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Costa Coffee unveils mobile order ahead service

Costa Coffee unveils mobile order ahead service

Costa Coffee eyes wider roll-out of mobile order ahead service in 2019, with initial 111 London stores now offering the functionality.

Walmart to acquire online retailer Art.com

Walmart to acquire online retailer Art.com

Walmart says it is set to add an online art retailer to its palette with the acquisition of Art.com, while new robots are being introduced in stores.

Ted Baker reports surge in online sales amid “forced hugs” scandal

Ted Baker reports surge in online sales amid “forced hugs” scandal

Ted Baker shares its third quarter financials days after boss Ray Kelvin was thrown into the spotlight for his culture of “forced hugging”

Mastercard and Next Retail Concepts offer up new online CX

Mastercard and Next Retail Concepts offer up new online CX

Consumers can now shop online for exclusive products from US brand Fred Segal 'as if they were in the store themselves', thanks to Next Retail Concepts' technology.

Joules says eCommerce represents almost half of retail sales

Joules says eCommerce represents almost half of retail sales

Joules posts encouraging pre-close trading update, and says almost 50% of total retail sales now come from eCommerce.

Mike Ashley calls for 20% web tax to save the high street

Mike Ashley calls for 20% web tax to save the high street

Sports Direct and House of Fraser owner, Mikey Ashley, says the government needs to tax retailers who sell more than 20% of revenue online.

'Virtual restaurants' set for take-off, says NPD Group

'Virtual restaurants' set for take-off, says NPD Group

NPD Group says 'virtual restaurants' will emerge in 2019 and predicts further growth for delivery aggregators as the year draws on.

Big Issue and iZettle contactless payment trials to start

Big Issue and iZettle contactless payment trials to start

It's been mooted for some time now, but The Big Issue has announced that some of its sellers will start offering contactless payments thanks to iZettle.

McColl's CEO talks of "very difficult year" and warns on profit

McColl's CEO talks of "very difficult year" and warns on profit

McColl's CEO Jonathan Miller reiterates the supply chain challenges faced by the business this year, as convenience retailer issues profit warning.

Commercial property specialist JLL launches supply chain consultancy

Commercial property specialist JLL launches supply chain consultancy

Commercial property group JLL has expanded its capabilities to offer supply chain consultancy.

Tesco electric vehicle charging network gets Greenpeace support

Tesco electric vehicle charging network gets Greenpeace support

Tesco and Volkswagen announce the development of the largest UK retail electric vehicle charging network, powered by Pod Point.

Self-service technology in retail: new report addresses challenges and opportunities

Self-service technology in retail: new report addresses challenges and opportunities

New report produced by academics and NCR puts the focus on self-service technology in retail.

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