Debenhams reports 12.7% growth in first-half multichannel sales following move to widen delivery choice and cut discounts

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Debenhams today said its multichannel business continued to grow over six months in which it it improved delivery and ran fewer promotional offers. Online sales of £271.8m were 12.7% up in the six months to February 28 compared to the previous year. Ecommerce now accounts for 17% of the department (more…)

InternetRetailing Media acquires Fulfilment & e.logistics and m.logistics magazines

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InternetRetailing Media has bought two specialist logistics magazines to boost a publishing portfolio that focuses on multichannel retailing and related industries. The move to buy Fulfilment & e.logistics and m.logistics Magazines follows hard on the heels of January’s launch of eDelivery magazine. It comes soon after the sale of Internet (more…)

Majestic Wines buys online rival Naked Wines, appointing its founder to head the combined business

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Majestic Wines is to buy online competitor Naked Wines , appointing Naked Wines’ founder Rowan Gormley as its new chief executive, it announced this morning. The £70m transaction will give Majestic the online and ecommerce skills of the social media-led pureplay, while Majestic will give Naked Wines a store network (more…)

Doddle takes its carrier-agnostic collection points to universities

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Doddle has moved beyond railway stations to launch carrier-agnostic collection points at universities. The Network Rail joint venture started operating at railway stations last year, offering shoppers the opportunity to collect their online purchases from the same pick-up point, no matter where they’d bought them. This week Doddle announced that (more…)