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EDITORIAL How are shoppers buying this Mother’s Day? PLUS latest strategy updates from DFS, Tesco and more

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In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter we have the latest updates from the ecommerce and multichannel retail industry. 

We’re looking ahead to whether shoppers will be buying this Mother’s Day – and considering what the evidence says about how much they’ll spend and what they’ll buy. 

We also report as DFS says it is continuing to invest for growth both online and off, as it reports a dip in sales and a 70% fall in profits as costs rose. The sofa-to-mattresses retailer says that it has increased to record levels its share of a declining upholstery market, and it sees more opportunities to expand beyond that market.

Meanwhile, we have insights into how fast and ultra fast delivery are developing, gleaned from the latest figures from Deliveroo. The delivery company says the proportion of sales it makes from grocery delivery rose in its latest financial year, while it is also exploring new ways of enabling grocers – and other retailers – to deliver quickly. Andd we report as Tesco says it has saved more than 24,000 tonnes of carbon emissions through the electric charging network that now reaches 600 stores.  

We also share some of the key findings from 2023 RXUK Top500 research, looking in today’s installment at the Operations Value Chain, where we assess how effective leading UK retailers are in putting their wares in front of as many people as possible. 

In today’s guest comment, Alexis Normand of Greenly sets out the steps that retailers can take to monitor the carbon footprint of their supply chain. 

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