Tesco is bringing augmented reality into play as it takes digital into its smaller convenience stores this Christmas. The retailer says it has produced the first bespoke high street window display to be shown by a supermarket. All the items shown in the Regent Street Metro window can be bought (more…)
John Lewis has reported online sales up by more than a fifth as Christmas spending continues to climb. The department store saw online sales rise by 22% in the week to December 7, the second week in a row in which more than a third of its business went through (more…)
TUI Travel today said its strategy of selling holidays directly to customers had been proven through “outstanding” financial results. Peter Long, chief executive, said results including sales of £15bn in the year to September 30, 4% up on the previous year, and a 21% rise in pre-tax profits to £473m, (more…)
Carpetright says a move to align its website and call centre have led to sales from the combination of the two that are equivalent to one of its top 20 stores. The floor coverings-to-beds business said the results stem from work to improve its conversion to sales ratio, with improved (more…)
Christmas sales may break records – but retailers must factor in returns when working out how good their performance has been.
Watchmaking company the Binda Group, owner of the Breil watch brand, is launching its first website.
Christmas shoppers went online in force to buy this Cyber Monday, according to multichannel retailers and vendors alike.
La Redoute is moving into the US market. The French fashion and home products retailer, which trades in the UK through laredoute.co.uk, is selling into the American market through Amazon and eBay, using ChannelAdvisor’s Marketplaces.
Magazine publisher Condé Nast is to launch an ecommerce division as it looks to explore new commercial horizons brought by the emergence of new technology and the growth of online retail. It has hired from the world of retail, appointing Franck Zayan (pictured), currently responsible for ecommerce at Paris department (more…)
For those of you who haven’t heard much about it yet, Google Glass is a wearable computer that looks like a pair of futuristic sunglasses. You can use it like your smartphone to get directions, check flight information or any other task that you might ask a computer to do. (more…)
High streets must invest and adapt to the rise of online to ensure a prosperous future, new research out today suggests. Filling empty shops and offering a wider choice are among the key priorities for town managers countering the growth of ecommerce, the report, carried out for the British Property (more…)
Tesco today said its focus on multichannel was delivering “record” online grocery orders. The rise in ecommerce food transactions comes at a time when the UK’s largest retailer now offers one-hour grocery home delivery slots to more than 98% of the UK population, and has more than 200 grocery Click (more…)
Christmas trading has got off to a strong start online and via mobile, figures from both retailers and industry commentators suggest. A raft of Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotions appear to have helped lift sales across both days. John Lewis said Friday’s sales on the johnlewis.com website were more (more…)
Online sales grew strongly in November as Christmas shoppers made an early start, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The BRC-KPMG Online Retail Sales Monitor for November 2013 found non-food online sales grew by 16% during the month, taking three-month average growth to 13.8%. That gave a boost to (more…)
Network Rail is trialling ecommerce parcel shops at mainline stations, and says this will be the first time such a service is available to all retailers and carriers for deliveries, collections and returns. The first of the new Doddle collection points opens today at Milton Keynes Central, and will be (more…)
Retailers are struggling to connect with older consumers, who say they feel left “out in the cold” despite having more time and money than ever before, according to new research.
Online retailer Amazon is looking to a future of automated delivery using airborne drones. In as little as five years time, Amazon Prime Air deliveries could be made in the US within half an hour of ordering using small unmanned aerial vehicles. A video now available on the Amazon website (more…)
Irish shoppers can now return their goods to UK retailers via collection point service CollectPlus for the first time. CollectPlus has teamed up with Irish lockerbank service Parcel Motel to offer the new service. Littlewoodsireland.ie is the first retailer to sign up to it. The retailer, part of Shop Direct, (more…)
Retailers have launched into Black Friday with a host of special offers. Meanwhile, the busiest online shopping day is yet to come, with Cyber Monday just around the corner.
More of Thomas Cook’s holidays are now booked online, the travel company said this week as it reported on the first year of a transformation programme that aims to shift the balance of the business from the high street to online. The company aims to see more than half its (more…)