In today’s InternetRetailing newsletter we’re reporting as Amazon says membership of its Prime subscription scheme is now over 200m - and as it reports a 44% rise in sales over the first quarter of the year - and predicts further sales to come.
This week WHSmith points to strong online performance in its latest figures, although Covid-19 store closures in its travel business mean that its sales – and bottom line – still lag behind previous years.
Both these stories chime with figures out today that show the empty shop rate increasing during lockdown 3.0, especially in shopping centres – and fears of more to come. That shift away from stores comes as more sales have taken place online during and after Covid-19 lockdowns.
The steady shift of sales from the high street to online is what the Northern Ireland Department of the Economy now plans to tackle with a high street stimulus plan that is set to give every adult resident £100 to spend on the high street - but not online.
Retailers that were never previously online have considered it since the emergence of Covid-19, and this week we learn that Poundland has launched its long-anticipated online trial, serviced from an online fulfilment store in Cannock.
In today’s guest comment, Fran Quilty of Conjura warns a reckoning is coming for the ecommerce sector - and advises on how to be on the right side.