022
Moody’s has downgraded Iceland’s debt rating after the food retailer posted a pre-tax loss in the last financial year. Accounts filed at Companies House covering the year to 25th March 2022 showed that Iceland Foods suffered a pre-tax loss of £4.1 million in 2021.
Posted: 25/08/2022
Westfield is to host a series of new pop-up experiences created by tech brands including HP, Samsung and Intel Evo. As children and students prepare to head back to school and university after the summer break, Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City said the tech companies would be showcasing the latest tech innovations designed to support education and gamify learning experiences.
Posted: 25/08/2022
SPAR has signed an international agreement with VisionR to roll out its shopper analytics technology. Internationally, SPAR said it has been focused on utilising shopper insights to open up new opportunities in-store and improve the shopping experience for customers.
Posted: 25/08/2022
Asda is removing the best before dates on nearly 250 of its fresh fruit and vegetable products to help its customers reduce waste.
Posted: 24/8/2022
Co-op has announced that Shirine Khoury-Haq has been appointed group chief executive.
Posted: 24/8/2022
Klarna has backed using buy-now pay-later (BNPL) solutions for essential items, according to a report by City A.M. The news comes after the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a warning over the promotion of Buy Now Pay Later solutions throughout the cost-of-living crisis.
Posted: 24/08/2022
Boots is expanding its partnership with Deliveroo to 125 stores across the UK. The health and beauty retailer said that customers will have access to a wider range of products across new cities, including: Manchester; Bristol; Glasgow; and Belfast.
Posted: 24/8/2022
Confusing pricing practices at the UK’s leading supermarkets are making it difficult for struggling consumers to find the cheapest items amidst the cost-of-living crisis, Which? has claimed.
Posted: 23/8/2022
Square is partnering with Clearpay to launch a new Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service.
Posted: 23/8/2022
Screwfix is retiring its physical catalogues after 30 years of production. Digital screens will be introduced at the hardware store’s outlets across the UK to replace the catalogue.
Posted: 23/08/2022
Co-op has announced it is partnering with Uber Eats as part of the retailer's plans to expand its on-demand online home delivery service.
Posted: 23/8/2022
Global NFT transactions will jump from 24 million this year to 40 million in the next five years, according to new research.
Posted: 22/8/2022
Aldi has reportedly overtaken Morrisons as the fourth-largest grocer in the UK. According to research from Kantar, German-owned grocery chains Lidl and Aldi have poached 1.8 per cent, or £2.3 billion worth of worth of yearly grocery sales from Morrisons and other British supermarkets.
Posted: 22/8/2022
Simply Be has launched its first clothing rental edit on Hirestreet.The fashion and homeware brand, which sits within the N Brown Group, is launching on the rental platform with a 23 piece womenswear collection.
Posted: 22/08/2022
Retail sales jumped by 0.3 per cent in July despite the pressures of the cost-of-living crisis according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).The ONS said that sales volumes were up 0.3 per cent in July, following a revised fall of 0.2 per cent in June, with the slight recovery due to online sales promotions as consumers looked for online deals at events such as Amazon’s Prime Day.
Posted: 19/08/2022
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned firms that offer Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) products of the consequences of promoting misleading adverts.The regulator has said that although some BNPL agreements are unregulated, the financial promotions of all BNPL products must comply with its rules on financial promotion, designed to protect consumers from inadvertently taking on risks they cannot afford.
Posted: 19/08/2022
Cycling apparel brand Rapha Racing is partnering with technology provider 7bridges to optimise supply chains.Rapha Racing will use 7bridges’ AI-powered logistics technology to create more resilience supply chains in a bid to improve performance and reduce costs.
Posted: 18/08/2022
Frasers Group has chosen endpoint management provider Tanium to improve its cyber resilience and IT integration programmes as the company completes a series of mergers and acquisitions.The retail group, which is led by retail tycoon Mike Ashley, owns several leading High Street Brands including Sports Direct, House of Fraser, Jack Wills, Game, Flannels and Sofa.com and is currently leading a number of buyouts of fast fashion brands including I Saw It First and Missguided.
Posted: 18/08/2022
Vyne has announced a partnership with Wix.com to provide merchants on its platform with an Open Banking solution. The partnership between the pay with bank account-to-account (A2A) provider and the software as a service (SaaS) platform will give Wix’s UK-based merchants access to Vyne’s Open Banking payments infrastructure and enable them to offer customers the ability to pay directly from their preferred mobile banking app.
Posted: 18/08/2022
Parcel delivery business Evri, formerly Hermes, has appointed Harvinder Atwal as its new chief data officer.
Posted: 18/8/2022
Aldi is addressing its food waste problem by teaming up with Too Good To Go. The supermarket retailer said that is trialling the app across seven stores in the Northeast of England.
Posted: 18/8/2022
Aldi has become the latest major UK brand to adopt biomethane-fuelled HGVs from CNG Fuels.
Posted: 17/8/2022
UK consumers are returning to stores, perhaps in an effort to gain more control of spending and ‘try before they buy’, according to Barclaycard.
Posted: 17/8/2022
Asda has announced the roll out of a new loyalty programme across 633 UK stores, as well as online through asda.com for delivery and its click & collect service.
Posted: 17/8/2022
Shopify has introduced Shopify Collabs to help creators connect with merchants.
The new feature has been launched because most creators - small businesses and sole traders offering products, services and content and hoping to build their brands - struggle to make money and become independent, with only 4 per cent of creators making content full time, according to Shopify.
Posted: 17/08/2022
The government has announced plans to extend tariff cuts to hundreds of products exported from developing countries.
Posted: 16/8/2022
Kraft Heinz has announced the recall of 5,760 cases of Capri Sun after the drinks were mixed with a cleaning product.
Posted: 16/8/2022
Iceland and Fair for You are piloting a loan scheme aimed at helping customers through the cost-of-living crisis. Aimed at tackling food poverty amid soaring inflation, the affordable credit provider’s collaboration with the supermarket is offering Iceland customers ‘micro-loans’ of between £25 and £75.
Posted: 16/08/2022
Ted Baker has announced it is being taken over by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) for £211 million.
Posted: 16/8/2022
Aldi is increasing the hourly rate of pay for employees working its UK distribution centres.
Posted: 15/8/2022
Harrods is set to ‘take advantage’ of new laws to enlist agency workers to replace striking staff, according to documents seen by The Mirror. Harrods would be the first employer to make use of the legislation which came into force last month, said the newspaper.
Posted: 15/08/2022
Westfield London and Westfield Stratford City have signed deals to upsize stores for several global brands in 2022.
Posted: 15/8/2022
Klarna has launched a new feature on its app which enables UK users to view their full online order history, regardless of whether items are purchased through the company.
Posted: 15/8/2022
Tesco is now using electrically-powered lorries to deliver to more than 400 stores in Greater London. Reportedly the first of their kind, the lorries, made by Renault Trucks, are expected to replace around 30,000 miles per year of diesel-fuelled road miles with clean green energy while removing 23 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Posted: 12/08/2022
Aldi has announced it is trialling clear caps on its milk bottles as part of plans to improve the recyclability of its products.
Posted: 12/8/2022
The owner of Sports Direct and House of Fraser has sold a number of its retail parks for £205 million.
Posted: 12/8/2022
Illegal weapons are being sold by third-party sellers on Amazon, eBay, Wish, and AliExpress, a Which? investigation has found.
Posted: 12/8/2022
A coalition of New York-based organisations and labour unions have written a letter demanding that officials in Niagara, New York block a ‘harmful’ Amazon warehouse deal. Companies including the American Economic Liberties Project and Amazon Labour Union want officials to block a deal they claim would hand Amazon nearly $123 million in tax incentives in exchange for a warehouse.
Posted: 11/08/2022
Carrier management business GFS has announced it is collaborating with what3words.
Posted: 11/8/2022
Superdrug and Savers-owner A.S Watson Group has pledged to create 25,000 new UK jobs for 16-23 year olds by 2030.
Posted: 11/8/2022
More than 100 retail bosses from UK retailers, including Aldi, Amazon UK, Marks & Spencer, and Sainsbury’s, have called on British police and crime commissioners to make retail crime a priority.
Posted: 11/8/2022
Deliveroo has announced plans to end its operations in the Netherlands. The move comes as the food delivery business records a pre-tax loss of £147 million in the first half of the year, up from a £95 million loss during the same period of 2021.
Posted: 10/8/2022
More than 115,000 Royal Mail postal workers are set to strike this summer over pay.
Posted: 10/8/2022
Co-op has announced it is expanding its technology recycling trials with Spring.
Posted: 10/8/2022
Facebook-owner Meta has announced plans to remove live shopping from the social media platform.
Posted: 9/8/2022
The Post Office has said it more than £3.3 billion in cash was deposited and withdrawn across its 11,500 branches, the most the organisation has handled in its 360-year history.
Posted: 9/8/2022
UK retail sales growth increased last month, but the upward trend still failed to keep up with rising inflation.
Posted: 9/8/2022
Apple has told suppliers from Taiwan that China has started to strictly enforce a longstanding rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labelled as being made in either “Taiwan, China”, or “Chinese Taipei”, according to Nikkei Asia. The tech giant urged suppliers to treat the matter with urgency to avoid possible disruptions caused by goods and components being held for scrutiny, people familiar with the matter told Nikkei Asia.
Posted: 09/08/2022
Spoke has seen a six per cent rise in revenue since rolling out a new personalisation solution. In six months, the London-based custom-fit menswear retailer grew its owned audience by 150 per cent from its initial target.
Posted: 09/08/2022
PayPoint is adding more than 20 retail brands to its emergency e-voucher service, an initiative designed to help financially support the most vulnerable people in society.
Posted: 8/8/2022
The number of merchants using SoftPOS technology will reach over 34.5 million globally by 2027, up from six million in 2022, according to a new study.
Posted: 8/8/2022
Next is in talks to acquire a 25 per cent stake in lifestyle retailer Joules, according to Sky News. The valuation of Joules, which has 130 stores and employs 1,000 staff across the UK, has plunged by 90 per cent since the start of the year.
Posted: 08/08/2022
The number of people using Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) services is to reach more than 900 million globally by 2027, according to new research.
Posted: 8/8/2022
Amazon has announced it is buying consumer robot company iRobot.
Posted: 5/8/2022
Research from Barclaycard had shown that the average UK household spends £41.70 per month on subscription services, compared with an average of £51.65 in 2021, and £45.50 in 2020. The bank’s third annual study on the ‘subscription economy’ looked into how demand for sign-up products and services had evolved following growth throughout the pandemic and the impact of consumer spending in light of the cost-of-living crisis.
Posted: 05/08/2022
Asda is partnering with Deliveroo to offer on-demand grocery delivery from 15 UK stores.
Posted: 5/8/2022
Retail footfall across the UK dropped by 14 per cent last month compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Posted: 5/8/2022
Amazon workers at its warehouse in Tilbury, Essex have walked out over the company’s latest pay offer.
Posted: 4/8/2022
The Very Group has partnered with product experience management (PXM) vendor Akeneo as part of its ongoing tech transformation.
Posted: 4/8/2022
Next said its e-commerce growth “ground to a halt” during the second quarter of the year in comparison to 2021.
Posted: 4/8/2022
Zalando has posted second quarter results reflecting a ‘flat’ development compared to the same quarter in 2021. The Berlin-based fashion retailer’s gross market volume (GMV) remained flat at zero per cent to €3.1 billion.
Posted: 04/08/2022
The current average annual value of goods abandoned per online consumer is £861, a new survey by Deko has found. The e-commerce technology provider’s research shows that the average rate of ‘cart abandonment’ when shopping online could result in losses for retailers of up to £46 billion per year.
Posted: 03/08/2022
Collect+, the in-store parcel service from PayPoint, has said it saw a huge increase in parcel collections at convenience stores on Amazon Prime Day.
Posted: 3/8/2022
Ikea-owner Ingka Group has announced plans to expand its electric vehicle (EV) charger network. The company is to open more than 1,000 new charging points by the end of 2024.
Posted: 3/8/2022
Amazon has started offering Prime members in some US cities a ‘same-day’ delivery service from local retailers through the Amazon app or Amazon.com. Dubbed ‘Buy With Prime’, the retail giant’s new offering spans fashion items to homeware and is currently available in select ZIP codes in more than 10 US cities including Washington D.C., Miami, and Chicago.
Posted: 03/08/2022
Morrisons has said it is the first supermarket to launch a line of carbon neutral eggs.
Posted: 2/8/2022
Carbon emissions at Amazon increased by 18 per cent last year. The e-commerce giant attributed the hike in emissions to its strong growth in 2021, which saw the company's sales jump 27 per cent in the second quarter.
Posted: 2/8/2022
88 per cent of over 65s feel shut out by online brands, according to new research from customer engagement platform Twilio.
Posted: 2/8/2022
Co-op and Deliveroo have announced the extension of their partnership for a further three years. As part of the extension, Deliveroo will operate its delivery service across a further 110 stores by the end of the year, bringing the total number to 1,400.
Posted: 2/8/2022
TikTok is to sell fresh food on its platform in the UK.
Posted: 1/8/2022
The world’s most visited retail websites have been revealed in a survey conducted by price comparison and switching website Uswitch. Amazon (Amazon.com) topped the price comparison website’s list of most visited e-commerce websites globally, with 2.38 billion visitors per month. It was followed by ebay.com and Amazon.co.jp (Japan) with 761.1 million and 589 million monthly visits respectively.
Posted: 01/08/2022
There has been a significant increase in the number of UK consumers interested in switching to eco-friendly fashion, according to analysis from insurance provider Simply Business.
Posted: 1/8/2022
More than three quarters – 78 per cent – of small businesses in the UK believe that the cost-of-living crisis is the biggest threat to their company due to lack of consumer spending and fuel price increases, according to research by PayPal.
Posted: 1/8/2022
UK shoppers pay up to 50 per cent more than their counterparts in the European Union, according to a survey by Guardian Money. The survey examined the prices for a range of popular items sold in pan-European retailers including Ikea, Decathlon, and Zara with prices compared between the stores in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and Ireland.
Posted: 01/08/2022
JD Sports has announced the sale of Footasylum following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
Posted: 1/8/2022
Hugo Boss has partnered with virtual ‘try-on’ and scalable 3D digitisation company Reactive Reality. The luxury fashion house’s partnership will enable website visitors to use body measurement-accurate shopping via personalised avatars enabled by the site-wide integration of PICTOFiT, Reactive Reality’s augmented reality (AR) solution.
Posted: 29/07/2022
Amazon has reported a loss for the second time this year.
Posted: 29/7/2022
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is set to investigate eco-friendly and sustainability claims made by ASOS, Boohoo, and George at Asda about their fashion ranges. The CMA’s investigation will scrutinise 'green' claims made about their range of clothing, footwear, and accessories.
Posted: 29/07/2022
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has rolled out new HR technology as part of its digital-first strategy.
Posted: 28/7/2022
Frasers Group (Frasers) has acquired the online fashion retailer I Saw It First (ISIF) for an undisclosed sum. ISIF was launched by Jalal Kamani in 2017, who previously helped to co-found fashion retailer Boohoo with his brother Mahmud. ISIF has gone on to amass over five million consumers since its inception.
Posted: 28/07/2022
Which? says that Facebook, Google, and Trustpilot are failing to filter out fake reviews after carrying out an investigation.
Posted: 28/7/2022
Boots has completed a drone delivery of prescription medicines in what the company describes as a UK first.
Posted: 28/7/2022
12 per cent of UK consumers have been a victim of payments fraud in the past four years, new research shows.
Posted: 27/7/2022
Non-traditional sign-up products and services from retailers that are not usually associated with subscriptions are likely to drive the next phase of growth in the subscription economy.
Posted: 27/7/2022
Primark and Greggs have announced a second fashion collaboration. Dropping in Primark stores nationwide on 5 August, the 21-piece collection will include bodysuits, bumbags, and bucket hats.
Posted: 27/07/2022
Shopify has announced it is cutting 10 per cent of its staff. Tobias Lütke, the e-commerce company’s chief executive, said in a written statement that the cuts would span areas of the business including recruiting, support, and sales.
Posted: 27/07/2022
Wickes is seeing signs that the Do It Yourself (DIY) and Do It For Me (DIFM) are “softening”.
Posted: 26/7/2022
Following its competitors' lead, Amazon is set to increase the price of its video streaming and other Prime services. From September, the price of monthly Prime membership will increase from £7.99 to £8.99, while the price of the annual Prime membership will increase from £79 to £95 per year.
Posted: 26/07/2022
Civil rights campaigners have filed a legal complaint about Southern Co-op's use of facial recognition in its stores. Big Brother Watch claims that the supermarket’s use of the technology is “unlawful”.
Posted: 26/7/2022
Boots is opening a new technology workspace which aims to create a “start-up culture” within the organisation.
Posted: 25/7/2022
Aldi is increasing pay for its store workforce for the second time this year.
Posted: 25/7/2022
Co-op is to make around 400 of its roles redundant. The grocer said it expects the stated amount of redundancies when closed vacancies, redeployment, and creation of new roles as part of this process, are taken into account.
Posted: 25/07/2022
ASOS has extended its data academy with a new partnership with EdTech start-up Multiverse.
Posted: 25/7/2022
Co-op is rolling out robot deliveries in Bedford as part of an expanded partnership with Starship Technologies.
Posted: 22/7/2022
Amazon is planning to buy One Medical, a HealthTech company, for $3.9 billion.
Posted: 22/7/2022
Non-food store sales volumes in the UK dropped by 0.7 per cent last month, largely driven by a 4.7 per cent decline in clothing store sales.
Posted: 22/7/2022
The online payment gateway provider Airwallex has announced its launch on Shopify.
Merchants can plug in the Australian FinTech’s Airwallex Online Payments app to their online stores to accept payments from their global customers.
Posted: 22/07/2022
Aldi has announced plans to create around 1,000 new logistics roles across the UK over the next year.
Posted: 21/7/2022
Ocado Group has reported retail revenue of £1.1 billion in its interim results for the 26 weeks up to 29 May 2022. Retail revenue was down by eight per cent versus the first half of 2021 -- a reflection of the grocery market contracting post pandemic and the rising cost of living crisis in UK, the company said.
Posted: 21/07/2022
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced plans to acquire Gist, the primary logistics provider for M&S Food.
Posted: 21/7/2022
The UK retail industry has a long way to go before the industry “truly reflects the communities it serves”, a report by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found.
Posted: 20/7/2022
Marks & Spencer (M&S) has launched a new partnership with Benefit Cosmetics. The beauty brand’s collection will now be available across 700 M&S locations and online.
Posted: 20/7/2022
Superdrug has signed over 200 brands to the upcoming launch of its new marketplace. The health and beauty retailer’s marketplace platform will enable premium and start-up brands to partner with Superdrug to offer their products and services.
Posted: 20/07/2022
Instagram users can now buy products from small businesses directly in chats. Without leaving the chat, a user can now discuss details about a product, such as optional customisations and colour options.
Posted: 19/07/2022
The garden centre retailer Dobbies has announced a new partnership with Waitrose. Waitrose will provide Dobbies’ customers with a range of food, grocery products, and everyday essentials in more than 50 Dobbies garden centres across the UK.
Posted: 19/07/2022
H&M has said that it will withdraw operations from Russia permanently.The fashion retailer has initiated a process of winding down the business in the country.
Posted: 19/07/2022
Marks and Spencer (M&S) is removing best before dates from its fruit and vegetables in an attempt to reduce food waste. The dates will be removed from over 300 fruit and vegetable products – 85 per cent of M&S’ produce offering.
Posted: 18/7/2022
Amazon is to launch drone deliveries in Texas. The move comes a month after the e-commerce giant announced plans to bring ‘Prime Air’ drone deliveries to California.
Posted: 18/7/2022
Almost 40 per cent of FSTE-listed retailers have issued profit warnings in the past 12 months amid the cost living crisis, according to new data from EY-Parthenon.A study from the consulting and auditing firm revealed that profit warnings issued by UK-listed companies across all industries increased 66 per cent in the first half of 2022, with over half citing rising costs.
Posted: 18/07/2022
Morrisons has extended its strategic payments partnership with Worldline.
The supermarket chain has renewed its agreement with the payments services provider and is extending it with a new PIN Pad offering called Lane/3000.
Posted: 18/07/2022
Next has reportedly been underpaying staff for months as a result of the failed roll out of a new Oracle payroll system earlier this year.
Posted: 18/7/2022
Frasers Group has banned its staff from working from home on Fridays. The retailer, which owns Sports Direct and House of Fraser, has completely ended its flexible working policy, which was introduced during the pandemic, and has now said its staff must be in the office all week.
Posted: 15/07/2022
Amazon has announced plans to create more than 4,000 new permanent roles in the UK as part of plans to expand its workforce to 75,000 permanent employees by the end of 2022. Amazon said the 4,000 new roles are in addition to 40,000 new jobs opened up in the UK in the past three years.
Posted: 15/07/2022
Co-op and Starship technologies are rolling out robot grocery delivery across Wellingborough, Higham Ferrers, and Rushden in North Northamptonshire. The expansion will mean up to 45,000 residents will have access to the on-demand grocery delivery service.
Posted: 14/7/2022
Pepco Group, owner of discount retailer Poundland, has recorded year-on-year revenue growth of 17 per cent in the third quarter. Poundland itself saw revenue increase by 3.8 per cent during the same period.
Posted: 14/7/2022
Burberry is partnering with online game Roblox for its signature Lola bag collection. The luxury fashion retailer’s five virtual handbags will each be available for 24 hours from 11-15 July on the Roblox online storefront.
Posted: 14/07/2022
Adyen has launched Tap to Pay on iPhone, bringing Apple’s contactless payment option to the retail market.The Tap to Pay option allows businesses to use iPhones to accept contactless payments without the need to purchase or manage additional hardware.
Posted: 14/07/2022
Matalan has announced revenue of £286.5 million in the 13 weeks up to 28 May 2022.
The first quarter results mark a 29.2 per cent increase compared to the same period in the previous year.
Posted: 13/07/2022
Open Banking platform Tink has launched settlement accounts for merchants which aim at to simplify real-time bank payments.The rollout of the feature, which aggregates PIS (Payments Initiation Settlement), will see Tink extend into a fullstack Open Banking payments offering.
Posted: 13/07/2022
Australia's information regulator has launched an investigation into Kmart and Bunnings over their use of facial recognition in stores.
Posted: 13/7/2022
Tesco pharmacists and pharmacy employees are being trained on how to advise customers about serious illnesses.
Posted: 13/7/2022
Boohoo has introduced a £1.99 customer return fee for online orders. Customers will be refunded for any items they return, minus the fee. If multiple returns are made from the same order, the fee will be charged again.
Posted: 13/07/2022
Germany's largest bank, Deutsche Bank, is developing a Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) product for e-commerce marketplaces and online retailers.
Posted: 13/7/2022
Increasing shipping costs, driven largely by inflation and rising fuel prices, pose the biggest risk to online retail growth this year, according to new research.
Posted: 12/7/2022
Superdrug is collaborating with TikTok to run a talent competition. Inspired by products available at Superdrug, entrants to #SuperShow will complete three challenges and the final of the event will be live streamed on TikTok UK.
Posted: 12/07/2022
UK retail sales dropped by one per cent last month in comparison to a rise of more than 10 per cent in June 2021. During the three-months to June, non-food retail sales plummeted by 3.3 per cent on a total basis and 4.2 per cent on a like-for-like basis.
Posted: 12/7/2022
Klarna has announced a new valuation of $6.5 billion after an $800 million investment round.
Posted: 12/7/2022
A number of Apple Store employees in London have joined a union over 'exhausting' shift patterns.
Posted: 11/7/2022
Online payment fraud losses will surpass $343 billion between 2023 and 2027, new research claims.
Posted: 11/7/2022
ING has developed a payment method that allows consumers to make payments by holding a mobile device close to another phone.
Posted: 11/7/2022
Employees at the Post Office are striking twice this week over pay. On Monday, the strike will involve employees at the UK’s 114 Crown Post Officers, while on Thursday supply chain and administrative workers will take industrial action, impacting the country’s 11,500 sub-post offices.
Posted: 11/7/2022
JD Sports Fashion Group has appointed Andy Higginson, a former chairman of Morrisons supermarkets, as chair of the group.The board at the sportswear and fashion retailer has confirmed Higginson’s appointment and he is set to take up the appointment on 11th July 2022.
Posted: 08/07/2022
Lidl has announced plans to roll out flexible working for certain members of staff across the UK.The discount retailer revealed the move in a post on the Lidl GB LinkedIn account.
Posted: 08/07/2022
Superdrug has announced a 141 per cent increase in pre-tax profits to £45.3 million. The retailer’s annual report for the 53 weeks of its 2021 fiscal year compared to pre-pandemic profits of £18.8 million.
Posted: 08/07/2022
The boss of Currys has warned over the impact of the cost of living crisis as the electricals retailer announced a 19 per cent rise in pre-tax profits.Announcing the company’s annual results for the year to April 2022, Alex Baldock, chief executive of Currys said that despite adjusted pre-tax profits rising to £186 million, compared to £156m the previous year, the retailer is expecting tough times to come as consumers tighten their belts to cope with rising inflation.
Posted: 07/07/2022
The subscription economy, which grew significantly during the pandemic, is being threatened by the cost-of-living crisis and a return to the High Street, figures from Barclaycard Payments show.
Posted: 7/7/2022
Apple has announced it will introduce a 'lockdown mode' to give additional protection for people at high risk of targeted cyberattacks from state-sponsored spyware.
Posted: 7/7/2022
More than a third – 36 per cent – of British consumers have been unable to complete an online transaction because of new Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) rules, according to new research.
Posted: 6/7/2022
Royal Mail has integrated its international delivery service into Ebay. The integration means that sellers on the online marketplace will be able to offer Royal Mail International Tracked & Signed, Royal Mail International Signed, and Royal Mail International Standard available on Ebay, making it easier to export to Europe and the rest of the world, according to the postal service.
Posted: 06/07/2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a new investigation into Amazon over concerns the company’s practices on its UK marketplace may be anti-competitive.
Posted: 6/7/2022
Fashion retailer UNIQLO is partnering Adyen for omnichannel payments.Under the terms of the partnership, the financial technology platform will provide in-store and online checkout services to Fast Retailing, operator of UNIQLO, in multiple markets.
Posted: 06/07/2022
DPD UK has announced the launch of robot deliveries in two areas of Milton Keynes. The move is part of a trial with AI robotics and last mile delivery business Cartken.
Posted: 5/7/2022
Dyson has unveiled a new Demo store in Manchester’s Trafford Centre. The new immersive store is the engineering and technology company's second in the UK, along with a store on London’s Oxford Street, and is part of the company’s global drive to grow its direct-to-consumer retail ambitions.
Posted: 05/07/2022
Kingfisher, the owner of B&Q and Screwfix, is committing to a new 2040 net zero target.
Posted: 5/7/2022
Sainsbury’s has reported a four per cent drop in sales for the first quarter of the year.
Posted: 5/7/2022
Amazon has agreed to bring its Prime membership cancellation practices in line with EU consumer protection rules and the unfair commercial practices directive. Last year, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC), the Norwegian Consumer Council, and the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue lodged a complaint with the European Commission against the retail giant.
Posted: 04/07/2022
More than two thirds – 68 per cent – of retail executives are concerned about integrating new technology into existing systems, according to new research.
Posted: 4/7/2022
Today a new organisation designed to open up industry debate around privacy and ethical issues online has been launched. According to recent research from Adobe, 75 per cent of consumers are worried about how companies use their data.
Posted: 4/7/2022
Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) company Klarna could see its value drop by almost $40 billion after a capital raise at a valuation of $6.5 billion, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The business has increased its value from $5.5 billion to $46 billion over the past two years.
Posted: 4/7/2022
Amazon has announced the launch of it first UK micromobility hub featuring electric delivery vans, e-cargo bikes, and walkers for more sustainable deliveries in Central London. In a partnership with the London Borough of Hackney, the new fleet of e-cargo bikes and walkers will directly replace thousands of traditional van trips with a view to reducing traffic congestion.
Posted: 04/07/2022
Stock levels at Ikea have returned to normal for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to a report by Reuters.
Posted: 1/7/2022
E-commerce products with a high percentage of four and five-star reviews can see a tenfold increase in search demand across some industries, according to new research.
Posted: 1/7/2022
Amazon has restricted search results relating to the LGBT community on its United Arab Emirates (UAE) e-commerce platform. The move comes as Pride month, a global celebration for the LGBTQ+ community, draws to a close.
Posted: 1/7/2022
Retail sales at Boots UK surged 24 per cent in the third quarter of the year. Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) , which owns the British health and beauty retailer, said that there were market share gains across all categories.
Posted: 1/7/2022
Evri (formerly Hermes UK) is opening a new delivery depot in Plymouth this July.
The delivery company says the new depot which it has invested £1 million into, is in alignment with its commitment to continue investing in infrastructure which will support the growth of online shopping while creating over 50 new jobs in the area.
Posted: 30/06/2022
Hugo Boss is rolling out Nedap’s iD cloud platform across its retail business.The new technology will enable the fashion brand to know exactly what is in stock in stores so it can offer Shop-From-Store and Click & Collect.
Posted: 30/6/2022
Wickes has partnered with product sourcing platform RangeMe. The partnership aims to enhance the home improvement retailer’s product buying capabilities and give it access to more than 200,000 suppliers globally.
Posted: 30/06/2022
Ocado has announced the extension of its partnership with Groupe Casino.
Posted: 30/6/2022
Global fashion retailer H&M has partnered with Google Cloud on a new core data platform.
Posted: 30/6/2022
Farfetch and Good On You have launched a ‘sustainability hub’ for the fashion industry. Good Measures, the result of the partnership between the luxury fashion retailer and the sustainability ratings platform, furthers the ‘Positively Farfetch’ strategy, which aims to give brands a view of their current sustainability rating and offer guidance on how they can improve it.
Posted: 29/06/2022
Home improvement giant Kingfisher, which owns B&Q and Screwfix, is rolling out new 3D planning and design technology. The new tool, created by Marxent, includes a 3D kitchen, bathroom, and storage planner with virtual reality capabilities, as well as a number of mobile 3D product configurators.
Posted: 29/6/2022
Deliveroo has launched a new advertising platform. From next month, brands can advertise across the food and grocery delivery company's app, website, social media, and email campaigns.
Posted: 29/6/2022
H&M Group’s net sales have surged by 20 per cent to roughly £8.4 billion (SEK 103,670m) in the six months to 31 May 2022. The world’s second largest fashion retailer also reported a 17 per cent net sales increase in the second quarter of the year.
Posted: 29/06/2022
Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) has elected to retain ownership of Boots following the completion of a strategic review. The WBA stated that since launching the process, the global financial markets have suffered unexpected and dramatic change.
Posted: 28/06/2022
New Look is “refreshing” its e-commerce offering with a new technology partnership.
Posted: 28/6/2022
Fashion brands make up almost a quarter of greenwashing complaints to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA), according to a new report by RPC. Greenwashing is a practice in which marketers persuade the public that an organisation's products, aims and policies are environmentally friendly when this is not completely accurate.
Posted: 28/06/2022
Amazon is set to hold a second Amazon Prime event this year in the final quarter, according to sources cited by Business Insider. This marks first time the retail giant has held two Prime shopping events in one year.
Posted: 28/6/2022
Asda is understood to have spoken out against the proposed Online Sales Tax (OST) to the government.

The Daily Express reported that the supermarket was one of several retailers to meet with Lucy Frazer, financial secretary to the Treasury, to discuss the potential tax.
Posted: 27/06/2022
Zalando had revised its outlook for the second quarter of 2022. The Berlin-based online retailer cited deteriorating macroeconomic conditions as the reason for its lower end of full year guidance in contrast to its initial assessment in early May.
Posted: 27/06/2022
Walmart has added two new augmented reality (AR) features to its app. In July, the retail giant will launch a new feature on its iOS platform which will let consumers view furniture and décor items in their homes.
Posted: 27/6/2022
The number of shoppers at UK High Streets and shopping centres declined by 3.9 per cent during RMT Union rail strikes last week, according to data from the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
Posted: 27/6/2022
Retail volumes in the UK dropped by 0.5 per cent in May, following an increase of 0.4 per cent in the previous month, according to the latest ONS figures.
Posted: 24/6/2022
Klarna is seeking fresh funding to keep up with regulatory capital requirements, according to reporting by the Wallstreet Journal (WSJ). In the past two years, the Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) provider’s valuation rose from $5.5 billion to $46 billion.
Posted: 24/05/2022
Food retailer SPAR UK has signed a new deal with Deliveroo.The technology company will provide its delivery service to all 2,160 SPAR stores across England, Scotland, and Wales.
Posted: 24/6/2022
Mastercard is partnering with checkout-free technology platform Zippin to support the launch of its Shop Anywhere online stores. The first of Mastercard’s Shop Anywhere stores will debut this summer in the US, Europe, and South America.
Posted: 24/06/2022
eBay has completed the acquisition of a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) marketplace. UK-based KnownOrigin was founded in 2018 and enables artists and collectors to create, buy, and resell NFTs via blockchain-supported transactions. The acquisition aligns with Ebay’s ‘tech reimagination’ having begun allowing the buying and selling of NFTs in May 2021.
Posted: 23/06/2022
Retailer support for fully regulated Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) products could stop 876,000 Brits from debt, new research from Barclays and StepChange has found.
Posted: 23/6/2022
Twitter is partnering with Shopify on a new sales channel. Via the new channel, merchants will now be able to reach consumers directly from their Twitter profiles.
Posted: 23/06/2022
The 2022 Retail Systems Awards took place yesterday evening, in a ceremony at The Waldorf Hilton in the West End.
Posted: 23/6/2022
The UK competition watchdog has dished out a £1.5 million penalty to Dar Lighting for illegally preventing online price discounts. The retailer, which is a supplier of domestic light fittings, restricted the level of discounts retailers could offer to customers online between 2017 and 2019.
Posted: 22/6/2022
Supply chain issues have left more than 25 per cent of UK retailers only four weeks away from going bust, according to a new survey. The study, by retail technology provider Brightpearl, suggests that 85 per cent of retail businesses have been impacted by supply chain issues in the past 12-months.
Posted: 22/6/2022
The Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service provider Klarna has launched a new loyalty card feature in its app. Users will now be able to store and access all their physical store loyalty cards in digital format in the Klarna app.
Posted: 22/06/2022
JD Sports has published record figures for its latest financial year. The sportswear retailer saw pre-tax double from £421.3 million in 2020 to £947.2 million for the 52 weeks ended 29 January 2022.
Posted: 22/6/2022
For the first time, Deliveroo is providing its inventory management and picking technology to supermarkets so they can facilitate rapid delivery direct from store.
Posted: 21/6/2022
The number of global digital loyalty programme memberships is to surpass 32 billion by 2026, new research suggests.
Posted: 21/6/2022
Ocado Group is planning to raise £575 million from investors to help fund innovation at a faster pace and further invest in new technology. The retail tech giant also wants to “make the most” of growing online grocery demand by ramping up capacity.
Posted: 21/6/2022
Fashion brand Hugo Boss has opened a new tech-first flagship store in London’s Oxford Street. As part of Boss’s 500-million-euro store renovation programme entitled CLAIM 5, the new concept store aims to blend digital and in-store shopping experience and strengthen the customer journey along different consumer touchpoints, the company said.
Posted: 21/06/2022
LloydsPharmacy is expanding its existing partnership with Deliveroo. Over the next few months, Deliveroo will service rapid deliveries for the pharmacy group across an additional 110 UK stores.
Posted: 20/6/2022
Marks & Spencer is appointing Alex Freudmann as its new managing director of food. Freudmann is currently managing director of Dan Murphy’s, a large Australian beer, wine and spirits retailer.
Posted: 20/6/2022
The government has set out its long-awaited plans to regulate Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL). Under the new rules, BNPL firms will be forced to carry out affordability checks to make sure the service is affordable to all consumers that opt to use it.
Posted: 20/6/2022
Primark is to begin trialling a Click & Collect service for its kids’ range later this year. The announcement follows the launch of the fashion retailer’s new website in April and the stated intention to expand its kids’ range. The move is the discount fashion retailer’s first foray into online sales.
Posted: 20/06/2022
Fortnum & Mason is launching an official store on Tmall Global, China’s largest online B2C marketplace. Having established a ‘strong brand awareness’ with affluent Chinese consumers, the 315-year-old British department store is partnering with e-commerce accelerator Pattern to expand its online business to China as part of its regional growth strategy.
Posted: 17/06/2022
E-commerce technology business Doddle has announced the launch of its new self-service kiosks. The company says that the hardware device can enable automated, package-less, label-free self-service returns in under a minute.
Posted: 17/6/2022
Visa has said it will change its dispute programme next year to help crack down on first party misuse or 'friendly fraud'.
Posted: 17/6/2022
UK sales at Tesco have decreased by 1.5 per cent in the first quarter of the year, as the company’s chief executive warns of an “incredibly challenging” market environment.
Posted: 17/6/2022
Currys is partnering with Salesforce to support its omnichannel transformation strategy.The Customer Relationship Management (CRM) giant said that the tie-up would enable the tech retailer to drive forward digital transformation and offer customers a more personalised experience across channels.
Posted: 16/06/2022
Almost one in four – 24 per cent – of courier companies do not understand new international licensing rules and have not prepared for them, according to new research.
Posted: 16/6/2022
British High Street retailer WHSmith is rolling out InPost lockers across its stores throughout the UK.
Posted: 16/6/2022
Virgin Media O2 is partnering with Kindred to launch a sustainable shopping service via the My O2 app.The company said the new retail shopping feature called ‘Feel Good Shopping’ will help customers save money and support eco projects while shopping online.
Posted: 16/06/2022
Online fashion brands ASOS and boohoo have recorded a decline in sales driven by inflationary pressures and a hike in returns.
Posted: 16/6/2022
H&M Group’s net sales in local currency rose by 12 per cent in the second quarter of 2022 compared with the same period in 2021. Converted to Swedish Korona (SEK), the figures, accounting for the period between 1 March and 31 May, were up 17 per cent compared with last year’s performance.
Posted: 15/06/2022
Sales at WHSmith are ahead of 2019 levels for the first time. The company’s overall group revenue in the 15 weeks to 11 June was seven per cent higher than pre-pandemic levels.
Posted: 15/6/2022
Ryanair is partnering with FinTech APEXX to overhaul the low-cost carrier’s legacy payments infrastructure. The platform combines acquirers, gateways, shopping carts and Alternative Payments Methods into a single API connection.
Posted: 15/6/2022
US retail giant Walmart is calling on UK sellers to join its online marketplace. The marketplace is made up of third-party sellers which serve around 120 million American consumers every month.
Posted: 15/6/2022
Abercrombie & Fitch is expanding its same-day delivery service to all UK stores. Following a successful trial of the service in the US, the fashion retailer, which also owns the Hollister, abercrombie kids and Gilly Hicks brands, is partnering with Stuart, Gophr and software provider Delivery Solutions to broaden its fulfillment capabilities.
Posted: 14/06/2022
The number of jobs in the UK retail sector is declining, according to the latest ONS jobs figures. Data from the statistics institute shows that there are currently 2.9 million jobs in retail, down 83,000 year-on-year.
Posted: 14/6/2022
Zalando Group has acquired a majority stake in Berlin-based fashion brand Highsnobiety. The companies said they will leverage each other’s complementary strengths, combining Highsnobiety’s cultural relevance and insight, fashion authority and expertise with Zalando’s fashion network, e-commerce know-how and operational capabilities.
Posted: 14/06/2022
Amazon has announced plans to launch ‘Prime Air’ drone deliveries in California later this year. The e-commerce giant said that with its new technology, drones could one day be as common as delivery vans.
Posted: 14/6/2022
Since 2017 the UK retail sector has lost nearly 650,000 jobs, according to new research. Figures from the Centre for Retail Research reveal that there were more than 105,000 job losses last year alone.
Posted: 13/6/2022
New research has found that countries across Europe have varying attitudes towards e-commerce payments methods.
Posted: 13/6/2022
Digital retail sales declined by 8.7 per cent last month compared to the previous year, according to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index. The Index tracks online sales for 200 retailers.
Posted: 13/6/2022
Juni has concluded a $206 million Series B and venture debt funding round with backing from Revolut and Monzo investor TriplePoint Capital. Founded in 2020, Juni describes itself as a 'financial companion for e-commerce'.
Posted: 10/06/2022
Evri has appointed a new chief product officer as the delivery company, formerly known as Hermes, continues to build out its customer experience and digital offering.Joe Tarragano joins the company following a 25 year career in digital roles at organisations including eBay, Dun & Bradstreet and Thomson Reuters.
Posted: 10/06/2022
Apple’s Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) service will be financed in-house by a wholly owned subsidiary rather than a banking partner.The tech giant said its Apple Pay Later service will directly offer short-term loans to consumers from its own balance sheet via subsidiary Apple Financing LLC.
Posted: 10/06/2022
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has approved US private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Holdings' (CD&R) $7 billion acquisition of WM Morrison Supermarkets (Morrisons). CD&R also owns Motor Fuel Group, the UK’s largest independent petrol station operator with 921 forecourts.
Posted: 09/06/2022
Asda is partnering with Salesforce for its latest technology transformation project.The big 4 supermarket is teaming up with the customer relationship management (CRM) software giant to deploy Salesforce technology to build a 360-degree view of its customers, providing personalised and tailored experiences that will aim to ‘revolutionise the consumer grocery experience.’
Posted: 09/06/2022
John Lewis has announced the first three locations for its rental home developments.

The retail group announced in 2020 its intentions to become a private landlord with a view to diversifying its revenue streams, by building a community of rental properties around its retail stores.
Posted: 09/06/2022
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