Tag Archives: Online Shopping

Opinion | West End Farewells? – Regent Street’s Hamleys has met a modern cross-roads

While the past year has seen the toy industry achieve great results through channels nimble enough to adapt to the demands of the pandemic, for many a big name retailer, the road has been a rocky one. Among them, the iconic toy shop, Hamleys has suffered its fair share of …

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FCA called to regulate Buy Now Pay Later platforms after transactions triple in 2020

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has been called in to regulate the agreements used by buy-now-pay-later companies like Klarna and Clearpay, after a government review found potential for consumer harm. Earlier this month, the Treasury declared that fintech lenders using these channels would be required to carry out affordability checks …

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Are cardboard boxes this year’s toilet paper? Pandemic drives shortages in supplies UK-wide

Thanks to the ongoing surge in home deliveries driven by the pandemic and the world’s lockdown measures, cardboard boxes could very well be this year’s toilet paper. According to the Royal Mail, it is estimated that some 200 million more parcels went through the postal and courier system over the …

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Jeff Bezos steps down from CEO role as Amazon reports record-breaking financials

The billionaire founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is stepping down as the company’s CEO in an announcement that has hit the headlines the world over. The news was shared on Tuesday, February 2nd amid the online behemoth’s latest financial results in which Amazon reported sales of $125.6bn in the last …

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BeeZee launches app for online consumers looking to shop with local indie retailers

Independent toy shops lacking the infrastructure to compete with some of the biggest online retailers are being offered a means of leveling the playing field, through the launch of BeeZee – a new app and website that lets users shop locally from their own home. Launched as a means of …

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Debenhams’ co-CEO exits the business following winding-up orders after Boohoo deal

Debenhams’ co-CEO is leaving the business following the issuance of court orders to wind up its operations after the acquisition deal with online retailer Boohoo was struck this week. The co-chief executive, Steven Cook, will be exiting the Debenhams business following a four year stint with the department store chain …

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Kids Insights – The direct approach: Will 2021 be the year for direct to consumer selling?

In its latest report in which it outlines the consumer trends among children aged three to 18 set to shape the coming year, market intelligence agency, Kids Insights predicts a stark rise in direct to consumer retail. With social media and brand’s own platforms playing such an integral role in …

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Retail warns of “revenue-crushing” impact on sector should click-and-collect ban spread

The British Retail Consortium and Scottish Retail Consortium have warned that the curb on non-essential click and collect services could prove ‘disastrous for an already beleaguered retail industry,’ with far wider implications for the UK’s retail sector should the ban widen. The warning has been issued since yesterday’s breaking announcement …

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OPINION: A new retail terrain – The immense global shift to online shopping

Government restrictions coupled with customer caution witnessed 2020 truly become a year for online shopping, as consumers made the shift on an immense, global scale. As consumers grow increasingly comfortable with the digital high street, that trend is set only to continue further. But, suggests OnBuy founder, Cas Paton, that …

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