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Bread of life: all change in the way we buy food online?

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In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter we’re reflecting on the capacity for change in the way that consumers buy food, whether it’s their weekly shop or a takeaway. We report on how Morrisons this week brought a new twist to the way shoppers can buy groceries, as it moved to become a wholesale supplier to Amazon, a sales channel that will run parallel to its own online grocery service.

At Etail Towers, as you might expect, we’re not short of opinions on the move – we’ve brought you our thoughts here.

Then we also report on Just Eat as it reports a 58% rise in online takeaway orders via its platform. The marketplace says that 70% of its orders were via mobile, and more than 40% via mobile apps.

The theme that runs through both these stories is the way that shoppers are now being offered more and different choices – giving them more ability to shop in the way that suits them at any moment in time, whether that’s via an app or via a third-party website. What matters to consumers is that they can make that choice. What matters to retailers is that they are the ones offering that choice.

Today we also report on the BRC’s analysis that by 2025 there’ll be almost a million fewer jobs in retail – but that the ones that survive will be better, and better paid, ones, and on Homebase as it moves into a new future.

Today’s IRX 2016 preview focuses on the digital merchandising conference, while today’s guest comment comes from Simon Whitehouse of MarkMonitor, on the importance of an online brand protection strategy for retailers.

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