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The biggest eCommerce stories of 2019

Essential Retail shares some of the biggest eCommerce stories of 2019.


Sweaty Betty admits eCommerce data breach

Sweaty Betty admits customer card details may be vulnerable as it reveals cyber criminals inserted malicious code into eCommerce store.


Alibaba says Singles Day event generated $12bn in first hour

Alibaba says annual 11.11 shopping event generates $12 billion in gross merchandise volume in first hour.


Zalando introduces two-factor payment authentication

Zalando has implemented two-factor authentication for customers paying for goods online.


The Entertainer's new website drives sales improvement

Toy retailer The Entertainer has reported an early improvement in sales after launching its new website.


Amazon partners with Next for Counter click & collect launch

Amazon has launched a new click & collect option for shoppers called Counter.


#RetailEXPO19: Justin King rejects talk of ‘retailpocalypse’

M&S non-exec director and former boss of Sainsbury's Justin King says he does not think the industry is in the midst of a “retailpocalypse”.


Shop Direct rebrands to The Very Group

Shop Direct, the UK's largest integrated pureplay digital retailer and financial services provider, has announced plans to rebrand to The Very Group, bringing its name and identity in line with its flagship consumer brand Very.co.uk.


M&S and Ocado confirm details of joint venture

Marks & Spencer (M&S) and Ocado have announced the creation of a new 50/50 joint venture (JV), which will see M&S acquire half of Ocado's UK retail business and start selling its products via Ocado.com.


Amazon ditches the Dash Button

Amazon has called it a day on the branded buttons used by consumers to replenish everyday items.


AO founder reclaims CEO role

Online electricals retailer has re-appointed its founder, John Roberts, to the CEO position.


Snack box company Graze gobbled up by Unilever

Fast moving consumer goods titan Unilever has bought snack box company Graze for an undisclosed sum.